Winter is on the way out and Spring is on the way in! Today we're taking a look at the 5 most popular stories on The Nxrth from the winter of 2023. This roundup covers two new 2023 bikepacking events, our new La Crosse gravel guide, and Arrowhead 135 discussion, and a deep dive into Wyatt Bikes' made-in-Wisconsin story.
1. The La Crosse Gravel Guide
This was our very first development of a destination Gravel Guide and we were excited to introduce our readers to the spectacular gravel surrounding the La Crosse area in collaboration with Chris Stindt. Gravel is a La Crosse area specialty - the region is part of the driftless and they have some amazing views, bluffs to climb, a great river, and quality crushed limestone roads, plus the benefit of a mid-sized town to offer breweries, distilleries, great food and places to stay. READ THE STORY.
2. Meet The Wolf: 3 Days & 300 Miles of Minnesota Bikepack Racing & Community.
The Wolf is a brand new 3-day, ~100 mi/day bikepack racing event in Northern Minnesota put on by Jeremy Kershaw at Heck of the North Productions. The event connects Two Harbors, Ely, and Grand Marais in a deep northwoods event balancing racing with community. READ THE STORY.
3. What Does it Take to Finish Arrowhead 135? Jill, Kate, Leah, & Ken Share How They Do It.
The Arrowhead 135 is known as one of the 50 hardest races on earth. The physical and mental strength needed to ride one of the coldest trails during the coldest time of year is massive. Here we talked with Jill Martindale, Leah Gruhn, Kate Coward, and Race Director Ken Krueger about what it takes to finish the Arrowhead 135. Combined, they have completed the event 30 times. READ THE STORY.
4. Wyatt Bikes Started In College Apartment at Age 21. Now Building 100% Made in USA Bike Frames.
Wyatt Bikes was founded in 2011 by a 21 year-old named Wyatt Hrudka. Originally selling asian-manufactured singlespeeds, he now manufactures high quality, fully-customizable, 100% made in USA bikes near La Crosse, Wisconsin. Today we share his bike manufacturing story and take a look at his fat bike, the Maverick. READ THE STORY.
5. The Hodag Country Ramble Is a New Kind of Community Bike Adventure & Gears Up for Year 2
The Hodag Country Ramble took place for the first time last September at Jeff Frane's parents' land near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Now the sophomore year was recently announced and event tickets and camping reservations are onsale. Learn about what made year one spectacular and what's shaking up for year 2. READ THE STORY.