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1928 S 50th Ave
Omaha, NE, 68106
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Mountain bike skills clinic in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Blog about R&R Outside mountain bike adventures.

 

A trip to The Great Wide Open

Ryan Feagan

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When Ryan and I met, it was on a group trip to Moab, Utah. That was 2002. We fell hard for the bleak and beautiful moonscape, returning every year with new friends, excited to share with them our new discovery of the mountain bike mecca.

The last time we were there was around 2014, about the time enduro racing started, taking us to new lands and new landscapes. Enduro found its way to Moab in the theme of The Whole Enchilada, a race down from the peaks of the Las Sals to the the end of the jeep track portion of the Porcupine Rim trail. We tried it three times in the last 7 years. The first time, Ryan was injured so I raced it with a friend of ours who took his race plate. The next year, it snowed like a banshee the day before the race and we had to literally slide on our asses down the steep switchbacks at the top. The next year it snowed again and the race was moved to the next day and we had to go home. It was some kind of curse. We hadn't been back since.

Jump ahead 3 years and The Whole Enchilada race was back on our calendar. It was earlier than it's ever been, mid September, so things were looking good until about Fruita, Colorado where we drove through a desert storm of epic proportions. Once in Moab, the rain was torrential, but we were still 3 days out from race day so we weren't too concerned. Stuff dries within hours in that part of the country. 

We made it to our campsite near the Slick Rock trail head. The skies were clearing but we could see another wave of rain coming on the western horizon. With not much daylight left, we decided to pass the time and scramble up the slickrock behind our campsite. What we saw dropped our jaws. SNOW in the mountains where were were to start the race!!! We could not believe it. The curse was back!

The next two days were spent riding the lower trails but then we heard the start of the race was dry so we self-shuttled up to it and sure enough, the dirt was bone dry. I wouldn't have believed it after seeing the dollup of new powder just two days prior. 

So race day was clear and crisp with just a hint of fall in the air. Pockets of aspens were turning and the rains had forced the fragrance of the junipers and sage into the air and the true, rich colors of the high desert were revealed.

Both of us managed to get on the podium of that race but that was just icing on the cake. Camping under a canopy of stars and gazing upon 360 degree horizon all day were really what we took back with us.

Moab is a special place for us and we'll never tire of returning to her. 

We are still here

Ryan Feagan

RandR Outside are still around and riding dirt! As much as I'd like to be a consistent blogger, I'm just falling flat on my face! The season thus far has been a whirlwind with travel, clinics, racing, race promotion and now as we look at the upcoming fall season, more enduro racing and promoting the high school racing series. Whew!

But, we haven't forgotten about our beloved students of dirt who are asking for more learning opportunities.

We are happy to announce we will hold a single-day clinic this fall. The single-day format was carefully considered and though we truly believe we can teach a week's worth of content, trying to fit it all in in two-day clinics was tough and tough for folks to commit to a full weekend.

So, after some thought we're going to try the single-day format. We believe that riders at any level can benefit from the basics but those who are just starting out are the people that need and should get the most coaching. This way we can stop bad habits from forming and instill confidence before doubt and frustration take over. 

Single-day clinics for beginners will cover the basics of body position and bike handling. For more intermediate riders, or if you've taken our clinic in the past, the coaches will focus on adding more challenge to your drills. 

We are on a journey always and this is a test to see if the single day is better suited for this market than two-days. With all of our busy lives, this just might be the ticket for riders to sneak away for a day but still be home in time for dinner!

Ride Inspired!

Fall is the best time to ride!

Ryan Feagan

As the temps start to drop and the air dries out, R&R coaches feel this is the best time of the year for single track riding. 

Our next clinic will be September 24-25 here in Omaha but first we must get our dirt on. Ryan and Roxy will be heading west to race in the Big Mountain Enduro in Crested Butte, Colorado. Three consecutive days of big back country racing where the staged descents are timed and the rides between them are neutral. This allows racers to see the sights, get to know other racers from around the US and beyond and feel more relaxed before each stage. Unlike XC racing where it's elbow to elbow, each racer goes off on their own every minute to allow enough time and space between. It's pretty amazing to be racing between 10K - 11K feet going downhill as fast as you can. Especially being from the flat lands where our hills are seconds long. We'll be racing sometimes 15-20-30 minutes to the bottom. It's fun, scary and thrilling all wrapped into one event.

Then after that race, the explorers in us will be looking for new places to ride so we can bring other riders with us in the future. Keeping it to southwest Colorado, we hope to hit up some big back country trails around Telluride, Durango and though it's been a few years, possibly even get over to Moab.

We can't wait to get to the Great Wide Open and when we get back, school's on!