Backlit Chaos: Tumalo Mountain

Backlit Chaos: Tumalo Mountain

Twenty-six degrees and sun rising in bright white claws that get longer as they come at us over the peak of the mountain. You forgot your goggles and so did I. You forgot your windproof outer layer and so did I. You forgot to bring the miniature thermos of tea and so did I. At [...]

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Last Call for InGamba Chianti Women’s Trip

Last Call for InGamba Chianti Women’s Trip

When I dream of 2012, I dream of Chianti. Never mind that long ride around France – I left my heart in the sweeping vineyards and charming restaurants and tiny streets of Tuscany. I count myself endlessly lucky to be able to go back and take a few food-bike-and-wine loving ladies with me. Lecchi will [...]

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This is Worth Your Time: Support the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team

This is Worth Your Time: Support the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team

Yes, you read that headline right. A women’s national cycling team is beginning to take shape in Afghanistan. We talk a lot about inviting more women to join the cycling party. About empowering women to pedal and explore and race and just go for it. In so many ways this project in Afghanistan symbolizes, in [...]

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MTB Ayiti Yashica T4 Images

MTB Ayiti Yashica T4 Images

I can’t wait to tell you more about MTB Ayiti. About the sweat and the blood and the laughter and the tears and the confusion and the cheers and the parties and the dancing. Paths so steep it seemed impossible. Hot nights with mosquitoes, cold nights without showers, many nights without power. An endless supply [...]

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Tommy Says it Best

Tommy Says it Best

I’ve been struggling to process MTB Ayiti. It was hard and amazing and uncomfortable and frustrating and wonderful. As is usually the case, someone else got it more right than I ever will. Tommy prefaced this Facebook post by noting that he was “not a writer”. After reading this, I beg to differ. Tommy Southerland [...]

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MTB Ayiti Stage One: Mosaics!

MTB Ayiti Stage One: Mosaics!

It’s hard to overstate how dynamic and ambitious the MTB Ayiti project is. It’s a bike race, sure, but the overall vision reaches far beyond competition or shredding gnarly trails. At the end of the day, founder Philip Kiracofe’s dream is to create an entire system of trails that spans the vast mountainous regions of [...]

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