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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The biggest event in mountain biking returned to American soil this weekend at Snowshoe Resort.  Mother Nature was uncharacteristically cooperative this weekend at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Mountain Bike World Cup finals at Snowshoe Mountain. The skies were cloudy but never stormy. The temperature was warm but breezy. And the trails were dry (dare…

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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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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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Snowshoe Resort will host the Southeast’s first mountain biking World Cup event in nearly 20 years. brevard’s Neko Mulally is a favorite. “This is the most prestigious mountain biking event in the world. For us, it’s more than a race. it’s a recognition of 20 years of advances made both here and in the region.” …

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A small landslide on a crude social trail at Roanoke, Virginia’s Carvins Cove Reservoir in 1997 was the first in a chain of events that culminated about 20 years later in the Roanoke area being able to proudly call itself  “America’s Mountain Bike Capital of the East”. What happened in the next few years after…

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Locals reveal their favorite spots for in-town adventure It’s five o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. You want to get outside after a long day of work or classes, but you don’t have the time to drive two hours to your favorite hike or crag. Athletes and adventurers from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast show us…

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Meet Seth Alvo, founder of Seth’s Bike Hacks – one of the most popular mountain bike channels in the world If you’ve ever searched for mountain biking videos on YouTube, you’ve seen the work of Seth Alvo. Today, the creator of Seth’s Bike Hacks has a following of more than 1.1 million subscribers, making his…

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Meet the adventure farmers behind Pedal to Plate Outdoor adventure is often adrenaline-fueled and fast-paced. Sometimes, though, it is important to slow down, especially when it comes to our food. That’s what Sarah and Morgan Decker, the owners of Root Bottom Farm in Madison County, N.C., believe. Sarah and Morgan have biked over 3,000 miles…

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The AR Scene Is Thriving, Especially in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Adventure racing is basically a timed scavenger hunt in the woods. Racers must find checkpoints located deep in the forest and return to the start/finish. They plot checkpoint locations on topographical maps and then run, hike, paddle, climb, and mountain bike. All while using…

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Seneca Rocks

An alarm on my tent-mate’s phone buzzes and we stir in our cozy sleeping bags. “I’ll start the coffee if you pack the tent,” one of them says, and the other nods. We warm up gradually as we shuffle through our morning tasks at the Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides basecamp – getting dressed (probably in…

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Shawn Cassel of Snowshoe Mountain and Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike collaborated to make this short film about riding the deepest and darkest trails from the legendary East Coast MTB resort. When the snow melts on Snowshoe, the bike park comes to life, offering nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of descent to riders of all skill…

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Getting into an adventure sport can be intimidating, especially as an adult, but these four later-in-lifers didn’t let that stop them from pursuing new horizons. It’s the final weekend of the 11th annual Michaux Mountain Bike School in south-central Pennsylvania. The parking lot at Camp Thompson is packed with trucks and vans and small RVs,…

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