• 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