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Chasing Sun and Dodging Poison Oak in Santa Cruz, California

Chasing Sun and Dodging Poison Oak in Santa Cruz, California

It's 287 miles from Portland to Ashland and another 409 to Santa Cruz. We made a pit stop in Ashland to soak in some sun and some much-deserved turns on dirt. The conditions in Ashland are all time right now. There is a small window in Southern Oregon when the trails are tacky and far from blown out. Stoked to have caught it! 

Baja Divide

Nearly 100 bikepackers departed San Diego on January 2nd and headed south into Baja California. Gabe and Nick regale stories and share photos from their adventure at Velo Cult.

The Baja Divide is a rugged 1,700 mile off-pavement bikepacking route down the length of the Baja California peninsula, from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo, BCS, MX, researched and developed by Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox in the winter and spring of 2015-16.

This route connects the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, historic Spanish mission sites rich with shade and water, remote ranchos and fishing villages, bustling highway towns, and every major mountain range in Baja California on miles and miles of beautiful backcountry desert tracks. The Baja Divide is a free route resource for anyone to ride at any time, self-supported, and is best enjoyed from November to March, when most off-pavement routes in USA, Canada and Europe are closed for the season.

Life on the Baja Divide is defined by a rhythm of riding, camping, and resupply. Baja California is a mountainous desert and resources are limited, although the route is designed to encounter resupply frequently enough to make a self-supported tour possible. Riders may need to carry up to 2-3 days of food and 10 liters of water. A warm, dry climate minimizes equipment needs. Pack light, and leave room for food and water.
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For more info on the Baja Divide click here.

Thanks to Velo Cult for hosting and Knight Composites for all the free tacos!

You can follow Gabe @limberlost and @gabrielamadeus

Wheelbuilding in Portland, Oregon

Wheelbuilding guru Adam Stewart shows us how its done at Velo Cult in Portland, Oregon. Filmed on a Sony Rx100 on location at Velo Cult in Portland, Oregon.

Music by The Holidays.

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Portland Short Track Race 4

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Race number 4 of the Portland Short Track is a wrap. It was hot hot hot. I mean seriously it was hot as hell out there. The organizers did another great job of designing the course this week. It was technical and loose. I took the hole shot in the U35 Cat 2 field which I held for no more than a quarter of a lap. Its the little things right. Below are some photos from the Elite men + Elite women's race. It's inspiring to watch these men and women race and I am looking forward to the next one.

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Andrew Coe rode flawlessly in the last couple of laps leaving the rest of the field to try and chase him down.

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Josh Kelley putting in some work coming off an injury.

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The Elite + Cat 1 women were killing it on this loose course laying down smooth lines and showing some true grit.

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Andrew Coe securing first.

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Portland Short Track is sponsored by : Hopworks Urban Brewery, Cyclepath PDX, Yakima, Bike Gallery, PDW, Lumberyard, Icebreaker, Shower Pass, Nossa Familia Coffee, Chris King , Dave's Killer Bread, Larabar, Bob's Red Mill and Blaqpaks.

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I think we can all agree that Ten Speed Hero makes some of the best kits in the cycling industry.

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I am sure Josh Kelley is not happy settling for third. Looking forward to seeing how this guy shreds in the next couple of races. Heal up man!

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Craig has been holding it down for Velo Cult leading group rides and providing a tent for everyone at the races.

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I am sorry but you can't have my peanut butter sandwich.

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Recovery.

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Oregon Bike Shop bringing it home in the Elite + Cat 1 women's race.

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We're going to miss these two.

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Moments like these....

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Until next time.

Portland Short Track Race 3

Race 3 of the Portland Short Track was amazing. Here is a quick photoset from the Men + Women Elite Fields. Share and enjoy.