Bike Like a Girl

Bike Like a Girl

Tahoe area organization offers support to female cyclists By Tim Hauserman Photo courtesy Bike Like a Girl. Bike Like a Girl was formed by three women with a passion for biking, who had a fierce desire to help other girls and women find the same joy and fulfillment from biking that they do. It’s a volunteer organization formed in 2015 with a three pronged approach to helping the sport of women’s cycling: They run camps to introduce younger girls to what a great sport biking can be; they support an ambassador program which focuses on getting women out riding together on a regular basis, while also learning about mechanics and fitness; and they established a small Elite Team of top women cyclists who proudly wear the Bike Like A Girl jersey as a positive roll model for women cyclists. The idea began with Julie Young, who spent 12 years on...
Mountain Monday: Always Bring a Bike

Mountain Monday: Always Bring a Bike

Golden opportunities in Yosemite Valley via two wheels By Meggan Wenbourne A token meadow shot of Half Dome overseeing the crowded weekend (Meggan Wenbourne). This last weekend I went to Yosemite. The Yosemite. Arguably the climbing capitol of the world. It would be the second time in my life that I would travel to the valley floor without my sights set on climbing. Traveling solo, I was on a mission for some good old fashioned hiking and exploration. The waterfalls were gushing like fire hydrants. This was a weekend where the Merced River was flooding its banks, where waterfalls that had not run in years were running and where mosquitoes were taking on new territories. My usual tactics with climbing in the valley consist of finding a place to camp and using my car to transport between climbing destinations for my stay. I had never brought a bike into...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Not So Pretty

Fat Tire Tuesday: Not So Pretty

Reflections on the often ungainly route to success   By Sarah Hansing For the record: this success was quite pretty! I’m not going to lie. It wasn’t pretty. I don’t think I’ve had such an ungraceful bobble through a rock garden in QUITE some time, really. There was no delicate dance, no floating the bike on carefully chosen lines through the gnarly little piles of granite and rock. Nope.   I head meant to gracefully ballroom dance through the protrusions, and instead I sort of slam danced and moshed my way through it. I can think of at LEAST three times where I thought, “Oop! That’s it! I’m off the bike!” I felt like I was moving at a crawling pace, and glancing off of every single rock in front of me. A dead stop and fall on my face was imminent; I just knew it. Somehow, I managed to wobble...
Fat Tire Tuesday: Be More Like Harlan

Fat Tire Tuesday: Be More Like Harlan

Reflections on seeking out your very own pieces of happy By Sarah Hansing I have decided that I should endeavor to be more like my cat. Not in a climbing screens and destroying toilet paper rolls kind of way, mind you … OR in a sleeping 18 hours a day kind of way.   I suppose just mostly I should be more like Harlan in the way he can always just seek out and  enjoy the happy moments in life. This came to mind as I was riding with friends over the weekend. Two of us are sharing the fun bonding exercise known as “recovering from an injury.” We’ve ridden together a few  times during the continuing course of healing up, and she and I have a very similar mentality when it comes to injury. Which is to say, not very smart.   It’s not that we’re idiots, necessarily, it’s just that...
ASJ Cycling Photo Contest Winner Announced

ASJ Cycling Photo Contest Winner Announced

Sonoma County cyclist wins grand prize package including dinner with legendary Keith Bontrager melisrw78 @asjmag I’m glad she waited. I almost lost her in the fog with no tail light 😉 #BeLouder #ASJBontrager   We’re thrilled to announce the grand prize winner of our social media photo contest. Melissa Wonders of Santa Rosa has won a Bontrager Flare R Tail Light, an overnight stay for two at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, two rental bikes of choice from Epicenter Cycling, a guided MTB ride for two with The Ride Guides, AND dinner in Santa Cruz with Keith Bontrager himself. Melissa’s fun photo and perfect caption hit all the right notes – congratulations, Melissa! We received a vast array of great shots to choose from, and thank everyone who participated in the contest. Hot on Melissa’s heels was Bob Ward of Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose images...
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