Category: Fat Tire Tuesday

Official Trailer: Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter”

69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment features some of Miller’s favorite locations

LOVING THE PURE JOYS OF WINTER is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller, who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter — the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen — will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.

Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes like Jessie Diggins, Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

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Official Trailer: Ode to Muir – The High Sierra

New film from Teton Gravity Research stars professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect our Winters Jeremy Jones

TETON GRAVITY’S NEWEST FILM ODE TO MUIR pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.

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Video: REEL ROCK 12 Trailer

Tickets now available for climbing’s biggest film festival

REEL ROCK has been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who’s gonna knock your socks off.

2017 LINE-UP

Above the Sea
Legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the island of Mallorca where he discovers an untouched, sweeping wall. If he can endure numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea and finally link the moves, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Break on Through
In modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a …

Fat Tire Tuesday: You Go Where You Look

Life lessons courtesy of … your bicycle

By Sarah Hansing

“Nice!” I shouted, as my friend cleared a rock garden …

She put a foot down, dabbing only slightly at the bottom of the gnarly section. Looking at her, I did the same thing. “We just synchronized dabbed!” I enthusiastically observed. (I’m not certain why I was so excited about that …)

She grumbled back (mostly to herself) …  “Headed for a poison oak patch … I was looking right at it, and so that’s where I went. THAT’S HOW IT WORKS, ANNE.”

I started giggling, which quickly evolved into a snort, a chuckle, then a downright laugh. “You know, Anne, I think you may have just become the title to my next blog post:  ‘I Was Looking Right At It, So That’s Where I Went: A Guide To Mountain Biking, Driving, and Life In General.'”

Because really,

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Ocean Weasel

Reflections on getting Sea Ottered

by Sarah Hansing

Ocean Weasel

Well, I don’t know about you all, but I can say with confidence that I have been Sea Ottered. Which is to say, I am still a little sunburned and a lot tired from an epic weekend of sunshine, bike races and scoping new product at Laguna Seca.

Now I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking I was racing, because I wasn’t. I was actually working at the Bosch booth with Gazelle for two days of the event, and wandering semi-aimlessly with my wife for one day. (Well … kind of semi-aimlessly. She was very determined to find a sock vendor that would appeal to her fashion sensibilities, and I believe that quest can be deemed a success. We actually had to make an extra trip post-purchase to drop off all of the socks, as there were too many pairs …

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Go Play

Rain rain, you went away

By Sarah Hansing

Fat Tire TuesdayIT FINALLY STOPPED RAINING!!  Oh my gosh you guys. It’s felt like summer lately, with the sun shining, the birds singing and the sunlight lasting until well after 7pm. Days filled with short sleeve jerseys and singletrack, lunch rides and after work extravaganzas.

And can I say, even though my lack of fitness is very evident to me, and I did in fact throw up a little chasing one of my co-workers on the Old Cabin loop at Wilder Ranch, I feel GREAT.

Not like “Oh man, I’m so super fit and I can ride for hours without stopping”  kind of great, but definitely “Hee hee hee! Let’s go outside and play in the woods!” kind of great.

I think the best way I can explain it is just like that.

I haven’t been necessarily going out on a mission to ride

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Neptune’s Kingdom

Well, as our trail network may well have been re-named “Neptune’s Kingdom” at this point, I don’t have a lot to say for myself in regards to mountain biking as of late.  

I mean, I’d love to tell you that I’m super focused, in the groove and totally committed to preparing for the upcoming race season. I’d also love to just casually mention in passing that I’ve slimmed down, shaped up and am in it to win it (and a bunch of other active-wear /energy drink/ personal-trainer/ free water bottle-type-slogans that were written by people who have obviously never suffered the  gross injustice known as “exercise” and “training” in their own lives and as a result, create a well intended but misguided series of “inspiring” phrases that only really inspire you to want to simultaneously punch them AND your condescending yogurt lid with it’s offensively perky cursive font that

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Fat Tire Freedom: Riding the Trail Backwards

Reflections on perspective

By Sarah Hansing

Yesterday I rode the same trail that I’ve ridden at least a hundred times, and I sort of got lost.

And by “sort of,” I mean that I was actually completely and totally turned around for at least ten minutes. I had to backtrack through the redwoods, retrace my way along some singletrack, and re-negotiate the turns and twists that I (up until now) thought I could ride blindfolded.

The truth is that I probably would have done BETTER if I was blindfolded, instead of doing what I was doing.

(NO, I wasn’t doing THAT … sheesh.)

I was riding the trail backwards.

Now I don’t know if that is something any of ya’ll have ever done, but let me tell you – the ol “left right left right”  mantra of following a trail doesn’t work that well when you’re coming from the …

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Fat Tire Freedom: She’s Baaaack

Fat Tire Tuesday’s Sarah Hansing is riding amok again, and not containing herself to just Tuesdays either … 

Pfffffftttt …………


Because I am a grown up, I often make a fart sound with my mouth, followed by a declaration, to clarify what my intention is:  

“Fart noise!” I will proclaim.

Because I do this often, I think maybe it has become a bit more second nature than I would prefer. Which is to say: I don’t even realize I’m doing it sometimes.

This is not how an adult is supposed to act.

I am aware of this, because I am (by numbers) an adult. However, I would like to stand up and own the fact that this year. This month. And this particular STUPID MONDAY … I AM BAD AT ADULTING.

*spoiler alert: I am always bad at adulting.  It’s not just this Monday.

Look. It was

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Callin’ It Quits

When smiles are more important than miles

By Sarah Hansing

The best intentions.  

It is truly always with the best intentions that I begin a bike ride.

I mean, I LOVE riding bikes. It’s just that … it’s been a long day at work, and maybe I’m feeling just a bit run down.

BUT. My attitude has had a serious talking to and my zen / flow state of mind has been informed that it’s on-deck, and should start warming up.

It’s game time.



See now, I got home from work. I shimmied into my lycra, I put my helmet light on. I got my bike out of the garage. I pumped up my tires. (I gave myself a pep talk). I forgot my water bottle and went back inside. (I gave myself ANOTHER pep talk). I stepped out the front door and back into the darkness.

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Déjà Vu

Back to basics … back to SMILES

By Sarah Hansing


And here we are again.

It seems like a terrible case of déjà vu, sometimes, really.

Get fit. Get stoked! Get injured.

Get *ahem* slightly (but seriously – let’s be realistic here. It’s WAAAYY more than “slightly”) unfit.  

Get bummed.  

Get avoidant about riding (cause getting back on the bike is gonna hurt, let there be no doubts about THAT).  

Get determined.  

Get BACK on the bike (even though you KNOW it’s gonna hurt).

Get a reality check.

Really REALLY dislike that reality check.  

And now comes the really really important parts: decide what to do about that reality check.

It’s kind of hard to separate action and consequence from mental fortitude, sometimes …  but it’s important to try. We can tend to blame ourselves instead of praise ourselves, curse ourselves instead of cheer ourselves on. As

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Staying Upright

Keeping the wheels rolling forward, nice ‘n easy 

By Sarah Hansing

Well, I hit my head again.  

No surprise I suppose, but this is the third (or fourth?) helmet I’ve cracked in 14 months, and this time it rattled me. And by “rattled” I don’t just mean it addled my brain. I mean it shook me to my core, emotionally. It scared me. And because of concussion number three (four? I can’t honestly remember) … because of the frequency of hits to the head, I took a pretty long break from the trails.

It was with great trepidation and a lot of coaxing from friends and co-workers that I finally put tires to dirt again recently.  

I’ve been creeping along the trails. I mean REALLY picking my lines carefully, and trying to not do anything that falls into what could be defined as “dumb.” 

No taking chances. No hauling

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Fat Tire Tuesday: An Experiment in Doing Nothing

Justifying a bad decision to be a slacker

By Sarah Hansing

Hi. My name is Sarah, and I am a tremendous hypocrite.  

It’s not intentional, mind you. But nonetheless, I’ve been TOTALLY remiss in practicing what I preach, so to speak.

I want to have a “rah rah and huzzah” message this week, but the reality is, I was a complete and total slacker ALL WEEK. I didn’t ride. I didn’t want to ride. I didn’t have an epiphany that made me go ride. And I didn’t have a come-to-jesus moment on the trails, due to the fact that I didn’t ride on them this week.

I’m not proud of myself, you know.

It’s just …  I just felt shattered this week – totally ready for a nap at any time. And even though I KNOW I would’ve felt better if I just got out there and pedaled a

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Fat Tire Tuesday: Recess

Rediscovering the magic of a childhood necessity

By Sarah Hansing

I have discovered something glorious. Okay, maybe not GLORIOUS but definitely super rad. Now that I think about it, this thing isn’t such a new concept. It is something we were well acquainted with during our formative years; in fact, it was a very near daily practice for just about every single one of us. Somehow, this thing I have recently rediscovered became lost to us as we got older. We sort of forgot about it. Thought we outgrew it. Phased it out of our lives. After all, we have busy lives and full schedules, commitments and obligations.

We became adults, and there was no time for recess any more.

(You thought I was going to say “naps,” didn’t you?  Fair enough – that most certainly  deserves an honorable mention.)

Anyways. Recess. We spent half the day sitting still at

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