Category: Race Reports

  • The 2023 Log Driver’s Waltz Grand Depart – Exploring the many ways one can love adventure riding

    The 2023 Log Driver’s Waltz Grand Depart – Exploring the many ways one can love adventure riding

    The Log Driver’s Waltz (LDW) is an 805 kilometre (500 mile) bikepacking route through the Ottawa Valley and Outaouais regions of Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Starting and finishing in the rural town of Almonte, its mixed surface roads, trails and farm tracks entail 9,000 metres (29,500 feet) of elevation. I co-developed the route with my…

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  • Katie’s AZT 800 – Reflections and Video

    Katie’s AZT 800 – Reflections and Video

    When I lined up for the Arizona Trail Race, an 800-mile mostly singletrack route from Arizona’s border with Mexico to its border with Utah, I had one major goal: Finish with healthy lungs. To be honest, I didn’t know if that was possible for me. Asthma has always been something I’ve had to contend with…

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  • Conquering the Monster in My Mind – Big Lonely 2023

    Conquering the Monster in My Mind – Big Lonely 2023

    By: Cassidy Howard At the beginning of 2023, I set a singular goal: to finish a bikepacking race. Completion of the 2022 Smoke ‘n’ Fire had eluded me due to a mechanical issue, leaving me with a desire for redemption. With three races penciled into my schedule, I had three opportunities to achieve this goal.…

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  • I’m Going to Need a Bigger Shovel- Attempting to Dig Out of Holes on the Colorado Trail

    I’m Going to Need a Bigger Shovel- Attempting to Dig Out of Holes on the Colorado Trail

    Keep moving forward. A simple, yet difficult task, especially when you are talking about the Colorado Trail. I could hear my friend Hannah Dhonou constantly saying, “We’re closer than we’ve ever been,” a phrase she continued to say as we rode the last 80 miles of the Idaho Smoke ‘n’ Fire race last fall in…

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  • Grappling with Fear and Exhaustion on the Colorado Trail

    Grappling with Fear and Exhaustion on the Colorado Trail

    There’s something to be said about fear in ultra-endurance endeavors. You take yourself out into the wilderness alone with only what you yourself have decided to pack on your bicycle. You’ve asked your friends, acquaintances, and strangers on the internet and at the coffee shop who rolled up with loaded-down bikes, glinting with the dirt…

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  • Lost Elephant- Women Rule!

    Lost Elephant- Women Rule!

    On July 22, 58 bikepackers set out on the Lost Elephant, a self-supported race starting in Cranbook, British Columbia. The race includes two route options, the 520km Jumbo and the 316km Dumbo, both of which form a loop in the Kootenay region on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The challenging route includes high…

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  • Redefining Self-Worth on the Highland Trail

    Redefining Self-Worth on the Highland Trail

    Lining up for the Highland Trail 550, I felt strong. I felt confident. I knew I was going to have a good race. I prepared well and felt faster than I’ve ever been. Conditions were dry and fast and I was ready to crush. I wanted to go under five days and I was sure…

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  • It’s OK, the Snakes are Sleeping – Reflections from Pinyons and Pines  

    It’s OK, the Snakes are Sleeping – Reflections from Pinyons and Pines  

    I headed towards the Pinyons and Pines bikepacking race with many bricks in my pack, so to speak. I didn’t really believe I would be racing until I was pulling away from Flag Bike Revolution and pedaling out with the group start. 

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  • Whoa Baby Part 2: My journey to be a competitive bikepacking mama

    Whoa Baby Part 2: My journey to be a competitive bikepacking mama

    It felt like it was about 90 degrees out. I was battling a headache and a touch of nausea as I pedaled the singletrack out of Cottonwood and began the 15-mile and 3,500-foot climb up Mingus Mountain. I veered off trail under the first shade-providing bush I spotted and pulled out my breast pumps. The…

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  • PolarRoll Ultra – My First Winter Ultra

    PolarRoll Ultra – My First Winter Ultra

    Two years ago my husband Al and I watched the documentary Safety to Nome. If you’ve not seen it, it’s about the 350/1000-mile human-powered (by bike,  foot, or ski) race through the Alaskan wilderness in the dead of winter. By the way, it’s going on right now. As we’re watching, Al turns to me and…

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