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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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Want To See Someone Frontflip A Road Bike?
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Want To See Someone Frontflip A Road Bike?

Want To See Someone Frontflip A Road Bike?

Yup. Nitro Circus’s Todd Meyn strapped on his favorite lycra suit and roadie helmet to ride a road bike down the mega ramp. The result? A front flip no-hander. Sit back and take this one in a few times. Pretty rowdy, eh?

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Kyleigh Stewart Finds the Flow in Kamloops
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Kyleigh Stewart Finds the Flow in Kamloops

Kyleigh Stewart Finds the Flow in Kamloops

It’s not surprising that the two time national Canadian downhill champion, Kyleigh Stewart, hails from the legendary spot of Kamloops, British Columbia. The 18-year-old has been recently making a name for herself on the race course with her fast but stylish riding. As she shows us in the short edit , the region is a playground packed with big jumps and brown pow. With so many different features to hit, you can’t help but get playful like Stewart does on the trail. 

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Greg Minnaar is Back, Ladies and Gentlemen
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Greg Minnaar is Back, Ladies and Gentlemen

Greg Minnaar is Back, Ladies and Gentlemen

After Greg Minnaar injured himself right before the Fort William round of the UCI DH World Cup, many thought his season was over. A fractured arm seems pretty non-conducive to racing DH bikes. Turns out a little R&R goes a long way, as the South African triumphantly returns to the running at this weekend’s Mont Sainte Anne race. Oh, and have we mentioned that Minnaar has been doing this for two decades, with 75 World Cup podiums under his belt. Can he make it one more this weekend? Check out