Tracey Hannah wins her first World Cup after a four year hiatus from racing, Junior World Champion Manon Carpenter gets her first elite World Cup podium…and a 2nd at that! Greg Minnaar wins in front of a home town crowd, Gwin 2nd. 16 year old Richie Rude gets 31st at his first World Cup…so proud. :)
I love riding with friends because we push each other and talk smack along the way but…I also love riding solo too. The only thing about riding solo is I sometimes find it hard to push myself as hard…it is easy to back off when there is no one to chase or get wild with. Stava has given it some new life. You can ride hard on your own, go home, plug in and see where you stand…hopefully knocking some of your friends off the top. :) Basically Strava takes your ride and breaks it into segments (which everyone has made and you can make too) and you get ranked on those segments. You don’t have to do anything…I literally put it in my pocket, ride, come home and plug it in and all my segments have times and rankings. People are always pushing each other to go faster so once you set a fast time, it is never safe…gotta keep on it because someone will go faster. And then you have to figure out where you lost time…and where you can make up time. So fun. Give it some time…I think you will get addicted too…. :)
Starting this Thursday, Strava and Specialized have teamed up for A Classic Climbing Challenge by Specialized. This is pretty gnarly to be honest, but well worth the challenge. Basically you have to do 105,312 feet of climbing between March 15th and April 30th…you are going to be hurting. I am going to give the challenge a go but realistically with my upcoming racing and traveling it may not (is not) be so wise, we shall see. I think you should do it…
There are a few ways you can get on the Strava program..a) download the iPhone app or b) get a Garmin. I like the Garmin option because the readings are more accurate, particularly on trails (probably ok if you are riding road). Once you get the app or a Garmin it is super simple…you just ride and plug…and talk smack too.
Oh and just so you know…I am not sponsored by Strava, I just love it.
There are always a million things going on at any given time so in order to streamline things, I have decided to do a regular feature which keeps you in the know. Every Monday you will be able to see where I am and what I am up to for the week, a few things I think are newsworthy, events I am not attending but I think you should know about, stuff you ought to mark on your calenders…and a little tune to get your Monday rolling!
If you have something you would like me to share, tell me, I want to hear from you!
Attending the Right to Play auction and film screening of ESPN’s Right to Play at the Vogue Theatre in San Francisco. I also have an auction item up so come bid for a good cause.
RedBull is streaming all World Cups Live AND Rob Warner is commentating = YESSSS. Gwin(ing) won a national round in South Africa this past weekend on the World Cup track with quite a few of the World Cup boys in attendence. Tracey Hannah won it for the ladies…can’t wait to watch her kill it this year! Matt Scoles and Sarah Atkins won the Oceania Championships in NZ I got named to the US team today for Pan American Championships!
Wow, I love this place. The people, the beauty, the kindness…LOVE. This was my second trip to Jamaica for the Fat Tyre Festival and it certainly won’t be my last. There is something about Jamaica that is intoxicating- yes, we did drink a lot of rum but thats not what I mean. It just has this crazy energy, a youthfullness, it’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s loud, there are a million smells…it makes me happy. All of the things I hate about it make me love it even more…
I honestly don’t know what else I can say about it other than the trails are epic, if I wasn’t riding every day I would 10lbs. heavier with all the delicious food I ate, I met so many great people, my face hurts from smiling for a week straight…
I think I am going to let the pictures do the talking on this one. I do want to give a giant shout out to Jonathan and Andy for organizing a killer trip, Martin and Norvall, Sanchez and ‘Fifty’ and the boys, the Blue Mountain crew, everyone on the trip…THANK YOU.
Got questions about Jamaica? Want to see more photos? Head on over to my Facebook page.
One more thing…I have a kinda big Jamaica related announcement coming soon…it’s pretty cool. :) Don’t go far.
So on a recent flight to DC, I sat next to a slightly intoxicated guy named Bob who chatted my ear off but kept me laughing much of the flight. He was traveling with a bunch of co-workers (who were also very aware that it was Friday!) who had just spent the week in SF on a business trip and who had all just listened to Timmy O’neil (Patagonia athlete) speak. These guys were totally fired up about everything, including my trip to Jamaica. Anyway, over the course of the flight I got a dissertation about corporate giving and Bob proceeded to give me a $100 bill and told me to pay it forward…(AWESOME!)
I carried around this $100 bill for awhile, waiting for the right person and the right moment…
I chose to pay the $100 forward to a guy named Grant. Grant is a farmer in Jamaica who (along with Andy of the Fat Tyre Festival) has created a seriously awesome downhill track. Grant doesn’t ride bikes, I don’t think he ever has but he uses the trail day in and day out as a walking trail and keeps it awesome for us bikers.
One of my favorite days of my trip was riding his trail down (20+ min) down to a black sand beach where he and his family and friends prepared the best meal in Jamaica. The special thing about this spot is that it is at a remote black sand beach….no buildings, the only way to get there is by boat, biking, hiking or donkey. Grant treated us like family in every sense of the word and for that, I am so thankful.
It’s been a couple months since Duncan left us but this just got posted up this morning and while it makes me really sad, it makes me so, so happy. Duncan was so full of life and adventure and this slideshow should serve as a little inspiration to live the life you have always imagined…
Stop thinking about all the cool things you want to do. DO THEM.
Hey all you ladies out there. March 18th is Women’s Ride Day and I will be hosting a women’s ride in Santa Cruz in conjunction with Specialized and Scotts Valley Cycle Sport. This ride is for women of all levels and experience…we just want to get a group of great ladies together and rip it up. :) Please share this with all of your friends. If you would like to sign up or you have any questions, please send me an email (click on link to your right) with ‘March 18th’ in the subject line. If you don’t have a bike or you would like to demo a Specialized Safire, I have 4 up for grabs (S, M, L)…this is the bike I ride and I am in love with it. See ya out there.
So I’ve got another cool event for you all…this time it’s for the whole family. On MARCH 14TH I will be attending the San Francisco premiere of ESPN’s Right to Play. Right to Play is an incredible organization that uses sport & play to better the lives of children around the world. Sport & play have changed my life for the better in an infinite number of ways…let’s pay it forward!
I have a put together a great package- Specialized Myka HT, gear, kit, and a day of coaching- that will be auctioned off during the night to raise money for a great cause. I am sure that there will be a lot of other great packages too. You will even get to listen to one of my childhood heroes, Summer Sanders speak…(I used to have pictures of her and Janet Evans on my wall with gold medals= awesome).
Mark those calenders…MARCH 14TH at The Vogue Theater in San Francisco.
Here are some photos I never posted from the IMG NYC Marathon on behalf of Right to Play back in November!
I wrote about it after I raced but never posted anything…here is a little piece of it…
One of the most incredible days of my life! I was just running in awe the whole day. We started at the south end of the Staten Island bridge, ran through all 5 boroughs, finally ending in Central Park on Manhattan. EPIC.
I have said it before but NYC has really become one of my favorite cities in the world…I think that the Marathon bumped it up a notch. :) I think the thing that got me was the overwhelming kindness of complete strangers. Here we are in a massive city, no one really knows each other and people are just so nice. I didn’t get why people put their names on their jerseys when we were starting out…I thought that it was a bit weird but as the race got underway I figured it out. Complete strangers spectating the marathon call people by name and say the nicest things to them…”your looking great mary”. It might sound strange reading it here but I was so inspired by it on the run…