Posts in the category Women’s

World Champion Mountain Biker Launches New MTB Skills Camp For Ladies

leighdonovan_1One of the most accomplished female racers in history, since “retiring” from racing, Leigh Donovan has transferred her knowledge and passion for cycling into a coaching career. Through clinics taught throughout the US, she has been encouraging women to ride by helping them improve their skill set.

Later this month, she will be hosting her first ever women’s only clinic at the famous Mammoth Mountain Resort. Over three days from July 23-26, attendees will be treated to yoga each morning, great riding, and instruction from one of the world’s very best riders.

The clinic has already attracted a number of ladies, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark, so head here to the Mammoth Resort website to reserve one of the few remaining spots. Pricing options begin at a reasonable $400 and top out at $1,000. If you’re in Southern California, Leigh also offers one-on-one instruction. You can find those details and more on her website – ichoosebikes.

Bike Face – The Biggest Health Scare Facing Women Cyclists of the 19th Century

Lady CyclistIn the late 19th century as cycling grew in popularity, doctors began warning users of the danger of a  fictitious disease known as “Bike Face.” The term was invented to discourage women from bicycling, because it gave them the freedom and mobility to travel from their homes. The invention  also encouraged the development of more practical clothing for women, all of which was extremely upsetting to traditionalists.

As a result, there was a big backlash, and many doctors claimed women could suffer permanent disfigurement from the exertion of cycling. To learn more about the health scare, head over to Vox.

Women Race Bikes Hoping to Give Women’s Professional Cycling a Better Voice

The site name says it all – Women Race Bikes. But they also don’t get a lot of coverage, sponsorship, prize money, etc. Women Race Bikes is hoping to change that. Founded by Sarai Snyder, WRB hopes to build on the success of Girl Bike Love and Cyclofemme, which Sarai has also used to help improve the state of women’s cycling. While GBL and CycloFemme focused more on the riding aspect, WRB will specifically cover the racing side of things. Whatever women are racing, WRB will cover it including road, TT, mountain, CX, track, even BMX racing. The team led by Sarai even plans to have a custom App built by the creators of Tour Tracker to make following women’s racing even easier.

Currently, WRB is in the fundraising stage with a Flexible Funding campaign through Indiegogo. Ending on July 29, WRB hopes to raise $80,000 to help get the site of the ground and create a one stop shop for everything women’s racing. Want to improve the state of women’s bike racing by way of supporting WRB? Head over to the Indiegogo page and make a contribution.

Juliana Follows Santa Cruz Footsteps, Launches Affordable Carbon, and New Colors for 2015

Katie_Furtado_photoSvenMartinLast week, Santa Cruz Bicycles took the unprecedented step of slashing prices on some of their carbon frames to nearly entry level aluminum levels. They were able to achieve this by getting creative with their carbon fiber layup and build spec. Now, sister brand Juliana has just announced they will be adding price point carbon to their line up as well.

For those wondering, the only difference between the two frames is weight. Visually, and in testing, the frames retain the same strength, stiffness, and ride quality, but will cost considerably less.

In addition to complete carbon builds starting at $3,399, Juliana Bikes has also launched a slew of new colors, and builds options.  READ MORE ->

Friday Roundp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

  • Looking for adventure? The Yak Attack (video above) is billed as the world’s highest mountain bike race – and now the organizers have added two more races to make up a World Challenge Series: the 2014 Rumble In The Jungle through Sri Lanka Nov. 17-23rd, the 2015 Alpac Attack through Patagonia and Argentina April 12-19th, and the 2015 Yak Attack through the Himalayas September 18-30th.
  • The Pasadena Mountain Bike Club is having a bike swap meet Sunday June 22nd from 7am – 1pm at Pasadena Cyclery. Vendors email here for a table ($10), or 10×10 ($40).
  • Après Vélo is having a Mega Stocktake Sale of 40% off storewide (some exclusions). Use code LOVEAV at checkout. Sale ends June 23rd 6am AEST.
  • In celebration of the release of its AVIP concept, promoting safety for road cyclists, POC is auctioning four one of a kind Cervélo road bikes (Cervélo P5 54cm, Cervélo P5 58cm, Cervélo RCA 54cm, Cervélo RCA 58cm) to raise money and awareness for Spinalis, an organization which promotes research and treatment in the field of spinal cord injuries. Auction runs until July 1st.
  • The Sugar Showdown Seattle will be held July 5-6 and will include a class for 6-9 year old girls in addition to a free “Pump & Jump Jam” on Sunday for the little ladies! Register now.
  • The Tour of Arae is a 6-day all-dirt vintage South African road bike stage race for riders of racing-style South African built steel frames. Open to 35 riders, who will be racing through the Karoo over river crossings, thick sand, tyre-shredding rocks, and potential snow over 6 days and 730 kilometers, August 23-28
  • Bicycle Line, an Italian cycling clothing company, has announced that it’s online store is now available in English so it’s UK customers will be able to order directly from their website.

Video: Manon vs Rachel – The Top Ladies Battle it out at Leogang

Manon Versus Rachel

Manon Versus RachelIn the seasonal long battle between the top two women in the world cup downhill series this year, the race at Leogang was a hotly contested battlefield.

Rachel absolutely destroyed the top of the course and put up a gap at the first split, but Manon was able to slowly reel the UK rider in on the physically demanding pedaling and technical sections towards the bottom of the course. 

Drop past the break to watch the remarkable side by side POV footage of their race runs.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • The Munga bills itself as the “toughest race on earth” which shouldn’t be taken lightly as its creator has raced in the Freedom Challenge (2300km across South Africa) and the Tour Divide (4418km along the Rockies from Canada to Mexico). He thought that races like these deserve more than a handshake at the end, that prize money should be given to the toughest athletes, the kind that complete these kinds of races not just 4 and 5 hour races. Enter the idea for the Munga: a 1000+km mountain bike race in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Teams of two compete for grand prize money of $750,000! All teams that make the 5 day cutoff are entered to win a random drawing of $100,000. Too good to be true? A bit, it costs $10,000 per team to enter.
  • The League of American Bicyclists has announced the winners of it’s Women Bike Mini Grant Program for 2014. The grants were created to support new and growing programs that engage young women in bicycling, encourage more moms to ride and advance female leadership in the bike movement.
  • Tell Orbea what you ride to overcome and be entered to win their second giveaway of a Team Novo Nordisk replica M50 complete bike.
  • There are less than three days left on the Indiegogo campaign for you to purchase your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe franchise. Your Semi-Early Bird price includes a three-wheeled bicycle cafe, signage, branded cups and napkins, Wheely’s manual, and a life-time right to use your Wheely’s Bicycle Cafe in a designated geographical area with no franchise fees.
  • The Air Force Association Cycling Classic will be held this weekend, June 7-8, in Clarendon and Crystal City, VA. Online registration is closed, but spots will be available for purchase at packet pick-up. Kids’ races will be held both days, check the website for more info.
  • Nat Cobb, a board member of WildEarth Guardians, is riding the 2014 Tour Divide on June 13th. He is using his ride to raise money to protect and restore the wild wolf population of the Western US.
  • Ellsworth & Cog Wild’s 2014 Owner’s Retreat will be in Bend, Oregon, the weekend of July 25-27th.
  • Tern bicycles and Car2Go have partnered to offer special promotions to their customers in Rome, Milan and Florence.
  • Revolights‘ blog has posted a list of What To Do After A Cycling Collision.
  • If you haven’t seen this data yet, it’s exciting – the first major academic study of protected bike lane use in the US has been published. People For Bikes‘ website has a link to the whole study and has written a Cliff’s Notes version of the results worth reading.

Bikie Girl Bloomers, Fun Styles for Women Commuters

Bikie Girl Bloomers

Developed by a self described “mild-mannered patent attorney,” the Bikie Girl Bloomers are a line of clothes designed for commuters, that are comfortable enough to be worn all day.

Head past the break to see the whimsical creations

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The New Juliana Roubion, A Womens Mountain Bike with Every Option Checked

Roubion Launch France After a month of teasing and over a year of anticipation, Juliana Bikes has finally launched their newest model, the Roubion.

Named after  a picturesque mountain town in France, this bike has “all the brawn of a Bronson in the spirit of a Juliana,” which is to say it’s a Bronson with a great new paintjob and a few lady specific components. READ MORE ->