The Whitewater Grand Prix is paddling's most insane event, a scrappy, alcohol-soaked gauntlet that sends competitors down some of the most fearsome rapids in the world. It's so dangerous and spectator-unfriendly that many sponsors won't go anywhere near it. But it might be exactly what the struggling sport needs.
Part trade show, part art exhibition, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show spotlights the functional beauty of bikes, as well as the craftsmen who create them. Bearded masses from around the world packed into booths to marvel at subtle TIG welds, discuss the intricacies of brazing techniques, and debate the supremacy of steel, titanium, or bamboo. Fat bikes and gravel racers continued to gain popularity, and while most builders brought some variation on those themes, each had their own unique spin.
How one team is leading pro cycling out of the concussion Dark Ages—and providing a potential road map for the NFL
We have a (misguided) tendency to vilify big-box events. In truth, they're a boon to the sport.
Another DNF sorrows fans of the once-great American distance runner.
Of all the UCI's new anti-doping measures, around-the-clock testing is possibly the most controversial. But the Tour de France champion has spoken out in favor of the practice, even as his peers grumble that it's too invasive.
And that's a very good thing for Olympians.
A new catamaran racing circuit for young competitors proves that speed sailing—with all its excitement and danger—is here to stay.
While he was clearly not in peak form during the 2011 Tour de France, it was here where he cemented his reputation as an incessant attacker. Here he drives up the Alpe d’Huez, and although he was eventually caught and passed by Frenchman Pierre Rolland, Contador garnered kudos from the…
A marathon swimmer's reenactment transports theatergoers to the middle of the Florida Straits
A Frenchman plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Yes, that's as crazy as it sounds.
Cure your post-ski chills with this ghost pepper-infused margarita
Ready to race? Check out these 20 events, carefully curated to provide intrepid newbie skiers, rock climbers, and trail runners a thrilling and welcoming competitive experience.
Keri Herman only started skiing seriously in her senior year of college. Now she's an Olympian. Here's how she turned her late start into a competitive advantage.
An injury sidelined 17-year-old Ty Walker's Sochi dreams, but she's back winning competitions and taking names.
The 26-year-old downhill skier's advice on how to be a happy traveller? Always be prepared for powder days and impromptu concerts.
Dallas Seavey is the latest in an esteemed bloodline of Iditarod champs. Since 2012, he's won the race twice and set records as the race's youngest and fastest. This year's goal? Out-mush dad.
Pro athletes on the gear they want to unwrap this Saturday
The World Ski Championships, which run until February 15, will host more than 600 athletes representing 70 nations and thousands of spectators. Read: It's gonna be a party.
Paying attention to the details lead the team to amazing victories in 2012 and 2013, but a string of problems brought it all crashing down last year. Can cycling's top team rise again?
Brolin Mawejje, born in a country with no snow, plans to make history at the 2018 winter Olympics.
The world's best scales an iconic (frozen) waterfall
The Super Bowl virgin on running hills, eating yogurt, and guarding Revis Island.
Feed your competitive appetite—sometimes without even leaving the house.
More cowbell, more Lindsey, Mikaela, and Bode—and one excessively adrenaline-fueled event you can't miss
From that time Lance Armstrong showed us how to fix a flat tire to an investigation into USA Swimming’s sex abuse scandal, we look back at the stories that defined the year.
A veteran of 25 Tours de France, James Startt is the senior American journalist in the press room of the world’s biggest bike race. Here is just a small selection of some of his favorite images from 2014.
Meet Chloe Kim, a snowboarding prodigy who threw her first backflip off a natural feature at age six. Next up: Aspen's X Games.
For years, it seemed like drug testers would never get ahead of cheaters. The Russian bribery scandal raises an even scarier possibility: the testers are dirty too.
Revelstoke will host
Examining the perpetual youth and singular talent of surfing's king
There are changes afoot on the mountains. Learn them and own the slopes.
With a bevy of new ski and snowboard films in theaters this month, a quick primer on what sets ski porn apart from other titillating genres.
No two ski resorts are alike. But which one is right for you? We break down more than 30 of North America's best to find the perfect fit.
Breckenridge delays opening
With warp-speed ascents that include the Matterhorn (1:56) and Denali (9:43), ultrarunner turned alpinist Kilian Jornet Burgada is the king of the endurance world's latest obsession: fastest known times. And now he plans to run up Everest.
As investigators piece together the details, Douglas Messier—who witnessed the crash from the desert floor—reports on the warning signs that preceded the disaster, the already rampant finger-pointing, and the viability of space tourism.
This year's star attendee: Caroline Wozniacki
The American Record holder returns to New York 13 years after her debut—and she might just break an American record.
We don't know if the biohacking craze is full of snake-oil salesmen or prophets. Probably a little of both.
The company that brings us Rock 'n' Roll Marathons—and the media—largely waved off one race volunteer's complaint about unpaid labor. But there's reason to pay attention.
The German-American surfing writer was kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2012—and held for two years and eight months. Joshua Hammer reports on his imprisonment, drawn-out negotiations to ensure his release, and the ugly business of kidnapping for cash. As the global debate over ransoming hostages heats up, just how should we be getting our journalists home?
With more than 3,500 stellar beers on site, it's tough to pick favorites. But we did our best.
Will leaping fiery hay bales amount to nothing more than an adrenaline-fueled fad? Or could it one day become an Olympic sport? That all depends on what comes next.
The marathoner runs on routine—and strawberry cheesecake.
The company is growing up fast—and it's not all about action sports anymore.
Some of the explosives that professionals use to take down the white dragon.
Plus a few other excellent things I learned at FUZE SW, a food conference you do not want to miss.
The greatest entertainer of our generation wants to defy death on wires strung 50 stories over the cold, windy streets of Chicago
Changes, and lots of them, including an uptick in skier visits to Utah, cheaper season passes state-wide, and an increased likelihood that all the Wasatch-area resorts will soon be connected.
Numbers. Rankings. Results. The data-driven mindset is preventing us from enjoying the outdoors.
Anheuser-Busch is flying a thousand people into Crested Butte, Colorado this weekend to film a star-studded, beer-drenched series of TV commercials. What could go wrong?
The "retired" German may just spark an arms race—and that's great for cycling.
After his loss to 20-year-old Brazilian phenom Gabriel Medina in historic conditions at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the 11-time world champion will want an even dozen more than ever.
Last year in Nazaré, Portugal, the Brazilian surfer nearly drowned while trying to ride the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman. Most of the alpha males who dominate the sport say Gabeira doesn't belong in their ranks, but nothing will stop her from going back in.
And all I got was this lousy online article
With a series of impressive 100-mile wins under his belt and perhaps the most fitting name ever bestowed upon a shoe-salesman-slash-ultrarunner, Mike Foote seems to be doing everything right.
Think you're ready for the world's longest stand-up paddleboard race? We'll be the judge.
A ride through the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with 2012 champ Christian Vande Velde
A new global racing series aims to make the electric car cool.
Swiss explorer Mike Horn looks to grind out a big first—again.
We combed through the coolest products at Outdoor Retailer 2014 to bring you these six items—all of which cost $35 or less.
Ernest Moniz talks to Outside about radioactive waste, SuperTrucks, dazzling solar arrays, southwestern breakfasts, and a trout stream that has to remain top secret.
With 45 successful summits, this season on K2 seems too serendipitous to be true. But safely conquering the mountain took grueling amounts of work and skill, too.
On the 100th anniversary of Ernest Shackleton's legendary expedition, a writer retraces the explorer's steps to one of the cruelest, most gorgeous wildernesses on earth.
You'll never get close to the ultrarunner's 90-plus podium finishes, but his rules will help you run your best race.
Plus, celebrate the 30th anniversary of the marathoner's Olympic win by making her favorite oatmeal cookie recipe
Cycling isn't always spectator-friendly. But the UCI's decision to allow on-the-bike cameras at the Tour de France might just change how you view the sport.
Two brothers and a sister—whose parents are endurance athletes—attempted to swim the English Channel together this month. Does the family factor add any advantage?
When CrossFit denied our request to cover the 2014 CrossFit Games, we decided to look into the organization's long history of bullying anyone who dares to ask the hard questions—or look too closely.
Two years ago, Filipe Leite turned his ponies south on a journey from Canada to Brazil. Ten thousand miles later, he's almost home after facing drug traffickers, grizzlies, and mad bulls on an epic transcontinental trip.
Hardrock veteran Kirk Apt has logged 2,010 miles and 680,000 feet of vertical ascent through the San Juan Mountains since 2000. Here's how.
On the other side of a distinguished career and a very public doping fiasco, America’s best cyclist not named Lance Armstrong can’t stop riding. But where is his generation of tainted racers heading?
Most CrossFit affiliates across the country welcome out-of-towners who want to take part in the workout of the day—or WOD—making any vacation into a possible CrossFit vacation. But if you’re looking for a trip that specifically caters to people who like to spend their free time doing burpees, snatches, ring…
The science is out on whether ultrarunning is good or bad for our hearts—but I'm sure the Hardrock 100 is good for mine
11 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask about cycling’s most famous race.
Three plane fuselages in a Montana river might seem like a problem, but there’s more to the accident than meets the eye.
Defending champ Chris Froome crashes out of the Tour de France, while many top GC favorites flounder.
To win this year’s Tour Divide, Jefe Branham rode 170 miles a day, slept an average of four hours a night, and endured both unrelenting snow and 100-degree heat for 16 days straight. What you can learn from his time in the pain cave.
The true story of the mountain's most horrific day, the Sherpas who paid the price, and the aftershocks that will change the mountain forever