Driftless Dirt – “Jake Hegge – World Class Ultra Trail Runner, Business Owner, Husband, and Father”


Topics covered in this episode:

– The Jake Hegge Back Story
 – Why La Crosse / Driftless Area for a place to live & raise a family
 – Top Results at the Superior 100 Trail Race
 – Worlds Toughest Mudder 24 Hour Obstacle Race in Las Vegas
 – International Travel to Europe for Ultra Racing
 – The Mental Aspect of Ultra Marathon Events
 – The Various Businesses that Jake is involved with
 – Hixon 50 Trail Race



Dynamic Physio Therapy: https://www.mydynamicphysio.com/
Trail Transformation: https://www.trailtransformation.com/
Trail Destinations: http://www.traildestination.com/
Hixon 50: https://www.hixon50.com/
Trail Transformation / Trail Jam Podcast: 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 a father, husband, and doer of stuff – paired with Advocate, Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse WI, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. Always curious and learning about better ways to improve trail users’ experiences. Josh is employed by WisDOT, and is the owner / operator of Evolution Trail Services.


Author: Ben

Ben is originally from Southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating college at UW La Crosse, he lived in several Midwestern cities, Denver, and Western North Dakota before relocating to Hayward, Wisconsin in 2017, providing a lot of opportunity to experience the outdoors throughout the country. Ben started mountain biking in 2006 after five years of other endurance sports including running and triathlons of various distances. In 2012, he created Mountain Bike Radio and has been dedicated to mountain biking since. He has a lot of experience racing all distances, including 24 hour solos, 12 hour solos, 100 miles, 50 milers, XC distance, fatbikes, gravel, and everything in between. He’s married to wife, Amy, with two young children – Claeson and Paige. Ben hopes that his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors drives his commitment to creating, improving, and maintaining opportunities in the outside world.