There is something about the Kokopelli Trail that fascinates me. With trailheads in Moab, UT and Loma, CO, it’s a huge ride — 142 miles, by my count. Huge, but not overwhelmingly enormous, like the Great Divide, where you’d need to put aside your life in order to ride it.
It’s just big enough to test your limits, and show you a beautiful view of the sky and desert along the way.
So when Rebecca Rusch — one of my cycling heroes — said she was going to make an attempt on the women’s Kokopelli Trail record, I bugged her about it, gave her tons and tons of unnecessary advice, and otherwise pestered her until she promised to let me do an interview with her about the ride.
Here’s the where and when:
The cool thing is, for the first time in the history of all the interviews I’ve done, I feel like I’m pretty qualified to do this interview. I’ve ridden it — or parts of it — a number of times. So while a bunch of people have written about Rebecca’s Kokopelli race (like this power analysis piece in VeloNews and this story in VeloNews and this hit piece in Outside), I hope to get her to tell the whole story, from planning to starting to where she got water to the finish line to going to the hospital afterward.
Honestly, it won’t be so much of an interview as me prodding her to tell her story in as much detail as possible.
Meanwhile, if you’d like some homework on the Kokopelli Trail, I’ve written a ridiculous amount about it.
- Gripped: Back in 2005, when this blog was very young, I wrote about what a terrible idea it was to try soloing the Kokopelli Trail.
- The 2007 Kokopelli Trail Race: Possibly my best-known and favorite epic ride story, this is the telling of the time I solo-raced the Kokopelli Trail (in the opposite direction of what Rebecca raced, for what it’s worth). This is a three-parter: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- The Day I Hated Brad: What it’s like to ride the Kokopelli Trail when it’s muddy, and you’ve got a friend who won’t let you quit.
- Rocky, The Karmic Black Hole: An essay about the three times I’ve ridden the Kokopelli Trail with my brother-in-law, Rocky. (Hint: it never goes well.)
- Kokopelli 2010: Riding the Kokopelli with The Hammer, Kenny, and Heather. This is a two-parter. Part 1, Part 2.