Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ultra Racing in Oman - BikingMan - Information & Links

If you're hoping to follow my upcoming ultra cycling race, BikingMan Oman, you've come to the right place. All the information you need to learn about and follow my race progress can be found on this page. Please follow along on Instagram @ElevationEXP for live race updates and progress reports. And Send Me Messages! I'll check them throughout the race and respond as I can.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Speed and Cadence from Power Tap | Product Review

Power Tap Speed/Cadence Sensor Installed On Bicycle Crank Arm
I got my first cycling computer when I was 15 years old, and my first objective was to hit 50mph downhill. So on a summer afternoon I climbed to Sunset Rock overlooking Sparta, TN, cinched down the toe clip straps over my tennis shoes, and started hammering. I only weighed 135lbs wet so I had to rely on raw power to reach top speed. It took about two very dangerous, gravity-embracing minutes, but I did it! I was the fastest guy in town on a bike, and nobody could prove me wrong, because Strava hadn't been invented yet.

I'm a little older now and maybe a little wiser... or maybe not, but I'm still using technology to enhance my cycling experience. Sensors are all the rage these days; speed, cadence, heart rate, power, temperature, elevation gain, undulation... ok, that last one may or may not be available. If you find one let me know.

But today I've got a quick review for you on speed/cadence sensor technology, provided by PowerTap.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cycling in the Islands Ride Review | St. Kitts and Nevis

Vacation is no excuse to skip your bike ride, or at least it shouldn't be. I love vacation and traveling, but I love cycling more, so when I'm out of town I make cycling fit into the agenda. 

But what if you're traveling to the Nevis, West Indies, staying at the Four Seasons Nevis where the island is only 36 sq mi? Will it offer challenging terrain and quality bike routes? And more importantly, will you know your way around? 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Miles Are My Meditation | Product Review

Cycling Kit by Cycology - Elevation ExpeditionsI'm happy to be working with Cycology once again to bring you another cycling apparel review. In this review I've got a new Jersey as well as a T-Shirt, Polo, and Cycling Cap.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Quest For The Perfect Pedals | Product Review - Look S-Track Race Pedals

Look S-Track Race MTB Pedal on Bianchi Zolder Disc CX BikeIn my quest to fine tune my cyclocross/gravel bike I've been making some tweaks and upgrades this year. The latest obsession has been my quest to find the perfect pedals. There are only three places where I make contact with my bike; the bars, the saddle, and the pedals, so each of these need to be perfectly tuned.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dirty Kanza 200 Race Report - 2017

Dirty Kanza 200 - 2017 - David WestAre you considering taking on Dirty Kanza? You'll find all the dirty details of my 2017 Dirty Kanza 200 race here.

Let me start by saying that Dirty Kanza 200 should only be attempted if you're serious about pushing yourself. I would consider Dirty Kanza to be the Super Bowl of gravel racing, so prepare yourself accordingly.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dirty Dreams of Gravel and Pain | Dirty Kanza 200 Prep - 2017

Elevation Expeditions - David West - Cycling
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Have you ever shared a crazy goal or dream with someone and they just stare at you, expressionless, as if they didn't comprehend anything you just said, or what would motivate you to do something so insane?

I've had this experience many times since January 14, the morning I registered for the Dirty Kanza 200, by all accounts one of the most epic gravel cycling races in the world. I'd be lying if said I hadn't questioned my own sanity a time or two. But now with two days to go, sane or not, Kansas, here I come.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cycology's One Tribe Cycling Kit | Product Review

Cycology - Cycling Kit - Elevation Expeditions - David WestI'm picky when it comes to cycling equipment. I don't have to have the most expensive equipment but it must work well, last long, and most importantly, look good.

When it comes to my cycling kits I usually keep things clean cut, with minimal patterns, and a touch of color. But recently I encountered a brand that challenged me to up my cycling fashion game by adding some edge. That was when Cycology came into my life.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lifecycle Emagazine - Spring/Summer Edition

I'm happy to share with you the Spring/Summer edition of Lifecycle Emagazine, by, a publication that I have enjoyed writing for since 2016. You will find my recent product review of Cascade Rollers on pages 234- 241. Enjoy!