Up a Hill, Down a Beer: The 2016 TransAlp Race

Maureen Gaffney International Womens Mountain Bike Day

When the gun went off on day one in Imst, Austria, a strange sense of relief came over me. I’d done everything I could in the previous eight months to prepare for this seven-day, 323-mile stage race through the European Alps, and now the thing was in the hands of fate and luck. Ever since …

The Carson City Off Road – An Epic Day

“Well surely there won’t be any wind at 7:30 in the morning….” I said to pro-racer Olivia Dillon as we chatted across tables at the Firken Fox in downtown Carson City. She was kind enough to preview the course for us in her lovely Irish brogue, after having just taken fourth in the women’s crit …

Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

The Shasta Lemurian Classic: XC Racing at its Finest

The Shasta Lemurian Classic mountain bike race occurs at the end of every April and is a harbinger of summer. Taking its name from a mythical, advanced race of small people-like beings said to dwell in a city hidden underneath nearby Mt. Shasta, they are supposed survivors from the sinking of their own continent of …

It’s a Man’s World

A really small great thing happened the other day. I had just purchased a new bike (Specialized Epic Expert, if you must know. Good for the metric f*%# ton of climbing I’ll be doing in the Trans Alp race), and while that in itself is pretty happy-making as you, dear reader, well know, the young man …

An Indecent Proposal (The TransAlp Race)

My boyfriend proposed. It was really sweet how he was all shy and nervous. Here’s how it went down. Him: {shuffles, clears throat, looks down} “Hey, so, um….we’ve been spending a lot of time together, and well, I guess I wanted to ask you something?” Me: “Oh yeah? What’s on your mind?” Him: {clears throat, …