Tag: Bikepacking

  • Women of the 2023 Triple Crown Challenge

    Women of the 2023 Triple Crown Challenge

    When it comes to the most intimidating of bikepacking “events,” one has to think that the Triple Crown Challenge stands apart from the rest. With the goal of completing the Tour Divide, Colorado Trail Race, and Arizona Trail Race during their Grand Departs in the same calendar year, it’s a massive undertaking and a huge…

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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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  • Selfies and Self-Reflection on the Colorado Trail Race

    Selfies and Self-Reflection on the Colorado Trail Race

    This year’s Colorado Trail Race saw fifteen women and non-binary riders at the start line. In this competitive field, Katya Rakhmatulina took the win and set a new women’s fastest known time at 5 days, 1 hour, 53 minutes. Lael Wilcox, Ana Jager, Alexandera Houchin, and Karin Pocock also bested the previous women’s FKT of 06…

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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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  • Unconventional Family Fun: My Mom’s Birthday Party Riding the White Rim 

    Unconventional Family Fun: My Mom’s Birthday Party Riding the White Rim 

    Since we moved into the van, my partner Andrew and I have spent every spring and fall in the canyon country surrounding Moab. This year, our parents joined us so we could share our favorite place. My mom has a tradition of choosing a bucket-list adventure for her birthday each year, and my glowing review…

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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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  • The Oregon Timber Trail: Past and Present

    The Oregon Timber Trail: Past and Present

    Over the years I have developed a reputation for “liking to be the first”; not to the finish line in a bikepacking race, an outcome such as that is unlikely with this body of mine, but to be the first to ride a new route. It’s not so much that I actually desire to be…

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  • Bonus time: My journey back from the edge

    Bonus time: My journey back from the edge

    After 82 hours of pedaling 302 miles through headwinds, epic Arizona sunshine, rain, and temperatures ranging from 20 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I arrived back at the Flagstaff Bike Revolution shop. I was the last finisher, but half the field had dropped out. Race organizer, Dana Ernst, and one of my riding buddies who had…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Pinyons and Pines 2023

    Faces Behind the Dots: Pinyons and Pines 2023

    Starting this Thursday in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Pinyons and Pines has a strong field of women lining up for either 300+ or 500+ mile routes. This event is fast becoming one of the classic bikepacking races in the west. In fact, it’s become so popular that it filled up in a matter of hours when…

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