• Biking Rollins Pass, Epic, Historical and Unforgettable

    Submitted by Bill Plock on July 3rd, 2020

    Biking over Rollins Pass was Epic, but far from historical. For thousands of years people have been traversing Rollins Pass. Native American hunting parties even built rock walls in the scree near the top to funnel game long before the first horse drawn wagons paid a toll to cross the Continental Divide in the 1870’s. In 1904 trains began to make the arduous trip passing through tunnels, twisting like a corkscrew and making their way to the top at 11,600 feet. The road grade had to be kept less than 4% to make it possible, but the biggest challenges came in the Winter when massive snow drifts would make it impassable.

    On our bike ride we learned all about those drifts, but back in the day, particularly on the West side of the pass, huge snowsheds, miles long, were built in attempt to keep the tracks clear. In fact, near the top, above tree line, a small village named Corona (ironically) sprouted from the harsh landscape and housed stranded train crews and service personnel to provide brief respite from the bitter conditions.  Read more

    • Moots Cycles Seeks Titanium Frame Welder

      Submitted by Bill Plock on July 3rd, 2020

      Moots Cycles has been handcrafting high end titanium bicycles in Steamboat Springs, CO since 1981. Our reputation for quality, thoughtful attention to detail and a passion for cycling makes us a leader in the bike industry. The Moots welding team supports the long term growth and sustainability of Moots by maintaining the highest quality welding combined with expert knowledge of our product and process. Our company culture of cycling zeal carries through to the welding team and is an important part of everything we do, leading to a fun, rewarding, and engaging work environment. Read more

      • 303Endurance, “Capturing Amazing People Doing Extraordinary Things”

        Submitted by Bill Plock on June 28th, 2020

        People ask me what is 303? My answer before March might have been a little different answer than today. Different but not really. It’s always been about the endurance community; offering a place to find information, read stories about people, events and the industry that supports it all. Connecting everything.
        Like everyone, Covid has made us re-look at things. It crushed our advertising support that centered around events primarily. We had already been moving to broadly expand our coverage and interest well beyond races and events. Last year we committed major capital to buying a media trailer with the intention of rolling to races and rides all summer. This trailer is hand built by Colorado Teardrops in Boulder. We can produce videos and photos with people standing on top. We can do interviews and podcasts inside So now what?  Read more