WHEELS . . .
This Spring’s Top Three Mountain Bike Destinations
Lure Riders Looking for Uncrowded Singletrack,
Long Sunny Weekends and All-inclusive Outfitting
BOULDER, CO, March 9, 2016 – Emerging as this spring’s top three mountain bike destinations are three often-overlooked regions in America’s Southwest where temperatures hover in the high 70’s with little rain in the forecast.
The only forecast on the horizon for a three- or four-day Chasing Epic weekend is some of the finest mountain bike riding in the world for intermediate to advanced enthusiasts who will experience the best trails in each locale under the watch of local guides who know every twist and outcrop around the corner.
Fruita, CO, Sedona, AZ, and St. George, UT, are three must-ride mountain bike destinations this spring, says Steve Mokan, founder and owner of Chasing Epic (http://chasingepicmtb.com/).
“In the circle of experienced riders it seems like everyone’s done Moab. It’s too crowded and over-saturated with tour companies and riders from all over,” says Mokan. “With our off-radar, bucket list routes and destinations you won't have to worry about the crowds, just the challenging trail ahead,” he adds.
In Fruita three-day trips begin April 16 and May 28 at a per person rate of $950. Fruita (and neighboring Grand Junction) four hours from both Denver and Salt Lake City, caters well to mountain bikers, with not much going on after hours except time to tell riding stories, clean bikes and get ready for tomorrow’s challenges. It’s not unusual to see more bikes than cars on Aspen Avenue, and some of the in-town haunts (Over the Edge, Hot Tomato) are world famous. Three-day mountain biking getaways engage intermediate and advanced riders. Longer rides are easier due to few technical or extended climbs, and “the views of the Bookcliffs and Colorado River are fantastic,” he promises. He suggests the Ibis Mojo HD3 for enjoying the main networks: 18 Road (North Fruita Desert Trails), Kokopelli/Loma Trails, Rabbit Valley and the Lunch Loops in Grand Junction.
“There are enough trails to keep you busy for a week. But to get the most out of your three-day trip, you should ride with someone who knows the trails,” he recommends.
In Sedona, a four-day trip at $1,250 per person begins April 29. Sedona, just two hours north of Phoenix, is one of the most spiritual and picturesque towns in the country. Here riders from March through May can predictably enjoy 75 degrees and sunny days while engaging in rides that Mokan says, “can be very technical, so be sure to bring you’re a game. There are plenty of intermediate-level trails as well, but expect short technical sections mixed in. In Sedona it always feels like you rode twice as far as you actually did.”
Sedona has hundreds of miles of trails in and around town, but there are also networks of shorter trails, so he suggests riders need an experienced guide to link together trails. The most famous here are Mezcal, Chuckwagon, HiLine, Slim Shady, and Hangover, with his bike choice for riding here is the Ibis Mojo HD3.
Trips to St. George, UT are scheduled for both April 8 and May 14. The per person rate is $1,250 for the 4-day April departure, and $950 for the 3-day May 14 date. Near Snow Canyon State Park and Zion National Park, St. George is 90 minutes east of Las Vegas and under six hours from San Diego, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
“Spring riding in St. George is incredible, with miles of trails right in town as well as bucket list rides out on the mesas near Hurricane, only 15 minutes away,” ‘Mokan explains. “Spring weather is perfect for mountain biking both in the valley and on the mesas. The popular trails here are Hurricane Rim (an IMBA Epic), Gooseberry Mesa, Guacamole, Little Creek, the Santa Clara trails, and the Zen trail.
“St. George trails aren't too technical on average, and they're not physically difficult either. It's a great mix of fun technical features mixed in with gentle, rolling terrain. The views are incredible in every direction. Our weapon of choice for St. George is the Ibis Ripley LS,” Mokan adds.
Unlike traditional point-A-to-point-B mountain bike tour companies, Chasing Epic stays in a single town in each destination and dedicates itineraries to daily rides that cover a variety of the most epic single track trails in each area.
Mokan said that Chasing Epic provides a better overall experience for people who love to ride “by anticipating guest needs and partnering with the biggest names in the industry to put together the most all-inclusive and rewarding mountain bike vacations in today’s marketplace. With our trips, we take care of absolutely everything. All you have to do is show up and ride!”
Chasing Epic trips are all inclusive and a per person rate includes accommodations (never camping), hearty meals, high-end demo bikes (an all-carbon demo bike fleet includes Ibis Mojo HD3s, Ibis Ripley LS 29ers, and Niner Jet 9 29ers), local guides conversant with the terrain, customized eight-week pre-trip training programs, best-in-class ride nutrition, shuttles and lift tickets, gratuities and a dedicated on-site trip leader to help control gear mashers and share the stories and laughs with a group of like-minded riders.
On the premise that “the less you suffer on the climbs, the more you’ll enjoy the descents,” Mokan has engaged coaching platform companies Training Peaks and Through the Wall Training to customize individualized training programs (valued at up to $400) for eight weeks prior to departure.
He emphasizes that these trips aren’t for touring and sightseeing. “At Chasing Epic, we pride ourselves on putting together itineraries of only the best trail systems in each location, and we don’t waste time with sightseeing rides. You’ll be on uncrowded singletrack from start to finish.”
For reservations and information please visit http://chasingepicmtb.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 303.949.3933.
About Chasing Epic
Chasing Epic is a new adventure travel company (founded in 2016) that aims to raise the bar and set new standards in the mountain bike community. The focus is on offering experienced intermediate to advanced-level mountain bikers fully all-inclusive, locally guided mountain bike trips where everybody wants to ride -- the Western US – and when everybody has time – over long weekends. Guests just need to be fit and pack a helmet, shoes and appetite for epic single track action. Each tour includes lodging, meals, high-end bikes, local guides, customized eight-week training programs, best-in-class ride nutrition, shuttles, lift tickets, gratuities and a dedicated on-site trip leader. Destinations embrace both the iconic and soon-to-be legendary; Crested Butte, Durango, Fruita and Telluride, Colorado; Sedona, Arizona; and Park City and St. George, Utah.
Escorted Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
September 17 - 27, 2016
Zürich - Pontresina - Zermatt - Montreux - Bern - Lucerne
10 nights' accommodation in standard twin-bedded rooms in hotels mentioned above (standard single room for single travelers)
1 Express flight luggage piece per person (transportation of 1 suitcase directly to Pontresina on Sept 17)
First class rail travel with a 15-consecutive Swiss Travel Pass (which allows you to add days before and/or after this tour and travel for free), including free entry to over 490 Swiss Museums.
Breakfast daily at the hotels
1 two-course lunch on the Glacier Express train (excluding drinks)
1 lunch at the Emmental Cheese Show Dairy (excluding drinks)
1 Farewell dinner with Folklore Show at the Restaurant Stadtkeller in Lucerne
Travel on these scenic routes: Glacier Express Panoramic, Golden Pass Classic, Bernina Express line
Mountain excursions: Muottas Muragl, Diavolezza, Gornergrat or Sunegga, Schynige Platte and Pilatus
Visits and excursions as described in the itinerary
Transportation of 1 suitcase by train on 3 days (Sept 21, 23, 25). On Sept 19 and 27, participants will carry their own luggage on the train.
An English speaking Swiss Tour Escort throughout
Rail Source International, Inc. has purchased a Group Protection Plan with Travel Insured on behalf of all participants (covering September 17-27 land arrangements).
Transatlantic flights and meals, except where mentioned, are not included. Any other item not mentioned in the itinerary is not included. Rail Source International, Inc's Terms and Conditions apply (a copy is available on the website). Rates may change due to currency fluctuation, inquire at time of booking. This departure is not guaranteed. We will need a minimum of 15 participants and we will allow a maximum of 25 participants. The tour will be guaranteed or cancelled by the first week of August 2016 the very latest.
Please note that there will be considerable walking and stair climbing on this tour and you must be able to keep up with the group.
The tour is operated by Rail Source International Inc. and MagicSwitzerland, tour operators specializing in railtravel through Switzerland and other European countries.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 (start date in Switzerland)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (end date in Switzerland)
Cleared for Take Off: The Ultimate Runway Fashion Show
Finnair and Helsinki Airport bring creations by top designers to the airport runway in one of a kind fashion show
Finnair and Helsinki Airport announced today that Runway 2 of Helsinki Airport will transform into the ultimate fashion catwalk where seven top designers from China, Korea, Japan, the UK, Sweden, Denmark and Finland will present their collections. For decades the fashion industry has been associated with the glamorous world of travel and on May 24, 2016 the fashion world will descend on Helsinki Airport to celebrate this Match Made in HEL in style.
"The combined glamour of the fashion and travel industry share a long history. Air travel has long played a key role in setting the pace of fashion trends across the world," says Johanna Jäkälä, Vice President, Brand, Marketing and Loyalty at Finnair. "Fashion connects and inspires people, and we see this on a daily basis as we connect Europe and Asia with our flights. With this fashion show, we want to celebrate the connections between Europe and Asia, and showcase the work of some of the hottest designers from these two continents."
"Helsinki Airport is a key hub for Asia-Europe travel, and every day thousands of people transfer through the airport on their journey between these destinations. The airport, located along the shortest route between Asia and Europe, is a constant inspiration for us, and on May 24th fashion designers from both the West and East will meet here for this special runway show ", says Katja Siberg, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Finavia, the Finnish airport operator.
The designers displaying their latest creations along the runway have been handpicked to represent some of the most interesting and inspiring trends emerging from the Asian and European fashion industries. The designers will be announced in March-April, and will be presented on the Match made in HEL campaign site at www.matchmadeinhel.com.
"Helsinki Airport presents a fascinating backdrop for the designers to showcase their work", says Tuomas Laitinen, Fashion Director of SSAW Magazine, who will be curating the fashion show. "I am excited to be a part of bringing some of the hottest names in fashion to Helsinki in May."
Finnair and Helsinki Airport together offer the smoothest connections between Europe and Asia. Finnair flies to 17 Asian destinations and over 70 European destinations via Helsinki. Helsinki Airport has grown into a major transfer hub for Asia-Europe travel, the airport is designed for smooth and fast transfers. As Finnair expands its Asian traffic in turn Helsinki Airport will expand to support growing passenger flows. In summer 2016, Finnair will offer 77 weekly flights to Asia from Helsinki Airport.
The Match Made in HEL campaign is a joint campaign by Finnair and Helsinki Airport, and targeted at raising awareness of Finnair and Helsinki Airport as the best partners for smooth and fast air connections between Asia and Europe.
by SEA - - - COUNTRY MUSIC LOVERS CRUISE
CHRIS YOUNG, KELSEA BALLERINI & LOCASH
SOON TO SET SAIL ON THE COUNTRY CRUISING CRUISE
JANUARY 14 – 19, 2017
Many of the top Country stars in the format are taking part in the Country Cruising experience, set for January 14-19, 2017. Fans will be travelling aboard the Brilliance of the Seas®, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, cruisers will never be at a loss for an incredible view.
Country Cruising will set sail on January 14, 2017 from Tampa, and will stop in Key West before making its’ voyage to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will arrive back in Tampa on January 19. Among the initial artists announced to participate in the cruise include hit-makers Chris Young, LOCASH and ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year winner Kelsea Ballerini.
With five albums to his credit, Chris Young has amassed seven No. 1 singles, fourteen Gold/Platinum certifications and performed for audiences ranging from Good Morning America to Australia and Japan to Jimmy Kimmel Live. The RCA Records artist is a dynamic live performer who plays a powerhouse show packed with hits, including chart toppers “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” and “I’m Comin’ Over.” He’s an international ambassador for his genre, a talented songwriter, and a southern gentleman who is frequently declared one of country music’s sexiest men by People and Nash Country Weekly magazines. Young is just as well known for his classic baritone as he is for melt-your-heart ballads and is winning audiences across the globe.
Released in November of 2015 and debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Young’s first co-produced album, I’m Comin’ Over, also features the three-week #1 smash title track and his latest hit, “Think Of You,” a duet with Cassadee Pope. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations, including his first in the coveted Album of the Year category as both the artist and producer, and a Billboard Music Awards nomination for Top Country Song. Join the conversation with Chris Young’s more than 2.9 million followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and get tickets to catch him on tour at www.chrisyoungcountry.com.
Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini burst out of the gates with her first single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” in early 2015. The song topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart, a feat that her follow-up single, “Dibs,” achieved as well. She has won awards from such magazines as Billboard, and was named as the New Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy Of Country Music.
LOCASH – consisting of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust – have steadily built their career, and are now considered as one of the top duos in the format. Signed to Reviver Records, their recent hit, “I Love This Life,” was a number one hit, and their follow-up single, “I Know Somebody,” is speeding up the charts. As songwriters, the duo have enjoyed hits by artists such as Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and Chris Janson. Their live show is one of the most-buzzed about in the business.
Country Cruising offers the Country Music fan an amazing experience – a five night cruise, with accommodations and all meals taken care of during the event, as well as autograph sessions, photo opportunities, daily musical performances, and songwriter workshops. For more information about cruising, call 800-376-2504 or visit www.CountryCruising.com