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The Avery County booth at the Interbike conference. Photo by Amy Morrison.

Originally published: 2013-09-25 15:11:45
Last modified: 2013-09-25 15:14:11

Next trail

Caroline Harris / (

Biking is a passion that takes people all over the country in search of the next trail. Brett Gardella and Amy Morrison are working to point them in the direction of Avery County.
Avery County Economic Development Director Brett Gardella and Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority Director Amy Morrison attended the Interbike conference in Nevada on Sept. 18 through 20. The Avery County informational booth featured details on the different types of trails and amenities that Avery County has to offer the amateur to avid cyclist. 

More than 30,000 people attended Interbike, which is the largest conference of its kind in North America. Gardella said the conference had plenty to offer.

“You could test ride bikes, they had all sorts of vendors set up outside; it was massive,” Gardella said.

Gardella stressed the potential economic impact of the biking industry on Avery County.

“There was a lot more press this year than last year. We made some good contacts in that arena. If we’re not out there, we’re not going to get anywhere,” he said.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to