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Posts tagged: Events

Oakridge

With the size and proliferation of mountain bike events growing every year, it’s always a treat to visit the quaint, slow-paced logging town of Oakridge for Mountain Bike Oregon. With a vast trail system complemented by an extensive network of old logging roads, Oakridge is best enjoyed with the help...

Dirty Kanza Gravel Camp

Kitsbow Ambassador Yuri Hauswald is a professional endurance racer who gets to travel the world by bike. Here’s what Yuri’s been up to recently. “This one time, at gravel camp, I spent three days riding with forty folks from all over the country in the windswept Flint Hills which surround...

Do you have what it takes to be a Grasshopper?

  Started in 1998 by Miguel Crawford and the tight-knit Gianni cycling club out of Occidental, CA, the Grasshopper Adventure Series are long, fun, hard rides with cold beer and good stories at the end. Road, cross, and MTB skills are all tested to their limits, with each ride often...

Kitsbow and the Grasshopper

 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...

Confessions of a Downieville Veteran

With the Downieville Classic only days away, the small town of Downieville, nestled in the heart of California’s Sierra County is preparing for the masses. Whether or not your quest for the hot and crazy has already begun with packing and pre-rides, we thought it fitting to get Yuri’s perspective...

Tour de Frănks

In the wide world of professional sports, there is no greater spectacle, no single endurance event more renowned than the world’s biggest cycling race. Competitors from all over the world gather in the picturesque countryside to test their mettle in the ultimate battle of two-wheeled prowess with a side of...

Independence Day Inspiration

  The Fourth of July is traditionally spent grilling hot dogs by a pool, but we like to do things a bit differently in Kitsbow country. To celebrate the spirit of American independence, we like to spend the day getting out there on a big beast of a ride, followed...

Peak Life

Mountain biking may have been born in Marin County, but its beating heart can be found two hundred miles to the northeast, in rural Plumas County. The small town of Downieville and the vast network of trails there have been considered classic Northern California destinations for well over twenty years....

Lemons Into Lemonade

When we last spoke with Yuri Hauswald, the 2015 winner of the Dirty Kanza 200 was on his way back to Kansas to defend his title as champion of the most difficult gravel race in the world. Training and racing had left “The Diesel” in top shape, prepared to take...

Forefathers of Roadventure

Over the past 18 years, a small training ride has grown into a coveted mixed-terrain race series: the Grasshopper Adventures. Ranging in length, terrain, and difficulty, the Hoppers have become a staple of early season California endurance racing, with many of regions fastest pros coming out to push themselves on the...

Dirty Kanza 200: Return of the Diesel

Photo Credit: Eric Benjaminson (@adventuremonkey.com)   Yuri Hauswald has been a fixture in the Northern California bike racing scene for years, and his win at the 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 has cemented his place as one of the premier endurance athletes of our time. We spoke with Yuri as he...

Winning + the Tour of California

Photo Credit: Dylan VanWeelden (@dylanvanweelden)   We get so excited this time of year. Trails are primed, summer trips are planned, and the racing season is just heating up. We want to share in that excitement with all of you. We are particularly thrilled to stoke out one lucky Obsessive,...

The Good Life

We can’t deny that we have it pretty good here in California. From our climate to our cuisine, we love to partake in and promote the myriad wonders that make the Golden State a destination for cyclists from all over the globe. Every spring we get a chance to show the...

2014 Downieville Classic

‘Racers sink into the river, letting their tired legs relax as the dust washes away. Small moats and rocks are situated strategically to nestle cold beers in the shallow water. Locals sit on a bench in front of the drug store with cardboard boxes half-full of Busch cans. The heat...

Chance Favors the Prepared

We’ve taken aim at some of the most obsessive names in mountain biking to bring you the most obsessive contest in mountain biking. At stake, is a collection of gear that inhabits the dreams of anyone who knows what it’s like to take the very best to the trail. Of...

Circle the Wagons

We knew back in January at the outset of this year that Sea Otter and Outerbike would be the two bookends, between which the goals of our summer travel season would be targeted. Outerbike would not only be the unofficial wrap-party for our season, it would also mark the final...