The Elephants Perch http://elephantsperch.com people powered sports specialist Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:51:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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National Nordic Foundation

The Drive for 25 Begins Today

Nordic Skiing
The drive for 25 is our skiing nation supporting itself.

D25 is the largest grassroots fundraising effort for ski sport in the US.  The concept is simple:  The community comes together to support skiing.  This year, our Total Goal is $200.00.

So far generous donors have contributed $71,000 in matching funds for cross country skiing, funds that become available to the NNF during the next six weeks when grass roots donors deliver $25,000 through small donations.  Last year we provided over $300,000 in support to our NNF Pillar Projects.

The only way this is possible is through your support. 

To join the Drive for 25, click the links below and become an NNF Fundraiser and get 10 friends to donate $25 by November 12th. 

It starts today.  It starts with you. 

The Drive for 25 begins right here:

Cross Country

Nordic Combined

Ski Nordic

Help Spread the Word!!!

FACEBOOK

TWITTER

NNF WEBSITE

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Elephants Perch Specialized Mountain Bike Demo http://elephantsperch.com/featured/elephants-perch-mountain-demo/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/elephants-perch-mountain-demo/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:31:47 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3930 The Specialized Test the Best truck is rolling into town! Grab your helmet and shoes and join Bike Peddler from 10AM-4PM on Sunday, August 24, 2014 To test ride the latest performance Mountain bikes from Specialized.   What should I bring? Printed or digital ticket confirmation – reservations only – Click here to register Pedals […]

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Specialized Mountain Bikes

The Specialized Test the Best truck is rolling into town!

Grab your helmet and shoes and join Bike Peddler from 10AM-4PM

on Sunday, August 24, 2014

To test ride the latest performance Mountain bikes from Specialized.

 

What should I bring?

  • Printed or digital ticket confirmation – reservations only – Click here to register
  • Pedals
  • Appropriate footwear – cycling shoes or sneakers
  • Helmet
  • Credit Card as collateral
  • Photo identification

What to expect?

Upon arriving check in with the Field Marketing Rep. They will have you fill out a waiver, collect your credit card and ID, and set you up on your bike.

What bike should I test ride?

Chat up your field marketing rep! They have a plethora of knowledge and will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect bike for you. See below for a full list of available bikes.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Anyone can test a bike. Children under the age of 18 will require a legal parent or guardian present. Parent or guardian must accompany the minor during the ride. You will need a valid photo ID and credit card.

What bikes will be available?

EPIC SW WC:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/epic/epic-expert-carbon-wc

With 29-inch wheels, carbon fiber frame, and Brain inertia valve damping technology in both the Fox/Specialized shock and custom RockShox SID fork, the Epic Expert Carbon 29 has the speed to tame any cross-country terrain.

 

CAMBER EVO:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/camber/sworks-camber-29

The CAMBER is the perfect bike for everything from weekend trail rides to all-day epic excursions. We developed the Camber to give trail riders everything they need, and nothing they don’t. What exactly does that mean? The answer is the perfect blend of performance, capability, and value. The 29-inch-specific, 110mm-travel Camber delivers a lightweight frame (both alloy and FACT carbon), Roval wheelsets, a trail-specific build and geo for confident riding at speed, and ultimately the ideal balance of efficiency and plush suspension performance for every rider.

 

STUMPJUMPER FSR EXPERT CARBON EVO 29/650b:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/stumpjumper-fsr/stumpjumper-fsr-expert-carbon-evo-29

Aggressive trail riding meets 29″ wheels in the form of the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 29. The 135mm-travel Expert EVO 29 features a Fox Float CTD Factory shock with AUTOSAG and Kashima coating, RockShox Pike RC 29 fork, and Roval Traverse 29 142+ wheelset mounted to 2Bliss Ready Specialized Butcher and Purgatory Control 29 2.3″ tires.

 

S-WORKS ENDURO 29/650b:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/enduro/sworks-enduro-29

A true all-mountain machine, the top-shelf S-Works Enduro FSR Carbon 29 has 155mm of rear wheel travel, a FACT IS-X 11m carbon front triangle, a Custom Cane Creek Double Barrel air shock, RockShox Pike RCT3 fork, SRAM XX1 11-speed drivetrain featuring XX1 carbon crankset, and thru-axle Roval Traverse SL 29 142+ wheelset for an ultra-lightweight ride.

 

TURBO:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/ebike/turbo/turbos

Sexy. Clean. Smart. Integrated. You want it all. Not a bike with a gas tank tacked on—a truly innovative electric bike with the soul of a commuter and the heart of a sports car. The Turbo. You like to think all those people are looking at you, breezing down the street on your way to work, but you know deep down, it’s the bike. It turns heads whenever it rolls by with its speed, agility and downright sexiness. Turbo. It’s you, only faster.

 

RUMOR EXPERT:  http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/rumor/rumor-expert

The Rumor is true; the ultimate women’s full-suspension trail bike has arrived. From flowing singletrack trails to technical terrain, the Rumor is designed and engineered to give active-lifestyle riders the best-fitting and most-capable bike in the sport. With 110mm of FSR suspension, AUTOSAG tuning, Command Post dropper seatpost, and dialed geometry, the Rumor puts riders in complete control of their summertime mountain adventures.

 

For more information, click HERE

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Sawtooth & White Clouds Slideshow http://elephantsperch.com/featured/sawtooth-white-clouds-slideshow/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/sawtooth-white-clouds-slideshow/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:58:53 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3920 Please join us on Thursday July 31st For - Trails of the Sawtooth and White Clouds Slideshow By: Ed Cannady Date: July 31st Time: 7-8pm Where: The Elephant’s Perch Trails of the Sawtooth

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Please join us on Thursday July 31st For -

Trails of the Sawtooth and White Clouds Slideshow

By: Ed Cannady

Date: July 31st

Time: 7-8pm

Where: The Elephant’s Perch

Trails of the Sawtooth and White Clouds Slideshow

Trails of the Sawtooth

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2014 Backcountry Run Race Results http://elephantsperch.com/featured/2014-backcountry-run-race-results/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/2014-backcountry-run-race-results/#respond Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:05:40 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3908 The 2014 Backcountry Run Race Results are IN!! Great job EVERYONE! It was a beautiful day, spirits were high and  adrenaline was pumping!! Many, many thanks to all of the volunteers, participants and spectators who cheered on the runners and helped make the 2014 Backcountry Run a spectacular event!   Backcountry Run 10 mile age […]

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The 2014 Backcountry Run Race Results are IN!!
Great job EVERYONE!
It was a beautiful day, spirits were high and  adrenaline was pumping!!
Many, many thanks to all of the volunteers, participants and spectators who cheered on the runners and helped make the 2014 Backcountry Run a spectacular event!

 

Backcountry Run 10 mile age group results

Backcountry Run 10 mile overall results

Backcountry Run 16 mile age group results

Backcountry Run 16 mile overall results

 

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Peak a Week with Sawtooth Mountain Guides http://elephantsperch.com/featured/peak-week-sawtooth-mountain-guides/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/peak-week-sawtooth-mountain-guides/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:48:22 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3901 Bag a Peak a Week! Saturday Summits With Sawtooth Mountain Guides  

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Bag a Peak a Week!

Saturday Summits With Sawtooth Mountain Guides

 

Peak a Week Sawtooth Mountain Guides

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Holy Speedy Marathon Batman!! http://elephantsperch.com/featured/holy-speedy-marathon-batman/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/holy-speedy-marathon-batman/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:03:43 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3889 Marathon Nationals Race Report Team Perch Brings Home 3 Golds and a Silver! Congratulations to Michelle Anderson, Muffy Ritz, and John Reuter for age-group Gold and a Silver for Brad Walker. Kyle Rafford (5th) and Jedd Young (8th) also showed true excellence and grit to get through a really tough day. The men’s group 30-34 […]

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Marathon Nationals Race Report

Team Perch Brings Home 3 Golds and a Silver!

Marathon Nationals Ketchum IdahoCongratulations to Michelle Anderson, Muffy Ritz, and John Reuter for age-group Gold and a Silver for Brad Walker. Kyle Rafford (5th) and Jedd Young (8th) also showed true excellence and grit to get through a really tough day.

The men’s group 30-34 started at 1:17 in the searing July heat for a 5 hour race of attrition. Despite aspirations for an easy first trip up cold springs, the pace was fast. John, Brad, and Adam Greene climbed together substantially behind the lead 3 who seemed unaware there was 40 miles to go. The descent separated Brad off the back and brought sweet relief to the heat while approaching the day’s biggest challenge – 2.5 miles up the Bald Mountain trail. Adam began to slip back, and Brad successfully made up time lost on the descent. It was sheer misery for 30 minutes to the summit, but strong climbing from Brad and John had gained another place in the field. The short climb up Little America invited the first twinges of cramps before an epically long downhill to the pit-stop at River Run. John had gained 2.5 minutes on the downhill over Brad but it wasn’t enough to stay away. Brad caught John three quarters of the way up Cold Springs who was desperately fighting migrating leg cramps and they moved into 1st and 2nd on the course by passing two more rivals. They hit the saddle together and tried to spin the downhill to avoid cramps at the Little America climb – which kind of worked. The final climbs were pure torture and the race was decided by the River Run downhill as John let go of the brakes and Brad held off 3rd place by 15 seconds. Adam and Jedd followed after.

Brad Walker and John ReuterMarathon National Race Champions Brad Walker John Reuter National Champions National Champions Brad Walker and John Reuter

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Backcountry Run Volunteers Needed http://elephantsperch.com/featured/backcountry-run-volunteers-needed/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/backcountry-run-volunteers-needed/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:04:02 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3884 Saturday July 19th THE ANNUAL BACKCOUNTRY RUN HAPPENS JULY 19TH., AND WE NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH THE START FINISH AREA, ONE SHIFT STARTS AT 8:30, AND ANOTHER SHIFT STARTS AT AROUND 9:30AM PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP, YOU CAN EMAIL ME OR PHONE MY CELL, I WILL SCHEDULE […]

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Saturday July 19th

THE ANNUAL BACKCOUNTRY RUN HAPPENS JULY 19TH., AND WE NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH THE START FINISH AREA, ONE SHIFT STARTS AT 8:30, AND ANOTHER SHIFT STARTS AT AROUND 9:30AM

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP, YOU CAN EMAIL ME OR PHONE MY CELL, I WILL SCHEDULE YOU INTO A SLOT TO HELP OUT.

THANKS BOB ROSSO….THE ELEPHANT’S PERCH

EMAIL:  brosso@elephantsperch.com

CELL #:  208-720-2879

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Baldy Buddy Hike Results http://elephantsperch.com/featured/baldy-buddy-hike-results/ http://elephantsperch.com/featured/baldy-buddy-hike-results/#respond Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:03:07 +0000 http://elephantsperch.com/?p=3873 The 1st ANNUAL BALDY BUDDY HIKE for CAMP RAINBOW GOLD had 39 two person teams hike the 3 miles and 2,000 vertical feet up the cat track to the Roundhouse.  32 teams were timed and competed for overall prizes.  All entry fees and donations ($850) will be given to CAMP RAINBOW GOLD. Click photos to […]

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The 1st ANNUAL BALDY BUDDY HIKE for CAMP RAINBOW GOLD had 39 two person teams hike the 3 miles and 2,000 vertical feet up the cat track to the Roundhouse.  32 teams were timed and competed for overall prizes.  All entry fees and donations ($850) will be given to CAMP RAINBOW GOLD.

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Baldy Buddy 2014 Hike results Baldy Buddy 2014 Hike results Baldy Buddy 2014 Hike results

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Baldy Buddy Hike 2014 Results

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