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Missouri’s Best Kept Mountain Biking Secret – Two Rivers Bike Park

Not many people know about Two Rivers Bike Park, but let me tell you: It is incredible! This past weekend, Bob, Adam, and I met up with Travis for his 30th birthday party. We decided to ride at Two Rivers Bike Park before the party.

None of us were too motivated to ride, but we decided to go anyway. And we are all glad we did. Even with a few inches of snow on the ground, we had a ridiculous amount of fun.

Rather than bore you with words, I’ll simply show this video. Just know that photos and videos never show how truly awesome this stuff is.  Here you go:

Big thanks to Trailspring for building such an amazing park. There’s some great single track, a skills course, a pump track, a downhill course, a slopestyle course, and a cool spot to hang out between runs where you can chill by a fire or have a snack or just relax and recover. We didn’t even ride it all since we had a party to get to, and we still absolutely loved it! There is absolutely no fee (which is unbelievable), although they accept donations in a lock box. If you’ve never been there, do yourself a favor and go as soon as you get a chance.

Another big thanks to Travis and his lovely wife, Crystal, for inviting us and making us feel welcome. We had a blast at the party, and some of us may have had too much fun (ahem… me). We really enjoyed getting to meet some of Travis’s friends and family.

Leadville Ain’t Got Nothin’ on The Arrowhead 135

Well, okay… That might not be true.  The Leadville 100 and the Arrowhead 135 are completely different races.  For some odd reason, though, I am more drawn to the Arrowhead 135.  It is a winter race in Minnesota.  Yah, it gets really freakin’ cold up there in the Winter, dontcha know? (Sorry to all of our Minnesotan readers).

Arrowhead 135 Winter Race

Seriously, though.  You need to check this race out.  You can do the race on foot, ski, or bike, and you cover 135 miles of snow/ice covered terrain in temps ranging from 15 degrees to negative 20-something or lower.  There is a 60 hour cutoff, and you are almost completely self-supported.  The only support you get is at 3 check-in stations (although one of them is a small tipi that offers little warmth or space) where you can warm up and re-stock your food and water.

To get a real feel for the race with some incredible photos, check out this guy’s race report.  It is an amazing write-up with incredible pics.  Another good write-up from the guy that took 3rd place in 2009’s race can be found right here (Note: He also competed in the ’09 Bonk Hard Chill and will be competing in the Chill again this year).

This year’s race is happening on Feb 1st through the 3rd, so I don’ t think we’ll be ready for that one.  What do you think?  Actually, I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for this race – not only from a physical/psychological side of things, but from a gear/monetary side of things as well.

I checked out some of the gear these guys used during this race, and it gets pretty damn expensive in a hurry.  Some of the gear is pretty sweet, though, especially the cold-weather gear bags made by Epic Designs.  I would also need a new bike.  I would love to get a Surly Pugsley.

Isn't this thing sweet?

I think Moots makes a bike that uses the super-fat Endomorph 3.7 tires.  I haven’t looked into it, though.  I’d also need a new sleeping bag, bivy sac, and pretty much an entire wardrobe of cold-weather biking clothes.  Plus there’s the $200.00 entry fee, and the costs associated with getting there and back, lodging, and food.  On top of all of that, we’d have to train longer and harder than we ever have.  But other than that, I say we should do this.

Since I’m not independently wealthy, and we don’t have any major sponsorship deals – YET – I think I’ll just have to dream about it.  Maybe some day…  Maybe…  How about you guys?  Anyone else interested?

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