• 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

    • Work set to begin on 28-mile network of mountain bike trails in Colorado

      Submitted by 303cycling on June 24th, 2020

      With the go-ahead from the Bureau of Land Management, two Colorado communities could come closer to their goal of becoming mountain biking destinations. Read more

      • Lance’s last Hula. A dirt Moco Loco in Maui.

        Submitted by Bill Plock on June 14th, 2020

        Shiiiit. Moaned XTERRA Bike Course Chief Circ Toepel. A man of exacting detail and few words. These were the first swear words I had heard from this man, even after marking, running and sweeping the XTERRA Mountain Bike Courses twice. I had spent 10 hours a day next to him. I was a walk on volunteer at the U.S. National Championships in Ogden a few months earlier. Circ sized me up like a trail boss.

        We made the gate by mere seconds. As Circ unlocked that hinge the first three pros blew by. In that were the favorites. This guy named LANCE ARMSTRONG (we’ll get to him later) Austrian Michael Weiss (eventual winner) and Spain’s Eneka Lianos. South Africa’s Conrad “Caveman” Stolz had already fallen victim to Lances blazing bike pace. Something, I’m told the experienced XTERRA pros expected and loathed.
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        • Ready. Steady. Go? Endurance Hub Snowmass Looking at Summer as it Transitions From Shortened Ski Season

          Submitted by Bill Plock on May 26th, 2020

          Colorado’s resorts are busy planning for the new reality. Rob transitions from his last day on skis to thinking about biking at one of his favorite places and shares how Snowmass (and probably most resorts) is seeing their summer right now, as always Rob sets a colorful stage…enjoy Read more

          • A Pirate Looks at Forty. Make that sixty. Rob Quinn’s Look at Life.

            Submitted by Bill Plock on May 6th, 2020

            Yes I am a pirate, two hundred years too late, The cannons don’t thunder, there’s nothing to plunder, I’m an over-forty victim of fate…Jimmy Buffet

            I heard those lyrics in 1975. At 15 I figured anybody still trying to compare themselves to a pirate was already dead. Most 40 year old’s I knew in La Crosse, Wisconsin were well on their way to middle age. Most shelving their athletics after High School glory days, save for 10 years of competitive softball, then a catastrophic injury. Except this one dude. His name was Jim Asfoor and his family was from Syria. He was U.S Navy veteran and their family owned the junk yard and they were rich!

            ditors note: Rob has been a great contributor to 303 Endurance for years in many different ways. Today, May 6th is his 60th birthday and if you haven’t read his past articles, now is a good time. This is a fun look at the perspective with which he enthusiastically shares his view of the world, particularly while riding his bike! Go Rob, Happy Birthday and thank you! Read more