Going Fishing

This coming weekend Salsa sponsored rider Kurt Refsnider and I will have our bearings set to the southwest for the AZT 300 (Arizona Trail 300).

Kurt is a two-time record holder for the AZT 300 and is well versed in both the course and desert riding. I, on the other hand, am a complete newcomer to the event. The AZT race proper is roughly 6 years old and watching it from the sidelines has only heightened my interest in experiencing it. I am excited to meet some individuals that I only know by name and reconnect with others that I met two years ago during the Tour Divide.

Follow along here, or right here as our bluedots trace their way north. Note that there are 300-mile and 750-mile courses.  We'll be racing the 300.

There will likely be discussion about what is happening during the event on the bikepacking forums. It may yleld some perspective to read comments from riders who have been on the course and understand what the terrain is like. In some ways it is almost like listening to a ball game on the radio. Pretty cool for ultra races.

I'll be riding a pre-production sample of our Spearfish with a newly crafted frame bag from Revelate Designs. With less frame bag space I'll be racing with a backpack for water capacity and food. After this past weekend's Raganarok 105 (or was it the Ragnarok 111) race I'm feeling good about where my fitness is at. The desert air, elevation, and terrain are all variables I can 't fully predict. The only thing left to do is try.

Look for a few photos, a report, and a breakdown of my kit when I return. Until then, I'm out of here.

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Joe Meiser

In 2007 I entered and finished my first endurance race, the Trans-Iowa. That event opened my eyes. It sent me in a different direction and I have no intention of finding my way back. I consider myself a mountain biker, but the far majority of my miles occur riding to and from work. I enjoy races that take me to environments that are outside of the daily norm. The gravel racing events here in the upper midwest happen on rural roads and make me dream of living a bucolic life. The occasional ultra-distance event challenges my limitations and reminds me that the best rewards are hard fought. Someday I?ll slow down enough to enjoy the places I travel by on my rides. Someday. As Product Design Manager at QBP I work across most of the brands in our portfolio, including Salsa. My role has evolved to the point where I am involved in all the product development for our brands and less in the details of each product. I have a team of talented designers and engineers that work with the product managers for each of the brands. I am humbled and stoked to be one of Salsa's sponsored riders.


captain bob | April 14th, 2011

Good luck Joe and Kurt!  Hope you have a great time too!

Tim Ek | April 14th, 2011

You’re ready! Go get ‘em.

Erik Mathy | April 14th, 2011

Heck yeah, Joe! You’re going to do great, man. We’ll be watching and cheering you on!

Errin | April 15th, 2011

Good luck Joe!!

Tommy Mac | April 16th, 2011

Looks to me like you’re killin’ it - keep it up!

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