Mountain Flyer | Number 63

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[On the Cover] Britney White doesn't let a little snow ruin her outing in Bellingham, Washington. "Riding in the snow is not always the most fun, but when the conditions are just right it can be a blast," says photographer Jay Provins. "This was one of those perfect days, maybe one of the best days of the season for Britney White, with perfect, tacky dirt hidden beneath two inches of fresh snow, flakes still flying and temps holding steady." Jay Provins


La Dolce Vita In Italy's Aosta Valley
At the foothills of some of the most spectacular peaks in the Alps, Italy's Aosta Valley extends down to the rolling meadows north of Turin. Whether you go for the trails, the coffee, the culture or the vistas, be prepared to experience the sweet life and even sweeter riding.

Right And Wrong: Bikes In Canada's Purcell Mountains
In the British Columbia backcountry, "mountain biking is about as welcome as a bagpiper at a book club," according to writer Andrew Findlay. That sentiment, along with the raw characteristic of British Columbia's wild lands, hints at the question nobody wants to ask: Should bikes be allowed at all? While pedaling 70 hard- earned, uncurated miles across the southern Purcell Mountains, Findlay contemplates that question.

A Bike Party Just For Kids
Crested Butte, Colorado, is known around the world for its outstanding trails and thriving mountain bike community. With the newly rebranded and independent kids-specific Junior Bike Week, Crested Butte Development is building up the next generation of cyclists to protect and grow the area's heritage.

Chad Corbin Breaks The Mold
Despite knowing in high school that he wanted to be an engineer for Trek, Chad Corbin felt he needed to keep up with the Joneses, which kept him from designing and building bikes—until the day he sent off a bunch of letters to Colorado framebuilders. His offer was simple: to work in a shop, even if it meant sweeping the floors. Now, with his upstart brand Corvid Cycles, Corbin finds himself on a new and rewarding path.


Editor's Note



Lael Wilcox

Trail Anatomy
DH-only in the Mile High City

Chain of Fools
The Girl Who Loved Getting Lost

Effecting Change
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

Of Bikes and Beer

Yeti SB140

Giant Trance 29

Kona Process 153 CB/CL

Evil Offering

Salsa Horsethief

Fox Live Valve



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