We heard the rumors of how hard La Ruta is to complete. We can put those rumors to rest, it is a beast. Check out WEDU's film as Mike Kloser and Lance Armstrong take on La Ruta.
THE TOUGHEST RACE IN THE WORLD
"Every year, hundreds of the very best mountain bikers and endurance racers from around the world come to Central America to test themselves in this unique odyssey of distance, geography, climate and culture. La Ruta, the only bike race that traverses the American land mass from coast to coast — from Pacific to Atlantic —is no easy day at the beach. Between its sea-level start and finish, the 161-mile route crosses 5 mountain ranges that force you climb a cumulative 29,000 feet! The daunting terrain is so harsh that half a millennium ago it took Spanish conquistadores led by Juan De Cavallón 20 years to cross the land of Costa Rica from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea; today, following almost the same trails they blazed, modern-day explorers racing on m
Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Race Tips
By Mike Kloser, Founder of OutThereUSA, 5 Time Elk Mountain Grand Traverse Champion
The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse is an extraordinary 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen, Colorado. Starting at midnight from Crested Butte — often in sub-zero temperatures — racers traverse Colorado’s spectacular Elk Mountains.
Okay, it’s been a couple years since I raced the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse (GT as the locals call it), and even longer since I originally wrote these tips. So I’ve updated the content below, if you have a few minutes, give it a read.
Some of this obvious or maybe even a bit crazy, but I bet you will find something useful from all this. Here’s a few tips and a bit of advice that I’ve written based
Training tips from a Pro
The beauty about living in Colorado is there are dozens of mountain sports for one to test mettle. A few tips from world champion adventure racer Mike Kloser, who trains and competes in numerous activities throughout the year.
1. Attitude is Everything
One of the most important things is having a good attitude and having a good time. Use the first event or two as a total learning experience because there is a lot to learn in this sport. And if you are going to set some goals, make sure they're realistic. I've had my share of humbling experiences over the years.
2. Learn To Balance
My plan is to try to train five or six days a week, throw a race or two in each week for intensity and to keep me motivated. Family comes first, even though, realistically, you have to schedule a lot of your family time around your work schedule and your training. I function best by getting in most of my workouts first thing in the morning,