Singletrack Magazine Issue 133 : Bellingham, Washington

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The best mountain bike town you’ve never heard of. Words Tim Newcomb Photography various Bellingham, Washington, loves to party in the woods. Everyone’s invited to join. Many do.  The growing mountain biking community in the north-west corner of the United States, midway between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver in Canada, along the Salish Sea coast has become an attractive draw for mountain bikers seeking a singular community culture that mixes hundreds of miles of on-mountain trails from cross-country to freeride downhill. Merge a lively brewery scene and a city of 90,000 that embraces mountain bikers with a cultural and political landscape which encourages trail building and Bellingham has drawn the likes of Kona, Transition and Evil. It may be the community that invites mountain bikers to Bellingham, but credit the loam-laden trails with keeping them. And it could all add up to the best mountain biking available in the United States. “I’ve travelled all over the planet mountain biking and not seen many towns like Bellingham,” says Kevin Menard, Transition co-owner. “The level of support here for trail building is unrivalled. It is a small enough town you can feel more connected, but big enough you can pool resources and do some rad stuff as a community.” Let’s ride Bellingham IS mountain biking. The 5pm rush hour sends mountain bikers from downtown up Birch Street toward the north entrance to Galbraith Mountain, a 65-mile-plus privately owned logging mountain that has a unique agreement to keep mountain biking-specific trails going in perpetuity....

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