Lyle from Mission Workshop and I have successfully escaped Eurobike and fled to the Mountains of Madness in Glarus, Switzerland. Today we’re going to get in a quick ride before heading out to Freiburg, Germany where we’ll be riding with the guys from Santa Cruz.
Expect some real epicness from PiNP over the next few days as I take on some of the most epic riding in the world.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a touring video that has gotten me more pumped than this one. All I gotta say is the full-length is going to be so rad…
Have you been following the AWOL project?
See you tomorrow Erik!
Photo by Brian Vernor
Living in the Great Plains of the US means you spend a lot of time riding gravel roads and it just so happens, people take that very seriously these days. Today was the Gravel Road World Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska and Brian Vernor has some great photos up on his Flickr from last year’s event. I’d love to make it out and “compete” one year.
Check out Brian Vernor’s full Flickr set here.
EDIT: Congrats to Austin Horse for winning the Gravel Worlds!
Look, I love the ‘wood and I love dirt. I’d rather spend six hours in the woods than three on sealed road. Why? It’s more fun. Especially when you find yourself on a 29+ MTB like a Surly Krampus (don’t worry, there’s a review coming). On one of my last days in Minneapolis, Jeff, Kyle and I rode the “River Bottoms” with Baroo, Jeff’s dog.
We took it at a chill pace, messed around on obstacles and stopped for the photo opps… Then, Kyle sprained his ankle and Baroo got overheated (90 degrees in Minneapolis is HOT).
I have to admit, in the 25 miles we rode, I had so much fun riding in the ‘wood with my mates. See for yourself in the narrated Gallery!
Yesterday was the first full day in Minneapolis. I’m here for the All-City Championships, along with Kyle from Tracko. We’re both crashing at Jeff from All-City’s house and that means we fall into his routine. His food, his rides, his spots and of course, his house. When you’re staying with someone like Jeff, expect a good time. Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!
Yonder Journal is fucking killing it. The latest report features fat bike apocalypse training in the Canyonlands. I don’t want to give away too much, but this photo-heavy story is amazing and worth the read. Head to Yonder Journal to check it out.
Some scenes evoke a certain resonance within our subconscious… ok, whatever, go out and find some dirt this weekend to rip around on.
Tools of the trade:
Yashica T4 / Pro400H
Over the years, some of these guys have become good friends of mine and I’ve enjoyed watching their lives change in the time that the Rapha Continental has been around. Since its inception, the Continental not only influenced the lives of the members, but undoubtably cycling as a whole.
Watching this video from the 2013 Pacific Northwest Rapha Continental ride, all I can think about is doing something similar with a group of close friends. The PNW really is gorgeous.
See more incredible photos at the Rapha Flickr and read Jeremy Dunn’s thoughts on the ride at Rapha.
Ever have one of those rides where a crazed redneck kicks you off “his mountain” and you end up somewhat lost, having to re-route yourself? Yeah. This was one of those rides. Not that I’m complaining. If Santa Cruz is dirt heaven, then surely the roads are worth a mention.
During the ATOC this year, a few of us got together and rode from Santa Cruz to San Jose. Leading the way was Garrett Chow on his FEA Venge. He promised a big climb, some poaching, a little dirt and heat, heat, heat. All of which were delivered. Then our route was truncated short by the above-mentioned, real king of the mountain…
60 miles and 4,000′ later and we were in San Jose, just in time to watch the last TT and drink a few beers. It’s a bummer we missed the stage, but so it goes. Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!
Tools of the trade:
It’s nice to see others taking on the Yonder spirit and organizing “Brovets”. Here’s 48×17‘s version:
“Brovet: Γύρος του Μωριά was a 3 day road cycling event organised by the shop at the last weekend of May 2013. The plan was to pass through some of the most beautiful and scenic routes of Peloponnesse, South Greece. There was a lot of climbing and lot of crazy fun riding, a bit of competitiveness, camp vibes by the sea and ancient temples. Apres-bike, the nicest memory was eating together at the end of each day as one big companionship.”