September 2019

Asheville’s Wheel of Fortune

By Michael Welch | 26 Sep 19
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Trey Thomas rides Bennett Gap in Pisgah National / photo by Joe Hoeper  Industry Nine’s long and winding path to success   When Clint Spiegel graduated college and returned to Asheville to work in his family’s Turnamics, Inc. machine shop, the facility was ramping up production for mountain bike suspension company RockShox. In a few…

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Quick Hits: September 2019

By Jedd Ferris + Kim Dinan | 26 Sep 19
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Laid-off miners in Kentucky protest over their unpaid wages Around 60 to 100 coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, blocked a railroad track, preventing coal trucks from leaving a mine owned by Revelation Energy LLC. The miners occupied the track in protest, after Revelation Energy LLC filed for bankruptcy and laid off the miners without…

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Trail Mix: On the Rise

By Jedd Ferris | 25 Sep 19
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Four Southern Artists, You Need to Hear If you’re searching for new tunes this fall, check out the sounds of these four emerging regional acts. Kelsey Waldon Listen If You Like: Loretta Lynn, Nikki Lane  The Sound: Originally from the small community of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Ky., Waldon possesess a classic country voice and wry wit…

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Back in the Saddle

By Ellen Kanzinger | 19 Sep 19
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Ellen Kanzinger rides her bike around the neighborhood. Photo by Rachel Stone A Newbie Bike Commuter Faces Her Fears It was a few days before my fifteenth birthday. I remember waking up and running downstairs, eager to soak up every minute of the summer day.  I was confused to find my grandpa in our living…

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Endangered

By Noah Poulos | 18 Sep 19
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The Florida panther is one of dozens of endangered species in the Southeast whose recovery is jeopardized by the Trump administration rollbacks The most important conservation law on the books—The Endangered Species Act—is under attack. It’s not just wolves and salamanders that will suffer. Our favorite adventure spots are also a critical habitat for many…

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Tangled Roots

By William Funk | 17 Sep 19
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Wild ginseng root can fetch thousands of dollars per pound. Ginseng Poaching in Appalachia It used to be that the harvesting of wild ginseng was an honorable occupation. Or at least that was the verdict among the people who lived for centuries off the land in the rough-cut Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North…

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All In a Day’s Work

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Sep 19
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Nakiesha Bridgers leads a trip on the river. How did outdoor professionals get their start? As more people are headed outside, outdoor recreation is increasingly an economic factor for towns and states across our region. Virginia just became the fifteenth state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. In its most recent report, the Bureau…

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Best in Bike Gear

By Ian Dzilenski | 10 Sep 19
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Photo by Jess Daddio Andy Beckman’s must-haves for mountain biking “I grew up riding bikes up and down the street as every kid does,” racer Andy Beckman said. “It all progressed from building little ramps in the driveway and just having fun with friends.”  The enjoyment of riding continued through childhood and far beyond. In…

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Gravel Grinder: For a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike.

By Ryan Wichelns | 06 Sep 19
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“I hope we don’t kill the backpacker.”  Funny joke. The folks I was having dinner with—a handful of cycling gurus from bike gear manufacturer Blackburn Design—clearly knew my schtick, and it was just starting to sink in, to them and me, that this would be something different.  Personally, I hadn’t really put much thought into…

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Bikepacking the Blue Ridge

By Malee Ott | 04 Sep 19
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Photo by Jess Daddio The Big South Fork’s Untapped Bikepacking Potential  Driving along the western edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, there’s no doubt we’re in horse country. Shards of morning sunlight illuminate wildflower-freckled pastures, and the roadside is dotted with equine-friendly accommodations. There’s even a diner called The Hitching…

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Bike Parks of the Blue Ridge

By Eric Wallace | 03 Sep 19
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Bryce Bike Park’s summer race series welcomes riders of all ages and skill levels the second Saturday of each month throughout the season. / photo by Andrew DeVier-Scott Lift-assisted MTB parks bring convenient, immersive thrills for riders of all ability levels. Here are five of the region’s best.  With thousands of miles of killer MTB…

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September 2019: Best Bike Parks

By BRO Admin | 30 Aug 19
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Features Bike Packing Follow in the muddy tread of two classic bikepacking adventures in Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pisgah National Forest. Gravel Grinder For a backpacker, there may not be a better way to see North Carolina than on a bike The Rise of High School Biking In the last ten years,…

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Is Your Waterproof Gear Toxic?

By Michael Welch | 29 Aug 19
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The Outdoor Industry ADDRESSES widespread carcinogenic compounds in its products  While many fans of the outdoors have been practicing Leave No Trace principles since before the non-profit was founded, they might be surprised and disappointed to learn how much of their favorite gear leaves trace amounts of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) that will remain in the environment…

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