It’s time to finally find out which team pushed their Physical, Spiritual, Mental and Emotional limits to the max, to win the Ultimate ATB prize. In an effort to be as fair and accurate as possible, we assembled a team of ATB experts from around the world to collectively observe, evaluate and intuit each team’s P*S”M*E score from their unique POV and wicked-valid area of expertise. We call them: The Panel
Did we get it right? Did we get it wrong? Tell us in the comments below. Please think of this as YET ANOTHER Bike Contest!!!!!!!!!! Whoever leaves the most insightful comment will win something from Mythical State Of’s Outdoor Culture Arcade.
More than a reliable purpose, a destination, or extensive provisioning, any Subject Athlete / Cardio Goth / Endurance Cult Member headed Inside The Outside requires for success in any endeavor or pursuit only a quality Blanket or Towel. Either can be fashioned into a jacket, as in a capote, or a cloak or cape. They can be used to wrap and therefore protect your valuables during travel, as well as camouflage said valuables regrettably but necessarily left overnight in an old car in a dimly lit motel parking lot. For drying, warmth and a place to sit and/or change pre-and-post hot spring, swim hole, hobo slap, etc. Or, as a bedroll; a napkin (albeit an oversized napkin); a pillow; a sack or makeshift bag; a brightly colored and nicely delineated picnic or lunch spot; for love-making; in defense against nearly feral or overly habituated animals; a lightweight saddle alternative; fire containment; and for bivouacking and/or enhancing an otherwise primitive shelter. For wound care and poultices. For protection against the elements like dust, wind, direct sunlight, etc., as well as volatile and/or tempestuous weather. For insulation, be it fixed, semi-permanent or temporary. To appear period-correct, if said period is the whole of the 1800s and/or right now. As a regular blanket and/or ad-hoc, burrito-style mummy bag. And finally, if need be, both can be soaked in various nutrients, broths, herbs and tinctures for later oral or topical application.