• 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

    • 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

      • Go Big Or Go Home, Rob Quinn’s Startling Reminder

        Submitted by Bill Plock on February 16th, 2021

        Enough about taxes, let’s talk about death. Star Trek claimed that “Space was the final frontier”. I think there may be one that’s a little more final. It seems of late, a lot of friends and people I know have been dying. Makes me think.
        Gary Myers. Master Mountain Bike racer extraordinaire. He was a former professional Motorcycle racer and motorsports entrepreneur. He died of “a worn out heart” the doctors of Mayo said. The dude was cooler than Steve McQueen.  Read more

        • Castle Rock Fat Bike Snow Adventure and Cultural Hub Extraordinaire?

          Submitted by Bill Plock on January 5th, 2021

          When I say Castle Rock, Colorado…what comes to mind?

          Awesome backcountry adventure? A gritty and popular brew pub vibe from “the other side of the tracks”. Perhaps that shining monument to Law and Order—The Douglas County Jail complex? Or, if you are like me, Castle Rock reminds you of New York City right? Well, in an epic Dirt Journal mix tape they all collided last week.

          If Castle Rock reminds you of none of the above, except perhaps the Justice Center (that’s a separate story on to itself) I’ll show you how this overgrown Highlands Ranch is actually a trippy Narnia. You just need to put on the magic rose colored hippie glasses to see it. Read more

          • Bike Review: The Guerrilla Gravity Smash and Best Day of the Year–Adventures and Gear, Colorado Style

            Submitted by Bill Plock on November 23rd, 2020

            Guerrilla Gravity was established in 2011 making welded aluminum travel-heavy bikes at 2031 Bryant Street, right by Mile High Stadium or whatever it’s called this year. It was a curious design when compared with the white-hot carbon fiber beauties these folks are cranking out today. The organic transition from a weld and build shop to one that builds and manufactures their own carbon fiber. A rarity in the cycling world.

            Guerrilla Gravity’s mission statement is simple “Make mountain biking more awesome”. From what I experienced after 4 days on their top selling “Smash” they have executed mission critical goals. Read more

            • How High School Cycling and My “Oh S#!T” Moment Intersect–By Rob Quinn

              Submitted by Bill Plock on November 16th, 2020

              It was just another night for “The 24th Street Gang”. We were eight to ten boys with a two-year-age separation, living on the same block in “River City” a.k.a La Crosse, Wisconsin. The gang name was coined by one of neighborhood parents. And it stuck.

              I should not say it was just another night. It was special for two reasons. First, my parents were in Chicago for the big Sports Retailer show. My father owned Quinn’s University Sports Shop located on main street for 43 years. It would still be going today, if I had not hauled ass out west, out of good old cheeseland, the day after I graduated from college.  Read more

              • Chasing Peter’s Ghost in Telluride, by Rob Quinn

                Submitted by Bill Plock on October 1st, 2020

                “Money don’t talk. It swears” -Bob Dylan. Dateline. Sometime in August. Telluride, CO If you buy-in to that classic Dylan quote. They are swearing like a Sailor in the port in Telluride.  In the past 25 years I’ve seen thatRead More

                • Lawyers, Guns and Money, Monarch Crest with Rob Quinn and Dirt Journal

                  Submitted by Bill Plock on September 4th, 2020

                  Dateline: Sometime in July Poncha Springs. Monday AM. I slept in my truck last night—we’ll get to that. I checked my phone, dangerously low at 10%. It’s Bob from High Valley Center Bike shuttle. He asks, “since I was the only 8 AM can I sit tight till 10 AM and join a few other Monday Monarch Crest shuttlers?

                  “All good” my economical response. I peer out the back of my Tacoma. Yep. The parking lot at High Valley Bike Shuttle, just like I left it last night around 10PM when I faded into a spectacular slumber after a spectacular day.  Read more

                  • Ft. Lewis, Fall Blaze Making it Happen to Support Collegiate Cycling

                    Submitted by Bill Plock on August 21st, 2020

                    If you are not familiar with Fort Lewis and their mark on college cycling and Durango for that matter, just know that they have won 24 National Championship, as a Division one NCAA sport even though they are not a division one size school

                    Due to budget cuts the 2020 Track and BMX programs have been frozen or temporarily eliminated this year. With two major disciplines out of the mix, a hunt for another National Championship is that much tougher. Read more

                    • Retracing Escalante’s Journey One Blue Tortilla at a Time on My Mountain Bike–Rob Quinn

                      Submitted by Bill Plock on July 13th, 2020

                      If you wrote down that in 1776 two Franciscan Priests and 10 other men of various occupations described as “soldier” or “horse tender” left Santa Fe New Mexico and headed west to Monterey, CA establishing an overland route to the California Mission system–you win too! This was not a military mission. They were on a mission from God, long before Jake a Elwood used that punch line. But some thought they had embarked on mission impossible, long before Peter Graves.

                      Dominguez-Escalante (Dominguez being the other priest) decided they would depart north, head to what is present day Pueblo then follow the river to Durango. They then explored north towards Grand Junction, explored the Canyonlands and ended up in The Great Salt Lake Basin. Just like your family roadtrip last year! To put this journey in perspective they knew less about what they were getting into than Lewis and Clark or for that matter the first astronauts in space.  Read more