2013 May

LUNA Pro Team
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LUNA Pro Team SuperShonny

As seen over on LUNA Pro Team’s page

It started out as a calm peaceful Friday. Shonny left before the sun rose, headed for Prescott, AZ, to race the Whiskey 50 mountain bike race with most of her Luna teammates. One hour into the 5 hour drive her truck transmission started slipping badly. So instead of being disappointed that she couldn’t make the race (and needs to start shopping for a new vehicle), she found a road tri near her home (not as fun as XTERRA but…) and made the best of it. Shonny turned into SuperShonny, borrowing the costume of SuperMan! for “a fun training race.”
PRE-RACE
SuperShonny underoos, check. Cape, check. ‘S’ on her chest, check!
RACE MORNING

The smell of pancakes swept through the air as a race morning breakfast of Gluten-kryptonite free strawberry pancakes and bacon was prepared, while super-Shonny wrestled with the cappuccino machine, using church approved cuss words as the machine’s steamer was clogged. Clearly the work of the dark side!
Warming up for the race, SuperShonny was greeted with high fives, and strange glares (clearly the response of the dark side and roadies.) When the gun went off, SuperShonny took off faster than a speeding bullet, a red cape trailing behind her. This was a run, bike, swim triathlon not the traditional swim, bike, run.
Transitions proved to be a little more challenging for the Super Hero, as removing a cape and underoos is generally not part of the routine. SuperShonny rode her mountain bike with slicks just to “keep it real.”
Super Shonny averaged 20mph on her mountain bike and still faired pretty well for the day placing 2nd overall in the road triathlon and most importantly received the Best Costume Award!
Commuter Bikes
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Functional Women’s Bike Clothes

As I transition back to being able to commute by bike to work I’m also on the hunt for quality women’s cycling clothing lines that are outside my “race mentality” as of late. A few suggestions have come to mind, but not all of them have women’s options!

Chrome - A good start, key for outerwear, but all black options make me want more.

Swrve - very well thought out, but where’s the women’s love?

Vulpine – yes please. The yummiest wool women’s jersey to have touched my body.

Zoic - Probably the best bang for the buck but very MTB feel.

Shebeest - A staple in many women’s cycling wardrobes. I have my eye on the Bermuda Commuta.

Loeka – I’ll take one of everything please

YMX – Yoga styles meet two wheels

What do you wear to get around town that doesn’t wear out or look to racer?  I’m also going to hunt around the sale rack at REI for The North Face and Patagonia wear.

Photo credit: Bill Fehr

Motivational Monday with Kristin
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Motivational Monday with Kristin

What is your name and location?

Kristin Apotsos, Melbourne Beach, Florida

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Cyclocross, mountain biking, riding bikes to school with my 2 kids, I want to like road cycling

What is your first cycling memory?

I felt like a hot shot when I was given my neighbor’s robin egg blue Schwinn with a sparkly banana seat. Several years later, my Dad painted it metallic copper. I was proud of that bike. It’s a shame that my kids have not experienced the beauty and comfort of a banana seat.

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

There is nothing more motivational than been getting spanked in cyclocross. Since moving up to CAT 3, I’ve been blown away by the power and endurance of my competition. I also have huge admiration for cyclists who compete in RAAM (Race Across America) and other extreme cycling events. Two years ago I followed the progress of an amazing local competitor & part-owner of our local bike shop (INFINITY Bike Shop!). He must have superior pain management skills.

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

Hands down, the best moment on a bike thus far in 2013 was taking an an orange popsicle hand up from a man wearing an orange full body suit during the Florida State Cyclocross Championships. It was my second race of the day. It was hot. It tasted awesome.

Tell us what you ride

I own four bikes and am seeking a fifth. My oldest bike is a green ’98 Specialized Stumpjumper. We have a long history together. We’ve done mountain bike races, 12-hour races, triathlons, and now cyclocross races together. I also own a full suspension Trek Fuel EX, a WSD Trek Madone 5.2, and a turquoise vintage Raleigh cruiser which is used for errands and towing surf & paddle boards. I am shopping for a carbon CX bike with a lot of character and a small price tag. As corny as this sounds, I trust destiny will bring us together. I’d love to add a single speed to the family as well.

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Bicycle Friendly State Colorado
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Colorado Ranked 2nd in Bike Friendly States

As the move to Denver, CO gets closer, Emily and I are researching more and more about biking and outdoor activities. Becoming familiar with bike routes, day trips and places to explore will allow us to feel quickly at home and adding various levels of excitement for our next chapter.

Everyone knows how Colorado is an outdoorsman dream, especially a cyclist. The latest rankings of bike friendly states from the Bike League only shows this more!

Landing in 2nd place only behind Washington state. My current home of North Carolina is down in 28th place! I’m excited to see what it will be like to be in a little more “forward thinking” bike state.

Bike League Women Bike
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Women Bike with the Bike League

Some killer information from the Bike League’s program Women Bike

May is National Bike Month, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and inspiration you need to get women riding in your community! In this special edition of the Women Bike E-news, we’re keeping it short — so you can get out and ride, of course!

To help showcase the power of women on bikes this May, we invite you to take three steps to make this the best Bike Month ever:

  1. Ride with CycloFemme
  2. Register for the National Bike Challenge
  3. Download Bike Month resources to get more women rolling in your community

Learn more about Women Bike

Bike Expo New York Women’s Panel
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No Sweat! A Girl’s Guide To Riding a Bicycle in New York City

Bike Expo New York Women’s Panel
Focuses on Attracting More Women to the Bike Lanes

Will Bike Share Help Close the Cycling Gender Gap?

New York, April 29 – Riding a bicycle in New York City is efficient, affordable, healthy and, above all, fun. Popularity of cycling for transportation and recreation is about to soar to new heights as the bike share system, due to launch in May, attracts more New Yorkers to this city’s growing network of bike lanes.

Still, women are under-represented among the ranks of New York City cyclists – men outnumber women 3 to 1 in commuter trips, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking 2012 Benchmarking Report.

Overcoming the barriers and making cycling a part of everyday life in the city will be the focus of the panel, No Sweat!  A Girls’ Guide to Riding a Bicycle in NYC, presented by the city cycling blog velojoy.com and Bike New York at Bike Expo New York at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Moderator: 

Susi Wunsch, Founder of velojoy.com, a growing online source of news, information and inspiration for city cyclists and bike-curious New Yorkers.

Panelists:

  • Dani Simons, Director of Marketing for NYC Bike Share, the operators of the Citi Bikebike share system
  • Diane Jones Randall, Director of Custom Publishing at NBC Universal’s iVillage, recently started cycling for recreation and fitness
  • Stephanie Kaplan, a 2013 Women’s Cycling Ambassador for Specialized Bicycles, NYC bike commuter and racer

The one-hour presentation on the main stage, directly following the BE Chic, BE NY Fashion Show presented by Momentum Magazine, also will feature a prize drawing for a reflective tailored cycling rain cape by Cleverhood.

Chrome Welded Transport Bags
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Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack & Postbag

Weatherproof? Check

Clean lines? Check

You gotta love a sexy, utilitarian, commuter bag. Sexy and commuter don’t normally go together but it looks like Chrome got these two bags right. The only thing I am left asking is if it will fit and what the all day comfort will be like.

Chrome Welded Postbag

Chrome Welded Transport Postbag

MSRP: $80

Details: Adjustable cross body strap and interior handles. Meant to be worn over one shoulder or strapped to a bike rack/basket. (Looking for photos of it in this use.) Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Waterproof 600 denier TPU.

Chrome Welded Rucksack

Chrome Welded Transport Rucksack

MSRP: $110

Details: Backpack style, high-tech welded seam construction. Padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Quick access exterior pocket.

Gotta say, this one reminds me of a Seal Line backpack!

Looking forward to testing these out and seeing out comfortable they are on a long haul.

Learn More over at Chrome Bags

Beti Bike Bash
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Beti Bike Bash, Sunday June 2nd

A women’s only mountain bike event in Lakewood, CO, one part bike race and one part social gathering.

Colorado’s first ever women’s only mountain bike race will happen for the 4th year!

Team Yeti Beti is encouraging all women that mountain bike to come out for the Beti Bike Bash. We know that there are more women out there who want to try a race. Grab your other dirt loving friends and come out to test your skills against other women, or just come out and experience a Colorado mountain bike race.

RACE does not have to be a four letter word. From the first timer to the seasoned professional, join us for a landmark event in the mountain bike community.

Learn more at BetiBikeBash.com

Little Bella Camp at Beti Bike Bash

little bellas

Stop #2 on our National Tour is all girls camp in Colorado in conjunction with Beti Bike Bash, an all female race. It will be an adventure in mountain biking designed to get girls hooked on the sport. We will focus on improving skills and having fun. It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge. The camp will incorporate full access to the pros that are racing the event. Each camp day will be unique, focusing on different skills and activities. Signing up for multiple days enhances learning (and fun!) with a multi-day skill progression. Camp will run on Saturday and on Sunday.

Learn more at LittleBellas.com

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