The Dirt Rag version of "Ski What Ya Ride"
April 16, 2013 - I wrote up a version of my "Ski What Ya Ride" concept for Dirt Rag a couple seasons ago. I can't tell if I posted it here yet, but in case I didn't, here it is. It'll be ready and waiting to help ya kick off next winter! Or I can post-date it so it kicks back into gear then.
They were going to use it in their print mag but the ... > Read
Team OYB at Louisville World Cyclocross Champs!
February 06, 2013 - Well, my brother Tim, friend Robert and I went and watched the Cyclocross World Championships last weekend, down in Louisville. It was the first time they'd come to the US!
We stayed with friends of ours in their cheery, art-filled house in a picturesque old neighborhood in the hills -- and where we had bigtime breakfasts!
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New Map of Stinchfield!
January 28, 2013 - The caretaker of Stinchfield has made a great new map! Still no topography, but it's a nice map. The 5 new big hills Rad and I found are south of the Old Car.
In case you don't know, Stinch is U of M property on the biggest hill in SSE MI.
It has the biggest hills in the region in general. A good 15 miles of trails in an ar... > Read
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CX < > XC !
October 28, 2012 - I've been getting into the Cyclocross riding lately and recently realized how much it's like XC skiing. --Both give me a similar smooth-flow grin.
For instance, CX is livelier and more nimble, lighter, than mt-biking -- at least with MY heavy old rigid mt-bike.
I love how I just float along the trails and around the corner... > Read
Epic Mt-Bike Weekend on the North Country Trail
October 21, 2012 - A couple weeks ago a posse of pals headed north for a weekend of trail action. The weather was totally sketchy. I keep forgetting just how dicey our autumn weather is. Really, one just shouldn't try to plan things in the fall. Ya just gotta Grab'n'Go. If it's pretty out, hit it! Tomorrow it's gonna be cold, dark, rainy and windy.... > Read
Any Nordic Tech Parks, Features? (Like Mtbike and Alpine has.)
October 10, 2012 - Is there a Nordic resort out there yet which has developed an expert loop of the sort that are ubiquitous today at mtbike trails and alpine resorts?
If not, isn't Nordic off the back?
If not, I suppose the reason is that Nordic can't resolve its liability in the same way that mtbiking and alpine can?
I remember as late a... > Read
Needed: a CX version of XC!
September 06, 2012 - I know that I've ranted about this endlessly before, but it keeps popping up for me. Besides, I think this tack is SLIGHTLY different than usual.
It's getting to be the XC training time of year! I'm getting psyched and really enjoying getting outside and doing a wide variety of action. Summer seems more bike specific. Late s... > Read
Trail Riding Time of Year, Ahoy!
September 05, 2012 - The bugs are down. The heat is off. The weeds are dying. It's time to hit the trails!
It's also CYCLOCROSS season! Now this is truly a fun way to play on bikes. If I can just remember not to go out too hard. What's neat is when the courses are set up to be really tricky and short with lots of obstacles. What this does is giv... > Read
Tour Divide: Blue Dot Fever!
June 21, 2012 - I got the Fever! ...Two guys are dukin' it out at the front of Tour Divide. Smashin' the record. Only a couple days to go! How will it end? Makes it hard to do anything but rote work, like shipping orders. (3 women are smashing the women's record!)
An interesting thing is that one of the leaders is riding a Rohloff with Belt. ...... > Read
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Tour Divide Starts Tomorrow!
June 07, 2012 - Get ready to follow a truly captivating sports experience.
This year it's even more barebones than ever, as it seems like the officials and their website haven't been active since last year.
The racers are ready to roll anyway! This race is personal. It doesn't need any structure at all.
So, most riders have rented SPOTS a... > Read
The Media Roots of the Tour Divide...
June 07, 2012 - [BUMP FROM 6/22/11]
A dose of backgrounding is always a helpful supplement to the "live" reports of any race. You get a lot more out of the info when you have some "set & setting."
Racers and spectators both go through challenges in a race like the TD. Yes, racers aren't the only ones provoked, inspired ... changed ... by a r... > Read
RadNord and Roger Succeed with Big Push
May 12, 2012 - This pic and telegraph just in from Radnord: "3 days, just shy of 140 miles. All but about 23 on actual [...] trail. 7 hrs 1st day, 12 hrs 2nd, 10 hrs 3rd. Huge, relentlezs hllls.. Very cool."
Dang! Self-supported downstaters doing a HUGE upnorth push! ...Camping out on the trailbikes, doing big days in the big hills. Congrats! > Read
New Rick Plite event: "Trifecta" -- 42-mile Tour Fundraiser
April 24, 2012 - Rick promotes all sorts of neat bike events, the kind that include microbrew sponsors and have a mellow style.
Here's his latest: the Trifecta. It's a 42-mile tour of 3 SW MI trail systems, covering mixed terrain -- trails, 2-track and dirt roads.
May 20, 2012.
It's $35 to register -- all proceeds go to the "50 in 5" plan... > Read
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Singletrack Paddling! --Another New Sport!
March 24, 2012 - Dang, here's another new sport for us to enjoy and develop!
Man, these things are everywhere if you just open your eyes.
Here we have a culture where outdoor activity seems to be bizarrely shrinking in some ways and booming in others. Yet there's so much room every which way for more fun, creativity and growth.
The rule ... > Read
Skiing Outside the Box: Learn from Mt-biking?
February 02, 2012 - I just got the new issue of Dirt Rag and read the cover story on the new US rage for Eurostyle enduro racing. It's been booming in Europe, now it's here.
Enduro mtbiking is a combination of XC and DH. Typical riders have been finding XC to be too uber-fitness oriented and DH too extreme with big air and ultra-specialized robo... > Read