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A Cycling Everest Attempt

An “Everest Attempt” in the world of cycling is where an individual tries to climb the elevation equal to Mt. Everest in one ride. That’s about 29,000 ft or 8,800 m of elevation gain in one ride, so its usually a pretty big day in the saddle. I started the attempt with very little prep and a past knee injury that would come to bite me early into the ride.

I did however have sufficient fueling from Nature's Bakery with their amazing fig bars. See the thing with climbing is weight is very important, and with a 16 hour ride in front of me, getting in enough calories and carbs was going to be important. I brought with me three fig bars on each pass of the climb, eating one every 30-45 min. I had a small support crew (my wife and bro in law) but they couldn’t be with me the whole time, so in between re-fueling with them I knew I was covered by Nature's Bakery fig bars.

The story of my Everest is a dousy, and I put together a small documentary style video that goes through the day before prep, and the epic day of climbing, and the explanation of the finish. If my knee had held together, I would have had it in the bag, but I was never hungry thanks to Natures Bakery and their killer fig bars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyNwmKPJ8oA


Mountain Biking Across Portugal

When I started mountain biking about 12 years ago, it was the adventure that came with each ride that hooked me. Every time I'd pedal deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains, there was always something different waiting. Weather, terrain, wildlife, equipment - every ride comes with unexpected situations that must be dealt with on the fly. For 2016, my season ended with a race across Portugal that epitomized everything I love about mountain biking. What I thought would be a typical bike race, turned out to be one of the craziest...


Winter Riding – Tahoe to LA

Usually this time of year is about long, cold, wet rides over icy and sand-covered roads. Winter training is a necessary evil in the world of cycling, with races starting as early as February. However, for the first time in my career, I'm not cleaning road salt out of my teeth after every ride in January. Instead, I'm still putting sunblock on each morning and bundling up with nothing more than a windbreaker before heading out the door. I was hesitant to leave my home and epic training grounds of Reno-Tahoe a few months ago in exchange for my new residence...


Rock Climbing in Norway

Norway
A small country with beautiful mountains and a population less than the city of Detroit.

I grew up among the wild mountains of Romsdal, which is famous for its steep terrain, deep valleys, and spectacular beauty. Romsdal is home to Europe’s tallest vertical rock face – the Troll Wall, at over 3,300 feet high. The area is known as being one of Norway’s best trad climbing destinations, but it’s great for all types of rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, ski touring and ice climbing.

What to know before going to Norway
It's super expensive unless you eat healthy (fish and potatoes are cheap). It's beautiful,...


East Vs. West Coast Trails

There are a lot of differences between the East and West Coasts. One has Starbucks while the other has Dunkin Donuts. One has poison ivy while the other has poison oak. One has outrageous gas prices, while the other… also has outrageous gas prices. We could spend all day comparing the two, but let’s focus on the differences that actually matter. Let’s focus on the mountain biking.

Weather

The West can get very hot and very cold. There’s no secret here. However, the heat and the cold on the West is...


The Donner Party

Pounding out the hours of Endurocross laps and motos during the week always tends to gets tedious toward the end of the season so it is always nice to mix things up. As a racer I am always on the lookout for fun one off races to do to fill up my schedule and keep at it racing. I caught wind of an event being put on at the Donner Ski Ranch in northern California and had to go give it a shot. I started checking the weather reports about...


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