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  • Great River Rumble
    The 2014 Great River Rumble will cover 105 river miles from Prairie du Sac on the Wisconsin River to Guttenberg, Iowa, on the Mississippi, July 26 to August 2.
  • Top 10 backpacking trails in the upper Midwest
    My list includes trails that offer a challenge, beautiful surroundings, unique landscapes and an opportunity for solitude and some off-trail camping. 
  • How to ride 24
    Twenty-four hour racing is largely determined by one’s equipment and physical readiness, but it also warrants a premeditated psychological strategy to endure the unknown places the wee hours will take a rider.
  • A royal experience on Isle Royale
    Isle Royale National Park is primarily a hiking and backpacking destination, but kayakers and canoeists also enjoy the challenges of paddling in and around the park.
  • A legacy of activity
    Since R.T. Rybak was first electected mayor of Minneapolis in 2002, snowmaking efforts started at various city parks to cover Nordic ski trails, the very successful City of Lakes Loppet was created, new mountain bike trails appeared, a bikeshare program commenced and, not surprisingly, Minneapolis-St.Paul has ranked among the healthiest metro areas in America.
  • RAGBRAI: America's favorite bicycle ride
    For 42 years and counting. RAGBRAI – the world’s largest, longest and oldest bicycle touring event – is part roving county fair and part Mardis Gras on wheels across Iowa.
    
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  • A whole lotta dairyland to ride
    If you have ever done either the Dairyland Dare or the Dairy Roubaix, both put on by Michelle and Stewart Schilling, you know there will be cows, hills, burning legs, sweat, tears and more hills. Oh yes, smiles are mandatory as well.  
  • Paddling northeast Iowa
    The Driftless Area untouched by glaciers extends across the Mississippi to northeastern Iowa. Where there are ridges, there are valleys. And where there are valleys, there are rivers. 
  • Don’t neglect your paddles
    The paddle is as important as the boat. Paddles are meant to interact with water. Not gravel, not rocks, not concrete. Sure, you hit things with your paddle accidentally. But it pains me to see how some folks abuse their paddles. 
  • Minnesota took the No. 2 spot in the latest ranking of “bike friendly states” as determined by the League of American Bicyclists. Wisconsin jumped from No. 8 to No. 3, approaching that state’s highest rank of No. 2 in 2010. 
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  • Hill Climbing 101
    BEHIND THE BARS with Kierstin Kloeckner
    As a trainer and cycling coach, I am constantly urging clients who don’t like hills to give them another shot. After all, is riding through flat cornfields day after day really that much fun? By learning to embrace climbing, a whole new world opens up. 
  • Acquired skills
    XC SKIING with Mitch Mode
     None of this is instinctive. We are not born accomplished skiers. It is an acquired skill. Technique is the driver. Without it we flail, energy wasted. Our enthusiasm may know no bounds, but bad technique is an open window as the furnace runs hot. Technique comes with time and with work. It is malleable, changing form as our experience grows. We may be born to ski but we are not born competent skiers. 
  • The way of the blade
    PADDLING with Darren Bush
    There are no right or wrong paddles. If you are a fan of big blades for flatwater paddling, then more power (literally) to you. Do you like skinny little Greenland kayak paddles? By all means, use them. Like a bent shaft canoe paddle or a traditional willow-leaf design? Good for you. As the French say, 
    à chacun son goût
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  • The best Birkie ever
    FOOTLOOSE with Bruce Steinberg
    Carol and I raised over $6,500 in pledges for a clinic that specialized in macular degeneration research. All I had to do was finish the 1994 Birkie filled with the calamities; calamities that paled in comparison to what Carol and other sufferers of macular degeneration have to cope with every day.
     
  • Quenching your thirst
    GEAR with Lou Dzierzak
    There are more options than ever to carry water with you on your adventures. Once limited to heavy plastic bottles stored in hip belt holsters, athletes can now choose from handhelds, belts with multiple bottles and lightweight technical vests.
     
  • Movin’ Shoes
    RUNNING with Tom Kaufman
    The initial inventory of Movin’ Shoes was four pairs of shoes hanging on a peg board. The first running shoes sold were Tiger Nylon and Leather Cortez. These were soon followed by Blue Ribbon Sports’ (Nike) Nylon and Leather Cortez. The cost of those first running shoes? About $15.
     
  • Do endurance athletes need supplements?

    NUTRITION with Donna Marlor
    Although one in four Americans regularly uses supplements, most endurance athletes are at low risk for developing a severe clinical deficiency from a lack of nutrients. The real issue is probably one of optimal performance and recovery. Could you benefit from antioxidant supplements? Perhaps.

     
  • 'Shoeing blind
    SNOWSHOEING with Jim Joque
    I scheduled an overnight winter camping adventure for students taking my university camping and backpacking course. It happened to fall on the same night as the first major storm of the season to hit central Wisconsin on December 8, 2009. I had to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed or cancel. My top concern is always safety.
     
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