Posts tagged biking
Fundraising for Cancer & Challenging Herself - Lydia's Adventures by Bicycle

Lydia has completed many solo bicycling adventures, each more arduous and intense than the last. These “bike challenges,” as she calls them, are for her own benefit as well as others: Lydia raises money for charity to support those with cancer.  In this exclusive interview, we catch up with Lydia just before her biggest undertaking yet - a solo ride through the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route.

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Gaining More Than She Lost - Jean's Bicycle Journey to Weight Loss, Health, and Freedom

How did Jean overcome all odds to lose 200 pounds? “Yes, the ridicule and heckling was terrible,” admits Jean. “But I kept going, because all of the encouragement I received was so much greater.”

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6 Years Cycling Solo - Interview with Heike Pirngruber

What does six years of solo cycling do to a person? This interview with Heike, the “Pushbikegirl” of Instagram fame, provides a sneak peak into the (often) solitary life of a woman who’s out to explore the world by bicycle… and who’s greatest fear is becoming an unrelatable outcast.

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"Showing Women We Can” - Cynthia Ord’s Solo Bicycle Tour on the TransAmerican Trail

Of the women who travel by bicycle, the majority are coupled with male partners or with groups. Solo female riders are rare.

“I want to change that,” says Cynthia Ord on her decision to ride solo across America. “Muscle-powered travel is doable for women too. We just don’t see enough examples or hear that message very often.”

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Why Don't More Women Bicycle Tour?

The number of women who ride solo represent a fraction of total cyclists… and yet that’s exactly what makes the number so significant.

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Get to Know Your Hesitation: Overcoming Fear on Your First Bicycle Tour - Alissa

"A long trip might seem overwhelming… but could you just pedal your bike down a road for a while? Yes, yes you could. And then you could do it again, and again, and again..." - Alissa Bell, of ExploringWild.com


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Caught in the Crosswinds - When Your Bicycle Tour Goes Sideways

Sometimes it’s not a matter of proper riding technique: it’s a matter of life & death.

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"I Want to be My Own Hero" - Janine Scott

Janine has always been a cyclist. But her dream of pedaling across the United States, on a long-distance, self-supported bike tour, has eluded her. Something mental, emotional, or physical has always held her back. But now, at age 58, she says it’s now or never. “I want to be my own hero,” she writes, “and all I have to do is pedal. I know how to do that.”

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Waking Up Alive

Surviving a creepy night alone, fraught with strange noises and dark imaginings, makes for a euphoric morning. “I MADE IT,” I wrote on more than one occasion in my journal. “Survived another night!!!” Those three exclamation points only seem ridiculous if you’ve never spent 8 hours on your back, breathing shallowly through the shrinking space in your throat, every bit of your body tingling with terror.

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“You ABSOLUTELY Can” – Ashtyn

Ashtyn didn’t believe she was capable of biking across the country… but over three thousand miles later, she’d proved herself wrong. Here are Ashtyn’s tips, encouragement, and inspiration for anyone who dreams of traveling by bicycle.

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Freedom from Fear - How Cycling Reminds Susan, Every Day, That She is Powerful

In her early twenties, Susan Brewster found herself in a physically abusive relationship. It took years to free herself mentally from the fear of being hurt and used. After a long career of providing therapy and support to battered women, Susan’s found a powerful sense of herself in another activity: Bicycling. “I refuse to willingly give away my power to any other person ever again, the power over my freedom,” she writes. “My bicycles are my valued tools in that aim.”

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Doctor-in-Training - Interview with Kyleen

"Powerhouse" doesn't begin to describe Kyleen: She graduated from medical school last summer, and is now in residency training in Klamath Falls, Oregon. "It's a dream come true to be able to mountain bike straight from my house!" she writes, describing her fifteen minute commute to the clinic. During her time off, her partner Josh and dog Oliver join her on the trails. 

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Sharing Leads to Healing - Josie

My interview with Josie continues, as she describes the motivations for sharing her (very personal) stories in a public setting. "My hope is if anyone has ever felt the same way- they know they aren’t alone," writes Josie.

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Bike-commuter in London - Interview with Emma

I catch up with Emma, a college friend who's now a daily bike commuter in London. In this interview, Emma shares the joys of exploring Europe by bike with her husband, as well as the scary accident that left her with more than one torn tendon. (read time: 20 minutes)

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Launching Indiegogo Campaign!

I've been dreaming about designing clothing since I was a little girl.  But now, like never before, I'm going after that dream! My passions are intersecting perfectly: as a woman, a cyclist, an artist, an advocate, and a writer. By launching my new design business, I get to share all my favorite things with you! 

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