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How Door County does it
While the peninsula jutting into lake Michigan has nearly 300 miles of coastline, I wondered how the county can support three distinct century rides every year, not to mention multiple running races and a triathlon. So I decided to ask the event organizers. I wanted to know the dirt if you will.
A remote family outing
There are no roads into Ontario's Wabakimi Provincial Park. Entry is gained via paddling, rail or sea plane. For this particular trip we took a train in and flew out. When the kids, ages 12 and 13, learned of the plan to take a plane out, they could barely contain their excitement.
On a good day, women make up just 15 percent of the field at a mountain bike race. Who are these strong women? To find out, I assembled a panel of the toughest women on two wheels and set out to discover what brings them to the front.
Cyclocross finds a new home in Madison
After a three-year hiatus, Madison, Wisconsin, residents will finally be able to train for cyclocross within city limits starting this August.
Life on the Mississippi
The plan seemed so simple that first year. Six women in two canoes paddle down the Mississippi River from the
headwaters at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. But what was originally a one-shot camping trip has become an 11-year adventure that will take at least two more years before we reach the Gulf of Mexico.
A river worth its salt
I paddled a number of sections of Salt Creek, starting at what’s commonly called the “headwaters” – Busse Lake, near Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It’s a 540-acre lake with 20 miles of shoreline located in the 3,700-acre
Busse Woods. There are 11 miles of biking and running trails, 30 picnic groves, launch ramps and a new boathouse built in April 2014.
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The most dangerous race
"Henriette, slow down and let others win the races." Her father’s command was what she had to follow if her family was to survive the Nazi occupation of their country, Luxembourg.
A sense of place
Roy Pirrung crosses his 1,000th finish line at the Boston Marathon
A life-changing bike ride around the world
Under new management
Birkie Fever for all
What matters most
GRABAAWR: 30 years of a cross-state tour
Before the tour filled to capacity, months ago I managed to secure a spot in the 30th annual GReat Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River (GRABAAWR). The cross-state tour starts June 20 and ends June 27.
Lake Superior’s Slate Islands
Throw the flag!
The Outfitter Loppet is groomed as it’s skied
Nordic skiing in an Alpine environment
So many U.P. trails, so little time
How To Advice
The next generation
Parenting, and indeed all mentoring, involves risk. I believe the risk of not taking kids paddling is far more impactful on their developing minds. PlayStation Pro? Mario Cart 8? Now that’s dangerous stuff.
How to avoid a bad trip
Double your poling pleasure
Igor’s final tips on skating more effectively
Avoiding stress fractures
Kara Goucher to head running retreat at Wisconsin resort, Oct. 16-18
Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher has signed on as the head coach of the first annual Minnesuing Acres Women’s Running Retreat scheduled for October 16-18 at Minnesuing Acres Resort in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin.
Savor ‘Taste of’ the Root River Trail System in Sept.
Bikeways Project taking shape in Wis.
New film to focus on ice climbing in Michigan
Short film about the Arrowhead 135 Ultra to be released online April 1
Lottery for entry now open for Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
More Wisco fat bike races announced
Great Midwest MTB Summit in Marquette, Mich., June 12-14
The bronze-level Ride Center, as designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), will be spotlighted by two IMBA regions putting on the conference.
Gandy Dancer State Trail won't host more motorized events in Burnett County
Summer ATV events could be permitted on northern Gandy Dancer State Trail
Time to oppose cuts to Wisconsin state parks, trails and the DNR
Gov. Walker: Let's stop spending taxes on state parks and trails
Gov. Walker's budget cuts decried by biking & trails advocates
Chequamegon 100 organizers set date, incorporate
A long wait for a long race
"Thirty-seven years of doing this and this’ll be the first time I miss my start,"
I told the skier sitting next to me on the bus transporting us to the start of the American Birkebeiner.
How was the coldest day of the year for you?
Last year we were left stumbling by the unceasing cold that settled like a 60-day cloud of depression. This year we got gut punched by the Packers, an ache that will linger long after the cold fades.
Training on rainy days
XC Skiing with Mitch Mode
I have learned to take comfort on rainy days when dawn brings grayness and haze settles on the land as a heavy blanket.
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.
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
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.
The places we go
The August issue features road and mountain biking in Viroqua, Wisconsin, paved trail riding in Iowa, thru hiking the North Country Trail, paddling along the Sleeping Bear Dunes, through the Boundary Waters and on the Wisconsin River.
Possible snowmobile trail through Blue Mound State Park attracts a crowd
With no intention to unveil the exact route of a possible snowmobile trail through the southeast corner of Blue Mound State Park, officials from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nevertheless were repeatedly asked by local residents to point out its likeliest route on the large maps on display the evening of July 21.
Scenes from the 2015 American Birkebeiner
A photo finish at the 2015 American Birkebeiner
Badger State Games Fat Bike Racing, Jan. 17, 2015
Minocqua Winter Park, Jan. 1-3, 2015
Casey Randolph speedskating demo
2002 Olympic gold medalist and Wisconsin native Casey FitzRandolph demonstrates and talks about his sport at the Edgewater Hotel rink in Madison during the Frozen Assets Festival on February 7, 2015.
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