Issue 73

Downieville Classic

Downieville Classic

Celebrating it’s 18th year as California’s premier mountain bike race and festival August 1-4, 2013 Photo courtesy of Downieville Classic. The Downieville Classic celebrates its 18th annual mountain bike race and festival this year. The longevity of this weekend-long mountain bike race/party is testament to its popularity, and this year’s event – slated for August 1st thru 4th – promises to serve up enough excitement and suffering to keep that reputation going strong. Founded in 1995 by promoter Greg Williams, the Classic started as a 28-mile, point-to-point cross-country race, featuring a character building 8-mile climb to start, and a diversity of technical rocks and high-speed singletrack unlike anywhere else. By 1998, a 16-mile downhill time trial had been added, also a completely unique beast in terms of competition venue, and the Classic settled into a two-day template that continues to this day. Initially envisioned as a way to showcase...
Eppie’s Great Race

Eppie’s Great Race

“The World’s Oldest Triathlon” is still GREAT after 40 Years! By Drisha Leggitt • Photos courtesy of Eppie’s Great Race In June 1974, while paddling in his kayak on the American River with instructor and K2 Ski Salesman Mike Ewing, Northern California businessman, restaurateur, and respected leader in Sacramento’s Greek community, Eppie Johnson, was challenged to sponsor and launch a race that featured three different athletic events. No one had ever heard of a “Triathlon” at that time. Now, 40 years later, “Eppie’s Great Race” – “The World’s Oldest Triathlon” – has become a signature event for Northern California, attracting over 10,000 participants, volunteers and spectators annually, to run, bike and paddle on American River Parkway. Over the years, Eppie’s Great Race has also raised over $1,000,000 for programs benefitting Sacramento County’s mentally and physically challenged. But in 1974, the concept of “Eppie’s Great Race” was simply entertained as...
Three SUP Events!

Three SUP Events!

These not to be missed SUP races bring the spirit of aloha and a challenge for all ages! 1. JAY RACE June 22 • Capitola www.jayrace.surftech.com Jay Race. Photo courtesy of Surftech Many of the top paddlers in the world will come to compete at this year’s 12th Annual Surftech Jay Race. Prone paddlers, stand up paddlers and multi-sport athletes from around the country are in the midst of their preparation for this world-class annual paddleboard race. The 2013 “Jay Race” will feature both a 12-mile long course and a 2-mile short course race. The picturesque long course will test athletes and the short course is perfect for first timers or those who prefer “sprint style” races. For those who pride themselves on being well-rounded water athletes, the Waterman Challenge beckons. This three discipline race begins with a 500m swim followed by a 1000m prone (12’ stock) paddleboard leg...
Eric Orton’s “The Cool Impossible”

Eric Orton’s “The Cool Impossible”

In a new book by the running coach from Born To Run, Erik Orton divulges his training philosophy and techniques By Derrick Peterman Eric Orton knows a thing or two about helping runners accomplish big goals. He transformed author Christopher McDougall from an injury prone runner who could only handle runs of a few miles into an ultra-marathoner. Born to Run, McDougall’s book about his journey in the land of the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, became the bible of the minimalist running movement. Declaring, “Running shoes may be the most destructive force ever to hit the human foot,” McDougall inspired runners to toss off their heavily padded shoes for ones with thinner, lightweight soles. Some ditched their shoes altogether and started running barefoot. Fans of the book will remember McDougall’s running coach Eric Orton, an iconoclast who brought a heavy dose of sports psychology to his methods. For this reason, I...
Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

Draft Beer Festivals On-Tap

Oregon Brewers Fest. Photo: Timothy Horn June 1 — Beerfest, Santa Rosa — A festive microbrew and food tasting event with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and gourmet food from Sonoma County. www.f2f.org/beer_fest2012.html June 1 — Zoo Brew, Santa Barbara — Tastings from a whole herd of breweries out of the Central Coast region and hosted by the Santa Barbara Zoo. Enjoy special animal encounters at the hilltop, too! Ticket price includes zoo admission, a commemorative tasting glass, and unlimited tastings from participating brewers. www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew June 8 — Truckee Brew Fest, Truckee — The 8th Annual Truckee Brew Fest at Truckee Regional Park goes from 1-5pm. Tickets are $25 advanced/$30 at the gate, all benefiting youth programs in Truckee. Live music by Drop Theory. truckeeoptimist.com/truckbrewfest.htm Photo: Timothy Horn June 15 — Monterey Beer Fest, Monterey — The greatest assortment of beer ever assembled on the Central Coast....
Ear to the Ground

Ear to the Ground

NPS Releases Historic Policy Authorizing Fixed Anchors in Wilderness After decades of work by the Access Fund, the National Park Service (NPS) announced in May that the agency has issued final national policy authorizing fixed anchors in wilderness. This policy—Director’s Order #41—affects many of the country’s most important climbing areas, such as Yosemite, Grand Teton, Zion, Joshua Tree, and Canyonlands National Parks. The NPS included many of the specific provisions the Access Fund advocated for during their 20+ years of work on this issue, such as programmatic authorizations (which allow new bolts by zone, not just case-by-case permitting for individual routes/bolts) and interim fixed anchor permitting prior to the establishment of dedicated climbing management plans. The new policy is still being analyzed, but first impressions are that this direction is good for both wilderness climbers and NPS managers. Go to www.accessfund.org to see a copy of the new policy and...
Best of the Fests

Best of the Fests

By Deb Bolt & Gina Vitali Reggae on the River. Photo: Zac Mansfield With summer comes sun, music and festivals to satisfy all your interests. So grab your friends, your favorite coozie, don’t forget the sunscreen, and check out some of the bests below: The Most Memorable: Kate Wolf Music Festival June 28-30 • Laytonville • <ahref=”http://katewolfmusicfestival.com”>katewolfmusicfestival.com Three hours north of San Francisco, tucked in the trees of Black Oak Ranch is the KatSe Wolf Memorial Music Festival. It began as a small tribute concert in 1996 for friends, family and supporters. Now, 18 years later, the festival has become a full-fledged three-day, three-night camping jamboree with a tremendous lineup. Enjoy the rambling creek, the swaying oaks and the folksy tunes on the wind, and send Kate a big ol’ smile “across the great divide.” Artist highlights: The Brothers Comatose, Angelique Kidjo, Wavy Gravy, Love Choir, Marianne Faithfull, John...
Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

The Surfers Path Party Wave. Photo courtesy of Neil Pearlberg. Working the ASJ Roadshow booth at the Surfer’s Path Marathon in Capitola recently, I was mesmerized by the ocean. Wave after shimmering wave was rolling in, and about fifty people were playing in the water right in front of our tent. There was no wind and the sun was blazing. Paradise. It occurred to me that just about every age and type of person was represented in this group, from the kids building sandcastles at the water’s edge, to the bodysurfers a bit farther out, and finally the bodyboarders, surfers, and stand up paddlers farthest away. Each group was a tribe, cooperating within its own game, and working a particular section of every wave. The SUP crowd was stroking into the waves early, and taking advantage of the ability to catch a ride away from the main break. As...
Ride That Board

Ride That Board

For Surfing or SUP, a successful learning experience comes down to a few basic elements By Ed Guzman • Photos courtesy of Club Ed Surf School OK, so you want to learn how to ride a wave on a surfboard or cruise around on a SUP. What is the best way to get started? Photo courtesy of Club Ed Surf & SUP School First off, you must decide whether or not to seek professional instruction. It’s cheaper to have a friend teach you, but friends don’t always make the best surf instructors. No matter what, avoid just randomly paddling out into a crowded lineup all alone and expecting to “wing it” the first time. For the safety of yourself and others, go with someone who is committed to helping you. Under no circumstances, should a beginner bring a SUP into the lineup without proper instruction. Often times your first...
Craft Lite

Craft Lite

Touted as the craft beer drinker’s answer to Budweiser and Coors, lower alcohol “session beers” are what’s on tap this summer By Matt Niswonger Photo: Scott Vitali If you love craft beer and have never heard the phrase “session beer” before, don’t feel bad. It’s one of those phrases that are non-existent one minute, and then all of a sudden you hear it everywhere you go. In other words, after reading this article, don’t be surprised if the very next person you talk to wants to recommend a great new session beer. Of course, given that you may be hearing the term a lot this summer, it might be worthwhile to actually understand what people are talking about. Strict definitions of session beer are hard to come by, but according to beeradvocate.com and other websites, the term dates back to early 20th century Britain where the beer drinking of...
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