September 2009

Sustainable Logging—Oxymoron or Opportunity?

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Ian Snider is one of a handful of loggers who’s trying to revolutionize the forestry industry by introducing sustainable, animal-powered timber practices. The 26-year old logs private forests on horseback, building recreational trails instead of roads. He and other members of the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation are trying to convince our public land agencies that…

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Pedal Power

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Long road rides have given you solid muscular endurance, but your chicken legs lack the strength to muscle up those singletrack steeps. Try these two exercises used by Collin Izzard, head trainer for Carmichael Training Solutions in Asheville, N.C. POWER INTERVALS • On a forest road or long stretch of level singletrack, crank your bike…

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Bikes for Africa

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Bike Town Africa donates bikes to health workers in African villages, enabling them to cover more ground and see more patients. The program is led by Kona, a bike manufacturing company: biketownafrica.com. In the last two years, Christine George, a former Virginia Tech student, has helped raise $18,000 for the program, and recently she traveled…

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Free Wheelin’

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Community Thrives Around Free Bike Shop Sopo Bikes is a free bike shop in East Atlanta where anyone can learn how to fix their bike and donate money or volunteer hours in exchange for parts. BRO talked with Rachael Spiewak, co-founder and director of the shop about Sopo’s humble beginnings, how bikes can save the…

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Daily Grind: The East’s First Mountain Bike Stage Race Debuts in Pisgah

By Jedd Ferris | 19 Aug 09
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Stage racing is no longer just for the fast-pack cycling of the Tour de France. In recent years, multi-day mountain bike races have gained extreme popularity out West and around the world. Race director Todd Branham decided it was time to host an epic stage ride in the Blue Ridge. On October 15 to 18,…

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Cyclists’ leg shaving and cross-training revealed

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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Hunter Allen is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and former professional cyclist. He is the co-author of  Training and Racing with a Power Meter, co-developer of CyclingPeaks Software, and is the CEO and Founder of the Peaks Coaching Group, based in Bedford, Va. Mountain bikers train on the road a lot. Do road cyclists…

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Have Outdoor Sports Become Too Competitive?

By Graham Averill | 19 Aug 09
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52% Yes I love the outdoors, but almost every outdoor activity that my local outdoors club offers is above my skill level. I would love to learn how to do all of these activities, but you won’t see me at an advanced event. I am not competitive by nature—competition actually stresses me out—and I want…

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