Author: Betsy Williford

  • 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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  • Faces Behind the Dots – Fat Pursuit 2023

    Faces Behind the Dots – Fat Pursuit 2023

    Based out of Island Park, Idaho, Jay Petervary’s Fat Pursuit is one of the most highly regarded winter ultras on the calendar. Covering 200 kilometers of “groomed” trails in the Yellowstone area, the event is notorious for lots of snow, difficult conditions, and extremely cold temperatures. One of the more unique aspects of this winter…

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  • Whoa Baby!!  Mountain biking Throughout My Pregnancy

    Whoa Baby!!  Mountain biking Throughout My Pregnancy

    I went for a little backcountry ski with my partner in mid-January of 2022. It was awful. The conditions were sun-affected and variable, and I felt like trash. It was the slowest and sluggish-est I’d felt in a very long time. Maybe I was finally getting COVID? Later that day, my breasts started to hurt.…

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  • Just Eat Snacks and Drink Water and Ride a Bike – Katie Scott on the Arizona Trail 300

    Just Eat Snacks and Drink Water and Ride a Bike – Katie Scott on the Arizona Trail 300

    Katie Scott wrote up a beautiful piece on her Arizona Trail 300 experience. She’d decided that she wanted to race four days prior to the start, borrowed a pile of gear, did a massive study session of the route on the drive down to the border, and put together an impressive ride, getting to Picketpost…

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  • The Townie on the Like a Bigfoot Podcast

    The Townie on the Like a Bigfoot Podcast

    Last week, the Townie founders Katie Strempke, Alexandera Houchin, and Eszter Horanyi got on the Like a Bigfoot podcast with our good friend Chris Ward. We talked all things Townie, including the name (yes, we know that there are several meanings for town bicycle), Arizona Trail, bikepacking, and loads of other things. We’d love it…

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  • Coatimundis and Cougars on the Arizona Trail

    Coatimundis and Cougars on the Arizona Trail

    After a disappointing and unsuccessful attempt on the Colorado Trail Race this year, I was surprised at the pang on envy I felt watching racers lining up to tackle this year’s Arizona Trail Race. I followed the race on Trackleaders and on the Townie, and felt a flicker of longing at Eszter’s photos of Ana…

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  • Arizona Trail Race: A Photo Journey

    Arizona Trail Race: A Photo Journey

    As the AZT800 wraps up, Eszter put together a photo essay of her experience shooting photos of the women of both the 300 and 800 with some of her favorite images, stories of racers not doing what she expected them to do, and a reflection on what special events the AZT 300 and 800 are.…

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  • Arizona Trail Race 800 Women’s Finish

    Arizona Trail Race 800 Women’s Finish

    When asked who was going to win the women’s Arizona Trail 800 race, most people were hesitant to commit to either Ana Jager or Alexandera Houchin. The pair had shown earlier this year during the Colorado Trail Race that when it came to multi-day racing, their speeds were similar enough that it would be hard…

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  • Arizona Trail Race 300 Women’s Recap

    Arizona Trail Race 300 Women’s Recap

    The second annual fall edition of the Arizona Trail Race 300 proved to be a tight and exciting one from start to end for the women. While many bikepacking races have a clear leader who establishes their dominance from the start, this year saw three women riding at the front of the field, trading leads,…

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