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Riders slog through muddy roads during the Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race in Vermont. Photo Credit: Nolan Myers.

Not only did you need to be “Broke, Rad, Athletic and Determined,” but you also needed a snorkel because man, Rasputista was WET! When Rasputista said on their website “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit,” they weren’t kidding!

Looking back on it, April 27th would have been a great day for a meteorologist because no matter what weather they predicted, the odds were ever in their favor. There was a little bit of rain, some sleet, a glimpse of sunshine and oh some SNOW! Yes, that’s right there was some white stuff coming down from the sky and yes, I was very confused. But, hey, it's Vermont and weird stuff happens all the time.

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Rasputista Gravel Bicycle Race: Making a Joke Into a Reality. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

What is Rasputista?

Broke, Rad, Athletic, and Determined. Sure, the first letters of all those words spell out my first name, but that’s all you need to be a part of one of Vermont’s gnarliest gravel road races. As a college kid for only 25 dollars I somehow made a joke into a reality and will find myself on the starting line of the 2019 Rasputista Spring Classic! The race is set for Saturday, April 27 in Burke, Vermont.

So…what exactly is Rasputista? Rasputista is a 45-mile road race and for all the mathematically inclined people out there that’s 211,200 feet of pure dirt roads. All of which can be found in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. On their website they advertise it as, “It’s not about the racing. It’s about challenging the human spirit.” 

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Meet Brad Tasik

Apr 24, 2019 10:20:56 AM

Meet Brad Tasik

Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ

Years of Experience: 10+ years of Mountain Bike Racing, 2 years of mechanic experience

Certifications and Awards: STU (Sram Technical University), “Best laugh”- 8th grade Superlatives

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Rock Climbing

Favorite Gear: Santa Cruz Nomad because it gets you to the top and allows you to rally on the downs.

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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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A Basic Guide to Cross Country Ski Waxing

Ski wax is an integral part of modern cross country skiing. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. There are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

Here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Join Skirack's Group Rides at NEMBAFest

Join Skirack for one or more group rides at NEMBAFest 2018. Held from June 22nd to the 24th, NEMBAFest is a celebration of all things summer and mountain biking! 

Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, gadgets and gear, great music, and local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom!

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Waxing 101: A Guide to Simple and Affordable Cross Country Ski Performance and Maintenance

Since the beginning of cross country skiing, there have been waxes. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. Now, there are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, however, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

With the recent snow fall and spring conditions, here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Meet Nicholas Witherbee

Feb 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Nicholas Witherbee

Hometown:Concord, MA

Years of Experience: I've been working in bike shops for the past 3 1/2 years. I specialize in bicycle maintenance in particular.

Certifications and Awards: Shimano S-Tec

Outside Interests and Hobbies: When I'm not out peddling my bike or strapped into my snowboard, I enjoy hiking the green mountains and Adirondacks, pottery, photography, good food, and even better Vermont beer.

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Meet Jon Arena

Jan 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Jon Arena

Hometown:Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Years of Experience: 8 years working with skis and bikes

Certifications and Awards: United Bicycle Institute - Professional Repair and Shop Operations Certified; Marker Binding Certification; Salomon/Atomic Binding Certification; Tyrolia/Head Binding Certification; Look/Rossignol Binding Certification; S-TEC Certifications

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, camping, and hanging out with Quinn(my dog).

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Skirack Hosts the Nordic Toko Wax Clinic on Wednesday, January 24Toko Nordic Race Wax Clinic
Waxing for the Craftsbury Marathon

hosted by Skirack, 85 Main St Burlington, VT
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 | 6-7 pm

Skirack welcomes Adam Terko, Mansfield Nordic Club 
Head Coach and Dave Boucher from Toko, for an evening of high performance race wax
tips and techniques.
Perfect for coaches and local racing clubs.

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