Three Reasons Why Bowie Is The Face of Rasputitsa (This Year)

Why Bowie? Good question. This is the only cycling-related image of Bowie on the whole internet. So it’s worth an explanation.


Because Rasputitsa makes you extra. And Bowie was all about being extra.

“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, 'Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.’”
-- David Bowie

Honestly, it’s too early in the season for any normal, sane person to be riding outdoors in the northeast. If you’re riding Rasputitsa, you’re either crazy-strong all year round, super-motivated to train in numbing, dirty, dangerous conditions, or totally oblivious to suffering. Or all the above. 

Because he is an inspiration to all men who wear spandex.

Men who wear tights could learn a few things from David Bowie. If your goal is to be a skinny badass who prances about in garish Lycra, and you’re looking for some inspiration, Bowie isn’t a bad place to start.

Because Bowie was a master of reinvention, and you’re not going to get the same Rasputitsa twice.

Just when you think you know what’s in store, Rasputitsa will change. Remember the surprise cross finish of 2017? The fast-riding dust cloud of 2016? You can expect the unexpected in 2018 too, because this year, organizers have recruited local goat path aficionado Mike Rowell to add his own special touches to the course. 

They say we fear what we don’t know. The bad news is, with Rasputitsa, you never really know what you’ll be in for.

“I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.” -- Bowie