It may surprise you to learn that track cycling was once a leading American sport. In the pre-WWII era, as Babe Ruth was cracking curved balls into left field, America’s winter sport of choice wasn’t basketball. That hadn’t been invented yet. It was track racing. Velodromes, such as the one in Madison Square Gardens, were jam-packed with spectators betting on a dangerous race format know as the 6-day race. Daredevil riders rode without food, water, or sleep for six days straight. Sanitized by the advent of relay teams, the format is immortalized as a “Madison” style race throughout the world.


Daniel Burton was the first man to bike to the South Pole. He was so kind as to talk to me about his trip. All quotes in this article are taken from our phone conversation.


“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” –Proverbs 11:2 (ESV)

The origin story for the Climb Mountains Blog goes something like this:

Last year, I graduated from Liberty University with a major in Marketing and a minor in English. Four years of the three-ring circus were over. I had spread myself between a full-time class load, triathlon/cycling team, and 30 hours a week of either nighttime or early morning shifts at McDonald’s. From what I have heard from others, college life was all about picking your poison. We all had a three-ring circus of some…


“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him!” –Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

About a month ago, my brother and I saw the one day premier of Godspeed: The Race Across America. Godspeed is a documentary that covers Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper as they race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland in just under a week’s time. The journey required a great deal of perseverance as the dual racers…


A Life Lesson from Cycling

I don’t care about most of the reasons why you should start commuting to work on a bicycle. You have probably heard them all before anyways. Such as how it might help the environment. You might have heard about the fitness implications or maybe even how it releases endorphins in your brain. That sounds good and all. I’m sure that the environment will send an envoy of happy trees to stiffly shake your hand. And being physically fit and happy everyday never hurt anyone.

But, having used a bicycle as my main transportation for the past 7 years, I want…


A Story about Resurrection

“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’” (John 11:21–23)

In a hospital waiting room in Dayton, Ohio, Mahler Symphony №2 “Resurrection” plays for a comatose patient. I had chosen this piece of music for my brother, Ryan. It was his favorite Mahler symphony. The theme of the symphony is resurrection. Like Martha from the John 11 Bible passage, my family had the faith to believe in the future…


A Cycling Story about Pushing Human Limits

Last summer, my older brother, Kyle, and I set out to bike the entire distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway from North to South in about a week. We would carry all of various camping supplies, our tent, sleeping bags, food, and a camera across 475 miles and up and down 48,534 feet of elevation gain (for reference, the height of Mount Everest is 29,029 feet tall from sea level to summit). And we would do all of this in the insufferable heat of July.

But the cycling adventure was almost over before it even began. On Day Zero of…


Classic Restaurant Workers

This blog post deals with the OODA Loop. For a more in-depth look at what the OODA Loop really is, you will have to read this article by The Art of Manliness. You can read it here. I would suggest reading it with a container of pistachios near at hand. It makes for a nice pairing insomuch as you remember to ration out your pistachios to last the whole length of the article.

The OODA Loop, when simplified, is composed of four phases: Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. John Boyd created this idea as a tactic for military operations. It…


The mist obstructs the peak. As if I could peek at it anyway with the way this road winds. The wind betrays the uneven shape of the mountains as it throws its weight against me in gusts. I guess the mist is more of a foggy rain. Reigned in on the whipping wind, the pelts of fog obstruct my sight. The road winds upwards on to white and I am drenched.

It is upward. I know as much. The king of my chest roars in thudding gallops as I wrestle to gain each foot of ascent. But if everything is…

Christian Schick

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