7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 4 of RaphaTOC

7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 4 of RaphaTOC

Photo: Julie Krazniak breaking it down – photo by @mmcyclist Today began with a cruise through my past. It’s been years since I’ve visited the town where I was born, but Santa Barbara remains as beautiful as I remember it. In place of the veil of morning fog...
7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 5 of RaphaTOC

7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 5 of RaphaTOC

Photo: @abbylwatson climbing into the mist – photo by @mmcyclist I got in the van four or five times today—mentally. Within the first ten flat miles up the coast, my patellas were crying for mercy. Sometimes you can pedal through the pain and it goes away. Other...
7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 3 of RaphaTOC

7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 3 of RaphaTOC

Photo credit: Kim Cross – @kimhcross on instagram Perfer et obdura. Dolor hic tibi proderit olim. (Be patient and tough. Someday this pain will be useful to you.) — Ovid One of the most important lessons cycling has taught me is not about sport, but life:...
7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 2 of RaphaTOC

7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 2 of RaphaTOC

Today was one of those earn-it-and-burn-it days, where a long sustained climb through arid mountains rewarded us with a fast and furious descent, screaming down a long mountain pass into lush, green Pasadena. Yesterday’s rollers kept us continuously shifting and...
7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 1 of RaphaTOC

7 Women :: 7 Days :: Day 1 of RaphaTOC

Photo: Our group, plus one journalist (not me). I’m somewhere hiding in the back. Credit: Jeremy Dunn It’s a rather long story about how this came about, but on Monday I embarked with five other Rapha ambassadors on a mission to ride the stages of Tour of California,...
A CX-Mas Carol

A CX-Mas Carol

In honor of the last BAMACROSS race of the 2012 season, here’s a little song about our own winter wonderland. Wishing you a very merry CX-mas and a season of holiday jeers. —Kim...