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September

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Tour of the Dragon Race Recap: “Do Your Best” While Supported by Royalty and a Bhutanese Road Angel at the Toughest One-Day Mountain Bike Race

I don’t know of another race on the planet where you can meet the Prime Minister at the start line before riding next to a Royal Prince while he offers you words of encouragement and support as you pedal across his beautiful country. The Tour of the Dragon, a 160 mile, one-day mountain bike race through the mountains of Bhutan and which consistently has a drop out rate of about 50%, is the creation of His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck. After placing third one year, His Royal Highness now spends his time on race day moving around the course to ride with various participants offering assistance and encouragement. Want to ride bikes with a Prince? Come to Bhutan. […]

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September

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Striving For Equality in Bhutan

Even though I have been a tireless supporter of His Royal Highness and the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) I was quite close to not doing Tour of the Dragon this year. In fact I was quite close to protesting the race in the face of my loyalty here. Here’s why. When I first started helping the BOC with their Tour of the Dragon event I immediately noticed that they didn’t have an equal prize purse for men and women. Initially they had a token amount offered to the first place woman that was dramatically less than the first place man, and they called it a “consolation prize.” Ouch. I started having conversations with them about the importance of equality in […]

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August

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Death, a Beautiful Life, a Toughest One-Day Ride and Earthquake Relief

[Written while en route to Bhutan] After my brother-in-law, Dan, passed away of brain cancer I shared a eulogy at a party celebrating his life, which stated the following, “Too often it is those that we love so easily who leave us much too soon. Yet in the same moments that we will struggle to make sense of this, the world around us remains a beautiful place.” When someone close to us dies prematurely it is healthy and I think cathartically introspective to then contemplate our own life and mortality. For me this type of contemplation doesn’t tend to zero in on death so much as it is an opportunity to evaluate my life and the choices I wish to […]

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January

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Travel Karma: Anti Rhino Poaching Efforts and a Buddhist Marathon

After sharing about my upcoming trip with a Buddhist nun, she told me that I have good karma. If karma involves following my passions via hard work, then my travel experiences are indeed karma-influenced. In any case, I am off again to my beloved Bhutan to help with the second running of the Bhutan International Marathon and Half Marathon and will do a stop over in…South Africa. Since Bhutan is about half way around the planet, my travels there are always an excellent opportunity to check out another interesting spot—en route. South Africa isn’t necessarily – on the way – but I’ve been doing some research on what’s happening at a particular animal reserve there and want to check it […]

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