A Gunnison Gravel & Glamping Experience

After a recent trip to a gravel camp in Gunnison, CO, hosted by polar explorer Eric Larsen, Hailey Moore shares thoughts on a different sort of bike camping, the riding opportunities in Gunnison county, and a route showcasing two of the region’s alpine passes. Some words are embarrassing to say out loud. Glamping is one of those for me. Existentially, I chafe a bit at the implication of the portmanteau— “glamor” + ”camping”—as, I find, it denotes a kind of bourgeois experience that feels counte

Swift Campout 2022: An Alpine Solstice Celebration

For eight years running, around the time of the Summer Solstice, Swift Industries has put out a rallying cry for cyclo-touring enthusiasts the world-over to strap some bags to their bikes, head out for a couple days of pedaling and sleep on the ground. It’s a call to go out and have a memorable experience. The collective Swift Campout was this past weekend, but with some free time surrounding the actual Solstice, my partner Tony and I decided to ring in the best season for bikecamping a little e

An Exercise in Agency: Hailey Moore Reflects After Her Ozark Gravel Doom Route ITT

My mom worries about me when I’m out riding my bike, for multiple days at a time, alone. By the way, I turned 30 in March. She says it’s not that she doesn’t trust me, it’s other people she’s worried about. And while she’s never outlined this explicitly, I’m sure the fact that I’m an only daughter—not an only son—also plays a role. But, to her credit, she’s getting more comfortable (or, better at hiding her discomfort) with the idea of me pursuing solo endeavors. This time around, when I called

Timeless Routes: Riding Moab's White Rim in a Day

As seems to be the case with many iconic, off-tarmac roads that cyclists enjoy today, the White Rim road was originally created for mining access. Carved, blasted, and cut by the Atomic Energy Commission in the 1950’s to facilitate uranium extraction during the Cold War, the White Rim Jeep Trail later became a sought-after riding (and OHV) objective, as mining operations had been, thankfully, abandoned when the area did not yield much uranium. Situated in what is today Canyonlands National Park

Ratio Rides: Hailey's Rodeo Trail Donkey 3.1

After something of a hiatus, Ratio Rides are back! We love seeing where our kits are taken and it’s always great to hear our riders’ cycling stories, from commuting to completing 200 mile gravel races. I grew up and attended college in North Carolina but, lured by the appeal of the Mountain West lifestyle, I moved to Boulder, CO five years ago. Growing up, I’d always relied on bikes for commuting but was never into riding just for the sake of it. When I moved out West, I actually didn’t even ow

Coins Cachés Boulder

Nestled on the eastern aspect of the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, the city of Boulder (population ~100,000) is a unique and idyllic hub for outdoor recreation—including cycling. With its proximity to a network of canyons that weave through the hills to the west, and open, rolling gravel with views of the mountains (and Boulder’s iconic Flatirons) to the east, Boulder is a town that offers riders a wide variety of terrain to travel on two wheels. Boulder was founded as an outpost for prospe

The Inaugural Colorado North South: My Initiation to Bikepacking Racing

Earlier this year, Hailey Moore set out with a small group of riders in the first North South Colorado Bikepacking Race, a self-supported race event on mixed terrain – from Fort Collins to Alamosa – through the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading for Hailey’s immersive trip report and photos from along the route. The clouds had been steadily gathering all day, growing heavier the farther west I rode. As the final stretch of Cameron Pass came into view they let their cargo fall and I was soon soak

Red Feather Ramble

Originally from North Carolina, Hailey has called Boulder, CO, home for the last five years. She works as a writer and enjoys many forms of movement including cycling (preferably with bags strapped to her bike), running, and climbing. You can see what she’s up to on instagram @hailey.m.moore . Ideally toured over 2-3 days, the Red Feather Ramble traverses a few of northern Colorado’s sub-alpine passes before passing through its namesake village and opening up to the expansive, beautiful plains

The Case for Riding There

A few years ago I rode my bike from Boulder to Denver for a multi-day work conference. It was the farthest I’d ever “commuted” by bike and, in a sense, my first overnight bike trip (I stayed in a hotel). I was not dialed. I borrowed a friend’s bike and borrowed another friend’s panniers. I packed a hair straightener and full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I packed climbing shoes with hopes of hitting up the Denver climbing gym, extra clothes, a book, a tablet, and all kinds of other “

The Colorado North-South Bikepacking Race: Gear Breakdown

In early September, I lined up for my first-ever bikepacking race—the first edition of the Colorado North South. The route took racers on a 530-mile voyage from Fort Collins, CO down to Alamosa. We traversed high passes and traveled through an array of distinct geographic zones, with most of the riding on unsealed surfaces. And although I’ve participated in several single-day gravel races, and cyclo-toured extensively, the race itself felt like a completely unique experience. The main difference

Josh Uhl’s 2019 Triple Crown Attempt: A Personal Journey

The beauty of bikes is in the people who ride them—and how they all have a story. I have little doubt that everyone—serious riders, aeroed and grimaced, and carefree cruisers alike—have experienced that epiphanous fresh-air feeling of freedom that accompanies spinning your legs astride two wheels. Sometimes we just enjoy it at the moment—letting the short-lived wave of release and clarity wash over us during a weeknight burrito run, or a trip to the coffee shop. Other times we chase that feeling

It's Not Commuting, it's a Lifestyle

A few years ago, I woke up one winter morning to a bout of unexpected weather: skies heavy with clouds, frigid temps, and flakes falling at a steady clip. While winter in Boulder, Colorado is relatively mild compared to, say, the upper Midwest, this type of weather is certainly not out of character for the Front Range. Regardless, I was still bummed as—like most mornings—I’d been planning on riding the short 2.5 miles into work. When I moved to Boulder from the southeast two years prior I didn’

Two Riders Recap the Unbound 200

For many, the mass start is the most appealing aspect of the gravel racing phenomenon and this concept is perhaps most pronounced in the crowning event of the gravel calendar—Unbound. For a variety of reasons, the Unbound 200 has become the most renowned event on the dirt racing scene. Founded in 2006 (when only 34 participants lined up), it is certainly one of the original single-day gravel events. The distance is appropriately intimidating—the recent cohort of ex-WorldTour converts are well tr

A Blind (Transamerica) Odyssey — PEARL iZUMi Blog

The next time you’re out riding your bike—close your eyes. How long can you continue to pedal before you feel like you might crash? Ten seconds? Twenty? Now imagine riding across the country without the aid of vision. Enter Shawn Cheshire. Shawn Cheshire is a blind athlete who lost her vision as a result of a traumatic brain injury that she sustained in 2009 while working as a paramedic in upstate New York. Following the accident, the former veteran slipped into depression, as Cheshire says, “m

How To: Covering the Basics of Bikepacking

The year 2020 saw a lot more people getting outside. Anyone who tried to buy cycling components last year—let alone an actual bike—knows that cycling is having a moment, particularly in the adventure space, which includes gravel riding and bikepacking. And while the categorical distinction—“gravel grinding”—is a tidy way for brands and events to characterize (largely) less-technical off-tarmac riding, as with most trends this latest niche sphere in cycling is actually a return to a past style (a

High Plains Byway Extended Edition: A Sandhills Odyssey

This Reportage took place a year prior to the pandemic… please be considerate and avoid traveling to small towns during the pandemic. Some trips stay with you more than others, and this trip is one of those. Nebraska isn’t often touted (read: never) as a cycling destination, but the truly unique and varied geography we encountered offered some of the most quality riding I’ve had the opportunity to experience. The state’s remoteness—a combination of the incredibly low population density and vast

Stefan Griebel and the Origin of the Colorado Trail Race

When I first heard about the Colorado Trail Race I was in fact riding part of the route, albeit one of the least engaging stretches. It was just ten days after I’d raced my bike for 200mi in Kansas and I’d been overly optimistic about my recovery when I’d agreed to a four-day tour from my home in Boulder through the South Platte (and on through Summit County) with my partner Tony. By early afternoon of the second day of the trip, we were in the heart of the Lost Creek Wilderness/Tarryall detour

How Do You Find The Time - IRACELIKEAGIRL

Triathlons may be the most demanding of all endurance events as, by definition, they require proficiency at three individual endurance sports—cycling, running, and swimming. IRACELIKEAGIRL founder and PEARL iZUMi athlete Angela Naeth has been racing triathlons at an elite level for over a decade and founded her organization as a way to bring more women into the sport by sharing her knowledge and experience while creating a community of inclusivity for triathletes of all levels. If you’re triathl

Riding in The Moment

At the start of the summer, since most races I had planned on doing were cancelled, I set a few local goals for myself. One was to take a solo bike trip. Over the last year or so, I’ve gone on perhaps a dozen overnight to week-long tours with my partner, Tony. Yet even with the assurance of experience, the prospect of a solo tour still felt daunting. While I didn’t have any doubt about the clothes to pack or gear to bring, or even the riding itself, there’s an additional layer of uncertainty whe
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