Dirt Rag Issue#173



On the cover

Our own Stephen Hayes created this amazing psychedelic interpretation of his qualifying run at Peru’s Inca Avalanche Enduro. With a starting line at over 15,000 feet high you’d probably feel just like this too.

The Dirt

Newly crowned U.S. cross-country national champion Stephen Ettinger gives a first-hand account of riding through the Wall Of Sound en route to winning the national title. Plus, we catch up with motocross legend and long-time mountain bike racer Johnny O’Mara and take a ride with Woody Harrelson.

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Beautiful Contradictions: Finding Connection at Peru’s Inca Avalanche Enduro

By Stephen Haynes and Matt Kasprzyk

Haynes and Kasprzyk attend their first-ever international enduro and you won’t believe the events that transpire. Each writer gives his own account to create an interwoven tale of adventure and bonding.

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The Percolation Within: Shaken and Stirred at the BC Bike Race

By Rich Dillen

Our intrepid correspondent returns to this Canadian stage race six years after he last did it. The results will astound you (we’ll just leave it at that.)

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Bursting With Sniggle: Exploring Vermont’s Secret Singletrack

By Vince Hempsall

Vermont’s mountain scene is exploding with amazing trails. Follow along as we discover some of the best in the nation’s second least populous state.


Access: Colorado’s Blackjack and Raspberry Ridge’s

By Matt Weatherbee

After a devastating wildfire in the Buffalo Creek region, local communities worked together to revitalize this trail network and create new relations among users.




  • Knolly Endorphin
  • Ventana Zeus 27.5
  • BMC Fourstroke FS01 29 XC


  • 2014 Fox 34 TALAS Fork and Float X Shock
  • SRAM XX1 Long Term Test
  • Continental X-King and Trail King Tires
  • Bell Full 9 Helmet
  • And More!


Additional Information

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 1 x 11 in


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