Category: Inspiration

  • That Happened a Long Time Ago: Contemporary Indigenous Ceremony is Alive and Thriving

    That Happened a Long Time Ago: Contemporary Indigenous Ceremony is Alive and Thriving

    In 2018, in the throes of my undergraduate education, I read an article highlighting perspectives of Indigenous reflections on the 40th anniversary of the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA). I was dumbfounded. Even though I knew about the Federal Policies that unfolded in the 1970s, I’d barely quantified the years that had passed.…

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  • Whoa Baby!!  Mountain biking Throughout My Pregnancy

    Whoa Baby!!  Mountain biking Throughout My Pregnancy

    I went for a little backcountry ski with my partner in mid-January of 2022. It was awful. The conditions were sun-affected and variable, and I felt like trash. It was the slowest and sluggish-est I’d felt in a very long time. Maybe I was finally getting COVID? Later that day, my breasts started to hurt.…

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  • Washington Bikepacking Women Group

    Washington Bikepacking Women  Group

    Founded by a group of bike-loving women who saw a need in their community, the The Washington Bikepacking Women group strives to grow an inclusive, inspiring, and supportive women and gender-diverse bikepacking community in Washington state. With plans to continue conversations about bikepacking, share women’s stories, and organize group overnighters when the weather warms up, this group…

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  • Across Newfoundland by Bike

    Across Newfoundland by Bike

    “No, you’re not.” “Oh, fuck off.” These were the responses of two men at the pub the night before we set off on our traverse across Newfoundland on the T’Railway when we described our plans for the next twelve days. My partner and I had arrived in Channel Port-aux Basques only a few hours earlier…

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  • Just Eat Snacks and Drink Water and Ride a Bike – Katie Scott on the Arizona Trail 300

    Just Eat Snacks and Drink Water and Ride a Bike – Katie Scott on the Arizona Trail 300

    Katie Scott wrote up a beautiful piece on her Arizona Trail 300 experience. She’d decided that she wanted to race four days prior to the start, borrowed a pile of gear, did a massive study session of the route on the drive down to the border, and put together an impressive ride, getting to Picketpost…

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  • Alexandera Houchin’s AZT Video

    Alexandera Houchin’s AZT Video

    I gathered about an hour and a half of footage on my iPhone over the 12-day journey I had racing the 800 miles of the Arizona Trail Race this fall. I edited it down into a short video and I hope that you like it!

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  • A Brief History of Women in the Arizona Trail Race

    A Brief History of Women in the Arizona Trail Race

    Since Lynda Wallenfels became the first woman to finish the Arizona Trail 300 (she beat all the boys that year, too!), there have been many amazing women who’ve taken on both the 300- and 750/800-mile route. We take a dive into the history of the event, FKTs over the years, and some of the incredibly…

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  • Fixing Bikes – To Learn, It’s Best to Teach

    Fixing Bikes – To Learn, It’s Best to Teach

    When Eszter first got invited to teach a bikepacking field maintenance class, she balked at the idea. She’d spent her 30+ years of riding bikes being intimidated by working on them and avoiding it at all costs. But in the end, that’s why she agreed to teach. They say that to learn, it’s best to…

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  • Buttcrack Jenny: Bicycles as a Vehicle for Creativity

    Buttcrack Jenny: Bicycles as a Vehicle for Creativity

    Jenny Acker, aka “Buttcrack Jenny,” is a cyclist and artist who has found great joy in combining her love for bikes with her creative spirit to create “Stravafarts,” a term she coined to describe the GPS art she makes while riding her bicycle. You read that right, “Strava-farts,” and for those who know Jenny, that…

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  • Bike School – Heather Rose’s Experience as a Gender Diversity Scholarship Recipient at United Bicycle Institute

    Bike School – Heather Rose’s Experience as a Gender Diversity Scholarship Recipient at United Bicycle Institute

    Heather Rose has spent a decade bikepacking across continents and remote mountain ranges. The more remote the ride, the more she would start to doubt her ability to repair any mechanical issues that might arise. She decided to do something about that and now she is a professional bike mechanic (who humbly acknowledges that she…

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