In a quiet way, the thousands of people who run, bike, hike, ski and paddle make a lot of noise in Wisconsin
I didn’t win a darn thing in the Noquemanon 50K Classic Ski Race.
No Moen cowbell for 9th place in my age group, or 76th overall.
Rep. Thomas Petri has answered the call from bicyclists to restore $1.2 billion for bike and pedestrian projects eliminated from the transportation bill headed for a committee vote on Thursday.
The Republican from Fond du Lac drafted an amendment that keeps money flowing to states for bike trails, pedestrian improvements and Safe Routes to Schools programs.
Kaitlin Antonneau’s season of success ended in disappointment on the sandy course of the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships in Koksijde, Belgium.
The 20-year-old from Racine improved on her rookie performance in the world championship, but had sought more than the 26th place she brought home to the states.
The winter of skier discontent produced mixed news for the races on a busy weekend.
The Badger State Games are a firm go, with adequate snow on the trails in the Nine Mile County Forest outside Wausau. Minocqua Winter Park also reports good conditions for its inaugural Wolf Tracks Rendevous.
Cyclists and Rep. Tom Petri came up two votes short Thursday in their effort to secure dedicated funding for bike and pedestrian projects in the House transportation bill.
As its written, the bill eliminates the $1.2 billion directed to states for Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to Schools. In Wisconsin, it would cut more than $6.2 million allocated annually for non-motorized transportation enhancements and $3.2 million for Safe Routes to Schools.
Of the many core values taught through Girls on the Run, gratitude is one of Molly Barker’s favorites.
It’s one she teaches by example.
The Iron Girl race series has canceled its Racine triathlon, after failing to meet its participation goals in 2010 and 2011.
This could be the beginning of a beautiful rivalry.
The Milwaukee Public Market will start catering more to bicyclists, with a sheltered parking area along North Broadway.
The unusual winter has forced me to try some unusual workouts to prepare for the American Birkebeiner ski race, less than three weeks away.
Tuesday afternoon I roller skied uphill intervals on a slope in Humboldt Park. On Wednesday, I varied that by pushing my twin daughters and their stoller, up the same hill.
Runners expect to wear out shoes, especially training for an ultra-marathon.
Parker Rios wore out a tire.
I am grateful to local writer Cathy Breitenbucher, who sent me a story about Geoff Hollister, from the Portland Oregonian.
The obituary published earlier this week recounts Hollister's time as one of the "Men of Oregon," running for the great Bill Bowerman, and his work in launching Nike with Phil Knight. He died of cancer at the age of 66.
Editor's note: This is what happens when you combine a desperate drive for skiable snow and the driving style of 40-somethings of a certain gender. My thanks to Steve Smith for this Off the Couch contribution.
With all the Hail Marys I witnessed as a Badger and Packer fan, I deserved to connect on one myself.
The price increase that put an entry in the ING New York City Marathon at $255 has created fears among runners and organizers that the sport will price itself out of its of success.
A story from Bloomberg details the backlash against the price hike, and the sentiment that marathons are now becoming elitist.
The Tour of America’s Dairyland has added races in East Troy and the Town of Erin for its fourth year of professional bike racing.
Note: The Vegard Ulvang presentation, "800 miles to the South Pole...on skis," has been moved from the Park Theater to the Hayward High School Auditorium, due to demand for seats.
In the summer of 1991, during his prime as an Olympic athlete, Vegard Ulvang skied 353 miles across Greenland.
Just in time for a trip to the U.P., Katrina and I received our most momentous delivery since the twins arrived in June.
Our Chariot Cougar CX2 isn’t just a kid carrier. As I read in the owner's manual, it’s a child transport system, versatile enough to “meet all of your child transportation needs.”
My quadriceps muscles started a familiar burn, after just a couple laps around the ice oval in the Pettit International Ice Center.
Thanks to the coaching of Olympic medalist Kip Carpenter I enjoyed a taste of the sport's intensity and the wondrous feeling of speed via self-propulsion.
A slight Freudian slip by Kevin Hardman, executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, suggested that cycling advocates stormed the castle in Madison on Tuesday.
Only on the day of the American Birkebeiner ski race will they represent a half-dozen countries and sprint to exhaustion in pursuit of victory and $7,500.
Dave Landgraf persevered.
From the very first American Birkebeiner, an epic escapade that Landgraf completed with almost no training, through every one after, he led the way as coach, role model and inspiration.
Steve Clark is no hypocrite.
He preaches pedaling and rides his rhetoric.
The former Olympians won the men’s and women’s freestyle races in the Birkebeiner on Saturday, in nearly ideal conditions on the 50-kilometer course from Cable to Hayward.
Tad Elliott and Holly Brooks interrupted their European pursuits to race the 39th American Birkebeiner, and scored great rewards for their air miles.
The former Olympians and U.S. Ski Team members won the men’s and women’s freestyle races in the Birkebeiner on Saturday, in nearly ideal conditions on the 50-kilometer course from Cable to Hayward.
Taking a cue from Colombia, biking enthusiasts in Stevens Point organized a Cyclovia to open the city’s streets for two-wheeled recreation late this year.
Chad Salmela, coach of the College of St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Team, probably explained it best: “It was a coupla 20-year-olds not thinking things through.”
And he knew it moments after he spotted Joe Dubay, wearing a Saints uniform, coming up Main St. in Hayward and leading Norwegian skiing legend Vegard Ulvang and four-time national champion David Chamberlain. The 21-year-old college freshman beat both to the finish of the 54K classic race.
It's time to leap to beat a $20 price hike for the Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and $10 for the Quarter Marathon, scheduled for June 23.
Entry fees are $60 for the half and $40 for the quarter (6.55 miles) through Feb. 29. The price for the 5k will be $25 through April 31.
A flurry of record-breaking performances in the marathon fueled speculation about the prospects of a runner breaking the two-hour mark over 26.2 miles.
That’s a wall that will not be broken in our lifetimes, according to running great Alberto Salazar.
Steve Clark, captured in this post biking to the start of the Birkebeiner, camped at the start line overnight, skied the race and biked 100 miles home, then endured a terrifying crash in his pick-up truck.
FasterSkier.com has the follow up on one of the more remarkable stories from the 2012 Birkebeiner.