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  • Opening up the outdoors to kids and grandkids
    What better way to get kids outside and with nature then to offer them a challenge, like camping, hiking and backpacking. 
  • Music makes the wheels go round
    I’m not alone in seeing music and cycling go hand and hand, since both get their momentum from unique beats. 
  • A Root River paddle-pedal
    Would you do more paddling if you needed to do less shuttling? Is biking another of your chosen silent sports? If so, you can combine your love for paddling and biking on the same excursion by biking back to the put-in on a state trail.
  • 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.
    
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  • An icon returns
    “When they mothballed the (Bell Canoe Works) molds, people all across the country would search me out and asked if I was going to build canoes again,” Ted Bell said. “Once my noncompete expired, I decided it was time to get back into the industry.” 
  • Spa treatment for paddlers
    This year my birthday gift from my wife gave was a kayak trip: a tandem rental at the new and recently opened WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the Chicago River. 
  • 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. 
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
  • 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. 
  • 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
    .
     
  • 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.

     
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E Cycling Wisconsin
West Coast represent, Edwin Gonzales. Cycling Dane County, Wisconsin, August 2012 Music Credit: State of Yo, Brand New Heavies, Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 1