mtbchick’s LOLZ Cats

After riding up Mt. Wilson Toll Road and descending Upper and Lower Winter Creek singeltrack, we were greeted by Monsieur Chat at the pack station in Chantry Flats. Alex walked away for a moment and M. Chat proceeded to make out with his Camelbak. The final shot is the lizard who has become fond of […]

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Scolding Lizards :: Rejoicing in the Sun

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


If Summer Ever Arrives
2011 has been a frigid year in Southern California, a welcome relief for some, a hindrance for others. This indeed may be the first week of actual summer weather- 80s during the day and 50s in the evening. With this warm weather I feel more comfortable going out on

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Not So Brown Mountain :: Brown Mountain and El Prieto Officially Open

in 2009 charred over 160,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest, and the majority of the local mountain bike trails have been closed ever since. Last week, one of the most popular local rides for Altadena and Pasadena, Brown Mountain, finally reopened. What used to be a nice long fire road is now a sweet piece of singletrack. Please enjoy a few photos of the “new” Brown Mountain fire road.

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All in a day’s Work :: On the road to Mt Wilson

It’s highly likely if a cyclist lives in the San Gabriel Valley, that cyclist spends an inordinate amount of time on the Angeles Crest Highway, also known as “The 2” or “ACH” or even “The Crest”. The 2 winds from La Canada-Flintridge across the San Gabriel mountain range to the high desert. Many a Wednesday […]

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Start Line Jitters :: Bonelli, Keyesville. Joy, Pain.

Last evening’s dinner was fabulous. Quadrupel in Pasadena is by far one of my favorite restaurants. And pommes frites have everything to do with it. What is not to love about double fried potatoes with caper mayonnaise, spicy ketchup and vinegar ketchup? My dinner companions were three fast and fit Pro mountain bike racers. Mike […]

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View from the Back :: The Sweep’s Journey : Girls High School Mountain Biking

It was two years ago when I first rolled up behind a very small group of girls at the inaugural 2009 SoCal High School Cycling League race at Vail Lake in Temecula, California.  I was the sweep for the women’s race– meaning I was to ride behind the last rider, to ensure the safety of […]

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In the Kitchen with mtbchick

Here is a look at what’s been happening in the mtbchick kitchen for the past week or so. Indulge! Underneath the crepe-paper shell of the tomatillo is a sticky green tomato. Rinse in hot water to remove the sticky film and slice or quarter for sauteeing. The bitter and tart tomatillo transforms into a sweet […]

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mtbchick :: Bike Review in Mountain Bike Action :: Specialized Safire

My review of the Specialized Safire Pro appeared in the December 2010 issue of Mountain Bike Action. Please enjoy, and if you have further questions, I am happy to oblige. This was to be the first major women’s bike review in the print version of Mountain Bike Action. I enjoyed working with the “guys”, and […]

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Sagebrush Safari 2011 :: Snow Snaffles Race, Riders Mud On

It’s akin to being late to work. The more anxious you become, the more obstacles are thrown in your way. As we sauntered around packing in the morning, we did not know what was in store for the “easy” 3 hour drive to the Sagebrush Safari– the first of the Kenda Cup West races for […]

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How (not) to cook with IPA :: Beer in the Kitchen

I am fairly adventurous in the kitchen. But I typically know how to avert the ultimate disaster which happens to be inedible food. Most of my mistakes in the kitchen revolve around things like garlic: too much garlic is a good example. I must say, however much garlic goes in to a dish, it is […]

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