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Six places to go off-road bicycling north of Boston

Leave it to soft drinks — first Mountain Dew, and now Red Bull — to promote the wrong idea about mountain biking. Yes, the sport can be difficult, if that’s what you want. But contrary to the “extreme” reputation pushed by marketing folks, mountain biking also lends itself to the off-road neophyte.

The region north of Boston offers a rich array of options for mountain bikers of all abilities. The sport has developed exponentially in the past 25 years, as the riding became more technical and challenging.

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