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VIDEO: Meet the Mastermind Behind Crested Butte’s World Class Trails

While most people agree that mountain biking really started on Mt. Tam in Marin County, California in the 1970s, a separate origin story can be traced back to Crested Butte, Colorado. There, also in the 1970s, pioneering rider Don Cook started riding bikes on the vast network of high-alpine singletrack hiking and mining trails. Cook laid the groundwork for what has become a world-class mountain bike destination with hundreds of miles of stunningly beautiful riding.

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As part of Anthill Film’s Return To Earth, the story of Cook’s work – way ahead of its time – comes to life. If nothing else, watching these guys rip rough singletrack in bell-bottom jeans and collared shirts is worth the watch. But the real story lies in how just a generation ago, mountain biking as we know and love it today came to be.

these trails look awesome. is there a fee that needs to be paid when you come in? definetely would take a trip out there if I can get a break from junk

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VIDEO: Ride BC’s “The Thing” with MTB Hooligan Yoann Barelli
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VIDEO: Ride BC’s “The Thing” with MTB Hooligan Yoann Barelli

VIDEO: Ride BC’s “The Thing” with MTB Hooligan Yoann Barelli

In a world full of professional athletes who take themselves very, very seriously, Yoann Barelli is a breath of fresh air. He's an undeniably talented rider, but he's not afraid to make fun of himself, and seems to revel in eating dirt on camera. RELATED: Check out the trailer for Accomplice This latest entry in his  series covers "The Thing" a double-black trail featuring some of the best rock work we've seen on a mountain bike trail. Built by Ken Melamed, former official mayor of Whistler,

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Inside Accomplice Ep.2 - Finding More than Mountain Biking in India
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Inside Accomplice Ep.2 - Finding More than Mountain Biking in India

Inside Accomplice Ep.2 - Finding More than Mountain Biking in India

Tag along with Veronique Sandler, Hannah Bergemann, and the TGR crew as they head to Ladakh, India on a quest to find untouched slopes among the region's lofty summits. At nearly 10,000 feet above sea level, and with virtually no established mountain biking zones, the Ladakh trip posed significant logistical issues for the TGR team. RELATED: Watch the Accomplice trailer here However, while the riding was undeniably rugged, the trip was about more than big mountain freeride. Equally impactful

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Hannah Bergemann Gives us a Taste of “Down Country”
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Hannah Bergemann Gives us a Taste of “Down Country”

Hannah Bergemann Gives us a Taste of “Down Country”

Transition isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when it comes to XC riding. Their roots are in freeride, remember? But these days XC riding is garnering a new image. It’s not just cladded out lycra bros with no droppers. In fact, we’ve entered into the age of “Down country”, where the long climb rewards you with a proper downhill descent. And with new bikes like Transition’s new 120mm Spur, it means rippers like Hannah Bergemann can still have a fun time during the whole ride.