• 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

    • Colorado; Lake City to Colorado Springs, Silver to Gold, Mountain, Road and Gravel….

      Submitted by Bill Plock on September 1st, 2020

      Most towns in the Colorado Rockies began as mining camps and supply depots. 303 visited some of the most rugged and historical towns in Colorado looking for cycling and recreational opportunities—especially ones maybe not as well known and not on the I-70 corridor. Our journey originally started in Buena Vista.

      Part two began with a climb out of Lake City over notorious Slumgullion pass. It’s not only home to the Alfred Packer grisly tale of cannibalism (did you know he missed hanging by death on a technicality, ended up in jail in Canon City and was released in the early 1900’s dying a confirmed vegetarian?), but Slumgullion pass is the steepest continuously paved road in Colorado averaging a 9% grade. No wonder it was tempting to break out the road bike and try this challenge!  Read more

      • Hot Topics: Saddles and Bike Fit

        Submitted by Bill Plock on August 31st, 2020

        It’s so natural for us to want to zero in on the simplest thing. “If my butt hurts, it must be my saddle”. “If my foot hurts, it must be my shoes”.

        Have you ever taken the time to consider how many points of contact you have with your bike? Saddle, handlebars, pedals. All three must be in harmony with one another for a strong foundation in how your bike “fits” you, not to mention the physical factors of our back muscles and overall core stability/strength. Read more

        • Sasha Underwood’s Life Changing Bike Trek on the Colorado Trail

          Submitted by Bill Plock on August 28th, 2020

          Sasha took on the 550 mile Colorado Trail, climbing over 80,000 feet and spending 16 nights on her own in the woods. Known for her Ironman’s and Leadville 100 finishes, Sasha dug deep to overcome the challenges of overnighting alone,Read More

          • Go4Graham Team Rides Double Triple in One Day to Help Shred the Stigma

            Submitted by Bill Plock on August 28th, 2020

            With our big Double Triple Bypass attempt, I had this great idea to recreate Geoffery Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” but for bikes. I recorded some conversations on the ride, asked questions, took pictures, did everything needed to write a masterpiece. I sat down the day after our ride to begin writing, which involved doing a bit more research on Chaucer’s work. I read a review of “The Canterbury Tales.” It read something like “…this is a great book to read before bedtime, helps you sleep! Great read for someone with too much time on their hands.”

            Wait, that’s not what I want to write! So, here, I’ll give you the juicy bits, brush over the slow parts (IE the parts uphill) and leave you with some inspiration. Read more