XTERRA West Championship Course Preview

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Part of the moonscape bike and run course at the Xterra West Championship in Lake Las Vegas.

Saturday, April 25th marks the start of the XTERRA US Pro tour with the West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be my first time racing the event, and I’ll have my hands full against a stacked field of elite athletes from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Click through to experience the course. Continue reading

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Biking in Durham and Hillsborough NC

Happy cows at Maple View Dairy Farm on Orange Grove Road in Orange County

Happy cows at Maple View Dairy Farm on Orange Grove Road in Orange County

Durham, NC is a great place to be a cyclist. It has all the vibrancy and dynamism of an up-and-coming city, but retains out-the-door access to tranquil and rustic countryside that’s perfect for cycling. Continue reading

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Darby Roubaix 2015

2nd place in the under-30 division and 7th overall. Not to bad for riding my mountain bike against some sneaky roadies!

2nd place in the under-30 division and 7th overall. Not too bad for riding my mountain bike against some sneaky roadies!

On Sunday I competed in my first ever road race, Darby Roubaix, capping a weekend of camping at Bandits Roost and riding the phenomenal singletrack at W. Kerr Scott Dam. Continue reading

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Xterra Costa Rica 2015

Just crested a 30% grade climb on the pre-ride, the view more than made up for it!

Just crested a 30% grade climb on the pre-ride, the view more than made up for it!

Costa Rica seemed like as good a place as any for my first international race. After a brutal east coast winter, the chance to trade snow for sunscreen in March made the decision all the easier.

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Cycling Pilot Mountain State Park

The distinctive red dirt of North Carolina and beautiful blue skies make the perfect backdrop for the unique prominence of Pilot Knob, towering above the Piedmont.

The distinctive red clay of North Carolina and beautiful blue skies make the perfect backdrop for the unique prominence of Pilot Knob, towering above the Piedmont.

To celebrate the first day of Spring I headed out to Pilot Mountain State Park, my favorite road riding locale in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Pilot Mountain here. Continue reading for a photo essay of a perfect spring day in the saddle.

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XTERRA Costa Rica 2015 Preview

2012 Olympian and 2x Costa Rican National Champion Leonard Chacon crushing a beach segment of the bike course in route to winning the 2014 men's title. Photo credit: Andres Vargas - Xterra Costa Rica / Lead Adventure Media

2012 Olympian and 2x Costa Rican National Champion Leonard Chacon crushing a beach segment of the bike course in route to winning the 2014 men’s title. Photo credit: Andres Vargas – Xterra Costa Rica / Lead Adventure Media

On Sunday March 29th a stellar international field of professional off-road triathletes as well as hundreds of adventurous amateurs will test their limits at the Xterra Costa Rica off-road triathlon championship. It will be my first triathlon of the year, and my first time racing outside of the US. Continue reading

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Veggies and Hummus 100 Ways

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My top-ten favorite vegetables and the ten bold Roots hummus flavors produce 100 unique veggie & hummus pairings.

I eat a lot of snacks. With two to four workouts a day, I need to refuel after each one without being too full for the next. I am always looking for different healthy and tasty ways to get some wholesome nutrition in quick. I don’t always have time to fix recipes, even easy ones, so I often resort to shoveling in hummus straight from a bowl.  Varying both the flavor of hummus and the delivery method, though, keeps it from becoming monotonous. Continue reading

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Carolina Beach Weekend Getaway

Few scenes in nature compare to the sun rising over the ocean. Carpe diem.

Carpe diem. Few scenes in nature compare to that of the sun rising over the ocean.

After several mountain trips in Western North Carolina last year (Rocky Knob Bike Park, Boone, and Boone again) we got the itch for some weekend getaways to the North Carolina coast in 2015. Just one of the benefits of living in NC. Our favorite spot is the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area just south of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. It boasts miles of uncrowded pristine coastline and is a bird watchers delight. Pelican, Tern, Seagull, Sindpiper, and Willet sightings are almost a sure bet. Continue reading

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Nature Photography around Durham NC

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike" -John Muir

Taking a moment to appreciate my surroundings at Eno River State Park. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike” -John Muir

Sans bugs and crowds, the winter months are a perfect time to explore the awe inspiring and tranquil natural places in and around Durham County. Some great places to start are the Duke Forest and Eno River State Park. Click through to see more of the exceptional wilderness on hand. Continue reading

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Ride Kore Skill Instruction

Following Ryan Thompson's lead at the Richmond pump track. Learning to pump with my legs, and not just my arms, to build free speed. This work immediately translated to more flow out on the trail

Following Ryan Thompson’s lead at the Richmond pump track. Learning to pump with my legs, and not just my arms, to build free speed. This work immediately translated to more flow out on the trail.

Contrary to the onslaught of bike industry advertising, the most surefire way to mountain bike faster, more safely, and with maximal enjoyment is to upgrade your skills, not your bike. Books, articles, and ads targeting cross country mountain bikers and off-road triathletes that emphasize aerobic conditioning, nutrition, strength training, gadgets and equipment over actual mountain biking skills are putting the cart before the horse. Continue reading

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