Blackburn Presents: Be a Ranger Jan 16, 2014

All week, we’ve been looking at a touring bike, being ridden off-road but what I really want to do next is a bike packing trip. Maybe not as ambitious as the Tour Divide, but something multi-state and for a week or two. The latest from Blackburn follows two rangers on just such a trip.

What’s a Blackburn ranger? Want to become one? Find out how below.

Are you a cyclist with an adventurous soul? Someone who likes to capture your stories along the road? Maybe you’re a seasoned bikepacker, well-versed in traversing back roads and trails. Maybe you’re just getting into adventure cycling – testing out overnight trips and yearning for more. Definitely you’re somebody who passionately believes in the idea that viewing the world can be better by bike.

At Blackburn we design product for those who embody this spirit of adventure, and in support of this community we’re recruiting 4 new brand ambassadors for 2014. Nicknamed “Rangers”, our ambassadors provide the ultimate test of our products and bring them into real world situations as they tackle journeys along the Pacific Coast and Great Divide routes. Blackburn Rangers work directly with our designers and engineers to deliver invaluable product feedback as well as advocate for bicycling touring, share their journeys and adventures along the routes and encourage everyone to get “Out There.”

If you’re interested in traveling the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route or the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and sharing your stories along the way–as well as testing out our latest and greatest gear–you just might be the perfect candidate to be a Blackburn Ranger.

Learn more about what our Rangers did this year by clicking the Out There link in the header above and be sure to watch the video stories below.

CRITERIA OF A GOOD RANGER/WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
Loves the idea of exploring the world by bike.
Active and knowledgeable on social media, with a good following
Passionate about the Blackburn brand
Someone who likes to “capture” the moments of life.
An excellent storyteller; written, verbal and/or visual
A camper, traveler and adventurer.

AMBASSADOR RESPONSIBILITIES/WHAT YOU’LL BE EXPECTED TO DO:
Spread the word about the Blackburn brand and products
Travel the Pacific Coast or Great Divide Cycling Route in summer of 2014
Create and deliver ride inspired content (photos, videos, blogs)
Actively participate in social media
Attend Ranger Camp at the 2014 Whiskey Off-Road Event in Prescott, AZ
Provide product testing feedback to the Blackburn team

WHAT YOU GET/WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU:
New & Prototype Blackburn Gear
Travel to and participation in our 2014 Blackburn Ranger Camp at the Whiskey Off-Road in Prescott, AZ
Appearance in Blackburn videos and possible regional ad campaigns, in-store displays or other Blackburn marketing initiatives
Small travel stipend to help you complete the route

HOW TO APPLY:
Submit a short essay that details why you’d make a great Blackburn brand ambassador.
Try to hit upon the following points: What sort of history do you have with the Blackburn brand? What kind of bike touring have you done, if any? What are your personal motivations for embarking on the Pacific Coast or Great Divide? Is there anything special you’d like to do along the way? Surf, Kayak, Climb, Skateboard, raise money for a cause, hit every historical site?
Send along several photos (3 to 10) that best illustrate who you are and how you view the world
Bonus points: upload a short video to YouTube that showcases the points listed above, #beablackburnranger and send us the YouTube URL with your completed essay

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:
You will receive an email confirming we’ve received your application
An 8 person panel comprised of Blackburn representatives, media and creative partners and a representative from the Adventure Cycling Association will review each application
Finalists will be notified by February 22nd, 2014
Final selection will be determined by March 7th, 2014. Notification will be posted to www.blackburndesign.com

  • Patrick Murphy

    I think you definitely should do the Tour Divide. Mostly because the pics would be epic. But mostly-er because you’d need another dream bike purpose built for it, right!? And whatever that is, I wanna see it.

  • ttalpwehttam

    You should definitely come to the Colorado/New Mexico area to do it! By the way, Cafe Dawn is the best coffee spot in Salida hands down.

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    The Colorado Trail (535 miles with required detours) can be done in 8-10 days at a leisurely “photo pace” It leaves roughly from Denver and arrives in Durango. Not a multi-state trip, but the certainly most scenic you could imagine doing in a little over a week.

    http://www.coloradotrail.org/bike.html

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Sick

  • Jamie McKeon

    awesome video & initiative

  • Scott Felter

    Man, I’d love to, but I’m not sure I’d qualify!