Category: Inspiration

  • Conversations in Community: Miss Wendi

    Conversations in Community: Miss Wendi

    Kate, Alexandera, and Mary speaking about the Colorado Trail and bikepacking. Photo: Aaron Ehlers In early December, I traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to have a conversation with two other badass women at Freewheel Bike Shop. Mary Ehlers was the last woman standing in the 2022 Colorado Trail Race, and the evening’s emcee was Kate Coward.…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Four: Benefits of Going Solo

    Bikepacking Solo Part Four: Benefits of Going Solo

    In Part Four of the Bikepacking Solo series, we asked bikepackers about the benefits of going solo and some final thoughts. The consensus from the group is that it’s worth it! Many thanks to the women who contributed their experiences, knowledge, and insights to this series.  Missed the previous Bikepacking Solo Articles? Here are the…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Three: Facing Fears

    Bikepacking Solo Part Three: Facing Fears

    Part Three of the Bikepacking Solo Series is all about managing fears. It’s clear that even those who go solo often still have to manage fears, from the fear of failure to the fear of ill-intentioned people. We asked our bikepacking friends about the fears they face, how they cope with them, and tips for…

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part Two: Camping Logistics

    Bikepacking Solo Part Two: Camping Logistics

    In Part Two of the Bikepacking Solo series, we asked about how bikepackers choose a place to camp and about the differences between camping out during a race versus during a tour. You can find their answers below.  If you missed Part One of the series, be sure to check it out!

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  • Bikepacking Solo Part One: First Solo Overnighter

    Bikepacking Solo Part One: First Solo Overnighter

    Many women identify traveling and camping alone as a barrier to entering the sport of bikepacking or bikepack racing. Regardless of gender, it can be intimidating to bikepack solo. We wanted to reach out to women bikepackers and get their perspectives on riding and camping alone. In this four-part series, we’ll share about the first…

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  • Bikepacking for All: A Panel Hosted by the Log Driver’s Waltz

    Bikepacking for All: A Panel Hosted by the Log Driver’s Waltz

    The Log Driver’s Waltz (LDW), developed by Jen Adams and Eric Betteridge, is an 800km bikepacking route showcasing the beauty of the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada. The team curated the route as a contribution to the bikepacking community to share the backcountry gravel and dirt roads and local towns in their area. 

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  • To Be an Athlete

    To Be an Athlete

    It’s dark outside and I laugh at myself as small balls of ice hit my face. Perhaps it’s just cold rain falling quickly from the clouds that circle above me, but either way, it is slightly painful. How many hours have I spent inside, on my trainer sweating profusely in a grand attempt to prepare…

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  • Winter Adventure and the Warmth of Community

    Winter Adventure and the Warmth of Community

    I first met Jay Petervary, ultra-endurance cyclist, ambassador of sport, and the founder of Fat Pursuit back in 2017, at a winter workshop hosted by Pedal of Littleton in Colorado. Captivated by his passion, knowledge and experience with fat biking in events like Arrowhead 135 and Iditarod Trail Invitational I was inspired to dream bigger…

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  • Jennifer Hanson’s Fat Pursuit

    Jennifer Hanson’s Fat Pursuit

    Jennifer Hanson lives in Florence, one of the hottest parts of the arid state of Arizona. While many people around the country are fleeing the cold winter temperatures of the north, often ending up in southern Arizona, Jen and her husband Jason headed up to Idaho for the 200km Fat Pursuit. Even as a desert…

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  • Living an Empowered and Adventurous Life

    Living an Empowered and Adventurous Life

    About one year ago, I crossed paths with Becky Jergenson. She was fresh off completing her very first Smoke ‘n’ Fire Race (SnF). I had made the decision to move to Indiana but had promised both her and our friend Cassidy that I would return to participate in the SnF bikepacking race. I had absolutely…

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