Can You See It?

Last month, I traveled to Northwest Arkansas to participate in the 2019 Epic Rides OZ Off-road. Prior to attending the race, I had heard reports of the famed “Ledges” trail as being both technical and scary to ride. With only limited technical riding experience, I was admittedly nervous. How was I supposed to compete in…

Showing Up

Last weekend, I drove 12 hours to Williston, Vermont to compete in the 2019 Julbo Eastern Grind Challenge, a marathon-distance MTB race that offered a Pro/Open category. Initially, I had planned to compete in the Cat 1 XCO race, a race more similar to everything else that I’ve done this season, but with the OZ…

Recap: Summer 2019 MTB Race Season

At the beginning of the season, writing a brief race recap after each race seemed like a brilliant idea. Now, two-thirds of the way through the year, I successfully summarized just one race weekend. Stellar blogging performance there. Haha. At any rate, I spent most of the summer traveling nearly every weekend to race somewhere…

Loving Neighbors & Racing Bikes

UPDATE 8/9/19: This update is much, much overdue. During the first two weeks of July, two different roofing projects were completed as a result of your generous donations! The first project was completed on Johnie’s roof by a group of students with Mission Serve who volunteered to help Neighborlink with several big projects. One of…

On Riding Bikes & Being Female

Over the last two years or so, more and more attention has been given to the gender inequality in the sport of cycling. Slowly, more and more events are offering equal payout to male and female competitors, and slowly, progress is being made to encourage girls and women to join the sport. While I greatly…

Dancing (or riding) in the Rain

For the last six weeks, I’ve been traveling every weekend: driving or flying across the country to race and ride bikes. While it has been incredibly fun, it is also exhausting. With a sinus infection taking its toll on my energy levels, I was not looking forward to this past weekend in Chattanooga nearly so…

Counting the Cost

Last weekend, I flew to Prescott, Arizona to start my first Pro/Open race of the season. At the end of last season, after celebrating victories in all of the local races, several people encouraged me to sign up for the Pro/Open categories for my final two races. I was burnt out and over-trained by that…

Find the Line. Hold the Line.

Find the line. Hold the line. Mountain biking requires the critical skill of scanning the trail ahead to identify the best possible path through oncoming obstacles. The faster one rides, the faster one must scan–and with the flashing lights, shifting shadows, and uneven terrain, identifying a clear line through the rocks and trees and roots…