We pause our regularly scheduled web programming to give ourselves a small pat on the back for taking home one award and three honorable mentions at the recent Folio Ozzie and Eddie Awards, which recognize excellence in editorial and design for U.S. magazines. Of the 2,500 entries in 33 categories, Bike’s April 2018 issue won an Ozzie for top cover design for magazines with circulation under 250,000. The cover was the first use in print of Bike’s redesigned logo, and Bike’s creative director Andre Aganza masterfully integrated the image's towering fir tree into the 'mountain' of the logo and played the minimalistic cover lines off the image's point of action to produce a simple, but eye-catching cover. Aganza's light design touch complemented a stunning image, shot by senior photographer Bruno Long and selected for the cover by photo director Anthony Smith. Bike also took home honorable mention for best full issue for the same April 2018 edition.

Josh Bender spoke to Matt Coté about his pioneering freeride career and his unfulfilled legacy from his northern California home.

Two honorable mentions for Eddie awards came in the Best Single Article or Series category, the first for “The Last of My Kind,”  a feature on legendary freeride pioneer Josh Bender written by Matt Coté and photographed by Reuben Krabbe that originally ran in the June 2018 issue. The second accolade was for “Lines in the Dirt,” a four-part series meticulously reported by Devon O’Neil over six months, that the battle for trail access in four contentious regions in the U.S.  The ultimate winner in that category was a feature in ESPN The Magazine, titled “Eternal Champions,” that documented the days leading up to the November 2016 plane crash that killed nearly the entire Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense.

Lines in the Dirt examined the challenges of trail access issues in Marin County, California, Montana and Massachusetts.

The Ozzie design award is the second national award for Bike this year. Back in February, Bike won the American Society of Magazine Editors' Cover Awards for the July 2017 'Open Season' cover, which took home top honors in the Travel and Adventure category.