During my stay at Sea Otter something happened to my mentally and emotionally that I can’t explain. It’s a bit more deep than I want to get into on this post but one of the after affects was wanting, no yearning, to take more bike racing photos. Saturday afternoon before we packed up for the day, Neal and I hiked up the dual slalom hill to watch the final heats of the races. While I had no experience of this type of racing, besides what I have seen in the magazines, it was thrilling. It took a BMX track and pulled it downhill. In fact it looked SUPER fun. Everything I love, downhill, speed, berms and a short sprint!
Here are some of my favorite photos I took during the 20 minutes on the course. Feedback and criticism are encouraged!
A quick status and “what the hell are you doing?” update!
It’s 7am in Monterey and I’m slowing getting my crap together to go grab some food and head out to the venue. Today’s my last day at Sea Otter as I fly out tomorrow morning. I plan on getting a ride in (if possible) and take a crap load of photos and pictures. I figure I have 12 hours of travel tomorrow to actual put together all the post.
Today is also the last day of the SRAM Ladies Lounge. Yesterday the tent was packed and we had a ton of great questions and feedback from women and athletes. If you are at Sea Otter, this is a must. And you don’t even have to be a guy!
Trying to stay on East coast time but have been failing. Instead we go out to dinner at 8pm most nights and I get back to the hotel exhausted to pass out in bed!
Thank you to everyone that has introduced themselves in person, visited the Airborne or Ladies Lounge and reached out about Bike Shop Girl!
As I dive deeper into training and coaching, the question of power always comes up. What have I used, why have I used it, and so on…. As I’m researching more to decide on purchases in the future, or recommendations for friends I have questions for you.
April marks many things. April fools, spring showers, flowers, bike racing, major league baseball and many other things. It also marks the month of biking. 30 days of biking to be exact.
30 Days of Biking
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking, April 1–30, 2011, is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth.
Registering will shoot your name onto our master participants list, setting your name in virtual stone. Interaction from here is up to you! Bike every day, then tweet (using #30daysofbiking) or blog, or Facebook, or Flickr, or Tumblr, or Daily Mile, or write a snail mail letter about it. Make videos and songs. Be pleased as punch you’re biking and fulfilling an awesome goal.
How We are Getting Involved
This is something I find very exciting and I’m glad to participate. The guys behind 30 days of biking have an amazing idea in place, hopefully we can inspire more butts on bikes!
Some examples of how I’ll be getting on the bike… today I’ll run to the bike shop 3 miles from work on bike bike. Tomorrow I’m racing. Sunday I’ll do a recovery ride. During the week if I can’t do a true ride, I’ll do my errands around work on my bike. Even if its a bike ride down the greenway to take photos. Do it, I promise every time you stretch your legs around those pedals turning, you’re body and soul will thank you.
On Twitter it is called Follow Friday or #FF, where you mention your friends that you believe are worth other people’s time to follow. Every once in a while I’ll throw up the links and websites that I am frequenting or that are motivating me to get on my bike, get on my keyboard or inspiring me to inspire others.
The fine folks at Momentum have been nothing but nice to me over the years. Just a great group of people at events to spend your time with. Also, the fact that they are some of the most cheerful people I have ever met in the bicycle industry is very helpful as well.
This magazine put my faith back into road cycling. Yes, I love cycing and I love bikes but every road niche magazine out thee shoves high end bikes and racing down your throat. What about the passion of riding? This magazine does it.
Purple is not what most people associate with Breast Cancer, but that is exactly the color that Osprey Packs hopes to use to raise atleast $5000 for the Breast Cancer Fund.
The special edition Verve 10 is amethyst with a front pocket screen of the iconic Breast Cancer Fund prayer flags that carry messages of love and healing and help to support breast cancer prevention. As with all Osprey packs, the Verve 10 is free of BPA, PVC/pthalates and triclosan.
“We are committed to the Breast Cancer Fund and their vital work in making the world a healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “This season, we are proud to show our continued support of this important organization through these special edition packs designed specifically for women.”
Verve 10 Women’s Bag Details
“Spacer mesh” backpanel for support and ventilation. * I can vouch for this as I use an Osprey Pack and it works!
I lived in Washington D.C and learned how to wear my bike lock (a Kryptonite chain lock) around my waist. Sometimes it was heavy, but you got used to it. Kryptonite was smart and put a cloth sleeve around it to prevent pinching and hard pain on your hips!
As I sit in my office in Charlotte, NC the rain is pouring down. The road and ground are starting to pool up with water and I’m fortunate to be in dry clothes and happy wool clad feet as I watch silly cyclist roll by. The cyclist aren’t silly for riding in the rain, but for riding with out proper fender’age. If only they had been able to read about the new SKS Longboard Fenders that have the “best coverage on the planet” as the company brags.
SKS Longboard Fender Set
MSRP: $44.99-49.99 Dimensions: 700×28-37 tires with a 45mm width profile. 6″ mudflap extension. Stainless hardware and all that jazz Colors: Black, Silver, Beige *yes beige*
Submissions are now open for the Eleventh Annual Bicycle Film Festival! The BFF is looking for films with a bike-related theme. Any
style is acceptable: animation, experimental, narrative, documentary and music videos are all a go.
There is no fee to enter your film, simply download a submission form from the BFF website, and send a copy of the film to the BFF Head
Office in New York.
The Bicycle Film Festival began in 2001 when Brendt Barbur, founding director of the festival was hit by a bus while riding his bike in New
York City. He insisted on turning his negative experience into a positive one. The Bicycle Film Festival is a platform to celebrate
the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film.
The BFF travels to over 25 cities around the world, including Paris, London, Tokyo, New York — and Sydney. Last year, more than 225,000
people attended the festival. The BFF is not only a showcase for new films, but also, includes rock shows, street parties, art shows,
dinners, bike rides and more!
The 2011 submission deadline is April 1. Any inquiries please contact Brendan or Jen at: