Hitting This Link Will Cost You An Hour Of Your Life And Unveil 6,821-Miles Of Mountain Biking

I love maps. Printed, digital, 3D or street view, it doesn’t matter. Open any map and I’m already off on a trip in my head. That’s why hitting this link to the Colorado Trail Explorer is going to cost you some serious time units out of your life. But if you are a mountain biker, think of the next hour as an investment, not a cost. The map details a claimed 39,000 miles of trails and over 1,400 trailheads. There are an estimated 6,821 miles of mountain bike trails (sounds…

Illegal Mountain Bike Clubhouse Built On Private Property

One of my favorite trails in Hill Canyon (located west of Wildwood Park) was initially constructed illegally by some still-unknown groms. Fortunately, park rangers were able to improve the rogue trail and actually add it to their trail network. This news item out of Great Britain takes illegal trails to a whole new level. The Courier is reporting that “Police officers are hunting the unknown individuals who turned part of a Perthshire estate into their own personal playground.” The photos show a clubhouse, basketball court and shooting range. The story…

A Toast To Tilford Planned For July 4th In Cable, Wisconsin

The Rivers Eatery in Cable, Wisconsin, (probably Steve’s favorite town on earth) is hosting a Toast To Tilford on July 4th from 6-9 PM. Join Trudi (Steve’s widow) and friends for a toast to our great friend and cycling legend. As recorded on his epic blog site, Steve loved the Fourth of July in Cable. As busy as he was, he almost always cleared his calendar to come for the parade, pies in the park, dinner and drinks at The Rivers Eatery and then the fireworks. The event is aimed…

Nuns Mountain Bike To End Human Trafficking

Reuters Business Insider has a great story about hundreds of Buddist nuns who are mountain biking across the Himalayas to raise awareness of the region’s practice of human trafficking. “When we were doing relief work in Nepal after the earthquakes last year, we heard how girls from poor families were being sold because their parents could not afford to keep them anymore,” 22-year-old nun Jigme Konchok Lhamo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. We wanted to do something to change this attitude that girls are less than boys and that it’s…

MOUNTAIN BIKING REACHES 15 MILLION

It is never a bad thing for mountain biking to get some positive exposure and that happened in a big way with the June issue of Relish magazine. Relish is a food magazine that gets delivered once a month inside select newspapers. It is claimed to reach 15-million readers with each issue. The June issue has a great shot of a father and son riding a mountain bike (dad) and a BMX bike (son) on a dual-track dirt road. Don’t look too close or you’ll see that dad is not…

MOUNTAIN BIKING EQUALS RENOVATION WELLNESS

Great story in VoyageLZ about Renovation Wellness founder Gina Flanagan. You can read the story by clicking here. I got to ride with Gina and her husband, Greg Flanagan, a number of years ago on the Backbone Trail where it runs through the hills above Malibu. Gina had impressive riding skills for sure, but the reason I still remember the ride is because of her positive energy. Every time I’ve seen her since she always has that positive attitude that makes a regular ride into something special. I hope this…

JRA BIKES & BREW GETS SCHOOLED BY MAGURA

JRA Bikes & Brew in Agoura Hills, California, invited Magura’s traveling tech guru, Mike Mantione, to visit the store and educate their service department on the German brand’s latest service techniques. This is no small commitment from either JRA or Magura. Magura sends their rolling technical department to Agoura Hills for the day and Vincent Gest, owner of JRA, allows his top three service technicians to spend the afternoon learning to become Magura experts. The result of the clinic is the first Magura certified bike shop in Ventura County who…

STEVE TILFORD CELEBRATION OF LIFE

It has taken some time to get around to posting this because it is still close to impossible to believe that Steve will not be showing up on our doorstep again or that we’ll never see each other at a bike race or bike show or some special event where he was to be the main attraction. If you couldn’t make it to Steve’s celebration of life on April 23rd, what you missed was not sad event. Quite the opposite. The mood was festive and the Tilford Tales being exchanged…

STEVE TILFORD MEMORIAL SET FOR APRIL 23RD

An evening to share our memories of a life rich with love, happiness, humility and compassion. His drive to be the best brought out the best in all of us. Sunday, April 23, 2017 Cider Gallery 810 Pennsylvania Lawrence, Kansas 5:30-9:30 pm Open House Small plates, beverages and of course, pie! Please RSVP to Stacie by April 17 sgrossfeld@louisvillebones.com

GODSPEED STEVE TILFORD

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was. The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no sorrow in your tone. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.…