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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 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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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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Meet Quinn Lemler

Feb 11, 2019 4:22:16 PM

Meet Quinn Lemler

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Years of Experience: 10+ years mountain biking, 2 year mechanic experience.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing

Favorite Gear: Specialized Stumpjumper - because it can do anything I need it to and it silences critics.

Favorite local outdoor destination(s): Perry Hill in Waterbury because between the intense climbing and the technical features, I can feel my riding progress on every ride.

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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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Meet Thomas Wood

Jun 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Thomas Wood

Hometown: Berwyn, PA

Years of Experience: This is my second year as a technician.

Certifications and Awards: Binding mounting and testing for Rossignol, Look, Marker, Salomon, and Atomic. S-Tec certified for Shimano products. Cert. 1 in snowboard instruction through AASI.

Favorite Gear: While I have experimented with cross country and alpine skiing, I am a snowboarder and cyclist. I prefer mountain biking, but still enjoy a casual bike ride.

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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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