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Oct 23, 2021

This week we have Jared Fisher joining us for the interview.  Jared has biked across the country multiple times.  He's also the CEO of Escape Adventures, which is a cycling-tourism company.  Bill experienced their hut system. 

 "The “huts” are shipping containers repurposed and carved up to make sleeping accommodations and a kitchen for 12 cyclists. As Jared Fisher, owner of Escape Adventures, who dreamed up this hut system says, “It’s like putting together a lego house. It takes four containers to make a “hut” and we cut them, install windows and doors and add the bunks and appliances.” The huts are “off the grid” operating by solar and propane complete with compostable toilets and showers."

Utah’s Unique Mountain Bike Hut System Unites a Group of Colorado Cyclists

Posted on October 12, 2021

By Bill Plock

 

I just opened my email and learned that I've been accepted on to the TriDot Ambassador Team!

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In Today's Show

  • Interview with Jared Fisher
  • Endurance News
    • Results from Last Week's IM and Challenge Mallorca
    • This weekends races and the Ironman California Journal
  • What's new in the 303
    • Utah’s Unique Mountain Bike Hut System Unites a Group of Colorado Cyclists
  • Video of the Week
    • 2021 IRONMAN California Race Recon Webinar Presented by RaceX

 

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Interview with Jared Fisher

In 1992 Jared Fisher began a mission to promote human power and the natural environment which is now the basis of three bike shops and a tour company powered by renewable energy and human powered.  Jared has 27+ years experience partnering with government agencies, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management in the western United States (Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Wyomin)g. Jared is a strong professional leader graduating from University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Past member Nevada State Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.

As you may imagine, he is an avid cyclist and endurance athlete with and in 2019 Jared biked 3,421 miles across the country the northern tier of the U.S. in 18 days in July. 

 

Bill to share how they met and make introductory comments.

 

 

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Endurance News:

 

Race Results:

10/16: 70.3 and 140.6 Alcúdia-Mallorca Results

10/16: Challenge Peguera Mallorca Results; Collin Chartier 2nd place


Upcoming Races:

 

10/23: NC 70.3, 140.6 Portugal, 140.6 Waco

10/24: 70.3 Portugal, 70.3 Greece Costa Navarino, 70.3 Waco, 70.3 Sardegna, 140.6 California

 

IRONMAN California

IM California (ironman.com)

Ironman California 2021 (MPRO-only, Oct 24th) – Entry List | TriRating

 

IM CA Journal

  • In the 24 hours leading up to the trip to Sacramento, I had one final video meeting with Matty.  The agenda was a review of the plan, travel checklist and we included his wife Emily to talk about how to get the most out of the weekend and how best to support Matt.
  • I go to check in on the United app and I get my boarding pass with a seat assignment of 1F.  I text Matt right away "dude !?!".
  • We Uber to the airport, slide through security and sitting on the plane in the 1st row isle seat and who do I run into?  Melanie Mitchell from Poppy Sports! 
  • We landed, no rain and really pleasant.  Checked into our rooms at this Best Western went for a run.  I thought our hotel was a block from the IRONMAN Village.  Probably more like a mile.
  • It's raining this morning and just saw Dave Christian on the local news saying the race is on rain or shine.
  • I've been in touch with Justin Metzler @bigmetztri and we are going to get him on the show after the race.
  • Weather and water temp reports - American River (Folsom), CA water temperature in October (seatemperature.info)
  • On Wednesday the temperature was 59.0

 

 

What's New in the 303:

 

Utah’s Unique Mountain Bike Hut System Unites a Group of Colorado Cyclists

Posted on October 12, 2021

By Bill Plock

 

In south central Utah surrounded by National Parks, ancient river beds and views of what was once the floor of a great sea bed, lies a system of huts sheltering mountain bikers as they wind through the Escalante Plateau.

 

The area, more than twice the size of Rhode Island is bordered by Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef National Parks and Lake Powell. It offers a huge variety of terrain tempting all levels of cyclists to explore the high deserts, deep canyons, daunting plateaus and sandy washout basins.  Coming from Colorado, a beautiful drive takes you from Green River, Utah southwest to the town of Escalante where the 190 mile Aquarius Trail Hut System ends. When you arrive, someone from Aquarius takes you and your bike West to Brian Head where the adventure begins.

 

The “huts” are shipping containers repurposed and carved up to make sleeping accommodations and a kitchen for 12 cyclists. As Jared Fisher, owner of Escape Adventures, who dreamed up this hut system says, “It’s like putting together a lego house. It takes four containers to make a “hut” and we cut them, install windows and doors and add the bunks and appliances.” The huts are “off the grid” operating by solar and propane complete with compostable toilets and showers. When all the expenses are accounted for, a hut will cost about $200,000 to build and install. They are serviced by staff each day bringing in fresh food, linens, and fuel.

 

Scattered on the Escalante Plateau National Monument, the huts are a welcome reprieve from some challenging days on single track and dirt roads taking riders up epic climbs to amazing views. They are fully stocked with gourmet food, snacks, beverages, water, showers and everything to make it as comfortable as possible. Guest can cook on the grills outside and cozy up to fire pits to take the high desert chill away.

 

The group I joined is mostly from Colorado and gather once in a while at destinations like this. They had a sag truck to carry some provisions and the group dog. All seemed to love the hut and the route and the abundance of food and snacks. Said one rider, “they even have Peanut M&M’s” which seemed to be an important provision.

 

The daily routes are between 25 and 40 miles with options for longer treks to scenic spots. After the group breakfast, riders had all day to make it to the next hut and when possible the sag truck would park somewhere in between with refreshments. Said Jeff Oehm of Lakewood, “The huts are well thought out and stocked with good food and comfortable beds. The trails and roads were great and very challenging in places. This part of Utah is stunning and so uncrowded, was well worth the drive from Denver.”

 

Fisher’s company provides destination, endurance oriented travel experiences all over the world and discovered this area about 10 years. He lives in Las Vegas, operates three bike shops and has built a company revolving around the bike. It took a while to get the permits to start installing the huts and connecting the trails. He said, “Covid actually helped push this project to the finish as the Forest Service was able to re-evaluate the situation and we got approval last year. This is our first year of operations and it’s gone very well. We have accommodated over 500 cyclists this summer. Any tour operator would be happy with that I think.”

 

The experience can be customized to accommodate a private group or open to a single rider with a variety of diets and food preferences. They also have bikes, and e-bikes for rent.

 

 

Upcoming Guests

Matt Bach from TriDot

Justin Metzler @bigmetztri

 

 

Video Of The Week

2021 IRONMAN California Race Recon Webinar Presented by RaceX

John Mayfield, TriDot Director of Community

September 21

 

Closing:

Thanks again for listening in this week.  Please be sure to follow us @303endurance and of course go to iTunes and give us a rating and a comment.  We'd really appreciate it!

Stay tuned, train informed, and enjoy the endurance journey!

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