Four local photographers, TJ Kearns, Tim Koerber, Tommy Pennick and Derek Diluzio, covered their four respective regions, working with local pros, industry insiders, and the young groms who are the heirs to these trails. This issue is an effort to capture the community that keeps the ever-growing network of trails alive in the area that surrounds the East Coast’s tallest mountains: Pisgah.
While we were certainly welcomed by all the people that make this area so unique, our week of riding only scratched the surface. The twelve trails that are explored in the photo book range from classic loops to DH shuttles and lift-accessed park laps, a little bit of everything. However there are still plenty of amazing trails out there, some we were told about but didn’t have time to explore, and others that were just whispers of epic descents and insider knowledge. Everyone has their secrets. So if there is one thing that this photo book is successful in, we hope it inspires those who open it to explore, be it North Carolina, or their own back yard. There’s always new trails and more adventures to be had.
Born and raised just outside of Brevard, photographer Tim Koerber is a true local. The town has firm Southern roots and is well within the Bible Belt, but once the timber industry flat lined, people became more accepting of non-traditional lifestyles, cycling included. At the heart of he Appalachian Mountains, the town has world-class single track right outside most people’s front door, dubbing itself the “Cycling Capital of the South.” Whether it really is, or isn’t that’s for the riders to decide, but the adventure within its surrounding network of single track, that undisputed.
Partnering with fellow locals Sarah Hill, Jon Angermeier, Bernadette Merriman and Daniel Sapp, the crew rode a few of the area’s most popular trails, chasing sunsets and waterfalls. Squirrel Gap is an out-and-back loop that provides a fun combination of ups and downs, both ways. It traverses ridges and cuts through lush sections of greenery, with a unique playfulness. Next up was Daniel Ridge, another loop that winds along ridges and rivers. It’s a fun mix of off-camber and rocky tech, a classic Pisgah trail. Finally, the Brevard riding tour ended with the Laurel Pilot Rock trail, a ride that gives stunning views and trail-side swimming holes. The scenery is beautiful, but the descent is beastly, filled with loose rocks and roots.
Along with our photo book, we wanted to hear what the locals had to say, so we continued to tell the story beyond words and photos. After all we’ve written about Pisgah’s trails, there are still some inexplicable aspects, but after a few seconds of watching riders like Evan Voss and Walker Shaw rip the trails, it will all make sense. Enjoy a tour of Pisgah as both a riding hub, and a community of like-minded people, all seeking the satisfaction that only two wheels can provide.
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