Spring is rolling through the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it thawed singletrack, bursting lungs and the first taste of the season to come. Our May issue arrives on cue for this propitious period, carefully crafted with the goal of getting you stoked to ride. From profiles of people such as rider and artist Zio Ziegler to the amazing speaker collection at the Whistler headquarters of Chromag Bikes, we celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of fellow members of the broader mountain-bike family. We visit Quebec to report on the trail-building renaissance that is underway in the province, and we tell the story of how a group of mountain bikers in Vernal, Utah, took on the oil and gas industry to defend their hometown trails–and won.
Strength in Trails
Mont-Sainte-Anne was one of the first ski resorts to embrace mountain biking, so riding has long been a part of life in the Canadian province. But, as photographer Ryan Creary and writer Ryan Stuart discovered, Quebec’s building revival is turning ‘La Belle Province’ into a mountain biking powerhouse. From the famously technical slopes of Mont-Sainte-Anne to the Kingdom Trails-inspired Vallée Bras-du-Nord, Quebec now offers a wealth of terrain for every kind of rider–and poutine for everyone.
Road to Nowhere
A few miles outside of the oil town of Vernal, Utah, is a 40-mile trail network of unspoiled high-desert riding. McCoy Flats is a perfect place to ride flowing singletrack, but to some, it also looks like the perfect place to put a four-lane bypass. When county commissioners picked the area as the solution for Vernal’s big-rig traffic woes, a coalition of business owners and mountain bikers banded together against big oil–and won.
Artist Zio Ziegler’s distinct artwork can be seen all over the world, adorning buildings in San Francisco, Seoul, Berlin and Tokyo, to name a few, and he credits much of his success to bikes. But it’s not just that much of his original work revolved around cycling; for Ziegler, riding and painting are symbiotic forces that ebb and flow in unison.