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How a couple of heirs to an American retail dynasty are putting Bentonville, Arkansas, on the fat-tire map

How Ray Maker, a man with no formal journalism training, built DC Rainmaker, with an audience of millions and the power to make or break your next running watch

Onetime U.S. Ski Team racer Lisa Ballard, 56, never abandoned her skis—or the idea of winning a world championship

The fleet 50-year-old runner took the pavement less traveled—directly to an unprecedented berth at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials

Take 66-year-old UCI Track Masters World Championships rider Gary Hoffman, who is almost as fast as he was at age 20—when he competed to race in the Olympics

During a life spent in dusty boots and blue jeans, Cindy Rosser has saddled, ridden, roped, shoveled, and seen it all. Writer Andrew Tilin asked her to recount some of her most powerful memories.

When he set a new record up Wyoming’s Devils Tower last month, Robert Kelman confirmed what experts say about aging and athletics: use it or lose it

Adventure paddler Aleksander Doba willed his 71-year-old body and 1,600-pound kayak through a 4,000-mile trans-Atlantic journey

What two longtime BFFs won't do to make more memories, courtesy of their Frankenstein bikes and Rebecca Rusch's epic, painful, 100-mile Idaho adventure ride

A driven, patient, and injured Vanessa O’Brien becomes the oldest woman—and first American one—to summit the Savage Mountain

The 65-year-old swimmer has set 355 world records. And she's still going.

Whatever you do, just don't tell these serious, old'ish cyclists that they're living in a retirement home

Pro cycling’s most famous ex- (and exiled) athlete will again take vigorous aim at the Tour de France—with a daily podcast and a blog on Outside

Last year, Kim Ciolli, a longtime fixture in Texas cycling, got busted for doping. Her case is evidence of the fact that maybe the anti-doping system for older athletes—and especially for women—is broken.

Though created with older athletes in mind, these items are essential for every athlete—regardless of age

The former pro has had two full knee replacements in the past decade. Neither slowed him down—and they don't have to slow you down, either.

Planners of cities both large and small are working overtime to build the parks, trails, and bike paths to help residents be more active than ever

LVL, from BSX Technologies, is a wearable for hydration tracking. It'll tell you how much to drink, and when.

Indoor rolling on a bike trainer used to be a heinous chore. Now there's an app that turns it into a video game—and puts you on a fast track to aerobic fitness.

The metrics from your last run or ride can be—and have been—used to save lives, make cities safer, and put people in handcuffs

Our mechanically impaired writer tested 15 bike locks with the goal of defeating every single one. He succeeded and learned one very important lesson in the process: protecting your bike depends on way more than your hardware. (*Money-back guarantee not included. Some of this really is on you.)

10 next-gen running essentials

Our writer tested the ST2 for a month to see if he could ditch his minivan entirely. Turns out, the big high-voltage machine can be touchy, and a crazy useful transportation tool. It also makes late-night ice-cream runs a hell of a lot more fun.

Home bike training 2.0 has reached critical mass, with everything from virtual workouts to the world’s first truly sophisticated smart trainers. We dove into the newest tech to see how the gadgets stack up to real-live pavement time.

Ingenious solutions to make the season's simplest sport even better

The car company wants us to lather up in glow-in-the-dark paint before we ride. Frankly, maybe we should.

Bike lights have gotten better and better, arguably surpassing those on cars, while legislative and popular support of the devices has grown. And that's a great development for cyclists.

Your activity tracker knows a ridiculous amount about you—from the wear on your running shoes to what coffee shop you'll stop at on your next ride. And that data's getting shared for financial gain.

Liability lawyer and former professional bike racer Megan Hottman spends her working hours representing cyclists who've been injured by reckless drivers. She spends her leisure time riding and telling people what they don't always want to hear: in the perpetual, complicated conflict between two wheels and four, bike riders are part of the problem, and they have to be a big part of the solution.

Virtual reality is just for gamers. But augmented reality—a new wearable technology—could revolutionize how we train for sports, making athletes faster, better, and more precise.

After 18 years, Andrew Tilin’s marriage ended with a crash, leaving him in a crippling state of sorrow, anger, and loneliness. He decided to get serious about riding again, hoping that the pain and discipline of pure exertion would set him right one more time.

From a treadmill that forces users into a classic mid-foot stride to a device that tells you when to ditch your shoes, this is the gear you need to prepare for next season.

When the urine collector came knocking, I didn't have a choice—start whizzing in front of him, or hang up my bike.

Christopher McDougall started it, throwing a brick at long-held theories about striding styles and shoe designs in Born to Run—and inspiring believers to wear minimalist shoes or no shoes at all. What followed was a war, pitting lightfoots against traditionalists and filling shoe stores with a mind-numbing array of choices. Who’s right? Andrew Tilin jogs

Serving as his own lab rat, an amateur bike racer spent a year taking supplemental testosterone—rumored to be a peloton favorite—to find out if it could transform an average Joe. His conclusion? No doubt about it.

How badly do professional cyclists want to compete in the fast and fabled pelotons of Europe? So badly that even riders without a prayer of winning big still roll with drugs, lies, and mortal danger. It's a life that can ruin more than a career. Just ask Joe Papp, an ex-pro who lives the doper's nightmare.

Boutique bike manufacturer Seven Cycles can build you a custom-fit, precision-crafted, $9,500 machine that looks like a MoMA sculpture and rides like a Maserati. Are you worthy?

A new apparel maker opening for business in January is chasing a revolutionary concept: that customers actually give a damn about sustainable products. Will anyone buy their good intentions?

The land-speed record for motorcycles has stood untouched for 16 years, at 322 miles per hour. But last summer, California velocity freak Mike "Ack Attack" Akatiff surveyed the competition, ran the numbers, and announced that, um, the other guys were doing it wrong. Them's fightin' words on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Can he back it up?

It sounds too good to be true: a star miler turned criminal goes to prison, links up with a legendary track coach, trains behind bars until his feet bleed, and earns a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Is the real world ready for Jon Gill's dream?

The Fountain of Youth is a myth. But take heart: Intelligent training and an adventurous spirit will keep you running, kicking, screaming at the peak of your potential for years to come.

Long overshadowed by poly-based pile, a more athlete-friendly, itch-free wool is back-and everywhere

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