Pedal There :: Riding in Crested Butte

Pedal There :: Riding in Crested Butte

Crested Butte Mountain in the afternoon. Photo by Vicky Sama. Fall is a beautiful time to ride mountain bikes in Crested Butte, Colo. Right now, the wildflowers color the trails with purple asters, yellow butter ‘n eggs and orange paintbrush. One of the most...
I Ride for the Women of Rwanda

I Ride for the Women of Rwanda

I have been living in Rwanda since April 21, 2009, five years and hundreds of miles on the winding roads of this country, which is known as “Land of a Thousand Hills”. My legs and lungs have felt at least half of those thousand hills. Riding in a predominately...
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...