• Riding Mountain Bikes with the Hell’s Angels and Other Rob Quinn Musings

    Submitted by Bill Plock on July 9th, 2021

    By Rob Quinn 3-2-1….. Happy New Year! The champagne corks pop and there we were, sitting on a mountain in East Mesa at my brothers-in-law’s comfortable hacienda conveniently located around the incredible Hawes trails system( www.mtbproject.com ) . A familiarRead More

    • Ride N’ Tie, A New Kind of Team Race from Suffer Better At Staunton State Park

      Submitted by Bill Plock on April 26th, 2021

      When the first ride and tie was organized, back in 1971, to promote Levi Strauss of all things, it involved two trail runners and a horse, with the team members alternating running and riding over the lengthy mountain course. Runner and rider made the decision when to switch on their own, depending upon the terrain and the strengths of each participant. While ride and ties, two runners and a horse, are still offered, the two runners and a mountain bike option is now also becoming more popular.

      Our Suffer Better Ride ‘n Tie is of the Run & Mountain Bike variety; we just don’t know that many horses. And rather than have the team determine when and where the transitions take place, we will have designated transition spots, where the runner switches to the bike and the rider becomes the runner. Each segment will be approximately 5 miles, the total course measuring 20 miles, with 3 distinct transition points. The team will start together and finish only when both the runner and rider cross the final finish line. The Race is May 15th. Read more

      • My Ad-van-ture with “Johnny”, Confessions of a Van-Life Newbie With a Titus Adventure Van

        Submitted by Andy Schmit on April 21st, 2021

        Johnny Cash is arguably the most influential musician to bridge the gap between country music and rock-n-roll. With that said, you may be wondering what “the man in black” is doing in the lead of an article about van-life and endurance sports. On a weekend in April, I had the unique opportunity to take “Johnny” to the red-sand desert of the Colorado Plateau in Fruita, CO for some mountain / gravel biking and camping. It would be my second foray into Van-Life.

        You see, the guys at Titus Adventure Company name all of their vehicles after legends of country music. When I met “Johnny” he was parked next to a candy-apple red van named “Reba” inside the Titus staging garage located off of I-70 and Pecos. Read more

        • Megan Hottman: Prescott, AZ Racing and Forest Bathing

          Submitted by Bill Plock on April 19th, 2021

          By Megan Hottman

          This van trip kicks off with a lovely dose of #americana – some ball sports, some lively hockey, some bike racing, kids running around, the requisite amount of dirt and dust, loads of campers and RVs, ample flag flying and one helleva sunset . I took the @canonusa out to capture all the feels

          Life these days offers glimpses of normalcy and it feels really *really* good.

          Ok so where are we? We’re in a large sports complex park in Prescott, AZ. Here for a mountain bike race, I’m experiencing for the first time this parking lot-event style camping vibe.
          This wouldn’t be my top vanlife venue choice on a regular basis …but for this event and experience it’s totally fine. This location boasts temps a full 20-25 degrees than in Phoenix so we’re enjoying the nice cool evening temps and the escape from the big-city-heat. Read more

          • Denver’s BOA Technology Now Presenting Sponsor of the Hundo

            Submitted by Bill Plock on April 19th, 2021

            eam Evergreen Cycling, a cycling organization that prides itself on thoughtful philanthropic impact, is pleased to announce BOA® Technology as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Hundo mountain bike race, taking place on June 19th in the Buffalo Creek trail system.

            BOA Technology Inc., creators of the revolutionary, award-winning BOA Fit System, partners with market-leading brands to make the best gear even better. BOA was born in the Rocky Mountains in 2001 with an innovative performance fit system that transformed how snowboarders “dialed in” their boots. Delivering fit solutions purpose-built for performance, the BOA Fit System is featured in products across cycling, snow sports, running, workwear, and more.  Read more

            • Subaru Outback, Riding Red Rocks Canyon, a Double Double–A Day in the Springs with Dirt Journal

              Submitted by Bill Plock on April 8th, 2021

              Who can forget the ode to the American signature dish, The Cheeseburger. There has been a lot of talk about Cheeseburgers these days in sunny Colorado with the biggest Californian welcome in the past decade. In & Out set up shop and the market’s response has been downright insane. The word was if you wanted a Double Double, be prepared to wait. There were also whisperings that if you ventured to Colorado Springs, the treat could be had with no or little wait.

              Did you know there is another Red Rocks in Colorado? The obvious one I’m referring to, the music venue is the tried and true bell ringer. But, There is a trail system / open space called The Red Rocks Canyon in Colorado Springs and this link provides a great summary of the area. https://redrockcanyonopenspace.org  Read more

              • Team Evergreen’s Intro’s Weeknight Short Course Enduro Session Series at Floyd Hill

                Submitted by Bill Plock on April 1st, 2021

                Team Evergreen introduces the Session Series at Floyd Hill – a new weeknight short-course enduro series with a weekend finale on The Sluice, a highlight acclaimed trail at Floyd Hill in Clear Creek. The Sluice, originally known as Segment 4, opened for the first time on August 21, 2019. This mountain-bike-only public trail offers riders an extremely accessible opportunity to test their skills on a one-way trail. It is one of only a few top-to-bottom bike trails in Colorado aside from ski resorts and is known for its technical, rocky terrain. With steep rocks, high berms, and big jumps, it’s any technical rider’s dream.

                The series will benefit Clear Creek County to continue the trail-building efforts of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), including a downhill trail system at Virginia Canyon and the Warren Gulch trail. Project Bike Tech, dedicated to teaching bike mechanics to high school students, will also be a beneficiary of the Session Series. Read more

                • A Giant Slice of Humble Pie, What Megan Hottman Learned

                  Submitted by Bill Plock on March 22nd, 2021

                  If you said 4️⃣above, you’d be right.
                  Even though I’m not new to bike racing I committed several cardinal sins today and acted like a total newbie: I didn’t eat three hours before my race. I didn’t cool down last night. I didn’t warm up this morning.
                  When the race started and my group took off uphill towards the single track I popped. Immediately. Legs imploded. 💥 My race was over a few minutes into the thing. I watched my entire AG ride away from me and I never saw them again.

                  As easy as it was for me to spend the next four hours reading myself the riot act, I didn’t. Read more

                  • Megan Hottman; Back to being a ‘Newb and Pandemic-versary

                    Submitted by 303cycling on March 15th, 2021

                    The tears welled up in my eyes today as I stood near the start line for the national anthem. It gripped me by the throat – more, I dare say- than ever before. My throat tightened and emotions bubbled up as I reflected on my reality:

                    I am at the start line of a bike race

                    One year ago, my world (and your world & the entire world) felt like it was ending. We were locked down and scared out of our minds with so much uncertainty, so many unknowns, so much panic. For the first time in my lifetime I went to my local Sprouts in March of 2020 and saw many of the shelves totally empty. How could we NOT panic when we saw our neighbors hoarding food and supplies?! Read more

                    • Team Evergreen Presents The Hundo, New Course, Lower Cost, Same Beneficiaries

                      Submitted by Bill Plock on March 11th, 2021

                      Team Evergreen Cycling, announces a new addition to their events offering: the Hundo. Known to provide some of the smoothest single track in Colorado in the beloved Buffalo Creek area near Bailey, CO, “the Hundo” will now have a new course, new price, but still promises to give back to the same three beneficiaries.

                      Since its establishment in 1988, Team Evergreen has donated $3 million to local nonprofits through the proceeds of their events and membership. The Hundo beneficiaries are the Colorado High School Cycling League – a resource for high school students around the state to be exposed to the world of cycling, Lucky to Ride – dedicated to giving underserved and at-risk youth the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural beauty of Colorado, and the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) – a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and preservation of great mountain biking experiences in Colorado. Read more