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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.
  • Fast women
    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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  • A sense of place
    For me, one map creates a unique sense of place because I’ve worked on it for over 30 years. I’ve researched it, tweaked it, overhauled it and published it. When I look at it, I see lines and names, but I also see segments of roads as experienced from the seat of a bicycle. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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  • 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. 
  • 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.
     
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