• The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.
  • The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike
  • The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.
  • The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.
  • The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.
  • The Eki Chronicles
    The Eki Chronicles A "blue collar" cyclist's adventures from the saddle of a bike.

LIFE ON AND OFF THE BIKE AT THE 46TH PARALLEL

I was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota and still call it home.  I have always had a passion for competition and seeking my own extremes.  Although I’ve participated in
many sports my true love lies in the woods.  Out in the

wild is where I can clear my head, where I find my peace,

and I prefer getting there by bike.

Upcoming Races

Race Name: Fat Bike Birkie
Date: March 8
Website:
http://www.birkie.com/fatbikebirkie

Race Name: Renegade Gent's Race
Date:  April 5 
Website: http://gravelgrindernews.com/event/renegade-gents-race/

Race Name: WEMS Canopy Challenge *
Date: April 26  
Website: http://wemseries.com/2013/10/31/wems-2014-schedule-coming-soon/

Race Name:  WEMS Northern Kettles Endurance Challenge *
Date: May 10 
Website: http://wemseries.com/2013/10/31/wems-2014-schedule-coming-soon/

Wausa 12 Hour Solo: Here's to Dust, Demons, and Never, Ever, Quitting.

Photo: Wausau 24 is complete. This one was tough  and a much different race for me compared to last year (in a suffering kind of way). Good news is podium goes 5 deep and I was 4th! Actually, the better news is I tried my best and I'm glad I saw it through to the end when all I could hear in my head was QUIT, QUIT!!As my backside hit the lawn chair with a thud, the result of a somewhat controlled fall into a sitting position, I knew that things were not going smoothly. I was 6.5 hours into my effort and I had broken my cardinal rule of not taking a pit stop. I guess maybe I could have pushed through the pit, wobbling on down the trail, but after weighing the pros and cons of the stop I concluded that the benefit of taking a short break would somehow out weigh the benefits of pushing on deeper into the hurt tank. Amy happened to be there when I stopped which was a good thing as it was nice to see her face and receive the help she was offering. For what it was worth, I made sure to let her know that I was feeling "pretty worked over", in the hopes that at least saying the words to her would somehow ease the pain. The chair seemed to pull me deeper in as if I were an anchor sinking to the bottom of the sea. Not sure when I'd hit bottom I decided that I better get moving before getting up no longer was an option. "I'll see you at the finish", I yelled over my shoulder as I rolled away. I was back to the single track, but lacking the pop I had displayed during the early hours of the race.

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Racing The Sun

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See and feel the physical and emotional demands of endurance cycling as Eki takes you with him from start to finish.

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Cher Ami

Cher Ami, the World War I carrier pigeon that didn't know the meaning of the word quit. She was the last chance for more than 500 men trapped behind enemy lines without food or ammunition. Thrust into flight she carried a message tied to her leg back to head quarters.

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Sponsors

My sponsors have helped me turn ideas into experiences. Their support enables me to push the limits of what I think is possible.
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Salsa Cycles

Salsa Cycles
Salsa Cycles has been instrumental in my quest to find what is around the next corner or over the next hill. They lead the way in adventure based cycling. VIEW SITE

Schwalbe Tires

Schwalbe Tires

Simply the best tires on the market! The Nobby Nic and Racing Ralph with SnakeSkin protection have taken me through the harshest terrain and back again. These are my "go to" tires when I need speed and can't afford flats. 
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Rudy Project

Rudy Project
Rudy Project helmets and optics are the standard by which all others are judged.

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Ski Hut

Ski Hut

Specializing in high quality sports equipment and clothing, the Ski Hut keeps me grinding through the seasons.    Visit Site