Building Bicycle Valhalla

Building Bicycle Valhalla

By Joe Kurmaskie Speaking around the country about all things bike related has given me a few insights about where our communities stand in the evolution towards bike friendly Valhalla – we’re talking scalable, livable places where anyone can roll two wheels out the front door without fear… or requesting combat pay. Where a mix […]

Slaying the Badger is a Masterpiece

Slaying the Badger is a Masterpiece

Slaying the Badger reads like a well-written novel that I could hardly put down, even though I already knew the ending. What I didn’t know was all the background detail, the subplots and the personalities involved in this story. And even though I felt I had a decent feel for the personas of LeMond and Hinault, the full story told by Moore gave me many insights and a much greater understanding of these two extraordinary antagonists.

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

The Road to Recovery from Trauma and Cancer: Dean Lang’s Journey Back to His Bike

In 2009, Dean Lang was one of 3 cyclists that I featured in the August 2009 issue of Cycling Utah (http://www.cyclingutah.com/august/August2009counter.html) who completed a solo ride across the United States via the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier route. Dean did the ride in early 2007 at the age of 60. On June 28th of 2010 Dean had an accidental shooting that shattered his distal femur. Shortly after the start of his rehabilitation, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The following conversation discusses Dean’s life before and after that tragic night.

Big Cottonwood Canyon Challenge

Road Biking Utah features a mixture of well-known routes and out-of-the-way rides, some of which even Utah’s most avid cyclists may not know. The Big Cottonwood Canyon Challenge is one of the former types of ride – popular and heavily-ridden.

Navajo Lake Loop Trail

Navajo Lake Loop Trail

Navajo Lake can be found on top of Cedar Mountain about 25 miles east of Cedar City. The lake was formed by a lava flow, of the kind that is typical of the area, that dammed water flow. The lake sits at 9200 feet so bring your lungs.

Route Announced for 2012 Tour of Utah – Race Lengthened to 545 Miles; Climbing Increases to 37500 feet

The internationally-sanctioned, professional cycling stage race known as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM” just got distinctly tougher. Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed that this year’s event, August 7-12, will increase the overall mileage from 409 miles to 545 miles of racing over six days.

It’s Never Too Late – or Too Early – to be a Rock Star

It’s Never Too Late – or Too Early – to be a Rock Star

With the exciting growth of the Utah High School Cycling Association, led by director (and Dave’s wife) Lori Harward, we have been more involved with youth cycling in recent months and are now coaching some young and extremely promising riders. At the other end of the spectrum, riders in their late forties and fifties – and beyond – come to us from a variety of backgrounds. Some raced earlier in life and want to get back into it, some are new to the sport, and still others want to take their fitness to the next level, whether to prepare for challenging rides or targeted events.

Spring Prep: Mother Nature’s Not Always our Friend

Some days living in warm and dry temps, where you can count on feeling thirst and sweating sunscreen, can feel so refreshing when an ‘April Shower’ blows wet+cold. Our body and mind adapt to our environment though, so this shock to the system can truly shift our energy and therefore performance as endurance athletes- whether the triathlete facing ‘cold shock’ from open water or the cyclist caught in a chilling downpour