Added a new video Wide Open // E4: Trading Motos for Mountain Bikes 2/21/2017 9:47 AM
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With the scouting done, it’s time to build. Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec head out with mountain bikes and shovels in tow and a few jumps in mind. As the sending begins, they each take to the bike they know—and love—best, making for some prime doubles action. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure and Escape Issue, which is on sale now! VitalMTB readers save 40% on subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Wide Open // Episode 3: Finding Features and Scouting Lines in Caineville, UT 2/7/2017 10:23 AM
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With endless terrain to explore, Darren and Ricky take to the motos to try and find some lines to ride on their mountain bikes. With ridges and cliffs everywhere and access to almost anything they can see, the door is opened to some truly unique features.

As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide.

Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Issue 7.4, on sale now! VitalMTB fans can save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount.

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Added a new video Wide Open // E2: Life on the Road with Darren Berrecloth 1/24/2017 10:15 AM
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After an intense week at Red Bull Rampage, Darren Berrecloth has most of his seasonal obligations behind him, allowing for a little rest and relaxation in the desert. Of course, this still involves charging big lines on the bike, but mostly it’s a time to enjoy the freedom of life on the road. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Issue 7.4, on sale now! VitalMTB fans can save 40% with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Wide Open // E1: Defining a Lifestyle with Ricky Brabec 1/10/2017 10:25 AM
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Fresh off the plane from Africa, Ricky has a few days at home to regroup and ride the local trails before heading off to meet up with The Claw in Utah. Both Ricky and Darren dabble in the other’s sport and the upcoming week will undoubtedly find ways to push each of their two-wheeled limits in a new way. As professional athletes, Darren Berrecloth and Ricky Brabec come from two very different, yet relatable worlds—Darren is a mountain biker and Ricky, a cross-country moto racer. Both live lifestyles that are equal parts passion and hard work. Wide Open is a series that documents a week in the desert with the two as they enjoy the freedom and good times that only two wheels and zero obligations can provide. Continue the story in print with "Vacation" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue, which is on sale now. VitalMTB fans can save 40% off subscriptions with coupon code ADVENTURE16.

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Added a new video Michigan Meandering // Exploring the UP's Best Singletrack 12/26/2016 10:32 PM
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Venturing into the unknown is often a gamble, but when it pays off, it’s incredibly rewarding. Our plans to explore Michigan’s Upper Peninsula felt a bit like rolling the dice, as we’d heard whispers of surreal singletrack in the area, but without much of a plan or many contacts, we were operating off local advice—most often from people we met at bike shops or dive bars. It didn’t take us long to figure out that beta was better than anything we could find on the internet. Joined by Eric Porter, we landed in UP country and started our tour de singletrack in Marquette before venturing east to Munising. Working our way back north, we continued to ride any network that was suggested, including Houghton, Hancock, Calumet and finally Copper Harbor. Our wager paid off, as we found exactly what we were looking for, but rather luck, it was all thanks to the locals. Continue the story in print with "Da Yooper Delicacy" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, the Adventure & Escape Issue. VitalMTB members can save 40% off subscriptions with coupon code ADVENTURE16.

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Added a new video Cowboys, Gold & Grizzlies 12/20/2016 10:50 AM
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Settled between British Columbia’s coastal mountains and Interior Plateau, the Chilcotin Range is rugged and wild. Even though it’s only two hours north of the mecca that is Whistler, it’s one of the best places to go get lost on your bike. Miners first landed in the area in the mid-1800s, tearing the hills apart in search of gold, and in the process creating most of the trails and roads that still stand today. The vast and harsh landscape has been drawing bikers in since the early days—when 4130 chromoly steel frames and cantilever brakes were state-of-the-art. Wade Simmons made his first trek to the Chilcotins in 1994, and thanks to the addicting nature of the trails, he’s been back every summer since, this year with Andrew Shandro. The allure of the Chilcotins is palpable, and the view isn’t bad either. We've teamed up with Bell to offer FREE online access to the print feature of Cowboys, Gold & Grizzlies from our most recent issue. Create a trial account for 48-hour access here: http://bit.ly/chilcotin_feature You can also check out the full story in print with Freehub Magazine Issue 7.4, which is on sale now. VitalMTB readers save 40% on print subscriptions with our Shared Reader Discount: https://freehubmag.com/store/shared-reader-discount

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Added a new video Snapshot // E3: Pemberton with Blake Jorgenson 11/9/2016 3:34 PM
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Blake Jorgenson has an impressive resume as a professional photographer. From the days of Kranked and shooting the first tracks down A-Line, Blake has since witnessed a lot of change in the mountain bike world, along with the shift from shooting film to digital. He’s adapted in fine fashion, but is one of the few photographers still shooting film at all, something that says a lot about both his style and intentions. Most importantly, what hasn’t changed is his approach to shooting photos—enjoying the experience is the priority. Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the worlds best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

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Added a new video Next Exit // Copper Harbor, Michigan 10/26/2016 9:23 AM
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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. Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well.

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Added a new video Next Exit // Revelstoke, British Columbia 10/4/2016 10:08 AM
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Surrounded by the Selkirk, Kootenay and Monashee Mountains, Revelstoke, British Columbia prides itself on its access and surrounding terrain. Just like many other mountain bike-crazed towns, Revelstoke has roots as a ski town, with nearby Mt. Mackenzie holding ski jumping competitions in the 1960s via a single two-person lift, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort opening in 2007. The community that soon after flocked to Revelstoke for the ski bum lifestyle is the same one that made the push to make the trails what they are today. Once a way to simply pass the summers (and get a little extra loose), mountain biking in Revelstoke has evolved into a lifestyle in its own right. Trails (In order of appearance): Mt. Cartier Summit Trail, The Rooster, Martha Creek (Sale Mountain) Trail, Frisby Ridge. Next Exit is a series dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well. Produced by Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity Research.

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Added a new video Between the Layers // Jill Kintner's Quest for Queen of Crankworx 9/6/2016 2:51 PM
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The Queen of Crankworx is a competition that spans three different parts of the world and often four or more disciplines of mountain biking. Winning it is no small feat. From Rotorua, NZ to Les Gets, France to Whistler, Canada, points are stacked at each event of each stop, always with a heavy competition field. Jill Kintner put her focus on the Queen of Crankworx title for 2016 and was in the lead coming into the last stop at Whistler, only needing a few solid results to secure the title. The pressure is certainly something Jill is used to, and much of it comes from her own drive and mentality, but at the biggest contest of the year, it’s impossible to not be a little nervous. Learn more about Jill Kintner in her profile, All the Layers, in Freehub Magazine Issue 7.2. VitalMTB fans can save 40% on subscriptions with coupon code PROGRESSION16.

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Added a new video Defining the Cup // Episode 3: Sun Valley, ID with Teal Stetson-Lee 8/9/2016 10:11 AM
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After a crash in New Mexico at the last SCOTT Enduro Cup, Teal Stetson-Lee heads to Sun Valley with a minor shoulder separation, unsure if she’ll be good to race. Once she feels things out on the bike, Teal decides to sit out of the race in order to make sure she doesn’t push her injury and helps support her fellow riders instead. Whether it’s dog duty or driving the shuttle rig, the sense of community and support among the athletes is what makes the whole SCOTT Enduro Cup much more than a race.

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Added a new video Snapshot // E2: Squamish, BC with Reuben Krabbe 7/19/2016 9:59 AM
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As an action sports photographer, some days often end up being more about documenting an activity rather than actually doing it. Reuben Krabbe, a Squamish local and renowned photographer, has been focusing on packing light and documenting from right beside the riders to authentically capture in-the-moment action. Joined by Stephen Matthews and Sid Slotegraaf, the trio pedal out the door to ride some classic Squamish granite and shoot photos for Freehub’s upcoming photo book.

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Added a new video Defining the Cup // Episode 2: Angel Fire, NM with Stan Jorgensen 7/12/2016 9:51 AM
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In this Episode: As an action sports photographer, some days often end up being more about documenting an activity rather than actually doing it. Reuben Krabbe, a Squamish local and renowned photographer, has been focusing on packing light and documenting from right beside the riders to authentically capture in-the-moment action. Joined by Stephen Matthews and Sid Slotegraaf, the trio pedal out the door to ride some classic Squamish granite and shoot photos for Freehub’s upcoming photo book. Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the worlds best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

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Added a new video Snapshot // E1: Whistler, BC with Robin O'Neill 6/21/2016 8:13 AM
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In this Episode: Robin O’Neill learned to bike and ski in the Whistler Valley, and both sports gave her an endless appreciation for the beauty the area provides. Nowadays, she’s a professional photographer making a living by capturing that same beauty. In search of images for Freehub’s Photobook, Robin heads out to Micro Climate, one of Whistler’s premier trails, with Jesse Melamed, Dylan Wolsky and Sarah Leishman. The weather’s a bit variable, but a little artificial lighting goes a long way and being in good company makes for inevitable success. Snapshot is a series focusing on four different photographers and the communities in which they live and work. World-class photography is a mix of amazing locations, unique characters and capturing the moments that happen in between. This series tags along with some of the worlds best photographers in the Sea to Sky corridor and provides a glimpse into the way they operate while documenting the area’s remarkable trails.

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Added a new video Defining the Cup // Episode 1: Moab, UT with Amanda Cordell 6/7/2016 9:33 AM
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In this Episode: Amanda Cordell prepares for the first SCOTT Enduro Cup of the season in Moab, UT with a few days of practice on the course. Some windy weather mixed with back pains force Amanda to abandon her camping plans and retreat to a hotel. After a good night’s sleep, she prepares for race day with stretching and a good breakfast before heading off to battle the course’s slick rock and sandy corners.

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Added a new video Made With Love // Episode One: Devinci Cycles 5/24/2016 10:21 AM
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In this Episode: Mountain bikes have come a long way in just a few decades and now a process that was once trial and error is a dialed system, equal parts science and art. Devinci Cycles, based out of Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a company that takes pride in their locally sourced aluminum, in-house fabrication and rigorous safety standards, all of which culminate in high-quality frames with a well-deserved “Made in Canada” sticker. Take a look at every step of the process, from design to powder coating, in this episode of Made With Love. Manufacturing—most people don’t think of it as glamorous, but there is an allure to it that inspires and drives creation. The process and production behind modern mountain bikes and their associated products is an art form in itself, one that captivates both bike nerds and bike jocks alike. Made With Love is a series designed to capture the literal nuts and bolts upon which our sport is built: The components and people that bring bikes from the assembly line to trail. Stay tuned for more episodes of Made With Love throughout the summer.

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Added a new video Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding 5/3/2016 9:21 AM
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The Sunshine Coast is slowly making waves in the mountain bike world. Just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver, British Columbia, the coastal towns have witnessed logging, fishing and mining industries both thrive and dive. In the midst of all this, there’s been an insurgence of trails everywhere, from logging road networks to old landfills, that have caught the attention of the communities and riders alike. Nowadays, the weekends see a mass-migration of bikers to Coast Gravity Park and pickup trucks filled with bikes getting on their second ferry to Powell River. Tourism has become the area’s newest industry, one that is welcomed by the communities and thankfully has no signs of slowing down. This video compliments our print story "Forest of Progression: Old Growth Culture Meets New Age Riding" from Freehub Magazine Issue 7.1, which is on newsstands now. VitalMTB readers can save 40% on a one-year subscription with our Shared Reader Discount: http://bit.ly/fhshared

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Added a new video HOME // Episode 3: Defining Home with Jill Kintner 3/16/2016 12:47 PM
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In this Episode: It’s impossible to know what to expect for a November ride in Bellingham, Washington. Jill encounters a little snow, high winds, a few soggy corners and some good views while riding Double Black Diamond and Double Down in the Chuckanut Mountains. “Home” is a term that has a very solid meaning, yet the concept itself has a very loose structure. Home is a place. Home is people. Home is a trail. Bryn Atkinson and Jill Kintner recently moved to Bellingham, Washington, where all of these aspects converge into a community that matches their own passion for riding. Some things about their new locale might take some getting used to—like 34-plus inches of annual rainfall—but it’s all these elements together that make it what it is: home.

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