Riding the Spine Update


It’s been a while since we filled you in on the guys who are “riding the spine” on their mountain bikes – from Fairbanks, AK to Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of South America. Actually it’s been a year and a half since our last check-in but it appears the guys are still on course and in northern Peru. If you’re a geography buff like me you know Peru is located in the northern part of South America which means the riders still have to make it across the bulk of the continent.

Even if the guys had to stop now what they’ve accomplished thus far is truly amazing. Just making it from Alaska to the continental US is a loooong and wild trek. Mexico and central America is no joke and at one point the team had to kayak from Panama to Columbia with bikes in tow. One rider, JJ, got Dengue fever Columbia – read their blog for the whole story and to catch up on their journey thus far.

The Riding the Spine adventure has been ongoing since July, 2006 so this summer will mark the 3-year anniversary of the beginning. I don’t know if any of the guys have taken off during that time but from what I’ve read it’s been a non-stop push. Definitely gives me inspiration for my own (tiny) MTB endurance challenges this year…