Longtime readers will quickly notice a difference when they pull the September/October issue out of their mailbox or off the newsstand shelf: the absence of a rider on the cover. This departure from a well-loved formula comes as we launch a three-part series in print on the batttle for trail access around the country. It's a complicated issue, and one writer Devon O'Neil spent the better part of last year researching, flying to California, Montana and Massachusetts to interview subjects and dig into the meat of the matter in several local communities. The goal wasn't to rehash big-picture controversies like bike bans on Wilderness land, but to investigate how trail closures and restrictions affect every-day riders on the ground in average local communities. The series starts in Northern California, specifically Marin County, an area widely considered to be the birthplace of mountain biking, but also one of the most unfriendly places to ride in the country.
And that's just the start. There's so much packed into this issue that it will be sitting on the back of your toilet for months. Subscribe HERE.