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Mitigating the Unpredictable: Bikepacking Through the Andes

Through the volatility of adventure, Bikepacking takes all the strenuous aspects of biking we adore and turns it up a notch. For Lorraine Blancher, traversing the Andes by bike meant raising the intensity even higher.

As documented in the new edit "Beyond Trails Atacama" by Wildland Media, Blancher set out from British Columbia to South America with the goal of riding historical trade and game routes through the high mountain passes. There was one caveat though: Getting there meant eluding the unpredictable snowfall of the Andes. As a result, the professional mountain biking coach's plan goes quite awry. However, as the piece demonstrates, a successful bikepack is never measured through checked off an itinerary: It's about the adventure that unfolds through the process.

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Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run
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Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run

Video: Gee Atherton’s Insane Redbull Hardline Winning Run

As one of the more obscure races out there, RedBull Hardline certainly turns some heads. With absolutely enormous jumps and gaps, as well as rock gardens that seem to be cut straight out of hell, the track is among the gnarliest in the world. After a bit of a bummer of a season, Gee Atherton showed up strong and blew away the field on race day in his backyard. Halfway down his race run, and right before the biggest road gap on the track, Atherton clipped a rock at speed, losing both pedals,

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Richie Rude Blows Up A Brand-New Trail for Red Bull’s Raw 100
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Richie Rude Blows Up A Brand-New Trail for Red Bull’s Raw 100

Richie Rude Blows Up A Brand-New Trail for Red Bull’s Raw 100

Richie Rude is pretty f***ing fast on a bike. That speed comes with some benefits, like the fat that the two-time EWS champion just got a fresh piece of singletrack built for him: Rude Awakening at Vermont’s Burke Mountain. This isn’t just a flowy bike park trail, but real raw singletrack that Rude makes absolute mincemeat of. Watch as he effortlessly floats over endless East Coast gnar.  

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MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline
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MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline

MTB Racing Meets Freeride: Check out Red Bull Hardline

What happens when the world’s fastest racers decide that World Cup tracks aren’t gnarly enough? They flock to the Atherton’s backyard in Wales to ride the custom-built Red Bull Hardline track. It’s a combination of racing and freeriding, and man, is it gnarly. Think insane rock gardens littered with huge drops and jumps. Oh, and some of the loudest heckling around! Bernard Kerr takes us down the track during a practice run, floating the kickers and trying his hardest to stay off the brakes on