Bend, OR is one of the most popular play destinations in the Pacific Northwest. It's about a 6+ hour drive from Seattle, and 3+ hours from Portland. I'm fortunate to be able to visit 2-3 times a year. Depending on the season and circumstances, my go-to activities include road cycling, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, peak bagging, area skiing, and cross-country skiing. … [Read more...] about Bend Gravel Cycling June 2019
XWA is a bikepacking race on the Cross Washington Mountain Bike Route. The 684 mile ~48,000' Route is comprised of singletrack, dirt roads, and a little pavement. Although the Route travels through remote areas, there are many resupply opportunities. The Route is physically and mentally challenging, and is also considered a test of the rider's bikepacking kit and gear. Troy … [Read more...] about Bikepacking: XWA 2019
Until recently I had the mistaken idea that "bikepacking" was a strictly non-competitive activity that combined bikes and camping, and synonymous with the "bicycle touring" and "adventure cycling" genres. Whatever you call it--bikepacking, bicycle touring, or adventure cycling--have all been around as long as bicycles have existed, and long before paved roads. To add to … [Read more...] about Bikepacking is…
Conditions for the 2019 Ballard Criterium presented by Carter Volkswagen were spectacular. We are fortunate to have the Ballard Crit as an ongoing event in the Pacific Northwest cycling race calendar. At the beginning of 2018 there was some question about whether it would continue. The Apex Cycling Team has been managing the event since 2014, and according to team … [Read more...] about Ballard Criterium 2020: Cycling + Mile Runs?
As I've mentioned in prior posts, the fitness business is one of the world's biggest snake oil markets. Count all the ways that promise to make you better: Devices, superfoods, miracle fitness and diet programs, and enlightened fitness gurus abound. Meanwhile, the stuff that actually works has been known since the dawn of human civilization. Background Back in the day I … [Read more...] about Skills, Action, & Stoke w/ Skye Nacel