Author: Meaghan Hackinen

  • Tips for Writing Down Your Bike Adventures

    Tips for Writing Down Your Bike Adventures

    By Meaghan Hackinen You’ve been on the trail for days, maybe longer. Pedaling through rain, sleet, and unforgiving heat; inhaling the crisp, clear air of high mountain passes; and camping wherever you please. You’ve encountered wildlife, and proven yourself in battles of self-doubt and steep, gnarly terrain—congratulations!  You have a story to tell (possibly a…

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  • Book Release – Shifting Gears: Coast to Coast on the Trans Am Bike Race

    Book Release – Shifting Gears: Coast to Coast on the Trans Am Bike Race

    Meaghan Hackinen is a Kelowna-based writer and ultra-cyclist whose two-wheeled adventures have taken her from Haida Gwaii to Mexico’s high plateaus, across Canada and the United States, and from North Cape to Tarifa along some of Europe’s highest paved roads. Meaghan loves to compete and doesn’t shy away from pushing her limits. She is a…

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  • Surviving Pregnancy

    Surviving Pregnancy

    My pregnancy journey is not a story of an adventurous woman continuing to do the things she loves. Merely surviving the day-to-day has been the biggest physical challenge of my life. 

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  • Whoa Baby Part 2: My journey to be a competitive bikepacking mama

    Whoa Baby Part 2: My journey to be a competitive bikepacking mama

    It felt like it was about 90 degrees out. I was battling a headache and a touch of nausea as I pedaled the singletrack out of Cottonwood and began the 15-mile and 3,500-foot climb up Mingus Mountain. I veered off trail under the first shade-providing bush I spotted and pulled out my breast pumps. The…

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  • The Oregon Timber Trail: Past and Present

    The Oregon Timber Trail: Past and Present

    Over the years I have developed a reputation for “liking to be the first”; not to the finish line in a bikepacking race, an outcome such as that is unlikely with this body of mine, but to be the first to ride a new route. It’s not so much that I actually desire to be…

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  • Bonus time: My journey back from the edge

    Bonus time: My journey back from the edge

    After 82 hours of pedaling 302 miles through headwinds, epic Arizona sunshine, rain, and temperatures ranging from 20 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, I arrived back at the Flagstaff Bike Revolution shop. I was the last finisher, but half the field had dropped out. Race organizer, Dana Ernst, and one of my riding buddies who had…

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  • Faces Behind the Dots: Pinyons and Pines 2023

    Faces Behind the Dots: Pinyons and Pines 2023

    Starting this Thursday in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Pinyons and Pines has a strong field of women lining up for either 300+ or 500+ mile routes. This event is fast becoming one of the classic bikepacking races in the west. In fact, it’s become so popular that it filled up in a matter of hours when…

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  • PolarRoll Ultra – My First Winter Ultra

    PolarRoll Ultra – My First Winter Ultra

    Two years ago my husband Al and I watched the documentary Safety to Nome. If you’ve not seen it, it’s about the 350/1000-mile human-powered (by bike,  foot, or ski) race through the Alaskan wilderness in the dead of winter. By the way, it’s going on right now. As we’re watching, Al turns to me and…

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  • New Year, New Look

    New Year, New Look

    Welcome to the new year (plus a couple of weeks, but who’s counting?) After taking a bit of a break for the holiday season, we’re back at it and looking forward to a year filled with amazing stories, photography, and more. We’ve also got ourselves a new logo, which was designed by none other than…

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  • To Be an Athlete

    To Be an Athlete

    It’s dark outside and I laugh at myself as small balls of ice hit my face. Perhaps it’s just cold rain falling quickly from the clouds that circle above me, but either way, it is slightly painful. How many hours have I spent inside, on my trainer sweating profusely in a grand attempt to prepare…

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