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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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Video: 71-Year-Old Shreds the Whistler Bike Park
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Video: 71-Year-Old Shreds the Whistler Bike Park

Video: 71-Year-Old Shreds the Whistler Bike Park

For Dr. John Rideout age doesn’t mean a thing. At 71, he still shreds the Whistler bike park like a day hasn’t gone by. If you’re around the trails you just might see him sending it into Freight train, Dirt Merchant, Lower A-line, and then into Hornet—that’s his favorite line to take in the park. When he drops into Dirt Merchant he has to remind himself that he's not 26 anymore, even though he’s a 3-time World Masters DH champion. He’s not stopping there. Still competing, he’s hoping to race

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Video: The Funny Truth About Buying A Mountain Bike
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Video: The Funny Truth About Buying A Mountain Bike

Video: The Funny Truth About Buying A Mountain Bike

IFHT Films knows a thing or two about mountain bike humor, and their latest short tells exactly what it’s like to get into the world of mountain biking. It goes something like this: see someone else having fun on a bike, buy sh***y bike, hate it. Buy better bike, break it. Buy nice bike, love it. Get hooked on the sport and empty your wallet on it. We can all relate, can’t we? RELATED: Micayla Gatto + IFHT Films = Kendrick Lamar and Bikes

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Muddy Trails Don’t Faze Danny MacAskill
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Muddy Trails Don’t Faze Danny MacAskill

Muddy Trails Don’t Faze Danny MacAskill

You can’t help but feel like a kid again watching Danny MacAskill ride, and his playful demeanor is only heightened in extra muddy conditions. No puddle is spared by the Scotsman. Riding with his pal in what appears to be a swamp, MacAskill makes the trail look like a ride in a waterpark. He explores the five-year-old in all of us, because what’s better than getting lost in the woods with your bicycle?