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12 Days Of Xmas, Telluride Style

12 Days Of Xmas, Telluride Style

 

Get some more great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season!

 

These are some of the BootDoctors’ staff best picks

Read the full story below from TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.

 

BootDoctors in the House: 12 Days of Christmas, Ski Town Style

This week, the BootDoctors in the House focuses on what’s on everyone’s mind during the holiday season: lists. And no matter how darn organized you are, there is likely to be at least one person among your Christmas shopping needs who has stopped you dead in your, by now, very tired tracks.

Team BootDoctors Goes For The Fall Gold!

Team BootDoctors Goes For The Fall Gold!

 

The San Juan Mountains may have been mostly stripped of their veins of gold ore,

but, Fall Aspens bring out the gold, offering visual riches to us all.

There’s more gold to be found, though, if you’re brave enough.

The Annual MOUNTAINS TO DESERT RIDE offers cyclists an opportunity to “go for the gold” in a challenging and inspiring century race that takes the mind and body on an incredible journey, from the towering snow tipped mountain tops of Telluride to the awe-inspiring red canyons of Gateway, Colorado.

 

This year, Mother Nature decided to amp up this 100 mile test of endurance and create an even more rigorous physical and mental test of the intrepid athletes. Heavy rain and and sleet pounded the town delaying the start, where ominous clouds blocked out even a glimmer of the dawn and lightning flashes lit up the mountains.
Our BootDoctors’ Team gathered in the dark, outside the dimly lit exterior of the shop on Main street for a group photo, (understandably declining to strip out of their waterproof protection for a photo op) and smiling bravely for the camera.

 

Veterans of the race, Max Cooper, Ricky Willis, Tony Jakob, Mike Messer and Chris Cox, offered advice to the newbies, Mike Follen and Craig Sieving. Heather Knox, a former medal winner, joined the group with experience to share. Holly Taylor-Cox, a 2 time racer, bid them farewell, then headed to Norwood to jump on her bike for the lesser distance, yet equally weather challenging 72 mile race.
The first leg of this race is a sort of elimination stage as the road descends about 1,000 feet in 16 miles, followed by the most grueling accent of the course. This year the riders, blinded by rain, fearlessly navigated rivulets of rushing water and mud as they raced into the dark with thunder and lightening flashing around them. Some found their brakes compromised by the incessant water and just held on for dear life, reaching maximum speeds in downhill.

 

The front peloton, with Max Cooper leading the charge, whipped by the first AID station. The volunteers watched in amazement as the cyclists zoomed by, seemingly oblivious of the chaos that nature had surrounded them with. Their sheer athleticism and determination was astonishing.

 

Some riders following in a later waves stopped and gratefully drank shots of hot cocoa, stuffed hand warmers into gloves with fingers barely able to grasp and squeezed streams of water out of their clothing. Then with a smile and a wave they headed off into the rain to tackle the task ahead.

 

Having survived the opening harrowing descent, like in a rollercoaster ride, the riders immediately pumped their soaked and freezing legs to keep up the pace as they ascended the narrow Norwood Hill for a non-stop steep climb. Focussed on the wheels of the bicycles in close proximity, the riders determined to avoid a perilous pitch down the cliffs below them towards the canyon or a sudden collision with a random rock that had fallen from the cliff on their uphill side. Still, the rain continued to pound them, soaking them through all their layers.

 

The optimists hoped that this deluge would let up and the sun take command of the day again once they reached the plateau in Norwood. No such luck.

Still they carried on. Finally, a few succumbed to the relentless soaking and freezing cold and had to abandon the race. Ricky Willis, a veteran endurance racer, was forced to stop as the brutal conditions pushed him to the brink of dangerous hypothermia. Another rider had to stop and have a hair dryer warm up her almost frost bitten toes.

 

 

Only after 80 or so miles did the skies start to clear and some semblance of sanity return. The landscape surrounding last leg of the journey brings some distraction from the suffering muscles, sore behinds, aching necks and shoulders as gorgeous red walls wrap the winding road and huge cottonwoods line the river dancing along side the road.

 

Pushed to their limits, the Team members still radiated their enthusiasm as they crossed the finish with very impressive times and placement, starting with Max “the crusher” finishing first.Tony ca in second, despite missing the turn to the finish and adding some miles to his race!  Craig put in an impressive showing, with sixth place in his first ever M2D race; Mike Messer came in 20th. Chris Cox and Mike Follen, in a show of great sportsmanship, road the entire race together, encouraging and cajoling each other to finish 38th and 39th. Holly Taylor-Cox was the 12th woman to cross the finish in the 72 mile race.
Our team was very proud of their accomplishment, to not just endure but to overcome extreme circumstances to finish this challenging race.

 

As soon as they can sit comfortably again, we should see these amazing athletes in the saddle again, crushing the trails and roads around us.

 

Photo Credit: Melissa Plantz Photography
GET ON A BIKE & FIND THE GOLD

GET ON A BIKE & FIND THE GOLD

 

They say all that the gold was mined out of the hills but there is still treasures

to be found for those who take to the trails.

 

 

Sarah Enders is herself such a rare find, a dedicated bike and ski mechanic who loves to share the “gold” she discovers on a mountain bike ride in the Fall.

Go for the gold as you read more below on  TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.

 

BootDoctors: A perfect fall day? Get on a bike.

This week, the BootDoctor in the House focuses on a perfect fall day in and around Telluride. Which makes it a perfect day for biking. Especially with BootDoctors’ bike mechanic extraordinaire, Sarah Ender. ( All images are by Melissa Plantz.) It’s one of those September afternoons in Telluride when summer and fall collide to create utter perfection.

SAM TISCHENDORF: The (boot)Doctor is in the house, y’all!

SAM TISCHENDORF: The (boot)Doctor is in the house, y’all!

 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

– Dr. Seuss

 

 
Every adventure starts with your feet. One step at a time, one turn, one cycle, one jump.
We can’t overemphasize the importance of your feet to every sport or outdoor recreational endeavor you embark upon.
 
Luckily for you, the folks at BootDoctors have spent 32 years learning about and working with every type of foot challenge, opportunity, technique for improving your feet’s
performance in shoes or boots for skiing, snowboarding, running, cycling, climbing approach, golfing and more!
 
Every bootfitter at our stores in Taos Ski Valley and Telluride are highly trained, experienced, and ready
to take the extra steps to get you comfortable while maximizing your performance.
 
Each is a special person who brings unique skills and perspectives to their craft. All engage in many of the sports they are helping you with.
In this series of articles, we want to introduce you to our wonderful bootfitters.
 
Sam Tischendorf is an absolute gem, as her clients know. From ski to trail running she is your go-to consultant for best fit and analysis.
Learn more about this custom boot and shoe expert, extraordinaire,
in the full story below from TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.

 

BootDoctors, Meet Sam Tischendorf: Runner, Biker, Foot Doc Extraordinaire

“The (Boot)Doctor is in the House” is a series from beloved family-owned and operated outdoor retailer BootDoctors all about sharing the power of mountain life: adventure, style, gear, and community in the Telluride region. Here the good guys always get to ski powder and bag summits – and sunsets are always spectacular.

SAM TISCHENDORF: The (boot)Doctor is in the house, y’all!

SAM TISCHENDORF: The (boot)Doctor is in the house, y’all!

 

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

– Dr. Seuss

 

 
Every adventure starts with your feet. One step at a time, one turn, one cycle, one jump.
We can’t overemphasize the importance of your feet to every sport or outdoor recreational endeavor you embark upon.
 
Luckily for you, the folks at BootDoctors have spent 32 years learning about and working with every type of foot challenge, opportunity, technique for improving your feet’s
performance in shoes or boots for skiing, snowboarding, running, cycling, climbing approach, golfing and more!
 
Every bootfitter at our stores in Taos Ski Valley and Telluride are highly trained, experienced, and ready
to take the extra steps to get you comfortable while maximizing your performance.
 
Each is a special person who brings unique skills and perspectives to their craft. All engage in many of the sports they are helping you with.
In this series of articles, we want to introduce you to our wonderful bootfitters.
 
Sam Tischendorf is an absolute gem, as her clients know. From ski to trail running she is your go-to consultant for best fit and analysis.
Learn more about this custom boot and shoe expert, extraordinaire,
in the full story below from TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.

 

BootDoctors, Meet Sam Tischendorf: Runner, Biker, Foot Doc Extraordinaire

“The (Boot)Doctor is in the House” is a series from beloved family-owned and operated outdoor retailer BootDoctors all about sharing the power of mountain life: adventure, style, gear, and community in the Telluride region. Here the good guys always get to ski powder and bag summits – and sunsets are always spectacular.

“Local ski shop that survives against the odds…”

“Local ski shop that survives against the odds…”

 

“Local ski shop that survives against the odds…”

 

“The diehard skier clientele had to ford the river to reach their newly opened shop in Taos, New Mexico. But soggy boots were worth it….”

 

– READ MORE FROM ADVENTURE JOURNAL –

 

The Story of a Local Ski Shop that Survives Against the Odds