The 2019 Bible of Bike Tests is Here

Travis Engel / BikeMag.com

The trails around St. George, Hurricane and Virgin, Utah, are surely unique. The aesthetic that emerged is unlike anything we’ve ever ridden. The valley trails feel barren and endless, but roll smooth and fast. The cliffs that birthed the Red Bull Rampage inspire either fear or confidence, depending on which line you’re eyeing. The mesa trails rapidly alternate between tech and flow, up and down, punishment and reward, each working in endless synergy with the other. It also just happens to be the perfect place to expose bikes’ weaknesses and strengths.

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Where to Ride: Turn the True Grit Epic 50 into an epic Utah MTB road trip

Tyler Benedict / BikeRumor.com

If you’re looking for the best mountain bike race to do, it’d be hard to beat the True Grit Epic. When you think of an epic mountain bike ride, or an MTB road trip with your buddies, the trails in St. George and Santa Clara, UT, are probably what you’re dreaming of. Endless miles of singletrack, slickrock and swooping trails. Wide open vistas. Technical, rocky terrain.

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Services to resume at Utah’s national parks despite government shutdown

Cara MacDonald / KSL.com

Rep. Rob Bishop delivered a letter earlier this week to the acting Secretary of the Interior requesting they take “emergency measures to resume operations” at National Parks in Utah.

Acting Secretary David Bernhardt approved the request Sunday morning, stating that services will resume to national parks within a few days.

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St. George pledges money to keep Zion open during persistent shutdown

Joseph Witham / St. George News

As a partial shutdown of the federal government continues well into its second week, local officials are working to keep Zion National Park open for at least another week.

As many federally managed parks have been forced to close their boundaries to all visitors, Zion has remained partially operational thanks to funding from the state of Utah and the Zion Forever Project. However, that funding runs out Saturday.

Assuming the shutdown continues past Saturday, St. George Mayor Jon Pike announced Thursday that plans are in place to keep the park partially operational for an additional week — until Jan. 12.

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Washington County Tourism Impacts

Kevin Lewis / Community Education Channel

It’s one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Washington County, Utah is not only seeing a high growth rate, but is also experiencing worldwide tourism. Washington County Tourism Director Kevin Lewis explains why and how these visitors are helping locals pay the bills.

Energized. Inspired. Rewarded.

Kevin Lewis / Southern Utah Business Magazine

If you had suggested to early explorers that one day tourism would be one of the largest private sector employment groups in this area, they would have laughed you off the expedition trail. In the mid-1800s, Parley P. Pratt called this area a “poor and worthless” place. He described it as “a country in ruins turned inside out and upside down by terrible convulsions in some former age.” Today, people from all over the world are flocking to experience this “country in ruins,” and with them come millions of dollars in economic prosperity.

Read the full article in the Fall 2018 Issue of Southern Utah Business Magazine

Local Flavors: The Complete Mountain Bike Guide to St. George, Utah – Video

Brice Shirbach / PinkBike

The airplane bucked quite a bit with about 10 minutes of flight time remaining. The second of two flights that day, the first of which started in Philadelphia, saw me in the aisle seat of a tiny CRJ200 aircraft during a short hop from Phoenix, Arizona to St. George, Utah when the plane suddenly began to hit some moderate turbulence. I was somewhere in between sleeping, but not really sleeping when this happened, and opened an eye to check the reactions of those around me. Many people were out cold, with their necks craned back and their mouths wide open, while others seemed intent on finishing their books, and still others were content with whatever was being transmitted to their brain through some oversized, noise canceling headphones. I noticed that a handful of people seemed to have their faces pressed up against the windows, and as I craned my head around the nice lady seated to my left by our row’s window to have a look for myself, it became immediately clear what had a few of the passengers excited: we were flying directly over the heart of the Grand Canyon. I have been to the Grand Canyon once in my life, and it was as humbling an experience as I can remember; standing on the rim’s edge will remind you of your place in this world in ways not much else can. I’ve flown over it quite a few times as well, but never flown over it at such a low altitude. The updrafts from the canyon and surrounding mountains might have jostled the plane a bit, but they reminded me that I was about to spend a week in a landscape unlike any elsewhere on the planet.

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