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Riding with traffic can be intimidating, especially when you need to get through an intersection. Here's our recommendation on how to navigate Vermont's intersections on a bike! For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips Videos By Lucas Bayus and Ross Saxton

You could theoretically only turn right to get where you need to go, but turning left across a lane with oncoming traffic on a bike is less scary than one might think! Here's how we suggest you turn left on a bike.

For hands-on bike skills training in Vermont, check out Local Motion's Everyday Biking workshops at www.localmotion.org/everyday_bicycling_project

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips Videos By Lucas Bayus and Ross Saxton

Join us for a quick cruise around Burlington to see how electric bikes (e-bikes) can make your travels simple, fast, affordable, and way more fun than driving a car!

To demo an e-bike, as part of our free e-lending program and to see if it fits into your lifestyle, contact Skirack or Local Motion to learn more.

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Comments | Posted in Bicycling Expert Tips Videos By Lucas Bayus and Ross Saxton

Dress to Impress (Yourself)

Apr 4, 2019 12:38:12 PM

Emily

The sun’s beaming, the snow’s softening, and it's finally time to shed those layers! I love the winter, but this time of year is so special. Everyone is ridiculously happy and we get to see blue sky’s multiple days in a row. It almost makes you want to scream, “We made it!”

With the change of seasons comes a change in how we dress while you are training for the Vermont City Marathon (or any adventure) in April . A great pro-tip would be to make sure that you keep a synthetic layer or wool and synthetic blend as your next-to-skin layer. This will help to wick moisture from your body, keep you dry, cool, happy, and out there for longer.

That being said, here are some of my new favorite pieces broken down by different scenarios.

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Kikkan Randall leads a group of cross country skiers at Sleepy Hollow Inn Bike and Ski Center. Photo: Zach Walbridge

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Skirack and the Sleepy Hollow Inn Bike and Ski Center had the honor of hosting one of the most inspirational and influential nordic skiers of our time. It was a perfect, blue bird day. The snow was soft and the sun was shining when I arrived at Sleepy Hollow to set up for what promised to be an exciting event.

People were already materializing with an hour still to go before the start. You could feel the anticipation building as everyone eagerly waited for the Fischer SUV to appear. I busied myself setting up tables and erecting wind blades that proudly proclaimed Fischer and One Way. When next I looked out the window of the barn, there it was, shining black in the sun, and as I scanned the scene I finally spotted her: Kikkan Randall, winningest American Nordic Skier, Olympic Gold Medalist and determined cancer fighter.

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Comments | Posted in News Events Cross Country Skiing By Marisa Rorabaugh

How I Became a Full Time Race Director for Ironwood Adventure Works

My name is Will Robens. I am the founder of Ironwood Adventure Works, organizer of challenging adventure trail races in the Northeast. Our races to date include the Frost Town Trail Fest in the Finger lakes of NY, Black River Beatdown hosted by Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Smuggler’s Mountain Race, Trapp Mountain Marathon, 24 hours of the Northeast Kingdom at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, Paine Mountain Race in Northfield, and last but not least the Catamount Ultra hosted by Trapp Family Lodge.

Catamount Ultra was our first and flagship event, created in 2014. That year, I had some free time as a stay-at-home dad and trail running became more of a presence in my life and a healthy outlet for me. For most people, trail running is a pretty attainable sport; all you need is trails and a decent pair of shoes! I was surprised that there wasn’t already a long distance trail race going on in the immediate area. As a lifelong runner and in more recent years, an avid ultra-runner, Catamount Ultra was created out of personal desire to have a great trail ultra-race in my own backyard. For some reason, at the time it didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t actually get to run this super fun race!

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Comments | Posted in News Running By Will Robens

Get Up Offa That Thing!

Mar 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Get Up Offa that Thing!

1 month of consistent Vermont City Marathon training, and look where your feet have taken you! It’s pretty incredible to think about how many miles you’ve traveled, and how much your body has adapted, grown and experienced in this short period of time.

I set out on my 10 mile long run this past Saturday feeling a mixture of excitement and nervousness. It’s a big milestone, first double digit long run…goodbye single digits! As I had mentioned in my last post, this was the longest distance that I’d run before and let me tell you, it was night and day. With consistent training, proper nutrition and hydration, Clif blocks, and the right gear I shaved off 30 minutes from my time 2 years ago!

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Meet Leif Kruse

Feb 22, 2019 3:39:00 PM

Meet Leif Kruse

Hometown: Not one home town, but lots of traveling.

Years of Experience: 18 years in the bike industry, most spent as a professional mechanic

Certifications and Awards: Multiple Shimano certifications, STU (Sram Technical University), BG fit certification

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, surfing, traveling, painting, linocut printmaking

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Leif Kruse

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Feb 18, 2019 3:58:26 PM

Meet Kelsey Campbell

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Years of Experience: I have been skiing since I was 3 and snowboarding since age 8. I have 3 years experience in softgoods. At Skirack, I specialized in alpine softgoods, helmets & goggles, and running shoes.

Certifications and Awards: Masterfit Associates Plus, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Kayaking, surfing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, reading and practicing my Spanish and German.

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Meet Damian Roman

Feb 15, 2019 4:10:06 PM

Meet Damian Roman

Hometown: Lake George, NY

Years of Experience: 18 Years of Ski and Bike Tuning (& Sales)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gravel Grinding...being outdoors.

Favorite Gear: Specialized Swat Gear (because it's so practical!), Lang XT boot line up, Kona Honzo ST (because steel is real)

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