Author: Katie Strempke

  • Vermont Super 8: Tatianna Wawrzynski’s FKT

    Vermont Super 8: Tatianna Wawrzynski’s FKT

    The Vermont Super 8 bikepacking race is one of the most rugged routes in the northeast. This year, Tatianna Wawrzynski set out to race the 640-mile route, setting an FKT in the process. The former runner and mom of two young daughters used a combination of minimal sleep and endless determination to complete the race…

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  • Last Woman Standing: Isabelle Fisk and the 2022 AZT300

    Last Woman Standing: Isabelle Fisk and the 2022 AZT300

    When Isabelle Fisk rolled up to the Arizona Trail’s Picketpost trailhead at 6:22 last Monday morning, the look on her face was a cross between incredulity and complete joy. With 24 percent of the riders signed up for the AZT300 making it to the finish this year, Isabelle truly earned the title of “The Last…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots- Arizona Trail Race 2022

    Faces Behind the Dots- Arizona Trail Race 2022

    The Arizona Trail Race (AZTR) starts this Thursday, October 20. This year, seven women are racing the AZT 300 and two women are racing the AZT 800. A truly singletrack route, the AZT 300 is 92.4% dirt and the AZT 800 is 88.7% dirt. The route starts at the border with Mexico and traverses north…

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  • Q&A with Meaghan Hackinein: The Big Lonely FKT

    Q&A with Meaghan Hackinein: The Big Lonely FKT

    Last week, Meaghan Hackinen set a new fastest known time (FKT) on The Big Lonely, a self-supported bikepacking adventure through Central Oregon. She was the first woman and third overall finisher with the time of 33 hours and 35 minutes, breaking the record previously held by Lauren Brownlee. Find out more about Meaghan and her…

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  • Katie’s Utah Mixed Epic

    Katie’s Utah Mixed Epic

    This fall, Katie set out on Tim Tait’s notoriously difficult Utah Mixed Epic (UME), a bikepacking race from Moab, traversing three mountain ranges connected with remote desert. During the 638 miles of the UME, Katie discovered her recovery-first approach to her bikepacking season helped her to be successful in this race and allowed her to…

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  • Touring the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route vs. Racing the Tour Divide

    Touring the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route vs. Racing the Tour Divide

    Racing or touring a bikepacking route, is one choice more fun, more fulfilling, or more challenging than the other? Katie has done both, touring the route with her husband Andrew in 2018 and racing Tour Divide in 2022 (finishing second woman and first singlespeed woman). In this piece, Katie reflects on both experiences, weighing the…

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  • Buttcrack Jenny: Bicycles as a Vehicle for Creativity

    Buttcrack Jenny: Bicycles as a Vehicle for Creativity

    Jenny Acker, aka “Buttcrack Jenny,” is a cyclist and artist who has found great joy in combining her love for bikes with her creative spirit to create “Stravafarts,” a term she coined to describe the GPS art she makes while riding her bicycle. You read that right, “Strava-farts,” and for those who know Jenny, that…

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  • Q & A with Annie Evans: Making of The Longest Night

    Q & A with Annie Evans: Making of The Longest Night

    This past winter, Annie Evans became the first person to complete the Highlands Trail 550 in the winter, documenting the effort in her new film The Longest Night. We at the Townie wanted to know more about the making of the film, and Annie was kind enough to answer some of our questions. Check out…

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