The Elephants Perch http://elephantsperch.com people powered sports specialist Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hoka One One Clifton Review http://elephantsperch.com/featured/hoka-one-one-clifton-review/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/hoka-one-one-clifton-review/#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:03:35 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4069   Hoka One One Clifton Review: A 27 Year Old’s Perspective: For two years now it’s been consistently difficult to keep Hoka One One shoes in stock. Often times they sell themselves, the customer was directed by a friend, doctor, or even a stranger out on the trail to go the Elephant’s Perch and purchase […]

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Hoka One One Clifton Review: A 27 Year Old’s Perspective:

Hoka One One | Sun Valley IdahoFor two years now it’s been consistently difficult to keep Hoka One One shoes in stock. Often times they sell themselves, the customer was directed by a friend, doctor, or even a stranger out on the trail to go the Elephant’s Perch and purchase a pair of Hoka’s. Other times, I find myself introducing Hoka to someone looking for a new running or walking shoe and I thoroughly enjoy that process. Way more often than not, fitting someone into a Hoka shoe for the first time results in smiles and a realization that running/walking could now be “fun” and less painful. During this sales pitch I am almost always asked if I run in them and everytime I reply that I haven’t, somewhat embarrassingly, given my enthusiasm for the product.
I consider myself a runner, however I do not run year round. The past few years I have found myself running only in the spring and the fall, namely when I’m training for the Sun Valley Half Marathon or when the mountain bike conditions are far from ideal. Last Thursday, Alex, a Hoka One One Tech Rep set up shop in the Perch alongside three massive duffel bags of “demo” Hoka shoes for all to try. I’ve always said that I would love to try a Hoka if given them, yet I wasn’t going to blindly purchase a pair because they are very different than my shoe of choice. I was excited for the opportunity to take them to the street.
For the past three years I have run exclusively in Saucony and Brooks. The qualities I look for are lightweight yet still durable for training, approximately 4mm of drop (offset) from the heel to the toe, and a seamless upper (feels like a slipper). Specific models of choice have included the Saucony Kinvara series, Saucony Triumph, Brooks Puregrit and Pureflow, and most recently the Saucony Zealot ISO. All of these shoes provide good feel of the ground with a comfortable amount of cush. I feared that a Hoka would numb that feel of the terrain. I was mistaken.
Only running 4.5 miles once in a shoe can hardly justify the term “review”, but I still wanted to share my thoughts. The Clifton weighs in at 7.7 ounces and features 5mm of drop/offset, two attributes that meet my running shoe requirements and are both instantly noticeable upon tying the laces. I stormed out of the shop and hit the road. I started at a faster pace than I had been accustomed to because I only had an hour to return the shoes before Alex needed to pack up and leave. Running down Sun Valley Road towards the bike path I already noticed a few very pleasant qualities.
First, I was surprised with how normal the Clifton felt. Normal in the sense that I could feel the cushion and I loved how light they were, but without looking down I wasn’t able to tell how much foam I was running on. Secondly, I loved the increased stability and traction supplied by the larger footprint and straight last. If I had run out of a puddle on the bike path, I would have left an outline of the entire shoe. I’d say the most common concern with purchasing these shoes is the fear of being higher up from the ground and feeling unstable or rolling an ankle. I’d now argue the opposite, that they provide increased stability. The most obvious, yet still eye opening attribute was the cushion itself. The cush dampens the unforgiving road beautifully and I also provides a welcoming amount of feedback. I’m hesitant to use the word bounce, because I don’t feel that fits. It’s more of a rebound of energy, if you will. Sort of like those ab rollers that assist you come back towards your body, the Clifton assisted your next stride.
As I returned the shop I was surprised that I couldn’t identify one component of the shoe I didn’t enjoy. I purchased a pair last night and I look forward to providing a longer term review.

Happy running, walking, hiking and skipping,

Sam

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2015 Adams Gulch Fun Run & Walk http://elephantsperch.com/featured/2015-adams-gulch-fun-run-walk/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/2015-adams-gulch-fun-run-walk/#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:05:14 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4062   Saturday, June 6th 2015 Distance: 4.2 Miles Start Time: 10:00am Cost: FREE – No Registration Necessary Race Start: Church of the Bigwood Times: Will Be Recorded No Prizes Adams Gulch 2015 | Sun Valley Idaho

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Saturday, June 6th 2015

Distance: 4.2 Miles

Start Time: 10:00am

Cost: FREE – No Registration Necessary

Race Start: Church of the Bigwood

Times: Will Be Recorded :)

No Prizes

2015 Adams Gulch Fun Run and Walk

Adams Gulch 2015 | Sun Valley Idaho

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US Cross Country Ski Team Clinic http://elephantsperch.com/featured/us-cross-country-ski-team-clinic/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/us-cross-country-ski-team-clinic/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:40:11 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4053   The U.S. XC Team Clinic is being held on Saturday March 28th at Galena Lodge There will be a Skate or Classic Sessions held from 9:30am to 11:00am lunch at 11:30am Then another Skate or Classic Session from 1:00pm to 2:30pm This is  a fundraiser for the US Cross Country Ski Team that is gearing up […]

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The U.S. XC Team Clinic is being held on Saturday March 28th at Galena Lodge

There will be a Skate or Classic Sessions held from 9:30am to 11:00am

lunch at 11:30am

Then another Skate or Classic Session from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

This is  a fundraiser for the US Cross Country Ski Team that is gearing up to be a lot of fun!

Heck,  you may even learn a few things…. :)

Lunch and Instruction are included, but participants need to bring their own skis and gear

RSVP to Amy Schoew, aschoew@ussa.org or 435-602-0639

SEE YOU THERE

USSA Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation

 

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Winterfest Snowbike Race Report 2015 http://elephantsperch.com/featured/winterfest-snowbike-race-report-2015/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/winterfest-snowbike-race-report-2015/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:53:36 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4045 SNOWBIKE RACE The Winterfest Snowbike Race happened last weekend in Stanley with over 40 racers competing in the inaugural event. While the snow was slight in town the roads around Stanley had plenty of coverage with hard packed conditions meeting all riders early Saturday morning. The Elephants Perch team had a four person contingent ready […]

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SNOWBIKE RACE

The Winterfest Snowbike Race happened last weekend in Stanley with over 40 racers competing in the inaugural event. While the snow was slight in town the roads around Stanley had plenty of coverage with hard packed conditions meeting all riders early Saturday morning.
The Elephants Perch team had a four person contingent ready to take on the 25 mile race. Kyle Rafford, Cameron Lloyd, Roger “mainstay” Mankus, and Brett Stevenson to round it out on the women’s side. The course was a grueling 25 mile track with over 2300 feet of climbing. It had been groomed the day before so conditions were as good as it gets for fat biking. We started out with a brief “tour” around a few blocks of Stanley before heading west onto Kelly Creek road. As soon as we hit snow the climbing started. The trail started to head up quickly and so did the pace. Right away a group pushed the pace up the hill with Cameron and Kyle making the select group. The pace stayed high at the 9 mile mark where the group was slimmed down to Kyle, Cameron, and another local Chris Estrom. Chris did his 3 second pull on the front before grinding and stopping for a lunch break at the top of the climb. Cameron and Kyle kept the pace high descending back into the valley where the snow felt like it had somehow slowed down. The trudging carried on across the Kelly Creek meadow back into the last descent into town. Cameron is his tired state thought that the climbing was behind him was hit right in the forehead by a 100 yard steep climb towards the end of the race. At that point Kyle and another rider caught him while he was yelling expletives to whomever was listening (nobody). A stronger rider then passed Cameron to go over the top of the last climb in first place. Cameron and Kyle took every chance they could on the downhill to catch the lead rider with a quarter mile to go. The leader would not give up his lead while Cameron and Kyle decided to sit on his wheel and eat mud to the finish. The two Perch riders ended up 2nd and 3rd respectively. Roger, always seeming to be going out for a lunch ride had a great day on the bike finishing a few minutes behind the lead riders.
On the women’s side Brett Stevenson who was up in the air about racing when arriving decided to throw her hat in the ring and give it a go. At the gun she wasn’t too keen on going hard but decided to try a third of the way through the race and ended up pushing it to 3rd place at the end. The rider was later quoted saying “I wonder how I would have done if I had gone a little harder right from the start”. Nobody will ever know but there is always next year to try and figure it out!

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Snow Race Results | Sun Valley Idaho

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Snowball Fatbike Race Review http://elephantsperch.com/featured/snowball-fatbike-race-review/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/snowball-fatbike-race-review/#respond Tue, 03 Feb 2015 00:50:42 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4037 The Elephants Perch Team had two teams competing in the Sun Valley Snowball Fatbike race this past Saturday. Kyle Rafford and Cameron Lloyd raced along with another team that consisted of Perch team member Karoline Droege and her husband Chris. The sun was shining and the course was groomed perfectly. The relay race consisted of […]

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The Elephants Perch Team had two teams competing in the Sun Valley Snowball Fatbike race this past Saturday. Kyle Rafford and Cameron Lloyd raced along with another team that consisted of Perch team member Karoline Droege and her husband Chris. The sun was shining and the course was groomed perfectly. The relay race consisted of 2-20K laps around the Diamondback cross country loop, out past the Sun Valley Gun Club, around the Boundary Loop and back to the start near the Sun Valley Club.

Kyle and Karoline started the race strong with around 10 other relay teams. Kyle and Joel Brazille (Team Sturtevants) set a torrid pace and were the first relay teams to come into the start finish at around 55 minutes. Kyle handed the bike off to Cameron while Joel handed his steed to partner Scott Robinson (Team Sturtevants). Cameron was able to take some time on Scott going up the Diamondback climb and push the lead heading out to the Gun Club. The lead grew and grew and Cameron was able to get a comfortable lead heading home to seal the win for Team Perch.

Karoline and Chris were able to keep the hard charging Club Ride team of Kelli Lusk and Scott Montgomery at bay to finish in first place in the co-ed division.

All in all the Snowball race was a great event. A huge thanks to Rebecca Rusch, Greg Martin, Rusch Relations, and Breakaway Promotions who were able to pull off a great race with the cooperation of the Sun Valley Company. The course was well thought out and the venue was a perfect site for the race. Hopefully SV Co. was able to see how much people really do like riding their bikes in the snow and hopefully that wil translate into more trails being fatbike friendly in the future. If you were spectating at the race or if were brave enough to get yourself on a bike make sure to thank the SV Co. or email tsilva@sunvalley.com to let Tim Silva know how much fun you had out there!

Download the race results here: Sun Valley Snowball Fatbike Race

Sun Valley snowball fatbike finial results

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Sun Valley Nordic Festival http://elephantsperch.com/featured/sun-valley-nordic-festival/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/sun-valley-nordic-festival/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:17:42 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4027   The Sun Valley Nordic Festival runs from January 30th to February 8th. The schedule includes incredible events such as:   BCRD Ski the Rails Skin it to Win it Ski & Snowboard Race Falconry and Wildlife Snowshoe Tour Stanley Winter Extravaganza Full Moon Dinner at Galena Lodge Paralympic Biathlon Race Downtown Jam Boulder Mountain […]

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SV Nordic Festival LogoThe Sun Valley Nordic Festival runs from January 30th to February 8th.

The schedule includes incredible events such as:

 

  • BCRD Ski the Rails
  • Skin it to Win it Ski & Snowboard Race
  • Falconry and Wildlife Snowshoe Tour
  • Stanley Winter Extravaganza
  • Full Moon Dinner at Galena Lodge
  • Paralympic Biathlon Race
  • Downtown Jam
  • Boulder Mountain Tour

AND, MUCH MORE!!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND AN EVENT SCHEDULE

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The Boulder Tour Backwards Classic Tour http://elephantsperch.com/featured/boulder-tour-backwards-classic-tour/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/boulder-tour-backwards-classic-tour/#respond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 23:56:32 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=4003 Backwards Classic Tour is on:  Saturday February 21st 2015 THIS IS A FUN TOUR AND NOT A RACE THERE WILL BE THREE START AREAS: DEPART SNRA HEADQUARTERS AT 10:00AM……..2.5 HOURS TO GALENA 30KM’S DEPART BAKER CREEK AT 11:00AM…………1.5 HOURS TO GALENA 17KM’S DEAPRT PRAIRIE CREEK AT 12:00 NOON……….1+ HOURS TO GALENA 10KM’S PlEASE BRING $10.00 […]

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Backwards Classic Tour is on:  Saturday February 21st 2015

THIS IS A FUN TOUR AND NOT A RACE

THERE WILL BE THREE START AREAS:

  1. DEPART SNRA HEADQUARTERS AT 10:00AM……..2.5 HOURS TO GALENA 30KM’S
  2. DEPART BAKER CREEK AT 11:00AM…………1.5 HOURS TO GALENA 17KM’S
  3. DEAPRT PRAIRIE CREEK AT 12:00 NOON……….1+ HOURS TO GALENA 10KM’S

PlEASE BRING $10.00 DONATION TO BCRD FOR GROOMING

  • TRAIL PASSES ARE REQUIRED
  • BRING MONEY FOR A SPECIAL LUNCH PACKAGE AT GALENA
  • YOU SHOULD PRE-ARRANGE CAR POOL SHUTTLES TO GET BACK DOWN / OR BE AN ANIMAL AND SKI BACK DOWN!!!
  • THERE WILL BE AN AID STATION AT BAKER CREEK
  • PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BELOW OR AT THE PERCH SO WE KNOW WHO IS OUT THERE!!!!!!

BE PREPARED FOR ANY AND ALL CONDITIONS!!

Backwards Classic Tour

QUESTIONS?

  • CONTACT BOB ROSSO AT:  brosso@elephantsperch.com
  • OR CALL THE PERCH AT: 208-726-3497

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Snowmaker Classic Race Results 2015 http://elephantsperch.com/featured/snowmaker-classic-race-results-2015/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/snowmaker-classic-race-results-2015/#respond Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:13:08 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3996   CLICK BELOW LINK TO DOWNLOAD: Snowmaker Classic Race Results  

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Snowmaker Classic Race Results

 
Snowmaker Race Results

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Why I Love Bike Racing and You Should Too http://elephantsperch.com/featured/love-bike-racing/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/love-bike-racing/#respond Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:51:41 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3972   When was the last time you passed a storm trooper mid race? A giant inflatable sea anemone? Team Perch’s recent trip to Bend, Oregon for Cross Crusade was a two-day reminder that bike racing is partying, and partying is bike racing. This event proved that fun in bike racing is first priority and winning […]

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Storm Stooper The Elephants PerchWhen was the last time you passed a storm trooper mid race? A giant inflatable sea anemone? Team Perch’s recent trip to Bend, Oregon for Cross Crusade was a two-day reminder that bike racing is partying, and partying is bike racing. This event proved that fun in bike racing is first priority and winning is irrelevant.

As an avid cyclist of all disciplines, I often lament here in the Wood River Valley that we have an enormous amount of cyclists, yet relatively small showings at our cycling races…and it’s time for a paradigm shift. I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that they are too intimidated to race, or that “everyone is too serious”, or that they know the fields are so small they’ll be riding alone. Well, allow me to personally apologize if local bike racing has ever felt intimidating. I take trying to go fast pretty seriously, but the underlying truth always remains:

Bike racing = partying!

Bend Oregon Elephants PerchWe have some really amazing local events and incredible people that keep bike racing alive in this valley. I’m infinitely grateful to them. Now is my message to all local bike riders – We need you! We need you to come and play with us in any capacity you see fit. And to event hosts, we need non-competitive options too. As cycling is a lifestyle, bike events are part of that lifestyle. Challenge yourself to ride hard, or challenge yourself to just have fun. This weekend I saw people racing on unicycles, on tandems, in costumes, on racing bikes, and town bikes. I saw beer feeds, and flat tires…triumph and anguish. Bike racing is hard, but more importantly, bike racing is community and community is the reason we don’t just ride trainers in our basements.

Bend OR Elephants PerchCongratulations go to locals Brad Walker, Cameron Lloyd, Brett Stevenson, and John Reuter for great efforts this weekend in Bend…they also go out to a great group of local ladies who also embodied cycling’s awesomeness at the 24 hours of Moab this weekend.

See you at the next one!

John Reuter

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Super.Natural http://elephantsperch.com/featured/super-natural/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/super-natural/#respond Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:15:08 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3955   SUPER NATURAL CLOTHING FALL / WINTER 14 LAUNCH PARTY LOCATION: VELOCIO 601 SUN VALLEY ROAD DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH TIME: 6PM DRINKS AND GOOD TIMES PROVIDED

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SUPER NATURAL CLOTHING

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FALL / WINTER 14
LAUNCH PARTY
LOCATION: VELOCIO
601 SUN VALLEY ROAD
DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
TIME: 6PM
DRINKS AND GOOD TIMES PROVIDED

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