Extreme Sports Are for Girls, Too!

Many times young girls, especially those in a minority, don’t see themselves in sports like mountain biking, rock climbing, skateboarding, or surfing. Hayley Diep felt that way growing up. She didn’t see girls like herself participating in extreme sports on TV, in magazines, or even out in her neighborhood. As she grew older, she foundContinue reading “Extreme Sports Are for Girls, Too!”

Women’s Cycling Apparel for All Body Types

About four years ago I was biking along when another cyclist came into view. Immediately I noticed her kit. It was colorful, unique and I knew I just had to have it. Fast forward to today and I own four Jules Threads kits…that’s jerseys, bibs, and matching socks. Gotta have the matching socks! That’s howContinue reading “Women’s Cycling Apparel for All Body Types”

Body Positivity in the Fitness World

Today I sat down with Adina Crawford, a fellow cycling sister, and I’m honored to call her a friend. We first met at the 2019 Trek Women’s Advocate Summit in Wisconsin. I think we are the tallest women in cycling. I was drawn to her from the very start, not just because of her heightContinue reading “Body Positivity in the Fitness World”

Talking ultra-endurance bike racing and more with Lael Wilcox

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the best female ultra-endurance bike racer, Lael Wilcox. Just some of her race highlights include the 4,600 mile 2016 Trans Am Bike Race from Oregon to Virginia. Her first-place finish took 18 days, 10 minutes. In 2019 she was the first woman to finish the Silk Road MountainContinue reading “Talking ultra-endurance bike racing and more with Lael Wilcox”

Sun Protection for the Endurance Athlete

In the past, whenever partaking in outside activities I’d rarely apply sunscreen above the eye line. All too often I’d start sweating and inevitably sunscreen would get in my eyes and burn. A few years back I underwent MOHS surgery to remove basal cells in two places above the eye line, just along the hairline.Continue reading “Sun Protection for the Endurance Athlete”

Would you know what to do?

When you put thousands of miles on your bike each year unfortunately you see a fair share of accidents. Some are just minor road rash and others require a trip to the emergency room. Thankfully I’m the type of person that is levelheaded during a crisis and can help to take charge at the scene.Continue reading “Would you know what to do?”

Machines for Freedom Endurance Bibs

Century Tested. Incredible Comfort. Recently I reviewed Machines for Freedom’s (MFF) new Essential Shorts and really liked the fit, comfort and quality. The one thing I would have preferred was a longer inseam. When I found out they offered their Endurance bibs in a tall version, I decided to test MFF’s tried and true flagshipContinue reading “Machines for Freedom Endurance Bibs”

Machines for Freedom The Essential Cycling Short

Machines for Freedom first ever cycling short Machines for Freedom has had success with their bibs, but seems many of their customers still weren’t ready to make the switch from shorts to bibs. So, they developed The Essential Cycling Short and added it to their line. They hit the mark right on most everything fromContinue reading “Machines for Freedom The Essential Cycling Short”

Vespertine NYC Reflective Gear

Vespertine NYC Reflective Gear Roundup I’m always excited when I discover women-owned businesses, especially when they are connected to cycling gear. Add in an eco-friendly element and I’m all over it. In the past, I’ve reviewed products from women-owned and run businesses like Jules Threads, Machines for Freedom, and GRACEDBYGRIT. I laud these women whoContinue reading “Vespertine NYC Reflective Gear”

Cycling outdoors is year-round

Here in Chicago most cyclists head down into the basement for trainer rides. But that is not high on my list unless I need a specific workout. Instead I’ve learned how to dress for the elements enabling me to ride in almost any temperature. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love it when the mercuryContinue reading “Cycling outdoors is year-round”