Fall is upon us and we couldn’t be happier to announce the release of our September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. To keep it simple, let’s call it the Biking Issue, although it’s so much more than that.

As usual, you’ll be enveloped by our contributors musings on everything from conservation to the local music scene, from outdoor news to essays on how to find a job you love.

We’ve got an exclusive interview with one of the most famed professional cyclists in the world, who just happens to make his home down in Greenville, South Carolina. We’ll take you climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. And we take a spin around the region with ten cyclists who just might change your opinion on why you ride bikes.

We hope you can pick up your free copy of this issue on a newsstand near you. If you can’t, we’re on iTunes, we’ve got complete digital subscriptions available, print subscriptions, and of course, you’ll always find us online here at BlueRidgeOutdoors.com.

See you out there!

features

WHY I RIDE Ten bikers—from elite pros to everyday commuters—share the secrets of their two-wheeled passion.

PARADISE SAVED The Red River Gorge is a climbing oasis, with thousands of routes and visitors. What makes this quiet river’s sandstone cliffs so legendary? AND Saving the Red’s Muir Valley

KING GEORGE RETURNS Tour cyclist George Hincapie comes home to South Carolina to start a hotel and ride his beloved Blue Ridge.

departments

EDITOR’S NOTE Is wilderness dead?

QUICK HITS Apple’s third solar farm in Carolina / Follow the A.T. bricks / Tube to work / New Hardrock record

THE DIRT Paddling prodigy plunges down waterfalls / Bald Guy’s beans and
bikes / Dirtbag climbing entrepreneurs / How to land an outdoor industry job

THE GOODS Peek inside elite mountain biker Sue Haywood’s pack

TRAIL MIX Trampled by Turtles tour the Blue Ridge