Tag: Colorado Trail

  • 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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  • 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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  • Faces Behind the Dots – Colorado Trail Race 2022

    Faces Behind the Dots – Colorado Trail Race 2022

    Get to know the women of the 2022 Colorado Trail Race. Potentially one of the deepest women’s fields in the history of the race, it’s going to be a good race to Durango. Check out their stories, motivations, and favorite snacks.

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