• 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