Tag: Colorado Trail Race

  • Gender and Bikepack Racing

    Gender and Bikepack Racing

    “Why is my phone not charging?” I thought to myself through my sleep-deprived brain fog. It was day four of the 2023 Colorado Trail Race, and I was stopped by a small creek about 5 miles east of Breckenridge. Up to that point, I had surprised myself by sticking to my goal pace during my…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Geyaabi Nimbakade // I’m Still Hungry

    Geyaabi Nimbakade // I’m Still Hungry

    Alexandera Houchin was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 2022 Colorado Trail Race and the sixth overall finisher, setting a new southbound/westbound women’s course record on her Chumba Sendero SS, with a time of 6 days, 2 hours, and 33 minutes. In her most recent essay, she reflects on her fifth…

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