• 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/

Bikes, Cars, and Split Second Decisions

b2ap3_thumbnail_PA020302.JPGIt was Friday afternoon and I was finishing out the work day talking with my co-worker about the week. A glance to the clock told me I needed to get going as my friend Quinn would be to my house shortly to borrow a hydration pack from me for the next day's Heck of the North that we'd both be competing in. The "Heck" is a 100+ mile gravel road race through northern Minnesota, it is not something to be taken lightly. I had prepared my Salsa La Cruz the night before for the event due to my Warbird suffering a worn out bottom bracket. The La Cruz was solid and ready to go, however I was not used to riding the bike and things were slightly different than what I was used to on the Warbird, especially the brakes. The Warbird has disc brakes, which require very little hand strength for a great deal of stopping power while the La Cruz uses traditional rim style brakes and in my case had cables that probably should have been replaced. The first thing I noticed on my ride into work was sticky brake cables that needed a stronger than usual grip to get real stopping power. This would later prove to be a critical factor in the moments following my departure from work last Friday.. 

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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