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VISIONS: Bikers Over Bitch Creek

VISIONS: Bikers Over Bitch Creek

Devon Balet

A component new to Teton Valley Magazine this summer is an end-of-book photograph section titled Exposure. It's not the first time that term has been used in a magazine, but it's pretty tough to improve upon when your 'exposed' photos are of humans or wildlife 'exposed' to the outdoor elements.

Our first-ever Exposure is a shot taken by Colorado-based photographer Devon Balet, of a pair of mountain bikers crossing the lofty, knee-weakening trestle spanning the canyon of Bitch Creek (it's north of Tetonia along the Tetonia-Ashton rail-trail). The riders depicted were competing in the Tour Divide, a multi-week self-supported mountain bike race following Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Due to last summer's monster snowpack, competitors were forced to take many off-route detours -- which explains why they were riding across the Bitch Creek trestle. This year's Tour Divide is underway right now -- with a record 105 entrants, including Tracey Petervary of Victor.

To view Balet's amazing photo in its full half-page splendor, pick up the summer edition of Teton Valley Magazine. (Or, click on the image once or twice here to make it appear larger.) You can find the magazine at most Teton Valley businesses and at McDonald's of Jackson Hole and the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center.

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Michael McCoy

Editor Michael McCoy is a native Wyomingite who, through no choice of his own, moved to Iowa (“the third greatest state in the nation,” he says) when he was only a few weeks old. After high school graduation, he beelined it back to the University of Wyoming, where he earned a degree in Anthropology and the nickname of “Mac.” In addition to his Teton-area editorial duties, Mac works for the Missoula, Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association and writes freelance articles and books about the outdoors. “But that’s enough about me,” he says. “This blog is about you. I will prime the pump with an entry now and then--but ultimately, we hope it will be our readers, both locals and out-of-staters, who keep the streams of conversation flowing.”




Contributing blogger Susan Traylor Lykes was born and raised in the Denver area, a third-generation Coloradan. She spent much of her childhood in the mountains, and took up fly fishing at the tender age of ten, wielding her grandfather’s old bamboo rod and Pflueger reel. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Susan earned a master's degree in Town Planning from the University of Montana. For the past decade, she has focused on nonprofit land conservation and land use, serving on the boards of the Land Trust Alliance, the Teton Regional Land Trust, and the Orton Family Foundation.
Susan and her husband, Mayo, call both sides of the Tetons home. They are enthusiastic travelers and outdoorsmen — hiking, skiing, fly fishing, and bird hunting.




Contributing blogger Jeanne Anderson is a Cheyenne native and graduate of the University of Wyoming who has spent the last 25 years as a writer, PR consultant, columnist, and editor. Her passions include hiking, cooking reading, traveling, community, and creativity (she’s in her third term on the Idaho Commission on the Arts). She credits her broad practical streak to her parents, who started the first travel agency in the Cowboy State—from them she learned “every bathroom in the world is down the hall and to the left.” Jeanne and her husband Peter started Dark Horse Books in Driggs in 1995; their two-year experiment lasted 14 years. Now out from behind the bookstore counter, she’s looking forward to many new adventures.



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