Steve “Doom” Fassbinder is a bad-ass adventurer who combines mountain biking, rock climbing, and pack rafting to explore deep into desert, mountain, and coastal wilds. His trips require the sort of endurance and suffering that tend to either leave you in awe or scratching your head wondering why. Steve and I talked about his motivations to keep pushing his personal limits, as well as how he got into this sort of adventuring in the first place, his proudest moments, balancing risk and reward, teaching the next generation of adventurers, and a whole lot more.
Our theme music is by Will McKindley Ward.
Photo credit: Andrew Burr
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, Mountain Biking, The Podcast
Tagged adventure, alaska lost coast trip, bike packing, devo explorers, doom, mike curiak, mountain biking, pack rafting, packrafting, steve "doom" fassbinder, steve fassbinder
Lael Wilcox may not yet be a household name in the cycling world, but with wins and records in super long distance, self-supported bikepacking races such as TransAmerica and the Tour Divide, she will be soon. In this special episode of The Bicycle Story podcast, I interviewed Lael about her victory at TransAm, what it’s like to race across the country in 18 days, her roots as a dirtbag world adventurer, breaking into the mainstream, and more.
For more on Lael’s world travels, check out The Bicycle Story’s 2014 interview with her partner Nick Carman.
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, Interviews, Racing, The Podcast
Tagged badass women cyclists, bike packing, bikepacking, bikepacking racing, gypsy by trade, lael wilcox, nicholas carman, specialized, tour divide, transam, transamerica race
Eszter Horanyi and Scott Morris at the start of their 4,000 mile Continental Divide Trail ride. Photo via topofusion.com.
The Tour Divide is a 2,745 bikepacking race from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. When Eszter Horanyi set the women’s course record of 19 days, 3 hours in 2012, she did so by averaging over 140 miles each day and sleeping just a few hours each night. Doing so on repeat for the better part of a month is a brutal challenge that pushes athletes to their mental and physical limits. It turns out Horanyi is really good at it. Over her years of bikepacking racing, she’s held or still holds records on the Tour Divide, Arizona Trail Race 300, Colorado Trail Race, Arrowhead 135, and plenty more. She stopped racing in 2013, but continues to explore mountains and valleys and remote roads by bike. I spoke to Horanyi about her entry into mountain bike racing, her bikepacking racing “career,” the self-empowerment the comes from adventuring alone, the growth of bikepacking, and more.
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Posted in Adventure, Bike Touring, Interviews, Mountain Biking, Racing
Tagged arizona trail, badass women cyclists, bike packing, bikepacking, bikepacking racing, colorado trail, eszter horanyi, gdmbr, great divide, great divide mountain bike race, tour divide
It’s Friday. It’s summertime. It’s time to plan some awesome bike adventures. These three videos showcase incredible trips that kickstart wanderlust and make me want to get out and explore.
The Road from Karakol is about professional alpine climber Kyle Dempster’s solo biking and climbing tour through Kyrgyzstan. He spent two months biking (and sometimes dragging, pushing or carrying his bike) 1200km on remote roads to climb Kyrgyzstan’s massive peaks. There were times when he didn’t see another human for a week straight.
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Posted in Bike Touring, Cycling Media, Everything Else, Mountain Biking
Tagged bike packing, bike tour, bikepacking, british columbia, dave roth, ducttape then beer, fitz cahall, kyle dempster, matt hunter, mountain biking, road from karakol, seb kemp, tour mont blanc
Recently, I had the opportunity to see a screening of Reveal the Path, a new documentary from Ride the Divide executive producer Mike Dion. Ride the Divide follows a handful of racers during the 2008 Tour Divide. For those unfamiliar, the Tour Divide is a 2,700 mile, self-supported mountain bike race from Banff, British Columbia in Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico on the U.S.-Mexico border. That style of self-supported mountain bike racing and riding is called bike packing.
Reveal is, in many ways, a sequel to Ride the Divide. Though it’s not about racing, the film follows Tour Divide alums Matthew Lee (five-time winner), Kurt Refsnider (2011 winner), Dion (he competed in the 2008 race, though he did not finish), and the film’s producer, first-time bike packer (andÂ Ride the Divide director) Hunter Weeks on a bike packing journey, riding and camping on trails and remote mountain roads across Scotland, France, Morocco, Â Nepal, and Alaska.
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Posted in Bike Touring, Mountain Biking, Reviews
Tagged adventure cycling, bike packing, cycling documentary, cycling films, hunter weeks, kurt refsnider, matthew lee, mike dion, reveal the path review