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Added a new video Born from the Backcountry // Vanderham and Sandler Scout, Build and Ride a New Alpine Trail 6/24/2020 10:15 AM

British Columbia’s Kootenay mountains contain some of the world’s most unforgiving—and beautiful—terrain. The peaks, ridges and valleys of the region are remote, extensive and rugged, creating the opportunity for a backcountry experience like no other. Less than four miles as the crow flies from Retallack Lodge lies Antoine Basin, a heavily mined, yet seemingly untapped valley, especially when it comes to trailbuilding. Born from the Backcountry, a new film from Freehub Magazine, follows Thomas Vanderham, Veronique Sandler and the Retallack build crew as they spend a week camping and creating in this place of endless potential.

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Added a new video Slab City // Sentiers Du Moulin's Newest Trail 3/18/2020 10:06 AM

Slab City is a single black diamond trail located at Sentiers du Moulin, a fast growing enduro mecca located just 15 minutes outside of Quebec City, Canada. The trail bears its name from the off-grid Californian community and reflects the unique experience anyone will have venturing past the trailhead. Only punctuated by a few ladder bridges and some rock arrangements, the trail truly feels like you are riding down a mile of continous rock, weaving its way through the forest. Its porous granite offers phenomenal grip and rides incredibly well even in wet conditions. Born from a partnership between Sentiers du Moulin, Velo Solution Canada and the local volunteer group LBCycle, Slab City is part of a big expansion project known as the Maelstrom trail network. This new zone will offer more than 12 miles of world-class riding by spring 2021, adding up to the existing 25 miles of trail that already make Sentiers du Moulin a must go for enduro enthusiast on the East Coast. The unique mix of geology and topography offered in the Maelstrom zone is one of a kind and the type of riding you wouldn't expect to find on the east coast of Canada. Watch Slab City's visionary and trail builder Nic Sauve ride the trail he dreamed up. --------------------------- Slab City est un futur sentier de niveau avancé faisant partie de l'offre des Sentiers du Moulin, un incontournable pour l'enduro situé à 15 minutes de la ville de Québec. L'ouverture officielle de ce sentier sera annoncée au début de l'été 2020. "Slab City" est tiré de la communauté marginale Californienne du même nom pour établir un parallèle avec cet endroit mythique offrant une expérience unique au monde à ceux qui s'y aventurent. Ponctué de seulement quelques ponts de bois et enrochements, le sentier est constitué d'une seule dalle géante de granite sur 1.5 km sillonnant la forêt. Le granite poreux qui constitue ce sentier offre une adhérence phénoménale et permet d'être roulé sans crainte sous la pluie. Née du partenariat entre Sentiers du Moulin, Vélo Solution Canada et le groupe de bénévoles local LBCycle, Slab City fait partie du projet d'expansion "Secteur Maelstrom". Ce nouveau secteur offrira près de 20 km supplémentaires de sentiers de classe mondiale s'ajoutant aux 40 km existants qui font déjà la renommée des Sentiers du Moulin. La géologie et la topographie unique du "Secteur Maelstrom" caractérisent une offre unique au monde pour la pratique du vélo de montagne. Regardez Nic Sauve, concepteur et aménagiste de ce sentier, roulant les dalles de Slab City. --
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Added a new video Bougie Backwoods Vacation // Curing the End-of-Season Blues in Oregon 3/2/2020 2:12 PM

Last October, the Free Radicals and three friends spent a week in the backwoods of Oregon, searching for an antidote to their end-of-season blues. Throughout the hunt, their daily agenda evolved into a pattern: Drive out of cell service; keep driving. Pedal several hours to the top of a mountain; bask in the views and solitude of the wild. Turn your bike downhill and ride faster than you ever thought possible, because you know your friends are doing the same thing right behind you. It turns out living, laughing, riding and celebrating as if all else is irrelevant provides the purest cure. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 15% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Bikepacking the Arizona Trail // Leaving Time Behind 2/18/2020 10:01 AM

Without an agenda, time becomes irrelevant. When it comes to bikepacking, this is the perfect mindset to have. Void of all expectations and obligations, Jackie Paaso and Stan Jorgensen set off on a three-day, 90-mile mission on the Arizona Trail, embracing the moment and abiding only by the rhythm of mother nature. --
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Added a new video Trail Days // Giving Back With the Free Radicals 2/11/2020 12:19 PM

When they aren’t on the open road, The Free Radicals can be found in the woods riding and digging, all while spreading their love for trails at their favorite riding destinations. In the fall of 2019, after teaming up with Soil Searching, a movement to recognize, celebrate and support trail builders and trail organizations who help shape our sport and stoke, Will and Mark held a number of dig days in the Pacific Northwest. With the help of a bunch of new friends, they were able to put in a significant amount of time building and maintaining existing trails in hopes to inspire others to give back and get involved in their local riding communities. With your help, we hope to raise $30,000 to donate to WMBC, OMBC and SORCA. To do this, we’re raffling off a custom Soil Searching Specialized Stumpjumper, with all proceeds going directly to trail advocacy groups. Visit our Outride page to join the cause! -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save15% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Home on the Rock // Newfoundland Nostalgia with Matt Beer 12/17/2019 9:18 AM

As a Newfoundland native now living in BC, Matt Beer’s return home each year is a time to visit with the people and places that shaped his youth. With a core crew of friends—Lachlan Roe-Bose, Kaelam Power, Mike Trickett and Chris Jerrett—who are always ready to rally, there’s never a dull moment, on or off the bikes. As life leads everyone in their own directions, which it tends to do, taking time to reconnect becomes ever more important. Read more about the Newfoundland riding scene in "Most East" from Issue 10.4 by subscribing to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 15% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Wrenching the Way // Jessica Brousseau’s Mechanical Mastery 10/22/2019 9:42 AM

Jessica Brousseau is a quick learner, a trait that stems from growing up on a farm in Northern Quebec. There, if something broke, she had to fix it herself. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, she has since become a full-time bike mechanic and an expert wheel builder. Between teaching mechanic classes and running the pits for Liv Cycling, Brousseau is continually growing and supporting her community through the ways of the wrench. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Prime Time // Shoulder Season in Whistler, BC 7/31/2019 9:40 AM

Shoulder season is a special time in Whistler, BC. It’s when the air is cool, the people begin to dissipate and the trails are in prime condition—and the best part; it happens twice a year. Locals Zander Strathearn and Ian Morrison enjoy the lush dirt and tacky trails of the Whistler Valley during this ever-fleeting window. Get involved and stay up to date with WORCA happenings. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Classic Okanagan // Trail Touring Penticton, Kelowna & Vernon 7/23/2019 12:45 PM

While the British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley might be best known for its countless vineyards, the region’s sprawling mountains are equally ripe with singletrack. Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon comprise much of the valley’s populace and all offer trail networks that define the area’s riding. Johnny Smoke and Sonya Looney sample some of the Okanagan’s best singletrack as they make their way north through the valley. Continue the story with "The Fruitful Frontier // A Taste of Everything in the Okanagan Valley"! -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Stories from the Dirt // A New Era of Trails in Québec City 7/2/2019 2:41 PM

Every trail has a story—be it behind the name, behind the location or behind the builder. Québec City has a history engrained with cycling, but recently the province has seen a new era of trailbuilding on its slopes. With decades-old tech trails, world-famous racetracks and purpose-built flow trails, the region has plenty of everything. L'Adorila, Neilson Nord and Wolverine each have their own style and story, all with classic Québec City flair. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Beyond Dedication // Vernon Huffman's Pursuit of Passion 4/2/2019 9:33 AM

Vernon Huffman doesn’t take short cuts. When he wants a certain IPA, he brews it. When he sees the opportunity for a trail, he builds it—legally. When he wants to give mountain bikers access to the amazing trails of Marin County, he fights tirelessly, through legislation and litigation. As the president of the Access4Bikes Foundation, a Marin-based advocacy group, Huffman has been leading the charge for mountain bike access in the birthplace of the sport. His dedication is beyond mountain biking though, and his cause is not simply access, but rather fighting for what you believe in, with dignity and endless passion—something visible in every aspect of Huffman’s life. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Hounded // Kevin Walsh: Owner of Evil Bikes (Part 2) 3/29/2019 3:17 PM

Influenced by Iron Maiden and early skateboard culture, Kevin Walsh does things a bit differently than the rest of the bike industry. We sit down with Walsh, owner of Evil Bikes, to discuss the company’s beginnings and what happens when warranties become overwhelming. --
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Added a new video Hard Days // Creating Trans-Cascadia 1/29/2019 8:32 AM

It’s impossible to not be completely worked after a day at Trans-Cascadia. And that’s not just the racers; volunteers, officials, timers, chefs, media—everyone puts in an equal effort. The final week is the culmination of years worth of work, too. Each race is proceeded by work weekends, months of scouting and many conversations with land managers and local community members. For the individuals behind Trans-Cascadia, putting on an epic, blind, trans-style backcountry stage race is the reward. Opening miles of singletrack and giving back to the Cascadian mountain bike community is the reason—and that’s a lot easier when everyone contributes. Learn more about the Trans-Cascadia race by visiting their website. A special thanks to Schwalbe Tires for making the video possible. -- 
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Added a new video Hounded // Micayla Gatto: Professional Athlete & Artist 1/24/2019 9:49 AM

A crash on the World Cup circuit in 2014 changed the direction of Micayla Gatto’s career. Sidelined from racing, she rediscovered her love of art and the possibilities it offered when coupled with her riding. Now, after being involved in several award-winning and globally recognized films, her job titles include rider, artist, musician and broadcaster, among many others, letting Micayla use her passions and talents to bring creative inspiration to the masses. Hounded is an interview show hosted by Freehub Magazine's Managing Editor Jann Eberharter and the beloved office coonhound Lucy. Between a few beers and a round on the neglin stump, we chat with some of mountain biking's most genuine characters. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount.

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Added a new video Hounded // Ryan "R-Dog" Howard: Professional MTB Athlete 1/10/2019 11:29 AM

With a vagabond lifestyle and a perpetual love for riding, Ryan “R-Dog” Howard is living the dream. We chat with R-Dog about the early days of the Aptos Post Office Jumps, his signature salad, coaching at Summer Gravity Camp and much more. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Right Here, Right Now // Kirt Voreis 1/8/2019 9:33 AM

For Kirt Voreis, riding bikes has always been about having fun. From riding recumbents to sending the Black Sage FEST jumps on a 29er, he’s never been one to limit himself to one type of bike. Armed with amazing bike handling skills and a colorful personality, Kirt has continually shown it’s more about how you ride rather than what you ride. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Session Series // Episode 4: The Free Radicals' Season Send-Off 1/3/2019 11:47 AM

As the calendar turned to October, typically a wet and soggy month, the forecast continued to show sun with just enough rain and cool temperatures to provide the best conditions of the year. To take advantage of this, we threw a party with bikes, bonfires and beers. Inviting 12 of our best friends was a no brainer and a great way to say thanks for a kick ass season! This year is one we will cherish forever and none of it would have been possible without the help and support of our friends. A huge shout out to Jon, Ashton, Benny and the whole crew from Smith, without you, we would have given up on this dream last year, gotten other jobs and lived the rest of our lives wondering ‘what if’. So, thank you. We also have enormous gratitude for all our local homies, in your absence, life in the RV would have been a damn sight harder, smellier and way less fun. -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video The Endless Migration // Graham Agassiz 12/31/2018 11:29 AM

As the days grow shorter and the cold sets in, it’s only natural to migrate. But as we do, we must heed the words of Mother Nature. Each instance of change is a lesson to be learned, and there's wisdom in the beauty all around us. All we have to do is listen. Heading south in hopes of prolonging the days before winter arrives, Graham Agassiz welcomes the revelations of the road. Continue the story with Southern Salvation // Chasing Daylight with Graham Agassiz -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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Added a new video Perspectives // India 12/11/2018 10:31 AM

Everyone views the world differently. As an artist and professional mountain biker, Micayla Gatto finds inspiration in her surroundings, be it at home in British Columbia, Canada or somewhere as distant as India. The chaotic cities, the surreal mountains, the kind people; each provide a beautiful and unique experience. On her journey to ride in the Himalaya, the unfamiliar environment is amplified with every pedal-stroke, taking her further into the unknown, closer to connection and toward the realization that perspective is everything. Want to learn more about Micayla Gatto's trip to India? Check out the full feature from Freehub Magazine Issue 9.4: Truth & Tradition // Cultural Contrasts in India's Himalaya -- Subscribe to Freehub Magazine! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount. Follow Freehub Magazine: YouTube Facebook Instagram Twitter

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