Monthly Archives: August 2012

fat bikes, salsa, beach riding, bike jersey, alaska

Fat Bikes, Beach rides, guides to the stars…

 

fat bikes, salsa, beach riding, bike jersey, alaska
Pat and Kathy ride the beach with a spectacular volcano in the backdrop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Last Summer, Kathy and Pat had the awesome opportunity of guiding a film crew from Clam Gulch, AK to Homer, Alaska along the beach at low tide. It was 3 days and 2 nights of PURE FAT bike FUN! This was the FINAL leg of the film REVEAL THE PATH presented by Salsa Cycles: http://revealthepath.com/

Homer has a healthy fat bike community, modestly claiming the best fat biking terrain in the world! It’s true; Kachemak Bay tides are some of the most extreme with an average mean range of over fifteen feet. To the best of their knowledge, Pat Irwin and Kathy Sarns Irwin were the first people to ride the entire shoreline between Hope and Homer on their bikes. They chronicled their epic journey here, be sure to check out the awesome pics (complete with Free Spirit Bike Jerseys of course) and amazing adventures from 2005:

http://www.freespiritwear.com/hopehomer.html

If you’re looking for an unusual, active, unforgettable vacation, consider the Homer Fat Bike Festival this winter. Last year’s ride was a smashing success, and we’re sure we’ll have a great turnout again for 2013:

http://www.squidoo.com/big-fat-bike-festival

Anyhow back to the movie – we’re stoked because there’s finally an Alaskan screening of Reveal the Path next month in Anchorage. It’s been playing all summer across the country to great reviews and really enthusiastic audiences. The film is an inspiring adventure piece filmed in some of the most remote parts of the planet.  It features Matthew Lee & Kurt Refsnider (of Tour Divide race fame) but focuses more on the humanistic and even spiritual side of cycling.

Pat and Kathy are absolutely available for more paid vacations with film crews by the way. Send any and all inquiries via Free Spirit Wear.

: )

 

Joe The Record Holder

Photo: This Just In:</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>Joe Martin of Homer and great Free Spirit Wear customer just shattered the Alaska state 5k bicycle Time Trial for his age-group at the Alaska State Senior Games. His time of 9:42 shaved more than 2 minutes off the old record, and, in fact, was the fastest time in all the age groups for the 5k. Awesome job, Joe!!!</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>Next stop: The National Senior Games held next July in Cleveland, OH. Go Joe Go Joe Go Joe!!!!<br /><br /><br /><br />
But the best part of the story are the challenges Joe faced just to make it to the start line. I'll just let Joe tell you in his own words:</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>"They say that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, but somehow I never expected a journey of only 3.1 miles would take so long to begin.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>When I first learned that the 2012 Alaska International Senior Games were to be held in Fairbanks this month, I was unfortunately scheduled to be at work, which entails extensive travel throughout South Central Alaska. However, after closer examination of the events on the AISG website (alaskaisg.org), it appeared I might be able to sneak out to attend the Cycling Time Trial event. I would simply need to accomplish a few tasks while I was travelling between job sites.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>I had to find time to collect my bicycle in Kenai when driving between Anchorage and Homer. Then I picked up my hard case in Homer and drove 600 miles to Valdez for work. Once there, I got a last few training rides in and packed my bike for travel. I then drove the whole package back and staged the car at the Anchorage airport. Next, I flew back to Homer, where I picked up my ride jersey from Pat and again traveled to Kenai and Anchorage before flying to Kodiak for work. On race day, I had to beat the fog out of Kodiak and fly to Anchorage where I jumped out and grab my bike from the car, jumped back on another plane and continued flying to Fairbanks. After checking into the Wedgewood hotel, I built up the bike and rode down town to grab my race packet. It was then just a short twelve mile spin to the event location on Murphy Dome Road.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>A quick 10 minutes later, and it was all over.</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>Nothing left to do but ride the twelve miles back to the hotel... and celebrate!"<br /><br /><br /><br />
WOW! I'm tired just ready about how you managed to get to the starting line w/ your bike. Thanks Joe for sporting those awesome Free Spirit colors and for being so determined to participate in the Alaska State Senior Games! We look forward to hearing about your trip to the National Senior Games next July!</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>The Team at Free Spirit WearThis Just In:Joe Martin of Homer and great Free Spirit Wear customer just shattered the Alaska state 5k bicycle Time Trial for his age-group at the Alaska State Senior Games. His time of 9:42 shaved more than 2 minutes off the old record,
and, in fact, was the fastest time in all the age groups for the 5k. Awesome job, Joe!!!Next stop: The National Senior Games held next July in Cleveland, OH. Go Joe Go Joe Go Joe!!!!
But the best part of the story are the challenges Joe faced just to make it to the start line. I’ll just let Joe tell you in his own words:”They say that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, but somehow I never expected a journey of only 3.1 miles would take so long to begin.When I first learned that the 2012 Alaska International Senior Games were to be held in Fairbanks this month, I was unfortunately scheduled to be at work, which entails extensive travel throughout South Central Alaska. However, after closer examination of the events on the AISG website (alaskaisg.org), it appeared I might be able to sneak out to attend the Cycling Time Trial event. I would simply need to accomplish a few tasks while I was travelling between job sites.I had to find time to collect my bicycle in Kenai when driving between Anchorage and Homer. Then I picked up my hard case in Homer and drove 600 miles to Valdez for work. Once there, I got a last few training rides in and packed my bike for travel. I then drove the whole package back and staged the car at the Anchorage airport. Next, I flew back to Homer, where I picked up my ride jersey from Free Spirit Wear and again traveled to Kenai and Anchorage before flying to Kodiak for work. On race day, I had to beat the fog out of Kodiak and fly to Anchorage where I jumped out and grab my bike from the car, jumped back on another plane and continued flying to Fairbanks. After checking into the Wedgewood hotel, I built up the bike and rode down town to grab my race packet. It was then just a short twelve mile spin to the event location on Murphy Dome Road.

A quick 10 minutes later, and it was all over.

Nothing left to do but ride the twelve miles back to the hotel… and celebrate!”

WOW! Joe, I’m tired just reading about how you managed to get to the starting line w/ your bike. Thanks Joe for sporting those awesome Free Spirit colors and for being so determined to participate in the Alaska State Senior Games! We look forward to hearing about your trip to the National Senior Games next July!The Team at Free Spirit Wear
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Just Another Day in Paradise

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Thanks to True North Kayak Adventures – water taxi service- 4 Homer gals went for a great hike on Alpine Ridge in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Kathy and Alison ( the 2 on the right, top photo) have signed up to run Lost Lake ( very rugged single track trail) 15 mile race August 25 near Seward. Their goal is to finish in one piece and to have a GOOD time. We’re having a darn good time training anyway. Plus this gives Kathy time for creative ideas for new jersey designs -running and hiking in beautiful inspiring wilderness. In top photo Kathy is wearing the new Free Spirit Women’s Fireweed bike jersey. She prefers the cycling jerseys for running and hiking so she can put snacks, phone, other stuff, in the back pockets and they are just so darn comfortable with the long zipper and the quick wick drying. Later it got too hot for any shirt and everyone was smiling- removing clothes  doesn’t happen often in Kachemak Bay ! Notice here that Kathy is wearing the Vibram 5 finger shoes..she is trying them out for the first time! The verdict is still out..but she thinks they might be OK! More on that later.. after a few more runs.
 

Alaska Brown Bear in Norway?

Free Spirit Wear Alaska Bear Jersey

Made ya look!

Really, it amazes us … our jerseys travel far and wide and we LOVE it when our fans send us pics of them having fun and looking great in Free Spirit bike jerseys.

Ove here plans on riding his bike from Prudhoe Bay to Homer next time he’s in Alaska – 1100 miles for those of you unfamiliar with the Great Northland. We hope that he’ll get a chance to stop in to our shop in Free Spirit and meet us in person!