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2012 SRAM Gold Rusch Tour
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Introducing the 2012 SRAM Gold Rusch Tour

Rebecca Rusch is back at it again. Events across the country to encourage women to get on their bikes and ride!

2012 SRAM Gold Rusch Tour

2012 SRAM Gold Rusch Tour

The Sea Otter Ladies Lounge at the Sea Otter Classic: April 19-22

Drop by the SRAM booth and meet your favorite female pros. Ask questions, check out new gear and listen in on our mini tech clinics. Rebecca and the other pros will also host short ride clinics and pump track sessions. For more
information on tour specifics and updates, please visit www.goldruschtour.com.

Dirt Rage Dirtfest Dirty Girls Clinics in Raystown, PA: May 17-20

Join Rebecca and SRAM/Specialized female athlete, Katie Holden for Specialized demos and free ride clinics during the three-day mountain bike festival.

Sun Valley Media Camp in Sun Valley, ID: July 4-9

By invite-only, eight lucky female representatives will meet Rebecca, Katie Holden, Meredith Miller and Lea Davison for a personal tour of the world class riding in Sun Valley. The camp coincides with USAC XC National Championships in Sun Valley (July 5th-8th) to allow the attending media to cover the event and experience Idaho riding at its best.

“Wheel Girls” Mountain Bike Club in Sun Valley, ID: June through July

Rebecca and her local female mountain bike posse will coach a 6-week teen riding camp for the second year. The classes will meet in June and July for weekly riding sessions on different trails in the Sun Valley area. The camp will focus on riding skills, trail etiquette and volunteer trail work.

Kokanee Crankworx Dirty Girls Clinics in Whistler, BC: August 13-19

The biggest freeride festival in the world, Crankworx is a magnet for the world’s best riders. With a collection of some of the best trails and parks on the planet, Rebecca and SRAM/ Specialized female pros will guest instruct and lead rides for all ability levels throughout the week.

Levi’s Granfondo Ladies Lounge and Media Camp in Santa Rosa, CA: September 29

Activities will include a pre-event social hour with complimentary bike fit and equipment check at NorCal Bike and ride tips from the pros. Rebecca and other female pros will offer a pre-ride preview of some of the toughest parts of the course. Post-event activities will include a SRAM/Specialized VIP reception for women and their guests with refreshments and GU recovery drinks.

Roc D’Azur Ladies Lounge and Dirty Girls Ride Clinics in France: October

This French mountain bike festival is open to riders of all levels and hosts races, fun rides, a huge bike expo and parties. Each day at the SRAM booth, female pros will be available to answer questions and lead mini-tech clinics. The pros will also be hosting short ride clinics and pump track sessions.

Civia Cyles Twin City
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Civia Cycles Twin City Review

Civia Cycles Twin City Charleston

As a rep for Quality Bicycle Products I rep many brands, one of them is Civia Cycles. A brand that is near to my aesthetic craving heart. Their tag line is “Beautiful Neighborhood Bikes.” As someone that has a Civia Cycles Loring decked out with wooden fenders, a wooden front front loader and beautiful spring Brooks saddle I love it. Recently I became very intrigued with a newer model in the line up.

Meet the Civia Cycles Twin City

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Driving in the night
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All Over the Place

Spoke easy

I’ve been everywhere, man.
I’ve been everywhere, man.
Crossed the desert’s bare, man.
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man.
Of travel I’ve had my share, man.
I’ve been everywhere. – Johnny Cash

I’m feeling like Johnny did so many years ago. Last Friday was a great monthly demo party at Spoke Easy in Charlotte. The rain scared some folks away but no fear it was a great attendance! The Surly Pugsley, as always, was the main attraction!

Driving in the night

Where am I?

That’s a good question! Currently I am sitting in Charleston, SC. I’ll be here until Sunday morning when I’ll head to Memphis. Roughly a 12 hour drive, so I’ll be trying to get started as early as possible while still spending last hours and moments with my girlfriend until I see her later in the week. I’ll be in Memphis until Wednesday, when I’ll then drive back home to Charlotte, NC for final prep for the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that I’m doing with partner in crime, Melissa.

Whole Foods Lunch

The “Diet”

Eating well is still going strong. While traveling I’ve been packing my lunch box, making sure I have a good stocked fridge and etc. I’ve expanded from the 17 day diet to Matt Fitzgerald “Racing Weight.” I’m feeling good and the few times I’ve been on the bike while cutting calories over the past week and a half I’ve felt okay. Better now that I’ve reintroduced some more carbs in to daily intake. Simply watching when I’m eating them, trying to eat earlier (tonight I failed at that) and still no coffee or other drinks other than green tea and water.

There’s other things going on, tomorrow afternoon after I figure out how to install the new SiriusXM radio (gotta have entertainment for my 12 hour drive) I’ll be sitting down and writing up a few thoughts bouncing around in my head about women’s geometry, and tech geekiness.

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17 Day Diet Cleanse

The the meaning behind and the word itself “diet” is hard for me. I’ve never understood eating crappy tasting food, bars or whatever to lose weight.

Last year I gave a go on the 17 Day Diet. To me it really is a cleanse, a reboot, a solid start to the season. I get easily sucked in to daily life and eating whatever. Now, let me say I don’t eat Big Mac’s or drink too much soda, but my habits aren’t as clean as they once were. The 17 Day plan really cleans the crap out of your diet by going cold turkey. Lean meats, certain fish, egg whites, vegetables, some fruit, carbs only in the form of yogurt and fruit, only a couple servings of “probiotic” a day, not eating late, lots of water and lots of green tea.

Sounds “healthy” right? Well it is. It’s also a test of will power and mental strength. I want waffles & I crave an asiago bagel. (Yes, I love carbs.)

I’m eating lots of turkey, chicken, vegetables, making smoothies, and all those good things. Egg whites are my friend and I look forward to green tea.

What else does it mean? I’ve cut back on my riding and exercise for this week. Starting tomorrow I’ll go for a longer road ride, probably in loops to gauge how I feel. I’m trying to figure out what I can have as snacks other than fruit in my pockets.

12 days left, 11 when I wake up tomorrow. Next week I’ll be traveling down to Charleston, SC and then to Memphis, TN. I’m not worried about once I get to my destination, but it’s on the road snacking I’m worried about. Making smart food choices when tight on time and no kitchen to make it will be trying as well.

If you have feedback, please let me know.

 

Knog Blinder Light Review
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Knog Blinder Arrow Light Review

We all know my obsession for lights and bags. I have so many of both as I’m always trying to find the perfect one. Rechargeable lights are something I really love. Especially the latest push for USB rechargeable. You see, before lights and bags I am a tech freak. iPad, iMac, MacBook Air, GoPro’s, Canon cameras, iPhones, you get the idea. I always have a computer with me, so charging a light through USB is really easy for me. Much easier than finding batteries at CVS.

Meet the Knog Blinder Arrow Light $44.99

Knog Blinder Light Review

I received a front light in the mail, and it has been on the front of my bikes since February. I’ve traveled with it to Frostbike, and utilize it anytime I’m on the road. I’ve had to charge it twice, it’s bright and easy to use. The mount works on all types of handlebar styles, widths and bends. The USB is easy to use, but you have to have the right room for it. It doesn’t fit in well right between two other USB’s due to the light size.

Knog Blinder Light Review

In Knog fashion they come in many colors & styles

Long term I plan to order a rear, as making a white front light bright seems to be easier than making a red rear light bright and eye catching.

Visit Knog’s website to view all styles!

This product was provided for free for review. I was not bribed or paid for this review. 

Motivational Monday with Laurie
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Motivational Monday with Laurie

Motivational Monday with Laurie

What’s your name and location?

Laurie in Ithaca, NY

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Utilitarian (doing errands), backroads

What is your first cycling memory?

Getting the training wheels off as a kid and riding on my driveway!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I see people of all ages and appearance on bikes in my town..riding to work on freezing cold windy days, out and about with young kids coming along behind..this inspires me because of my love of seeing people outdoors, not using gas, connecting to nature.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I realized this summer that my dog enjoyed biking with me, clipped to my bike with a device called a Springer. She can’t run off and she can’t pull me over.

Tell us all about your bikes

An old secondhand mountain bike from a friend leaving town for $200. Got it tuned up and new tires for $200. Don’t even know the maker! Now I am planning a bike trip with friends for this summer. I might go to Cape Breton as the pictures are irresistible.

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Let us know and I would love to interview you!

17 Day Diet Begins

17 day cleanse, body restart, mind alignment and so on. Here’s to April 2nd when I’m done!

Bike Rockhill Velodrome
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Grand Opening Rock Hill SC Velodrome Tomorrow!

Bike Rockhill Velodrome

Tomorrow is a very exciting time for the Southeast. A UCI, USA Cycling training, velodrome is opening. 10+ years in the making. Where? Rock Hill, South Carolina. 15 minutes south of Charlotte. 3.5 hours from Atlanta, and so forth!

Learn more at Bike Rock Hill

I’ll have interviews and photos from the event!

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