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"
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
#12 - "Brent Hanifl with River Travel Media and River Travel Magazine"
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.
"The Bentonville Series #5 - Gary Vernon - The Man Behind the Trails"
Josh sits down with Gary to discuss mountain biking and Bentonville, and how the expansion of trails has happened in Arkansas.
Gary's backstory, How Bentonville got to where it is today,
OZ Trails and the backstory behind the brand / region known, 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
#10 - "The Bentonville Series #4 with Rich Drew of The Ride Series"
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. They discuss Rich's backstory, how he discovered Bentonville. How the Bentonville Community Rallies around cycling and mountain biking
They also discuss the The Ride Series, new riders, YouTube and more..
The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. Check out www.evotrails.com
#9 - "Bentonville Special #3 - Travis Greenlee of Kreadiv Nadiv Concepts"
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 include: Arkansas State Parks / Monument Trails Program, Travis's trailbuilding history, what makes a good trail, the diversity of trails, how Bentonville has embraced mountain biking, and the power of getting people on bikes. The Bentonville Series has been brought to you by Evolution Trail Services. For more information check out www.evotrails.com
#8 - "Bentonville Special #2 - David Wright"
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
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!
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.
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Great podcast! Thanks for making the area known