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Next Exit - Copper Harbor

Copper Harbor is the northernmost town on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and might be considered the definition of “Off the beaten path.” However, to its population of barely over 100 year-round residents, that’s just one of the many factors they love about it, along with the tight-knit community, backdoor access to adventure and seriously stunning views of Lake Superior.

The mining and logging industries brought a decent crowd to the area throughout the 19th century, but once the resources fell off so did the population. What remained though were the logging roads and mining tracks, scars from the resource extraction that would eventually sprout area’s first singletrack. Back in the day, a crew of hardcore locals would embark on color tours, grueling rides (on fully rigid bikes) that connected old double tracks throughout the Peninsula, often 70 or 80 miles.

With that, the spark of mountain biking had ignited in Copper Harbor, and with the help of the Keewenaw Adventure Company and funding for paid trail building, it has become one of the area’s driving forces. Today, there’s over 35 miles of singletrack, making the most of the 500-vertical feet available, and the network has been ranked as one of IMBA’s Silver Level Ride Centers. All of this is proof that a passionate community can create an amazing riding experience with hard work and dedication—no matter how far off the path it may be.

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THROWBACK: Middle Aged Dads Tear Up Bellingham
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THROWBACK: Middle Aged Dads Tear Up Bellingham

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Transition bikes gives you... your future. These 40 year old dads shred Bellingham, like pork shoulder on the barbecue. I just realized there's no 'Q' in barbecue. Seriously, though, you can stay in shape and ride hard way past 40. Sure, your bones and joints may take a little longer to heal and, as one guy on a chairlift in full body armor commiserated to me a couple weeks ago, "I've got work to do, I don't have time for that shit" - but get out there and have a little fun. Extra props for

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WATCH: Tim Koerber Explores Oman’s Remote Singletrack
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WATCH: Tim Koerber Explores Oman’s Remote Singletrack

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A few years ago, photographer Tim Koerber was invited on the trip of a lifetime - traverse the Al Hajar Mountains of Northern Oman by mountain bike. The trip turned into a bit of a learning experience for Koerber and the rest of the team (Cooper Lambla and Tyler Allyn), as everything from navigation to even riding basic trails on fully-loaded bikes proved a crux. RELATED: How Tim Koerber Forged A Path Into Mountain Bike Photography “I had never been overseas before, and to be honest, I

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WATCH: These Riders Rip the Most Iconic DH Trail in the UK
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WATCH: These Riders Rip the Most Iconic DH Trail in the UK

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Cause it never gets old, here’s some lady shred at its finest to kickstart your weekend. RELATED: We Just Tested 17 Of This Year's Best Trail and Enduro Bikes This edit features riders Manon Carpenter and Veronique Sandler kicking ass on Llangollen—one of the UK’s most iconic downhill trails. Both gals love to ride. For them, riding with the boys is always fun, but there’s something extra special about sessioning your favorite lines with another girl. Watch as the two push each other by