Category: Faces Behind the Dots

  • Faces Behind the Dots – DOOM & Despair

    Faces Behind the Dots – DOOM & Despair

    Easter weekend, a brave group of bikepackers set out with the Grand Depart of DOOM, a notoriously hilly, challenging gravel route in the backcountry of Arkansas, created by Andrew Onerma. As Hannah Simon puts it, “this route was very representative of the roller coaster that is ultra racing.” We asked the WTFNB participants 408-mile DOOM…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Stagecoach 400

    Faces Behind the Dots: Stagecoach 400

    The Grand Depart of the Stagecoach 400, a long-running bikepacking race in Southern California, starts this Friday. Created by Brendan Collier in 2012, and now (dis)organized by Meg Knobel, the Stagecoach features the coast, mountains, and desert all in one ride.  We asked riders about their backgrounds, what they’re looking forward to, bike choice given…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: East Texas Showdown

    Faces Behind the Dots: East Texas Showdown

    The East Texas Showdown is a bikepacking event put on by Patrick Farnsworth, the host of the Bikes or Death Podcast. Starting at Bullet Grill in Point Blank, Texas, the route features a 60/40 balance of gravel to pavement and the opportunity to ride through the Sam Houston and Davy Crocket National Forests. With three…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Queen’s Ransom

    Faces Behind the Dots: Queen’s Ransom

    Created by the bikepacking mastermind John Schilling, the Queen’s Ransom is a 225-loop showcasing some of the best trails in the desert west of Phoenix. This non-competitive ride is a favorite winter getaway for desert bikepackers and is considered one of the best loops around. With three nights of camping as a group, it’s as…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Huracan 300

    Faces Behind the Dots: Huracan 300

    This Saturday, February 4th, a group of bikepackers will depart on the Huracan 300 bikepacking race. This 370-mile loop in Central Florida includes 100 miles of singletrack, dirt roads, abandoned paths, and occasional pavement. Racers also have the option to take on the “Lite” version of the route which is 340 miles and avoids singletrack…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Arrowhead 135

    Faces Behind the Dots: Arrowhead 135

    Every year, a group of winter die-hards line up for the Arrowhead 135. It’s a 135–mile winter ultra-marathon where people compete on foot, ski, or bicycle. Each winter, the race begins in International Falls, Minnesota, and finishes at the Fortune Bay (Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) Casino in Tower, Minnesota. It’s hard, very…

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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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