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A True Epic

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Daily Blog | Comments Off

A True Epic

It is one of the most spectacular rides in Colorado. It extends for over 20 miles, crosses a pass at 11,700 feet, drops about 100 feet in an 1/8th of a mile, rolls through scree fields, and ends with a screaming single track. Where you start the climb on the Kennebec Pass ride through the La Platas to the top of the pass is up to you. I usually launch about half way up the dirt forest service road. That makes picking up the truck easier on the tail end of the ride, but adds several miles of riding, climbing nearly 2,000 feet of elevation on a loose dirt road before you get to the top of the...

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East Meets West

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Daily Blog | 2 comments

East Meets West

Buzz and I grew up biking the sloshy trails of the North East.  Now we’re spoiled ripping the dusty single track of the West.  Out East, riding is a touch more technical than out West.  First you have to contend with the weather since it’s a rarity to have a few days in a row without moisture dripping from the sky.  That leaves the trails not only muddy but slippery.  Exposed roots are slick, and the rocks in the trail have the sheen of green moss.  In the fall, you never know what’s hiding under the carpet of leaves – thick tire sucking black mud, a splash of water,...

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Free Song from Clark Colborn

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Daily Blog, Music, Reviews | Comments Off

Free Song from Clark Colborn

When you live life on the edge, you need music to accompany you.  Through Pandora we discovered some new music that gets the adrenaline pumping!  I wrote to Clark, and he graciously provided us a track from his new album.  Hear it here first. Sign up for Clark’s newsletter (it’s kind of like joining a secret club) and we’ll give you a newly recorded song from the new album!  We promise not to share your email address with anyone. Enter your email address to download Lie to...

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Life on the Edge

Posted by on Oct 27, 2011 in Bike Shops, Daily Blog, Our Favorites | 2 comments

Life on the Edge

My wife recently released me for a 3 day weekend, allowing me the opportunity to take a trip north to the mountain biker promised land of Fruita and a 4 to 5 hour ride on the Edge Loop. Fall was rapidly giving way to winter. I tossed an invite to the usual scoundrels but was able only to wrangle up one cohort for the expedition. The launch time was delayed because I wanted to catch my daughters last soccer game. When the game wrapped up I caught up with my riding partner at the house. We loaded the bikes and hit the road north. We got into the camp at around 9:00pm. I popped the top on the...

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Compounding Non-Injuries

Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 in Daily Blog, Random | Comments Off

Compounding Non-Injuries

With much fan-fare hockey started last week. Here comes season 2! I knew that I was going to be a little slow out of the gate but I thought I was better prepared than I was for season 1. Low and behold . . . So, 2 weeks in to last season I pulled a groin muscle. I took a couple of weeks off but, ultimately was able to play out the rest of the season. At least until I broke my ribs. All I had to do was ice my groin after every skating session. I was determined to avoid the groin pull this year. I started hard, playing 2 nights in a row, but I stretched before hand and I thought I was in...

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What Is Courage?

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Daily Blog, Random | Comments Off

What Is Courage?

As an adrenaline junkie who likes to think he sticks his neck out a little bit farther than others, though not as far as some, I have often put myself in scary positions. To a certain extent I have thrived on them and searched them out. Does it take courage to face up to the potential of crazy decisions? I suppose, but over the recent years I have become more attuned to the bravery of day-to-day life that often are not acknowledged. A recent death in my family highlighted that bravery for me and the profound impacts that those acts can have on communities. In September my Uncle Ed died. I...

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