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“Blue Collar Mountain Biking” Mountain Bike magazine, July 2010

This package appeared in one of the last issues of Mountain Bike magazine before it went web-only. In it we took a look at, you guessed it: blue collar mountain bike towns. I was assigned Barre, Vermont, home to what was once the largest operating granite mine in the world, where old abandoned mining lands replete with rusting steel cables and deep granite chasms have been turned into a vast and sprawling network of mountain bike trails.

The town is typically rural and every bit as blue collar as Southern Vermont gets, with a bit of an edge to it. “Barre is where people go to get into fights,” said photographer Ryan Thibault, when I asked him along for the trip to Barre. We managed to stay out of trouble, and Thibault shot the spread opener for the piece. In addition to Barre the package also included eleven other towns, including Pueblo, CO, Old Fort, NC, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Huntingdon, PA and Marlington, WV.




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