Search and Rescue: When the Unthinkable Happens

The peace and beauty of a backcountry ride is a mountain biker’s dream. Hitting up iconic routes like Colorado’s Monarch Crest is a bucket list item for many riders. For the vast majority, the Crest provides a mountain adventure replete with gorgeous scenery, sweet alpine singletrack and gnarly descents. For most, the adventure is followed …

Gunnison Adds Urban Fat Bike Trails, Hopes to Expand Grooming

Gunnison Trails has been working hard to push the fat biking envelope. Currently, they are “test driving” 3.7 miles of impeccably-groomed urban singletrack and working with the BLM on a proposal to groom a portion of Hartman Rocks for fat biking. We met with Jonathan Houck for a tour of the amazing Gunnison urban winter singletrack. …

Winter Bikepacking, Backcountry Hut-Style

For anyone curious about winter bikepacking, but not quite ready to rough it, there is a perfect solution in Gothic, Colorado. The Maroon Hut, operated by Crested Butte Nordic has been a winter overnight destination for skiers and snowshoers for many  years. Now, thanks to Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), blessed with US Forest …

Crested Butte Strives to Become a Fat Bike Mecca with Extensive Grooming

Crested Butte is all-in when it comes to fat biking. If the success of the inaugural Fat Bike Worlds (FBW) in 2016 wasn’t convincing, the second edition in 2017 solidifies Crested Butte’s dedication to all things fat. Beyond FBW, there are big ambitions to make Crested Butte a true destination for fat bike aficionados. Since …

100 Miles in the Sonoran Desert: Oracle to Picketpost on the Arizona Trail

The 800 mile-long Arizona Trail spans the state, from Mexico north to Utah. It was conceived in the 1970s, by Dale Shewalter who, in 1985, walked it to check out the possibilities. Over the next 30 years, his concept became a reality and has gained National Scenic Trail status. The many people and entities who worked …

The Birth of AZT Expeditions: Self-Guided Riding on the Arizona Trail

“Remember, EVERYTHING here HURTS!” said Matt McFee, founder and director of AZT Expeditions, as our group prepared to roll out. The nine riders were poised to set out on the first of four days riding in the Sonoran Desert on a 100-mile segment of the Arizona Trail. Matt was actually riding as a participant, with …

Wydaho in the Winter, Part 1: Fat Biking and Skiing Grand Targhee

We arrived at Grand Targhee Resort late Sunday afternoon, eager to check out the winter fat bike trails. Yes, I’m aware of the chorus, “Fat biking at a ski resort?! No way, when there’s snow, you should ski!” rising to a crescendo right about now. Not to worry… my husband, Scott, and I had a …

Wydaho in the Winter, Part 2: Fat Biking Teton Valley

The Teton Valley embraces cycling in any and all forms, so it’s no surprise that fat bikes are everywhere. After riding the nordic trails and singletrack at Grand Targhee Resort the previous day, we had to make choices for the next two day’s rides. Andy Williams was gracious enough to spend more time with us, …

“Fat Is Here to Stay” – How Fat Bikers Are Working with Other Users to Ensure Trail Access

“Fat is Here to Stay” was the title of Gary Sjoquist’s first presentation. Sjoquist is the Advocacy Director for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the host of the Fat Bike Summit held during Crested Butte’s Fat Bike Worlds. QBP’s tagline is “More Butts on Bikes,” reflecting the company’s focus on advocacy… not just selling bikes, but …

The First-Ever Fat Bike World Championships: Part 2

Click here to read Part 1! Most of Friday, January 28, was spent indoors, but was worth every minute of captivity. We attended the Crested Butte Regional Fat Bike Summit, which is far too massive a topic to cover here and now–stay tuned for a separate article. By 3pm, attendees were released to take part …

The First-Ever Fat Bike World Championships: Part 1

In 1976, Crested Butte inadvertently played a pivotal role in the history of mountain biking with the first “Annual Pearl Pass Tour.” Solidly entrenched in the mountain bike culture, Crested Butte has now positioned itself in the forefront of fat bike fever with the first-ever rendition of Fat Bike Worlds. My photographer husband, Scott, and …

How to Raise A Mountain Biker

You are a mountain biker. You ride as often as “real life” allows. Initially, “real life” limits are things like school, job, finances, and proximity to trails. If you’re lucky, you add a significant other/spouse to your life. If you’re really lucky, that person loves to ride and you have a life-long riding partner. After …