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Bike (USA) - - Start - PHOTO: MAT­TIAS FREDRIKS­SON

We started our day early in a hut, high above Crans-Mon­tana ski re­sort within Switzer­land’s Valais can­ton. It never ceases to amaze me how pris­tine trail ex­ists above and be­low re­sorts there, in­ter­con­nected rib­bons of per­fec­tion. We only dropped into the bike park purely to con­nect to cog-rail­way-ac­cessed, high-alpine sin­gle­track, but even so, Stephen Matthews couldn’t help but throw some style against the sun’s early morn­ing rays, hours be­fore park rats would ven­ture to the re­sort’s up­per reaches. Some things just line up per­fectly.

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