November 8, 2013
As if daylight savings didn't mess with my post work riding schedule enough, a week of mixed snow and rain topped it all off. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I came across the book Endure: Ballet in the Mud. The book features over 300 photos of the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in Verona, Wisconsin, last January.
While this has nothing to do with bicycle travel, the images are a great motivator to get out and ride during the winter months. Despite cyclo-cross being a physically demanding sport, it does show a unique perspective on what you can do on a bike with limited space. For instance, if the roads are frozen, and the trails are buried in snow, you can always create a fun obstacle course in a nearby park to spend an hour or so crashing around. You may look a bit strange to onlookers, so grab some friends to join you if you're self conscious.
If you're in the Milwaukee area, selected images from the book are currently on display at Hanson Dodge Creative, 220 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. The exhibit is free to the public and will run through February 28, 2014. A portion of the book sales will benefit the Wisconsin Bike Federation, which is the nation's largest statewide bicycle organization. You can purchase the book straight from their website.
Photos courtesy of Endure: Ballet in the Mud
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.