Our primary goal in starting OG Sack was to create a versatile/sturdy bag that compliments an active lifestyle, so people can better enjoy whatever it is they’re doing. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I started losing touch with these values in my own personal life.

(Insert Lloyd & Harry from Dumb and Dumber) for “T…t…t-heh…t…” first “An..u..el”, “The” first  annual Team OG Sack Ride. A few of my good friends & I decided to test our wills on the Triple Bypass.  It’s a 120 mile ride from Evergreen, CO to Avon, CO with over 10,000 feet of climbing. When we all signed up for the ride, I viewed it as a slight nuisance (training after work, foregoing certain indulgences days before the race, giving up an entire Saturday to surround myself with people in ill fitted spandex, etc); so when my alarm went off at 4:30 am, I wondered why in the world am I doing this on my day off, I could be sleeping in, followed by a cup of coffee, relaxing in the park, capped off with an afternoon bbq…no fuss, no muss.

Pedro & Mason, the two brave souls from Team OG Sack doing the ride with me, showed up at my place at 5 am on the dot; which was impressive considering the time of day. As soon as I got in the car, we joked around about old times and I started feeling better about my decision to ride for 8 hours up several mountain passes.

The triple bypass took us through some of the most gorgeous parts of Colorado, the first stage started with a climb up Squaw Pass & Juniper Pass, ending with a descent into Idaho Springs where we were welcomed by some nice fans…well, family and friends of the riders. It was refreshing to see people cheer on their loved ones with signs, cow bells and all. My one issue with the cow bells is that every time I heard one, an image of Christoper Walken popped into my head saying, “needs more cow bell”, followed by Will Ferrel’s exposed belly flailing about while he rhythmically bangs on his cow bell.

The second stage took us from Idaho Springs to Loveland pass, which was a pretty intense climb. It started to hail as we descended on Loveland pass, so the normal sounds of “hoots and hollers” were replaced by “oohh, ouch, Sh*&, F-this”. Ultimately we rode through the storm and were better for the wear.

The Third stage took us through the beautiful towns of Breckenridge, Copper and Vail as we rode to the finish line in Avon, CO.

*BTW, for those of you planning a trip to the mountains this year, I highly recommend a leisurely ride on the trail spanning between Breckenridge and Copper (beautiful scenery and no daunting ascents).

Completing this ride reminded me to make more time for friends and life experiences, even if it doesn’t completely fit into my schedule.  It also reminded of why we started OG Sack in the first place, to make a product that accompanies people on life’s journey’s, as they breakout of their comfort zone and enjoy all of life’s adventures…big and small (taking a spontaneous weekend trip, finding the motivation to workout after a stressful day, camping/hiking, etc).

And yes, of course you don’t need an OG Sack to get the most out of life, but it certainly helps 😉 Additional gratuitous plug: The OG Sack comfortably fitted my bike shoes, helmet, water bottle, iPad and two days’ worth of clothes. At the end of the trip, I was able to wash the liner so the OG Sack felt/smelled as good as new.

Below are some pics from the Triple Bypass.

A few members from Team OG Sack will be riding in the Copper Triangle on August 2nd, if you see us out there, say “hi” and we’ll get you some stickers and a coupon for 30% off your next purchase.