Well, besides working some insane overtime at work, 2014 is looking to be a pretty damn good year! Here’s the straight skinny:
May 20th – June 4th: A trip to Scotland for the Highland Trail Race, a 550-mile mountain bike race through the Scottish Highlands, then heading over to France to visit a couple of beaches. (It sucks missing all the people coming to town for the Dirty Kanza, but at least I won’t be here when Eddie O’Dea ruins Emporia.)
July 1st – 6th: 5 days in Washington and Oregon with my cousins for a big 4th of July party! Not taking the bike, but I’m making them take me to go explore the area. They just don’t know it yet… Haha
August 12th-17th: An individual time trial (ITT) of the Colorado Trail Race. It’s a 500-mile hiking and biking trail through Colorado, that has something like 70,000 feet of climbing. I don’t know that I’ll be able to finish the whole route from Denver to Durango, but it will still be an awesome ride, regardless. I’m REALLY looking forward to this one, but it’s gonna be an ass-kicker and a lung-buster (although everyone says the Highland Race is just as hard, if not more so, it just lacks the altitude).
August 29 – Sep. 1st: A thunder-run 18 hour drive to Ketchum, Idaho for Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a 100-mile gravel-grinder put on by Rebecca Rusch. A couple of guys from here in town went up last year, and had a blast. The Adventure Monkey did a write-up on it here. You can also see some of his pictures on the event’s website; how cool is that?! He’s also the guy in blue on the fat-bike at :09, haha.
September 23rd – 28th: Back to South Dakota for the Black Hills Expedition, a new race/route that’s 425 miles of singletrack and rail-trails through the Black Hills in South Dakota.
December: Not 100% for sure on December yet, but I REALLY want to do a long-distance cold-weather race on the fat-bike. I’m looking at either the Tuscobia Race in Wisconsin or the Arrowhead 135 in International Falls, MN. Speaking of which, the upgraded Pugsley is flat-out awesome. It’s so much quicker and responsive than it used to be, thanks to dropping over half of the wheel weight, and the Knard tires grip amazing! It’s still nothing compared to the new line of carbon bikes that are out now, but much, much improved!
Welp, that about sums my plans for 2014. Hopefully I can make all of this work out, but it’s looking good so far! I’m leaving you with two videos to end this post (which I PROMISE to do more of!).
The first one is a stupid video that happens when you merge a Pugsley, a Go-Pro, and Apple’s iMovie.
The second one is a compilation of Brian Williams from NBC News doing Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang. It’s pretty frickin’ epic!
See you down the road (in Scotland, France, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Idaho, South Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin),