DKXL: 350 miles of Dirty Kanza

I’ve never cried tears of happiness during a bike race before. I’m not really the crying type. But after 350 long, beautiful, painful, lonely, wonderful miles in Kanza country, I rolled into Emporia on Saturday afternoon with a lump in my throat. Turning onto Commercial street and entering the buzz and excitement of the DK finish line, everything started to sink in and the tears started to flow.

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Wild Horse Gravel - BNG is Back, Bitches!

Dani and I headed out to Da Beque, Colorado earlier this month to kick off the 2019 season with a weekend of camping, gravel racing, and plenty of suffering to go around. We’ve both been deep in the world of work this spring so it was great to emerge from our laptop black holes and spend a whole weekend outside, out of service, and totally off the grid. 

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You Call This Mud?!? Nationals Recap

I love mud. And I love riding my bike in mud. It’s especially fun when a rut under the soupy, brown goop catches my wheel and throws me face first into the soft, sticky mess… all while cyclocross fans lining the racecourse shout a collective “oooohhhh” followed by laughs and gentle encouragements as I stagger to my feet. I mean, how can you take yourself seriously when this is the pinnacle of your entire season?

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Desert Revival: Bitchn Grit Goes to Moab

There comes a time in every cross season when I start to question my sanity. Why did I choose a sport where riding in frigid, wintery conditions is the norm? Why didn’t I stick to road racing where the biggest concern is deciding which sunny café we should stop at for a quick coffee and snack before venturing off onto a beautiful canyon climb…not whether or not I’ll get frostbite or ever be able to use my hands again.   

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Winter Wonderland at the US Open of Cyclocross - Boulder Cup

The UCI circus came to Boulder this past weekend for the annual US Open of Cyclocross race at our beloved Valmont Bike Park. Unlike the previous few years when Colorado’s summer was sticking around for a few extra months, this year was a bag of mixed fall-like conditions. Saturday was a short sleeve skinsuit kind of day with sunny skies and mild temperatures while Sunday was, well, it was a shit show.

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