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Key to a Boom in XC Skiing? ...Marketing!

"Adapt or die." ...XC skiing is fading most everywhere, and this is a disaster in its own right. But it's especially hurting in areas where snowfall is becoming sketchy. Why? What can be done?

Even in sketchy places there always is SOME snowfall, even QUITE A BIT, and such places in snowcountry are generally within an HOUR'S drive from better snow…

Latest Articles

'Cross Fever: How to Enjoy the Muddy Little World of Barriers & Off-Cambers

I can't believe I haven't yet posted my two bits about CX skills! I've been going nuts about it for a few years now and have posted a few general items but CX is about skill, so c'mon! There are a couple books in print about the esoteric world of CX…

Bike Tip: Bend Your Arms for Relaxed Safety!

Most sport riders today I see are riding with STRAIGHT arms, or nearly so. This is good for checking bike fit, and it's OK as another hand position while riding…

A Roadie Primer: How to be a Rider of Road Bikes

(bump from 8/16) There is a lot of info out there on road riding. It's kind of a technical side of biking. It relates to being a "roadie." Lately, however, I have to say that this has been a somewhat unappealing aspect of biking for me…

Truth & Reconciliation: Uniting Science and Religion

A very old problem is gaining momentum and attention these days: the conflict between religion and science. It relates to fake news and to modern religion and the alt-right…

Latest Products (under construction)

Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Big sale! $4.95. Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master...

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek ...

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD...

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker ...