It’s been nearly 40 years since a small group of fun-loving tinkerers in Marin started racing down dirt roads on old cruiser bikes modified with fat knobby tires. Though mountain biking began as a fringe sport in the 70s, it's since evolved into an athletic outlet embraced by communities everywhere.
From the flatlands to the highlands, these top mountain bike towns are drawing riders of all kinds with amazing trail systems, bike parks, and pump tracks galore. We've called out a few classic stand-bys here—Bend, Oregon and Asheville, North Carolina, for example (but not Moab)—but also found a few hidden gems that you've probably never even heard of. Click through to our slideshow to see some of our favorite places to get our tires dirty in the good ol' U.S. of A.
Warmth will build in the West, while cool air and downpours progress across the central and eastern United States this Memorial Day weekend.
The scenic Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Joplin, Missouri, has provided a calm place of healing for those whose lives were forever changed six years ago.
A storm will cross Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms, but the weather will improve for Ascension Day on Thursday.
Several days of unseasonable warmth are expected across the United Kingdom later this week and into the Bank Holiday weekend.
Rounds of rain sweeping across the southeastern United States into midweek will raise the risk of flooding, but also provide drought and wildfire relief.
Rounds of flooding downpours and severe thunderstorms will take aim at the south-central United States early this week, endangering residents and property.
After a week dominated by summerlike and record heat, the northeastern United States will face rounds of rain slowing travel and disrupting outdoor plans this week.
Temperatures will soar across the western United States early this week, surpassing even late-summer heat levels.