This past August I completed a 147 mile mountain bike ride in the SouthWest corner of Colorado called the San Juan Hut-to-Hut trip. Starting in Telluride Colorado and finishing in the lovely little town of Gateway Colorado, the ride leverages a fortified hut system stitched between miles of forest access roads and light single-track.

(click the link here to view the ride video)

Preparing for a 5 day trip like this eventually came down to loading your bike up with panniers OR loading your upper-back up with a massive bag. Water and protection from the elements came first, with bike parts and sundry maintenance items not far behind. A close third was food and a flask of Gentleman Jack. In total, we were expecting to carry an additional 25-30 pounds of gear (which included daily water needs).

Foundry auger

It has been a few year's since we have formally reviewed any kind of bike worth mentioning. Not because we haven't bought, ridden our tested new bikes, but more that we haven't found anything that deserved a mention here on CogSnob. We were tempted a few times (Niner EMD, Cervelo R3), but they fell into the "ho-hum" category of nothing new or revolutionary.

Enter a new Cyclocross specific bike called the Auger from the QBP upstart - Foundry Cycles. Haven't heard of Foundry yet? Guaranteed you will. In the US bike world, wholesaler QBP is a major force and a adaptive marketing presence that can easily throw its weight around when needed.

Epic ride tshirts

If you live in Colorado and are a cyclist, you most likely have heard of names like Ward, SuperJames, Magnolia, and Flagstaff. These references are Rockies Front Range road rides that many a pro-tour cyclist has ridden and suffered. Most notably Taylor Phinney road around Boulder a few weeks ago and smashed all of the existing KOM set by us plebes. Nice.

To capitalize on the pain and suffering these rides eschew, the folks at FuzzyRuf T-shirts (makers of the popular BILF shirt), recently launched their "Epic Ride Collection" and have immortalized these rides on T-shirts.

With slogans like, "SuperJames Is My Freakin KOM Ride", and "I Ride Ward Before Breakfast", you are sure to get a few nods of respect when strutting around town.

To snag your very own, visit the Epic Ride website.

NOTE: Posers heed warning. You better have your wattage, total time, and avg mph stats ready.

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