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  • Police in Marquette, Michigan, shared the name of the cyclist found dead within a few miles of the finish of the Ore to Shore mountain bike race on Saturday, August 9: Peter Bausch, an attorney and father of two boys, who lived in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. 
  • 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. 
  • Copper Harbor Trails win more deserving recognition
    Recognition comes in many forms and many forms of recognition continue to come in for the well deserving Copper Harbor Trails in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 
  • Epic singletrack dreaming
    Getting an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Center in Wausau, Wisconsin, would be a big deal, a coup for the local mountain bike club and the surrounding community.  
  • Hurts so good
    Experience proves that a WEMS race is a long day with plenty of time for dramatic reversals as the hours take their toll. After 40 of those monsters now, I’m still learning lessons.  
  • Mountain bikes should remain prohibited on National Scenic Trails, such as the Ice Age and North Country trails in the Midwest, according to Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society (AHS) in an fundraising email sent to members of his organization. 
  • Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities juxtaposes life in Paris and London during the onset of the French Revolution. In contrast, two small northwestern Wisconsin hamlets, Hayward and Cable, serve as anchors to two of my favorite and humbling events, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival and the American Birkebeiner.  
  • Meeting a need for singletrack in metro Milwaukee
    As any avid Milwaukee-area mountain biker knows, finding enjoyable singletrack through hilly wooded terrain requires a drive of a 30- to 60-minute drive, depending on the direction you travel. 
  • WIN Cycling, a new effort to establish mountain biking clubs in Wisconsin schools, is backed by the Wisconsin Off Road Series, the country's largest statewide mountain biking race series.  
  • Just the other day, I was organizing my ideas for an article on skiing, roller skiing and mountain biking safety when suddenly I had an epiphany. It occurred to me that one of these disciplines was by far more dangerous than the others, and that sport was mountain biking. 
  • Are fat bikes really a threat to cross-country ski trails? Greg Smith, co-owner of the website, would like to see the conversation opened between skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers and any other winter users of public ground.   
  • Looking back at my 2012 training log, I see I biked more miles in November and December than I did in July. Serious cyclists, I realize, wouldn't be impressed by my pedaling less than 200 miles in each of those months. But it wasn't until July that my monthly biking miles outnumbered my running miles. Funny what a difference a serious running injury - and a new bike - makes.  
  • With the increasing popularity of fat bikes - usually hard-tail mountain bikes with heavier steel frames but always with low-pressure balloon tires at least 3.5 inches wide - comes a plethora of fat bike-specific races, even race series.  
  • Up from the Chicago area for the weekend, Cody Kunz took time away from visiting his Madison-area friends to check out the Middleton Bike Park. The 22-year-old rolled around the upper level pump track before braving a series of three six-foot high tabletop dirt jumps.  
with Tom Held
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