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Interview with Tracey Petervary, Fatbike Monster

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments

One of the great things about the fatbike community is how back-of-the-pack guys like me can talk to and learn from racers who are way up front – people like Tracey Petervary, an accomplished long-distance cyclist, a really cool person, and a pretty dominant champion. T-Race has enjoyed particularly remarkable success in fatbike racing, which […]

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Fat Pursued – Fat Pursuit Race Report

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

In January, I made a second attempt at finishing JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit in Idaho. I hope this race report for Salsa Cycles conveys my excitement and satisfaction with the race: I was shivering at the predawn start line of JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit on January 10th – not from cold, since it was already […]

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Arrowheadcase

January 28th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Standing with the Buffalo on the start line of the Arrowhead 135 on Monday morning in International Falls, I was bubbling with excitement – eager to get going. I had not been on my bike for more than about 20 minutes since the end of the Fat Pursuit, exactly 14 days before. Everything had gone […]

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Rebecca Rusch and Me

January 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Friday night, I finished the pro cyclist Rebecca Rusch’s great memoir of her athletic career, Rusch to Glory. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in pro cycling or endurance sport. I’ve followed the career of the “Queen of Pain” since she won her first Leadville 100 mountain-bike race in 2009  – the year that Lance […]

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Finished!

January 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Finished! Two minutes after crossing the finish line in 26:25, thirty seconds after drinking a can of celebratory beer in about fifteen seconds. Exhausted elation.

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The Buffalo on South Plateau

January 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s the Buffalo at the literal turning point of the Fat Pursuit: the northward turn onto South Plateau Trail, a 26-mile run from deep in the Targhee National Forest to the little resort town of West Yellowstone, Montana. I walked a huge part of this stretch in 2014. Better conditions, a better bike, and better […]

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Racecourse Recon

January 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Taking advantage of some downtime and of the gorgeous weather the day before the race (30 degrees F, sunny, blue skies, no wind), Minnesota Mark and Wisconsin Mark and I went out for a short ride, inspecting the first and last few miles of the racecourse. This view looking west toward Sawtelle Mountain was pretty […]

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Idaho!

January 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The long drive west ended when Wisconsin Mark pulled into the parking lot at Ponds Lodge in Island Park, Idaho. On the second day of our drive, we’d blazed through the rest of Montana, stopped in West Yellowstone for a beer and a bit of exploring (trying to find the race’s third checkpoint), made our […]

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Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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Not a Great Ride

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for […]

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Jones Loop Handlebar: A Belated Review

November 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

When I sold the Beast in August to upgrade to a titanium Mukluk, I also decided to switch from traditional straight handlebars to the funny-looking but apparently quite comfortable "Loop" H-Bar made by Jones Bikes. I had had problems with my hands going numb on many rides on the Muk with straight bars, but many […]

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Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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Into the Woods

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Though I’ve been living on the plains for ten years now, I still think of the woods as Nature. Like my affinity for winter and snow, my love for the woods is rooted in the experience of growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some of my earliest memories are of walking with my dad and […]

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Borrowed Blackborow

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

I was lucky enough in October to borrow a friend’s new fatbike: a Salsa Blackborow, a long-awaited machine that can run 5" tires. I was able to keep the bike for two weeks, which allowed me to enjoy plenty of riding: daily commutes, a few 20-mile sessions in the Carleton Arboretum, and even two extended […]

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