Josh kicks off his new show with guest Pete Taylor, owner of Bluedog Cycles in Viroqua, Wisconsin. They dig into a full, wide ranging discussion about the history of trails and mountain biking in the Driftless Area and Bluedog Cycles. The guys also discuss Camp Bluedog and the pertNear 20 Mountain Bike Race. This episode gives you a great idea of some of the people behind a new movement in the area.
Outdoor Recreation Alliance – https://www.oratrails.org
Outdoor Recreation Alliance on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorRecreationAlliance/
Bluedog Cycles – https://www.bluedogcycles.com/
pertNear 20 Mountain Bike Race – https://www.bluedogcycles.com/pertnear20registration
Camp Bluedog – https://www.bluedogcycles.com/camp-bluedog
Kickapoo Valley Reserve – http://kvr.state.wi.us/Home
Smith’s Bike Shop – https://smithsbikes.com/
Trail Transformation – https://www.trailtransformation.com/podcast
Driftless Dirt is based out of La Crosse, WI which is nearly centered in the Driftless Area. The Driftless Area is a region of the Upper Midwest comprised of SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa, NW Illinois and SE Minnesota. Known for its steep jagged blufftops, massive rock outcroppings, rivers, and spring-fed streams, this area provides excellent topography for nearly all things outdoors. Spared from the glaciers of the last Ice Age, the steep peaks and valleys were formed.
While mostly unknown, the Driftless Region has a rich history in Mountain Biking spanning back to the mid 80’s. Paired with seemingly endless miles of paved and gravel roads, this area is a cyclists dream.
While cycling may be a large part of this show, we will also bring you the various aspects that make this area great.
Josh Blum is your host of Driftless Dirt. He is a Father, Husband, and Doer of stuff, as well as an Advocate and Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. He is also the Trails Coordinator for the Outdoor Recreation Alliance (ORA) in La Crosse. The ORA has a focus on building a uniquely connected community through trails while always seeking out improvements in trail design, construction, and maintenance. In his free time, Josh is employed by WisDOT and coaches for the Mt. La Crosse Ski Team.