Author: Eszter Horanyi

  • Arizona Trail Race 2022 Start

    Arizona Trail Race 2022 Start

    And the Arizona Trail Race: 2022 Edition is off and riding! This was the first year that both 300-mile and 800-mile racers took off from the border, and it was quite a scene at the border fence with 46-ish racers starting, including eight women. Skies are clear, wind is non-existent, and as expected, the trail…

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  • A Brief History of Women in the Arizona Trail Race

    A Brief History of Women in the Arizona Trail Race

    Since Lynda Wallenfels became the first woman to finish the Arizona Trail 300 (she beat all the boys that year, too!), there have been many amazing women who’ve taken on both the 300- and 750/800-mile route. We take a dive into the history of the event, FKTs over the years, and some of the incredibly…

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  • Eliza Sampey: Racing Ghosts on the Arizona Trail

    Eliza Sampey: Racing Ghosts on the Arizona Trail

    In 2019, Eliza Sampey set a new women’s self-supported FKT on the Arizona Trail 750 on her brand-new Revel Rascal. Now at the start of AZTR 2022 week, she reflects on the ride and what it meant to her to be able to set an FKT. “I raced a smart race, not a balls-out race.…

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  • Fixing Bikes – To Learn, It’s Best to Teach

    Fixing Bikes – To Learn, It’s Best to Teach

    When Eszter first got invited to teach a bikepacking field maintenance class, she balked at the idea. She’d spent her 30+ years of riding bikes being intimidated by working on them and avoiding it at all costs. But in the end, that’s why she agreed to teach. They say that to learn, it’s best to…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots – Utah Mixed Epic 2022

    Faces Behind the Dots – Utah Mixed Epic 2022

    The Utah Mixed Epic is known for linking together some of the more remote and rugged pieces of road and trail throughout the state of Utah. We’ve got profiles of the four women lining up for the 600+ mile loop around Utah sandstone country. From high-mountain to low-desert riding, get their takes on bike setup,…

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  • Bike School – Heather Rose’s Experience as a Gender Diversity Scholarship Recipient at United Bicycle Institute

    Bike School – Heather Rose’s Experience as a Gender Diversity Scholarship Recipient at United Bicycle Institute

    Heather Rose has spent a decade bikepacking across continents and remote mountain ranges. The more remote the ride, the more she would start to doubt her ability to repair any mechanical issues that might arise. She decided to do something about that and now she is a professional bike mechanic (who humbly acknowledges that she…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots – Gunny Loopy Loop 2022

    Faces Behind the Dots – Gunny Loopy Loop 2022

    Meet the women of the 2022 Gunny Loopy Loop, Alexis Ault and Cat de Medici Jaffee. Billed as harder mile for mile than the Colorado Trail Race, the Gunny Loopy Loop is a massively challenging route around the Gunnison trails and roads. Alexis and Cat’s paths to the Loopy Loop are well worth a read…

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  • Last Woman Standing: Mary Ehlers and the 2022 CTR

    Last Woman Standing: Mary Ehlers and the 2022 CTR

    Mary Ehlers was this CTR’s last woman standing, coming in as the fourth finisher. Mary’s path to the Colorado Trail is unconventional- she’d gotten her first mountain bike this spring and taught herself how to ride trails during a July spent in Salida, and her pathway into bikes was through bike touring with her husband…

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  • Competition and Respect – Women of the 2022 CTR

    Competition and Respect – Women of the 2022 CTR

    When Katya Rakhmatulina rolled into Junction Creek just shy of 9pm as the third women’s finisher of this year’s Colorado Trail Race, she was greeted with raucous cheers and congratulations.

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  • Women’s Colorado Trail Race – Down to the Wire

    Women’s Colorado Trail Race – Down to the Wire

    Three days and a few hours into the 2022 edition of the Colorado Trail Race, the top three women worked their way up Fooses Creek towards the Monarch Crest trail, all within a few miles of each other, and all within the top ten of the overall race. That far into the route, it was…

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