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 …

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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, …

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Iron Horse – A Redemption Story

  Tim started bellowing at me before the car had come to a complete stop, before his feet actually hit the ground. “Hi Tigger. When are we gonna ride? I got my bike. Are we gonna ride? Where’s Rob?” Have you ever been on a family or other camping trip in a singletrack mecca with …

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The Appetite Seminar, Fairfax, CA – The Longest-Lived Mountain Bike Event EVER (Probably)

Since 1975, Marin and Bay Area residents have been preparing for the Thanksgiving Day feast by participating in the Appetite Seminar—a 20-mile mountain bike ride with 4,000 feet of climbing up and over the Pine Mountain Loop. While this year’s version was accompanied by crisp, clear, and cold (38 degrees to start—and yes I know …

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Currently Trending: The Night Ride

As the days grow shorter, aided substantially by our recent return to Standard Time, mid-week after work riders are forced to strap on lights if they are to survive. That the black of night will soon be arriving by 5:30pm here in Northern California is always kind of a bummer after the initial delight of …

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One Fast Mother: Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd lives only a quarter of a mile up Iron Springs Road in Fairfax, but it is steepish, and narrow, and I know well that on an unseasonably bright and warm Friday afternoon, mountain bikers are apt to come ripping down the hill around the corner at any moment. I’m usually one of them. …

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Biketoberfest Held in Fairfax, California

This year’s Biketoberfest—a celebration of bikes and beer in Fairfax, California—got under way with riders heading out onto Marin’s world-famous roads and trails under ominous skies. By the time they returned, the sun was making intermittent appearances and the small town had been transformed. Every year since 2002, this cycling hub, the birthplace of mountain biking, …

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