Mountain Flyer | Number 52

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On The Cover: Emanuel Pomba floats a thin line between fantasy and reality high above the coast of Madeira. by António Abreu

What’s Inside

Photo Essay: Madeira, Pearl of the Atlantic by António Abreu

Katie Holden: ‘All In This Together’

Words by Trina Ortega

When she first began mountain biking, Katie Holden was afraid to even ride through a ditch. Now, after 10 years of downhill and freeride racing, Holden has a new purpose when riding. She’s using the bike as a platform to break down cultural barriers around the world.

Riding Carbon Behind the Iron Curtain

Words and Images by António Abreu

Even for globe-trotting adventurer António Abreu, traveling to an Eastern Bloc country seemed intimidating at first. Although Bulgaria remains in the shadow of its Communist past, natural beauty and a growing mountain bike scene are putting the country on the recreation map.

Maiden Spin On The Andean Footprint

Words by Kurt Refsnider | Images by Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle

Inspired by the Appalachian Trail, Patagonian mountaineers Walter Oszust and Estefanía Cherguini dreamed up the 570-kilometer-long Huella Andina, which traverses through the rugged terrain of the eastern Andes. Ultra-endurance riders Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle set out to see if the Huella Andina is good for bikepacking or better left to its “footprint” namesake.

Frank The Welder is Finding His Religion

Words by Berne Broudy | Images by David Shaw

Vermont innovator Frank The Welder Wadelton has designed and fabricated bikes and parts for a number of companies, including Mongoose, Yeti, Spooky and Sinister. He’s seen numerous pro athletes cross the finish line first on his frames. But after 40 years of dedicating his life to machines and people in movement, Wadelton says he is just now hitting his stride.

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