Episode 108 with Kait Boyle & Kurt Refsnider: Backpacking 1,000+ Miles to Unbound

In this week’s episode we talk to mountain bikers / bikepacking experts Kait Boyle and Kurt Refsnider about their epic adventure riding from their doorsteps to Emporia, Kansas, for Unbound XL.

Kait Boyle discovered the mountain bike amidst a career in outdoor education and quickly fell in love with bikepacking, which dominoed into pursuing long bikepacking expeditions around the world. She went on to win a 24-hr World Championship, set records in self-supported ultras, including being the 2x winner at the Arizona Trail 300. She survived and overcame a traumatic car accident, which  ultimately led her to where she is now – a passionate and dedicated backcountry mountain biker who rides to go deeper, connect to place and people, and expand her limits.

She co-founded Bikepacking Roots with co-guest Kurt Refsnider, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to bikepacking. She serves on the board of Mountain Bike the Tetons and is  one of the first Protect Our Winter Bike Athlete Alliance members.

Kurt Refsnider is a  (also the) co-founder of and Routes Director at Bikepacking Roots, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growing bikepacking community. Kurt holds a Ph.D. in geological sciences and was a professor of geology at Prescott College for 6 years and coached the Prescott College Cycling Team for 3 years. There he also co-developed the first college-level course to involve bikepacking – Geology through Bikepacking. He’s won the Tour Divide, and has 8 wins/records at the Arizona Trail 300, and most recently at taping he snagged a Top 10 finish at Unbound XL after riding more than 1,000 miles from his home in Arizona to Emporia.

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