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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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In one of the more bizarre videos to come out of the cycling world recently, this biker appears to have assembled a fixie frankenbike for on-snow cycling.  Eschewing the traditional fatbike, this maverick of the bike world somehow managed to find traction on steep and snowy Italian roads with road bike tires.  Does it look like fun? No, it looks cold and shitty. Is it impressive? For sure.   Related: Fabio Wibmer Drops Into Red Bull Playstreets Course

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Video: Fabio Wibmer Drops Into Red Bull Playstreets Course

Austrian mountain biker Fabio Wibmer has a penchant for riding his bike places it doesn’t belong. We saw him put rubber on snow last year – dropping into a ski resort from a helicopter on his DH bike – setting a long-jump record on a bike on his way down. This year, he showed up at Red Bull Playstreets, that weird Austrian contest where they turn a tiny mountain town into a wildly creative slopestyle course for skiers and snowboarders. RELATED: Check out What Went Down At Kings and Queens of

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When Brandon Semenuk dropped into his custom-built line for TGR and Anthill Production’s 2015 mountain bike film unReal, he did not expect it would become one of the most-viewed mountain bike segments ever. Semenuk would go on to produce other mind-bending riding segments showcasing his creativity and Jedi-like bike handling skills, but this one was special.  RELATED: Check out Adolf Silva's Insane Save from Darkfest 2019 The crux for this particular unReal segment was that it was all shot in