Monday, October 22, 2012

#Beerandbikes: It's 5 o'clock somewhere

Mr. XXC sent me a picture of his customary Friday afternoon beer and posted it all over the social media world on Friday afternoon.

Here is the picture:
thesoiledchamois.com is an instigator

Getting past the blurry picture, the beer looked good and got me thinking. It seems that mountain biking and beer seem to go hand-in-hand. I guess it's that way with coffee too, but we'll stick with beer for now.

What if we had a little virtual gathering of the mountain bike community this Friday afternoon? What if we used Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to do it?

I present to you #Beerandbikes 

Here are the details:

What is #Beerandbikes? A virtual cheers. We all share a picture of our beer and bike on Friday night. It's a virtual table that we are all sharing after our cool autumn ride in the back of our favorite local food spot and watering hole. Instead of 5 of your friends, it'll be the whole www community of mountain bikers. You post a picture of your mountain bike and beer and share in the gang.

When is it? This Friday, October 26th from 4pm eastern until whenever the party ends. The party will start with XXCMag.com popping the first top.

How do you participate? There are three ways to get in on the action:
  1. Facebook. Post your picture to the Mountain Bike Radio Facebook page HERE . Don't like Mountain Bike Radio on Facebook yet? You should.
  2. Twitter. Tweet your bike and beer pic using #Beerandbikes and make sure to include @Mtnbikeradio. What? You don't follow Mountain Bike Radio on Twitter yet? Go HERE!
  3. Instagram. Post your picture using #Beerandbikes . You can find Mountain Bike Radio on Instagram too - @MtnBikeRadio















Friday, October 19, 2012

Everyday

There is something to be learned all the time. The world is just flying by.
Found a pretty cool app/site/social magazine today. It's Flipboard. I'll dig into Flipboard more, but I already have ideas.

Another one is, what looks to be, a freaking cool little company not far from my hometown and named for the popular landforms that are scattered around the trails of my early mountain biking years. Kettle Cycles is one to watch. Check out their Facebook page for more frequent updates.

Yet another new small company I learned about not too long ago is Trail Genius. I had one of the creators on the show last night and it became apparent very quickly that they are on to something. They've developed a powerful software that will change the mapping of trails, events, and advertising as we currently use them. It's a fun, interactive way to check out new places, trails, and races. Worth a peek. I know you'll see more from them soon.

Cooking up a day for the next #fatbikechat out on Twitter too. Follow along at @Mtnbikeradio if you want to chat about fatbikes.

Have a good weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Peleton vs. Man van

All of this Lance talk and all of the fallout still to come....
This is what I think about the whole current doping and political landscape at the moment:
There are stories of people out there, like you and me, that aren't doping, spend a lot of time chasing our passions, and are driving around in man vans (other, less knowledgeable people may refer to them as minivans...that's another topic for another post).

Still one of my favorite shows on Mountain Bike Radio is with Travis Gay from Wisconsin. Check it out HERE.

Travis was nervous to come on the live show to discuss his life. I get it - it's not easy to put yourself out there to a lot of strangers, especially when you're giving out personal information like losing 150 pounds. He had the courage to change his life through mountain biking for himself and his kids. He shouldn't be nervous at all with a story like that. Our kids should be looking to their parents for idols.

Since I'm in a questioning mood....
What has mountain biking done for you?


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WORS Wigwam MTB Challenge and Mud

I just did a show on Mountain Bike Radio that recapped the recent WORS Wigwam MTB Challenge race with the guy that makes the show go, Todd Nutter. Todd has done written and video reporting for the series since August and has brought a new feel to the series that was starting to diminish.

The topic of the show and race was the rain and mud. Racers got out, slid around in the mud, destroyed brake pads, and had a great time while doing it.
photo by XTRPhoto

It got me thinking about riding/racing in the rain. I've had races that have been muddy and cold and it was fun. But, at the same time, it's expensive. After what the riders went through at the WORS race, you'd need to pull apart your entire bike (especially full sus!), repair hubs, bb's, headsets, maybe replace drivetrain parts, replace brake pads for sure and maybe even rotors. It's not like doing a running race in the rain. Not only is it expensive from the individual perspective, it's extremely expensive in elbow grease.

The Wigwam MTB Challenge director, Jon Holcomb, called in to the show and indicated that there would be a significant amount to get the trails back to normal. With the help of volunteers, it'll happen, but that's a lot of time, money, and energy just to fix something that didn't really need to happen. Or did it?

Racing is supposed to be just fun. It has to be otherwise people wouldn't show up. But, what if it's more than just fun? What do racers think about all week while they are working for money to pay for the replacement parts? Why do racers spend several hours per week training, prepping, and thinking about the race? It seems to me, while fun, that the race and community is more than fun - it's passion, life, and hope all wrapped into a muddy, gritty, grinding drivetrain.


What do you think about riding and racing in the rain? Is it worth the fun or should it be saved for another day?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Snooki

I recently touched on the state of this blog and what the internet world is like currently.
I wrote:

"This blog is really in a weak state of existence. I've focused my time on mountain bike topics elsewhere. Mountain Bike Radio has taken on a life of it's own and I'm trying to build it's social media presence to ensure that it reaches the full mountain biking community. With the increased amount of information flying around daily and the decreased amount of time we all spent on each piece of that information, it becomes exponentially important to stay part of the conversation.

While blogs continue to lose out to quicker hits like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc., they still remain relevant as a way to share information, experiences, and be part of the conversation. We cozy up to our computers on a rainy Saturday morning with our fancy organic, gluten free lattes to read stories and experiences on blogs the same way our parents and grandparents did with their newspapers and Folgers. Whether blogs become irrelevant like newspapers and Folgers, will be determined by our kids.
"

I noted that "it becomes exponentially important to stay part of the conversation." This is speaking of Mountain Bike Radio. I don't personally have to be part of any conversation, except the one with my 5-month-old son. However, with a brand such as MBR, it's essential to be part of the conversation for several reasons. The most important being to let people know what new show/interview is out there. With 60+ shows already, it can get overwhelming. But, if MBR stays part of the conversation, people can easily keep up to at least know that they should check the site if they are looking to hear some mountain bike talk. Secondarily, it is important to the brand, the business, and the future of MBR, as well as everyone involved.

I just saw something posted by Bike Magazine about the internet world that was related to the above and it was spot on. Check it out HERE. Here's an excerpt that explains it all:

"Ten years ago, Amelia Earhart’s discovery would have been news fodder for weeks. Today, it’s a blip. It goes in one ear, gets muddled before it hits the grey matter and—poof—it’s gone. It’s hard to stay tuned or even slightly aware when Snooki has an urinary-tract infection due to butt sex, Kim Kardashian is getting a divorce, you can actually watch Justin Bieber barfing at a concert in Arizona or, hell, your second cousin just tweeted that she really likes that Fifty Shades of Grey book."

It makes me wonder how long the Red Bull Stratos story will circulate? Probably as long as all the different websites and facebook pages photoshop in their product to him jumping and trying to make it go viral. Viral. hmm..wonder if Snooki knows what that means.

On a separate note: I pulled out my stitches this morning and I have a new bike day coming at the end of this week. I can smell 2013 already. What's on tap for 2013 you may ask? Trans Sylvania Epic Stage Race. That's one that I have in the books for right now. Marathon nationals, Breck 68, Vapor Trail...the rest will fill in soon enough.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Beer and Bikes

This is a short post. I'm looking to add a show about beer and bikes to Mountain Bike Radio. If it's a monthly show, I'd be happy. I just need someone to talk beer. Someone who knows beer, maybe brews some beer. Whatever.
Check out the info HERE .  If you know anyone interested, shoot me an email at ben@mountainbikeradio.com.

Since I haven't kept this up to date and you are wondering what the hell Mountain Bike Radio is....check out www.mountainbikeradio.com.

check out the Facebook page too: www.facebook.com/MountainBikeRaceMinute

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Randomness and Folgers


The thing I find interesting about blogs is the ebbs and flows they follow with their writers. You can tell a lot about where someone is at from the writing, lack of writing, and general status. Some get busy with other things in life (babies, business, etc.) and some just aren't sure what to do. The tones can change, point of views shift, or they can all stay the same...from day to day over the years. Others disappear, only to reappear in different forms years down the road.

This blog is really in a weak state of existence. I've focused my time on mountain bike topics elsewhere. Mountain Bike Radio has taken on a life of it's own and I'm trying to build it's social media presence to ensure that it reaches the full mountain biking community. With the increased amount of information flying around daily and the decreased amount of time we all spent on each piece of that information, it becomes exponentially important to stay part of the conversation.

While blogs continue to lose out to quicker hits like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc., they still remain relevant as a way to share information, experiences, and be part of the conversation. We cozy up to our computers on a rainy Saturday morning with our fancy organic, gluten free lattes to read stories and experiences on blogs the same way our parents and grandparents did with their newspapers and Folgers. Whether blogs become irrelevant like newspapers and Folgers, will be determined by our kids.

So, let's see if I can do my microscopic part to help keep blogs semi-relevant until then.



Friday, August 10, 2012

July August blur

Before you blink twice, you hear the weatherman here in Green Bay say "fall-like temperatures." What the? All I heard before we arrived here for our stay was sweltering temperatures and no rain.
It rained 2.5 inches here yesterday. Nice.

It's been a while since I checked out my own blog. Man, it seems outdated. I need to fix that. There is so much going on, that it just doesn't do it justice.

Meanwhile, we spent some time in northern Wisconsin. I managed to get out with my stepbrother for an overnight fishing trip on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, which provided some cool pictures.








Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Breck 68 Race Recap

This isn't much of a race report. It's just a quick update before I start putting together a story, that will include some recap of this race, as well as the Firecracker 50.

You won't see my name in the results because for some reason they put me in the Breck 100 coed team division....ha. Well, I did the 68 in the men's pro/open category and finished last in that division.

Thanks to Jesse Shoemaker for the pic and handup!
I'm not in the shape I'd like to be at this point as I pushed myself into a hole and haven't gotten out of it quite yet. I guess that's easy to do with a newborn. However, I did have a good race except for the flat rear tire that I suffered about 5 miles from the end of lap 1. That cost me at least 15 minutes because the sidewall cut wouldn't hold anything and my tube had fallen out of my small camelbak somewhere along the way. Bummer. My time of 6:42 is still a personal best by 13 minutes. Had I raced age group, I still would have finished top 5. I'll keep racing the fast guys until I can't anymore....that's just the way I roll.

Stay tuned to the next issue of XXC Magazine for a full story of the last month.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Boom

I know I haven't done any writing here.......
Been busy with our new six-week old boy, Claeson (Clae).

A good period of racing over the next two months starts this Wednesday at the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Armadillos?

"Sex with Armadillos is Not Recommended" is definitely a media whorish headline. Not suprisingly, it's stressful and easy to succomb to all of our adoring fans (all 5), and often we beg for more attention. Therefore, we bombard Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else we can about our stuff.

This week's podcast follows with our attention grabbing patterns. Listen and see what you think: http://xxcmag.com/xxc-podcasts

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Interview with Ergon's Jeff Kerkove

So...if you've been under a rock (or away from Facebook ...I guess that's the 2012 equivalent), I got the ball rolling on Mountain Bike Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mountain-bike-radio), which has gotten way more interest than I anticipated. I'm in the process of building a website, which will be mountainbikeradio.com, so watch for that. I managed to get on board with "The Stan's NOTUBES Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic presented by DirtRag" (http://www.tsepic.com/)

Here is the link to today's interview with Jeff Kerkove: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mountain-bike-radio/2012/05/16/living-in-the-cycling-world-with-jeff-kerkove .

I'm looking to expand the show significantly and expect to hear from other contributors in addition to me talking about all things mountain biking at all levels. Think - updates about products, news, new bikes, new companies, new food, technology, etc. All easily downloaded to listen to on your computer, phone, ipod, ipad, whatever... My hope is that this gives you all the information you need to know where you want to check out further information on any of the existing great websites.

Also, stay tuned for a weekend recap late Sunday night. This will be a regular spot.

So....PLEASE encourage all of your mountain biking friends to "LIKE" Mountain Bike Radio on Facebook. I promise that you won't be disappointed. If you are, please contact me at ben@twenty2cycles.com and we can discuss how to improve it.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Zandrrr's Mountain Biking Thoughts

In case you have missed my XXC podcast partner-in-crime, Zandr's blog, you may want to check it out. He's been writing some good stuff.

Yesterday's post, titled "Strife" was well thought out and well written. It's a continued discussion of his spot in the "Loser Squad" that he has headed up since his DNF at his first endurance race, which was the Cohutta 100.

Here's an excerpt from Strife:

"Except: that’s not true. Everyone struggles. Everyone grunts up the climb, wishing it were over. Everyone’s legs ache and everyone’s lungs burn. Yes, Jeremiah rocketed up the climb faster than I’ll ever be capable. Yes, he finished in the same amount of time it took me to make it to the halfway point. But no, it was not effortless."

Read the rest HERE



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mountain Bike Race Minute

There is a lot of action going on over at my new little venture, Mountain Bike Race Minute.
I'm working with Jason and the directors of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic to bring a daily racer's view live to all of mountain biking fans. Will it be Jeremiah Bishop? Jason Sager? Jonathan Davis? Barry Wicks? Vicki Barclay? We don't know yet...we'll get something worked out and lined up. Don't worry, we will  release the information in plenty of time.

In the meantime, I interviewed Nathan Guerra today about his first race of the WORS, the Iola Bump & Jump. Please beware - we had some issues over the first 5 minutes getting the show together. Go to minute 5:00. Here it is:





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Stay tuned to the MBRM Facebook PAGE during the rest of the week for more updates, a new logo, and new guests.