Oregon Outback :: Train to Day 1

Oregon Outback :: Train to Day 1

  photo courtesy of Jillian Betterly Taking on a new adventure is hard and exciting. My boyfriend and I worked for months building bikes, collecting pieces of gear and training. Then the leaving night arrived. We rushed around the house, trains tickets, gear,...
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...
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:...