2013 Courageous Women of Dirt :: Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

On Saturday, May 11th, a few hundred female mountain bikers, and aspiring mountain bikers, will descend upon Irvine Lake in Southern California.

The clinic is the brainchild of mountain biker and Trail Angels founder Jacke van Woerkem. We wanted to get a little more insight about the foundations of this event, now in its second year, from Jacke. Here is what she has to say.

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USA Cycling, UCI and Mountain Bike Racing :: Part 1, How Todd Sadow Will Change Mountain Biking in the USA

This is a draft of a post I wrote yet never published in the summer of 2012. Erring on the side of political correctness, and still wanting to race in the Marathon Mountain Bike World ¬†Championships, I felt I should refrain from damning my own National cycling governing body. Now, as I do not hold […]

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Chamois Creme :: Lube for your shorts :: Women’s Chamois Cream

Chamois creme, or chamois cream is lube for your shorts. For a primer on Chamois, go here. There aren’t truly many Chamois in the world of cycling today, as synthetic materials have taken the place of natural. However, like Xerox and Kleenex, the term sticks as the go to word for the pad in your […]

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Skratch :: Sports Nutrition for Foodies

I like water. I dislike sports drinks. Most rides I typically only take plain water. Until I tried Skratch for the first time, a bottle might have sat in my bottle cage untouched for long stretches. My first try with Skratch, I found my bottles empty before the middle of a long climb.

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Idling in Idyllwild :: Mountain Bike Camping

Camping, gourmet food and supreme singletrack make Idyllwild one of my best memories of 2012. A not-so-well known mountain bike race is is hosted annually for singletrack seekers. A classic course for classic mountain bikers…

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mtbchick in the kitchen :: Paella Valencia in Cast Iron

Having spent my formative years in Spain, my definition of comfort food includes the intricate delicacy of Paella, yet I have never made the leap to attempt a Paella of my own. Now that I have a Camp Chef outdoor stove, there is absolutely no excuse for not giving it a go. Plans were made. […]

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Whiskey Now, Whine Later :: 2012 Whiskey Off Road Pro Race blog by Tonya

My goal for the 2012 Whiskey Off Road was to shave 30 minutes from my 2011 time. I managed to finish the Whiskey Off Road 2011 in just over 4 and a half hours. 4 Hours seemed a lofty goal at the time, but I knew I could manage. I would be back to the […]

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The Wrong Ending :: Cancer Sucks

16 April 2012 No. This is not correct. This is not the way the story goes. The ending is too soon. Chapters are missing. The story, which began about 3 months ago, was one of courage, valor, and strength. One of a woman who had overcome, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, the ravages […]

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I Break Stuff :: A Rash of Break-Ups and Bike Part Explosions

I’m a light rider. I don’t push the limits as hard as I used to. But I am a test rider, and true to my title, I tend to break stuff.

It was a warm sunny afternoon when I took to Brown Mountain to punch out some intervals on the Cannondale Scalpel. A typical ride would be up Brown Mountain Road and down El Prieto two times.

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The Unbearable Lateness of Being :: The Anatomy of a Bike Commute

The last thing I thought I’d do when I moved to Southern California was sit in a car all day trying to get to work and back home. Although I spent a few shorts months commuting from Altadena to Woodland Hills one or two times per week, and again a few short months driving to […]

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