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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: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park
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Video: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park

Video: “Fatbike Freeride” in the Terrain Park

Fatbiking has been on the rise of late, and riders are getting creative. As a prime example, check out this video of Pat Smage ripping up the terrain park at Alpine Valley Resort in Elkhorn, WI. It's pretty impressive to see what a biker can do on terrain features intended for skiers and snowboarders.  Related: Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking It's hard to say if there's a trend being born here or if this is just a one-off, but we certainly hope that it's the former. There's a lot

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Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking
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Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking

Dark Fest is the Bad Kid in Mountain Biking

I mean Red Bull Rampage is cool, but what about sessioning the biggest jumps in the world with a dozen of your best friends? That’s what the FEST series is all about, and the latest event – Darkfest 2019 – pushed mountain biking progression even further into the stratosphere. This event isn’t about racing the clock or who can spin the most times, it’s simply about gathering a community of like-minded riders and giving them the playground of their dreams. RELATED: Video - Complete Carnage at

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Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom
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Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom

Crankworx Rotorua 2019 Kicks Off With Dual Slalom

While we might all still be buried under one of the deepest snowpacks we’ve seen in awhile in North America, our mountain biking brethren just kicked off the first stop of the Crankworx 2019 World Tour in Rotorua, New Zealand. A gathering of like-minded shredders, Crankworx acts as a celebration of sport and a lifestyle we all share – and comes at a time of deep sadness for the community after the nation’s recent violent events. RELATED: Fatbike Freeride in the Terrain