AML_eXtreme: Lessons in Motivation

Note: For those looking for  a race report on the AML_X, read no further. I DNF'd very early. For those interested in insights into endurance sports motivation, read on.  Having completed the Allegheny Mountain Loop 400 last year, I thought it would be a logical next step to attempt AML 400's big brother, the AML eXtreme (AML_X or... Continue Reading →

Allegheny Mountains Loop 400

I've been interested in bikepacking (backpacking on a bike) for the last several years. More specifically, I have been attracted to bikepack racing, a multi-day, timed, unsupported, ultraendurance race across long distances. Like many, I got intrigued with Mike Dion's documentary Ride the Divide which follows a group of riders as they race the Tour Divide, from... Continue Reading →

Big Frog 65

My parents used to tell me, "Donnie, don't bite off more than you can chew." I think I finally understand what they were talking about.  I signed up for the Cohutta 100, one of the MTB races in the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series, in an attempt to ride my first MTB century. I've done... Continue Reading →

MS 150

I took a trip down to New Bern, NC to ride in the MS 150 with my buddy Chip. We've done lots of centuries and this one looked appealing because a) it was flat and b) it was a fund raiser (code for non-competitive). Neither of us had ridden this ride before and were a... Continue Reading →

First Pass at Bikepacking Gear

Based on a number of discussion threads, certain budgetary constraints, and what I've got on hand, here is quick summary of the first bikepacking bike and some of the associated gear. Bike Niner EMD medium, Al frame (had it on hand) Niner RDO carbon fork SRAM BB7 Mechanical brakes and Speed Dial levers SRAM 2... Continue Reading →

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