Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

by Zander Nosler November 28, 2016

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 Kitsbow is proud to have ambassadors who are involved in the mountain bike community locally and across the country. Meet Kitsbow’s newest ambassador Miguel “Mig” Crawford.

Miguel’s life has revolved around the bike since 1988, when he sold his first car to buy a Stumpjumper. Every weekend he swapped commuter skinnies for burly knobbies and spent days buried in the Arcata, California redwoods. In the summers he rigged his mountain bike for touring and spent several weeks camped out on the north coast. After a brief detour to Colorado by way of Oregon and Idaho, ‘Mig’ realized that Sebastopol was the place to be for year-round riding.

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 Miguel found his people among the storied Gianni cycling crew of Occidental. While out riding on one of their epic King Ridge days, he dreamed up the Grasshopper Adventure Series. From humble beginnings, the Hoppers have grown into a well-known event and a high point in the season for many Northern California riders. Mig sees it as an honor, and a responsibility, to create challenging, diverse, interesting and unusual routes in West County. He puts it this way: “It thrills me to see all the smiles at the start and all the haggard but elated expressions at the finish. And the stories…that’s the best part! What is life if not a series of loosely woven stories of trials, tribulations and successes. Cycling has always been about more than riding bikes. When you set forth on an adventure, doing what you love, there is an immediate deeper bond, a purpose of being, of doing. We always end up back where we start –that we know. So why not make it about the journey?”

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 Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the 2017 Grasshopper Adventure Series. Get a spot while you can!

“Death has had no victory, Grasshopper.” – Master Po. Kung Fu

 

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