Danielle Baker did a cool little interview with me back this summer, read it HERE!
Photos: Paris Gore
Ever wondered what I keep in my pack? Have a look. :)
1. Great NY Times piece on up and coming track star, Mary Cain. // NY Times
2. I love reading Tracey Hannah’s insight and perspective on World Cup racing. // Pinkbike
3. Becky Hammon is making history as the first assistant NBA coach! // Marie Claire
4. Lindsey Voreis is an outstanding and her clinics are filling up very quickly, if there is one in your area, SIGN UP! // Ladies Allride
5. Think you’ve got it bad? Well chances are Miranda Miller probably had it worse – but you would never know it from her positive outlook…and the fact that she was .12 off 1st at the first national of the year. Yeah Miranda! // Pinkbike
6. How would you talk to a friend? You wouldn’t talk to yourself that way – you can do it. // Machines for Freedom
7. This little girl, Macey Hensley, is hilarious, smart and motivated – just watch her give us a little lesson on US history! // Ellen
8. I want to do this!!! Go to Retallack with Katrina Strand! // Pinkbike
9. Emma Watson is so well spoken and inspiring – listen to this talk to the UN about gender inequality. // United Nations
I am always so excited for Sea Otter every year. It is the first major North American event of the year and in many ways a family reunion. So many people to see, share stories with, catch up on lost time.
I flew down to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago for the first annual Liv camp. Although Arizona and New Mexico are quite popular winter riding destinations, this was my first time venturing down here in the winter.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a playlist (or anything for that matter) so I thought I would share what I’ve been listening to. This one is pretty poppy, I am sucker for pop, and pretty much I can sing along to…as anyone who knows me can attest to. Plug your ears. :)
Full print article from our Orcas Island Trip is now online at Freehub Magazine.
Article I wrote for Decline Magazine about trying new things and breaking out of your comfort zone.
Article I wrote for MTB 4 Her about embracing winter.
‘Still Lost in Peru’ aired on NBC’s World of Adventure!
Last weekend I had the opportunity to co-host a women’s night at Burlington Bike Park which is a 40,000 sq. ft. park located in Burlington, WA. Continue reading
1. Stephanie in the Water: If you haven’t seen this film, check it out. Some cool insight into the surf world which I didn’t know much about. I absolutely loved the free surfing segments- the competitive bits were rad but watching Stephanie play on water outside of competition was stunning.
2. Darcy and Danielle take on Mongolia: Check out the this photo epic and story from these two.
3. Ladies Night: November 8th…be there.
4. Pretty Faces: I still haven’t seen this film yet but I have heard nothing but great things about this all girls shred flick. Find a showing near you.
5. Mo’ne Davis: Talk about breaking down barriers for girls in sport. I think this girl is the coolest. Not only did she play amongst the boys at the Little League World Series, she has thrown out multiple pitches at MLB games and has a pretty cool commercial (and short film) that has been playing throughout the World Series.
6. Malala Yousafzai: I cannot get over the poise, courage and tenacity of this young woman. At 17, she just became the youngest person to win a Noble Peace Prize.
7. Collegiate National Champs went down this weekend in Beech Mountain, looked like a good time all around. Congrats to Kate Courtney and Becky Gardener!!
8. I have been loving following Lindsey Vonn’s recovery from a blown knee. She is back on snow for the first time in 10 months and fired up. Can’t wait to watch her race again.
9. Smith Optics is celebrating women in action sports during the month of October. Learn how you can be a part of it!
November 8th. Be here! I hear there is quite a crew of girls/women signed up…and we want you too.
Coaches: Jill Kintner, Kat Sweet & Me. :)
Burlington Bike Park is a 40,000 sq. ft. indoor dirt park located in Burlington, WA.
A lil’ monday morning stoke for you. :) Check out our Deep Summer show if you haven’t already.
Holyyyyyy sheeet. The Whistler Bike Park opens tomorrow. So excited for hot laps and mega trains…been giddy all day like the day before Christmas. Whistler is where I fell in love with bikes and each year I just love it more and more. :)
If you are not headed to Whistler this weekend, do yourself a favor and head out to the Coast Gravity Park. I did a couple of runs in there yesterday and had my mind blown, so will you. The thing that really stood out to me about the park is how snappy and playful it is. You actually feel like you’ve got a turbo boost or something. The are little jumps, rollers, things to double everywhere without even trying…you just fly. The guys have put so much love into this place and it truly is a piece of art. Head over to www.coastgravitypark.ca to reserve your spot.
I wrote up a list of tips for a group of women that I coached in Taiwan a couple of weeks ago but I think that it would be helpful for many so I am reposting it on here. Feel free to share it with whoever you think might benefit. As always, I am here as a resource so ask questions…if I don’t have an answer I can probably point you in the right direction! :)
A few of my favorite tips…
1. Remember your riding foundation…if you have a solid body position, you are balanced and you are braking with control, the sky is the limit. Level pedals, athletic position (soft knees, soft elbows, head up, elbows out) and one finger braking.
2. When things get steep, dropping your heels can help you to maintain proper body position.
3. Keep those wheels spinning. If your wheels are spinning, you have traction. The best riders have the ability to go the slowest in the most difficult of circumstances. Practice on slopes or embankments near your home…try and go as slow as you can possibly go without locking the brakes. Alternatively, set up a cone/stick/rock and go at it with speed…when you reach the cone, start to brake. How quickly can you come to a stop without skidding? Make a game out of it.
4. Remember to be selective with your braking. Pick spots that are generally flatter and less bumpy to get your speed under control. You can brake in technical terrain and corners but it is very light braking…maintenance braking…you are braking very lightly to maintain your speed not making sudden changes in speed.
5. Rotate your hands outward on your handlebars…you can feel the small changes in your brakes much better when you are touching them at the correct contact point which is really, really important to braking properly. If your hands are sitting on your bars properly, it can also improve your body positioning.
6. Your bike will move up/down, side/side, forward/back as it rides over different terrain using your full range of motion. Your job as the driver is to keep yourself balanced and your center of mass balanced and centered over the bike. You want to keep equal weight/pressure between the front and back of your bike. If you are nervous and you shift your weight back because it feels more comfortable in a scary situation you can potentially loose traction on your front end which means you cannot steer and brake properly. Stay centered and balanced.
7. Look ahead…constantly scan between the furthest point you can see and what you are about to ride.
8. Look where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go.
9. Check your bolts before you ride…they come loose.
10. Ask questions…I am here as a resource!