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Big Things by Bicycle

We've always believed that bicycles are powerful tools and facilitators of big dreams. Recently a number of adventures have come together and today we'd like to share a few. Today we'll share a number of journey's powered by bicycle. These folks and their dreams are inspiration. While some are riding Salsa bikes, others are not. They are still inspiration and there stories deserve to be shared.

It's June and for many folks that means the Tour Divide, a 2700+ mile race from Banff, Canada to the Mexico border. It's a route that has captivated many people and been the source to many bicycle dreams. Before we get to far into this year's Tour Divide, we first want to talk about one of it's original creators, Michael McCoy. Michael (Mac) McCoy originally mapped the route for Adventure Cycling back in the mid 90's. He also wrote the guidebook "Cycling the Great Divide". Well, this year Mac is embarking on an dream to ride the entire route. He's breaking this trip up into two years. He's riding this trip on a Salsa Fargo set up and outfitted by Fitzgerald's Bicycles in Jackson, Wyoming.  I just think it is so amazing when folks do something and then the thing they do not only inspires others but themselves too. Here's the line that got me in one of our many exchanges; "I plan to take it fairly leisurely and also do some fly fishing as I go....lots of great fishing along the way." Right now as I sit at my desk, that last line really puts life in perspective for me. Thank you Mac for instigating many dreams with this route and for living out and sharing those dreams. We can't wait to share in this experience. Check out Mac's Biking Without Borders column over on the Adventure Cycling blog.

Speaking of the Great Divide, we have two friends of Salsa en route to Mexico right now. Errin Vasquez and Erik Mathy are both doing the ITT from Banff to Mexico right now. Errin is riding a Fargo Ti on the Great Divide to raise money for PSCpartners.org in an effort to fight PSC, a rare liver disease. He's set a goal to raise $10,000. Check out his story here. I just checked this morning and he is in Bigfork, MT. Please check out this post if you are interested in finding out more about PSC and his efforts.

We've written about Erik Mathy before, but he's riding this year's Tour Divide on a singlespeed Salsa Fargo as a fundraiser for cancer research. Erik is currently en route to Seely Lake. Check out his site here. By the way, we are helping out in a silent auction on his site where we have donated a Salsa Fargo frameset. Go bid on it and if you win, we'll work with one of our dealers to get you a new Fargo frameset.

Last but not least, we bring you Jay Petervary. Jay is on his No Idle Tour. 3 rides. 3 bikes. 7000 miles. 1 goal. While Jay is not riding a Salsa bike, we think his tour is something special and we consider Jay a friend. He has inspired many of us here at Salsa to do bigger things by bike. We want to share his story and we hope you check it out and if you so desire support him and his efforts.   Check out his site here.

We know there are a lot more folks out there doing big and great things by bicycle. Thanks to all of you for your inspiration.

Good luck friends.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Boucher

Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.

COMMENTS (5)

Glenn Charles | June 13th, 2011

What an awesome adventure for each of those riders.  Errin, I am rooting for you buddy, can’t wait to hear how the Ti Fargo did.  Keep on rolling!

jp | June 13th, 2011

the phrase ‘big things by bicycle’ makes me think of cargo bikes.  maybe we’ll see a Salsa cargo bike in the future?  but not just any cargo bike.  at Salsa, this would be a cargo bike that could handle gravel, dirt, mud…

Nick Valdes | June 13th, 2011

Awesome post…this is some cool stuff.  This is the kind of stuff that keeps me coming back to your blog!  Good luck to each of the featured riders here.

andy | June 15th, 2011

thanks for the plugs for fitzgerald’s bicycles and jay’s no idle tour!  i also agree that salsa could make a badass cargo bike aye?  bikewire.org world be psyched if they did!

cheers,
andy

Scott Fitzgerald | June 16th, 2011

Thanks Jason for the great stuff here!  It was fun to get Mac dialed in on the PERFECT Divide Bike!  Also, we’re psyched to actually be “on route” this year for the Tour Divide racers and will be waiting to help out however we can!  Fitz

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