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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.

Driftless Dirt The Outdoor Route

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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.

    #13 - "Jake Hegge – World Class Ultra Trail Runner, Business Owner, Husband, and Father"

    #13 - "Jake Hegge – World Class Ultra Trail Runner, Business Owner, Husband, and Father"

    August 20, 2020 
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    ABOUT THE EPISODE 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

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    RELATED SHOW LINKS BROUGHT TO YOU BY EVOLUTION TRAIL SERVICES
    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


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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 42 min
    #12 - "Brent Hanifl with River Travel Media and River Travel Magazine"

    #12 - "Brent Hanifl with River Travel Media and River Travel Magazine"

    July 29, 2020 
    Driftless Dirt Show Page
    ABOUT THE EPISODE Topics covered in this episode:
     - The Brent Hanifl Back Story
     - Brent’s Travels before settling back in the Driftless Area
     - We Discuss River Travel Media and River Travel Magazine
     - We close with a discussion on some of the positives that have       come from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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    RELATED SHOW LINKS BROUGHT TO YOU BY EVOLUTION TRAIL SERVICES
    River Travel Media: https://rivertravelmagazine.com/river-travel-media/
    River Travel Magazine: https://rivertravelmagazine.com/
    River Podcast: https://rivertravelmagazine.com/river-podcast/
    La Crosse Local Podcast: Can be found by searching “La Crosse Local” on your favorite Podcast Player


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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 18 min
    "The Bentonville Series #5 - Gary Vernon - The Man Behind the Trails"

    "The Bentonville Series #5 - Gary Vernon - The Man Behind the Trails"

    April 30, 2020 
    Driftless Dirt Show Page
    ABOUT THE EPISODE Josh sits down with Gary to discuss mountain biking and Bentonville, and how the expansion of trails has happened in Arkansas.  
    Topics Covered:
    Gary's backstory How Bentonville started with a 5-mile trail system and got to where it is today OZ Trails and the backstory behind the brand / region known as OZ Trails Women of OZ  State Parks and Monument Trails 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships The Future of OZ Trails and their goal of being the epicenter of cycling in the world  Community Development through Trails and Cycling by creating the lifestyle
    The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com
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    RELATED SHOW LINKS Gary Vernon: https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/stories/gary-vernon
    OZ Trails: https://www.oztrailsnwa.com/
    Friends of Arkansas Single Track: http://fasttrails.org/
    Women of OZ: https://www.arkansasoutside.com/oz-trails-off-road-dedicated-to-women-of-oz/
    Coler Mountain Bike Preserve: https://www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/coler-mountain-bike-preserve
    Jones Center Pump Track: https://www.thejonescenter.net/bike-park
    Eureka Springs / Lake Leatherwood: https://eurekaparks.com/trails/
    Great Passion Play Trails: http://www.greatpassionplay.org/trails.html#.XoyvEohKiM8
    Arkansas State Parks – Monument Trails: https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/trails/monument-trails
    2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships: https://fayetteville2022.com/
    Bike NWA: https://www.bikenwa.org/
    Trail Forks Mapping: https://www.trailforks.com/region/ozarks/
    Crystal Bridges Art Museum: https://crystalbridges.org/
    Momentary Art Museum: https://themomentary.org/
    IMBA Trail Lab was created to help communities do what Bentonville has done. For more information on IMBA Trail Lab go to: https://www.imba.com/trails-for-all/trail-labs


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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 42 min
    #10 - "The Bentonville Series #4 with Rich Drew of The Ride Series"

    #10 - "The Bentonville Series #4 with Rich Drew of The Ride Series"

    April 12, 2020 
    Driftless Dirt Show Page
    ABOUT THE EPISODE Josh sits down with Rich to discuss Mountain Biking and Bentonville. Rich now calls Bentonville home, but that wasn’t until recently when he decided to take the leap from Texas to OZ.
    Topics Covered in this show:
    Rich's backstory How Rich discovered Bentonville and then made the move east How the Bentonville Community Rallies around cycling and mountain biking The Ride Series and how that came about In depth about the various options with The Ride Series A discussion about new riders and how to get them on the right gear so they have better riding experiences right away. YARD – Young Aspiring Rider Development YouTube How to Videos and a deep dive into Drops, and the Update to Drops Video YouTube Bike Reviews and a discussion on the new Pivot Switchblade We wrapped up with a listener question from John DeGeorge about if people are “Over Biked” these days.
    The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com
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    RELATED SHOW LINKS The Ride Series - https://www.therideseriesmtb.com/
    How to Videos: Drops - https://youtu.be/VaD4gxDEtRA
    How to Drops Update - https://youtu.be/Yp8_FKX2py0
    Game of Bike at Sedona Mountain Bike Festival - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-y_S3oWioM
    Rich Drew YouTube Video -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRebP4wYkzzYvKCC7ej4k_g/videos
    Pivot Switchblade - https://www.pivotcycles.com/en/bike-switchblade-1
    YouTube Review on the Switchblade - https://youtu.be/iMa8i4FcHIM
    Zoic - https://zoic.com/
    Kali Protectives - https://kaliprotectives.com/
    Cush Core - https://www.cushcore.com/
    Scratch Labs - https://www.skratchlabs.com/
    Arkie Apparel - https://arkieapparel.com/


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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #9 - "Bentonville Special #3 - Travis Greenlee of Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts"

    #9 - "Bentonville Special #3 - Travis Greenlee of Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts"

    April 12, 2020 
    Driftless Dirt Show Page
    ABOUT THE EPISODE Josh sits down with Travis Greenlee, who is the owner of Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts, a trail building company based out of NW Arkansas.
     
    Topics Discussed:
    Travis’ back story Arkansas State Parks / Monument Trails Program How Travis got into trail building and companies he’s worked for before starting Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts What makes a good trail The discussion of trails in general, as well as the diversity of trails How the community of Bentonville has embraced mountain biking Travis and coaching with the local NICA Program The power of getting people on bikes
    The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com
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    RELATED SHOW LINKS Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts - https://kreadivnadiv.com
    Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KreadivNadivConcepts/
    Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/kreadivnadivconcepts/


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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 25 min
    #8 - "Bentonville Special #2 - David Wright"

    #8 - "Bentonville Special #2 - David Wright"

    April 2, 2020 
    Driftless Dirt Show Page
    ABOUT THE EPISODE This is the second episode of a 5-episode special recorded on location in Bentonville, Arkansas. Josh sits down with David Wright, the Director of Parks & Recreation in Bentonville, Arkansas. They discuss how recreation plays an essential role in developing and sustaining an active, involved, and successful community. 
     
    The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information about Evolution Trail Services check out www.evotrails.com

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    RELATED SHOW LINKS Bentonville Parks & Rec - https://www.bentonvillear.com/350/Parks-Recreation

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    ABOUT DRIFTLESS DIRT 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.
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    ABOUT THE HOST 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.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

Crestedchicken ,

Very informative!

My family and I are moving to the La Crosse area this summer. This has been an excellent resource to learn more about what the trail building/mountain biking scene is like. We are very excited to see what the areas trail systems will be like in the coming years!

Pinotenvy ,

So good!

It’s great to hear from people that make the sport of cycling fun. From trail builders to word class cyclists the interviews are great.

wiscowright ,

Drift less dirt

Great podcast! Thanks for making the area known

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