The Road to Kanza: A look at the Queen of Pain’s bike

When you win big races, like, say, the Leadville 100 or the Dirty Kanza 200 or….well, you get the idea. When you put as much time in the saddle as Rebecca Rusch does, and you’re one of the most successful endurance riders, ever, you get to know your bike well, …

#Ride2Mammoth: Amanda Nauman Preps for Dirty Kanza

Watch the story of Amanda “Panda” Nauman’s ride that started at the Pacific ocean, in the sand, wound its way through the desert and finally into the mountains and the snow.  To meet and follow Niner’s other four riders on their Road to Kanza, go HERE.

The Road to Kanza: Up Close with Amanda’s Performance Machine

There’s a lot that goes into both bike fit and component selection when you spend as much time on a bike as Amanda “Panda” Nauman does each season, especially during the Dirty Kanza (13 hours) where she will seek to defend her title for the 3rd time. Here’s a closer look …

ROAD TO KANZA: MENSO DE JONG, FROM SINGLETRACK RACING TO GRAVEL

No stranger to grinding it out in the saddle for hours on end, Menso de Jong, a member of Team Clif Bar Mountain Biking and Cyclocross, talks about getting ready on his Road to Kanza. Watch the short video and read about a ride he once did with 14k of climbing. …

#Ride2Mammoth, Day 3: Amanda, the Team and a Large Mammal

Day 3 of the #Ride2Mammoth took the team up the highway, off onto some scenic gravel and up to the resort and snow. Here’s the final recap of the story in video, pictures and words.(If you missed Day 1 or 2, here are the recaps: DAY 1, DAY 2) In …

#Ride2Mammoth, Day 2: Amanda and the Team Face Heat in the High Desert

Day 2 of the #Ride2Mammoth found Amanda and her SDG Factory Teammates facing long, straight highways, high heat and relentless sunshine. Here’s the story in video, pictures and words: (If you missed Day 1, here’s the recap.)     In Amanda’s Words: Day 2 of the #Ride2Mammoth was a hot …

#Ride2Mammoth, Day 1: From the Ocean into the Mountains with Amanda Nauman

Here’s an interesting idea. Start at the Pacific Coast, get on your bike with your training partners, ride east into the LA mountains on your way to the Sierra Nevadas. Amanda “Panda” Nauman and members of the SDG Factory Team are headed on a 400+ mile journey over three days, …

Road to Kanza: Rebecca Rusch talks about mental preparation

Rebecca Rusch, three time winner of the Dirty Kanza, returns this year to compete in the 100 mile race. Here she talks about the importance of breaking down the race into pieces so it’s easier to wrap your head around. Rebecca offers additional tips on: Vibration and fatique during a long …

Road to Kanza: Rebecca Rusch talks about vibration and fatique

Rebecca Rusch is headed back to Dirty Kanza to compete, this time in the DK100. Here are more tips on the vibration a rider will experience during long gravel rides. Rebecca offers additional tips on: Nutrition for long endurance rides Mental preparation: Breaking the ride into pieces Rebecca Rusch’s handlebar setup …