If you’re planning on heading out to a Swift Campout this weekend and want to share your outing with the world, drop us a line as we’d love to host your photos and stories. All you gotta do is shoot enough photos for a Gallery (20-40) and write as much as you’d like. Shoot the photos (sized at 2000px wide) and words over to ReadersRides@theRadavist.com and we’ll be sure to share as many as we can. :-)
Molly Cameron is fundraising to offset the expenses of doing national advocacy work while launching a national organization for LGBTQ+ representation in the bicycling industry and sport and we’d like to share Molly’s efforts here at the Radavist. This organization needs funding immediately to continue doing this advocacy work and to launch the organization.
This initial round of fundraising will be applied directly to offsetting expenses already incurred:
– travel to interface in person with local individuals and regional orgs, business leaders, and communities to build relationships
– housing at events, summits, meetings and conferences
– on the ground travel expenses
– outreach to the business, sporting and advocacy communities
– work hours in meetings, connecting and interfacing with national and global businesses and organizations
– writing copy, editing, producing policy, mission statement, pledge/declaration and developing action items
– interfacing with advisors and our advisory board on consulting, advice and steering the organization
– compensating members of the LGBTQ+ community that are assisting the organization
– cost of the website hosting and email services
– media production and planning
– setting up business structure at state and federal level
– cost associated with setting up Non-Profit 501c3 status
Molly has been toiling behind the scenes doing LGBTQ+ advocacy within the bicycling industry and sport for the last 20 years and recognized that it is time the community has confidential, dignified representation within a national lobbying organization that works FOR our community on all aspects of cycling…
Let’s help Molly’s efforts reach the $20,000 goal. If you can, please donate at GoFundMe.
We’re Offering a Free 6-Month Trial Membership to Adventure Cycling Association
The Radavist and Adventure Cycling are teaming up to offer you a free 6-month trial membership to Adventure Cycling Association.
As a nonprofit organization, Adventure Cycling Association’s mission is to inspire, empower and connect people to travel by bicycle. As a passionate group of bicycle travelers, they believe that any adventure, no matter how small or large, can be a transformative experience.
Perks of membership with Adventure Cycling include:
-A subscription to Adventure Cyclist – the only magazine dedicated to bicycle travel
-Discounts on Adventure Cycling maps as well as deals on hotel stays, gear, and apparel
-Access to trip planning resources and more!
Head on over to Adventure Cycling to sign up!
Trails don’t just build and maintain themselves. It takes time, personnel, and money! The Oregon Timber Trail is in the middle of a fundraiser, where you can donate money and get some of their limited edition swag. Head on over to the Oregon Timber Trail to see more!
We’ve been sent this article by a number of readers in response to last year’s Wilderness piece we hosted (thanks, y’all!) and yes, this is a contentious subject but it’s well worth the read over at the Atlantic. Here’s a quick excerpt:
In 1851, members of a California state militia called the Mariposa Battalion became the first white men to lay eyes on Yosemite Valley. The group was largely made up of miners. They had been scouring the western slopes of the Sierra when they happened upon the granite valley that Native peoples had long referred to as “the place of a gaping mouth.” Lafayette Bunnell, a physician attached to the militia, found himself awestruck. “None but those who have visited this most wonderful valley, can even imagine the feelings with which I looked upon the view,” he later wrote. “A peculiar exalted sensation seemed to fill my whole being, and I found my eyes in tears.” Many of those who have followed in Bunnell’s footsteps over the past 170 years, walking alongside the Merced River or gazing upon the god-rock of El Capitan, have been similarly struck by the sense that they were in the presence of the divine.
Read the full piece at the Atlantic.
A welcome letter to the bike businesses putting down roots in the Land of Enchantment
Maybe you’re a frame builder fed up with congested lines of traffic to the area’s best singletrack. Maybe you own a cut-and-sew bike bag operation and are looking for access to phenomenal long-distance gravel routes through some of the country’s most vivid landscapes.
Whatever work and aspirations brought you to New Mexico, we’re glad you’re here. Welcome!
Here in New Mexico, you’re joining a growing cohort of companies that make up the backbone of the state’s fast-growing outdoor recreation economy. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham – through the incredible public-health, social justice, and climate change policy she has advanced since she took office in 2019 – has prioritized outdoor recreation efforts. The Governor views the outdoor industry sector as a key way for the state to diversify its economy away from reliance on fossil fuel extraction.
That’s why the Governor is investing in outdoor recreation businesses. The New Mexico Economic Development Department, led by Secretary Alicia J. Keyes, has many, many tools to support new and growing businesses, from infrastructure and job training grants to low-interest loans and help to navigate federal stimulus programs.
There are so many programs, in fact, that I won’t delve deep into all the acronyms or specifics here, other than to stress that there is financing (again, grants, loans, and more) available for a business like yours. I will also point you in the direction of two helpful resources to get you started: The Economic Development Department and the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division’s websites.
Finally, I’ll leave it at this: If you own an outdoor recreation business and you want to move it to New Mexico, please reach out. We have financing and other resources to support you and your vision.
Most importantly, please reach out. You can contact me with any questions at Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help welcome you to the Land of Enchantment.
Axie Navas is the director of New Mexico’s first Outdoor Recreation Division, which is committed to sustainably growing the outdoor recreation economy in the state.
Earlier this month, we hosted the eleven finalists and winners of the “Lael Rides Alaska” 2021 Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship.” A GoFundMe has been set up to help the finalists who didn’t win the scholarship, in an attempt to help them reach their goals this summer. Head on over to the GoFundMe to read all about it and donate if you can.
Please see Part 01 here: Top 11 finalist for the 2021 “Lael Rides Alaska” Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship: Part 01
and Part 02 here: Top 11 finalist for the 2021 “Lael Rides Alaska” Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship: Part 02
and part 03 here: Top 11 finalist for the 2021 “Lael Rides Alaska” Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship: Part 03
Design a 1,000-mile route in Alaska, tell me your plan, about yourself and what you need to make it happen. We’ll supply the bike, gear and a travel stipend and then you get to go do it this summer.
I am blown away by the honesty and ambition of this year’s applicants. They told true, sometimes hard, stories and hopes for the future. This has been a difficult year for everyone and I am deeply inspired by all who applied and shared openly about their experiences and their drive for adventure and challenge.
With the help of Cari Carmean, Natsuko Hirose, Kailey Kornhauser and Abigale Wilson, we narrowed the 126 applicants down to 11 finalists. I am beyond excited to announce that Dorothy O’Donnell and Olivia Juarez are the two recipients of the 2021 “Lael Rides Alaska” Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship…
“Why would anyone make custom derailleurs when modern electronic shifting works extremely well? It’s a bit like driving a car with manual transmission even though the latest automatics are very sophisticated. It’s about being involved in the operation of my bike, rather than just pushing a button. There’s a joy in feeling the gears engage perfectly because I – and not a computer – timed the shift perfectly.”
Head on over to the René Herse blog to read all about Jan’s PBP bike and for some tech insight into rear derailleurs!
Our friends at Oregon Timber Trail have a new initiative to raise money for a BIPOC/FTW/Q Scholarship Fund:
In an effort to include those often overlooked or excluded by the cycling and outdoor recreation communities, the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance is offering five $1,000 scholarships to support and encourage Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color as well as gender-expansive, trans, non-binary, women, and queer riders to make their adventure on the Oregon Timber Trail a reality.
This $1,000 scholarship can be used for anything you need to begin your adventure at the Grand Depart on July 10th: gear; travel expenses; food; rent; child care; whatever you need.
Along with the $1,000 scholarship, BikeFlights has generously donated five $300 shipping vouchers and BikeFlights Bike Boxes in case any scholarship recipients need to ship their bikes to/from the trail. We hope that you can join us and look forward to learning more about you with your application.
Learn more and apply here before the April 30th deadline.
Please donate to this fund here, we still need to raise $3,700 to make this a reality.
Last year, I rode bikes all over New Mexico with this guy, @baileygenenewbrey. To limit my contact with people I pretty much rode with the same small group all year and Bailey was in that group.
We often discussed how staying local has been a big change. With Covid shutting down all events, I had no reason to travel. To be safe, and as a new resident of New Mexico, I just kept it to a 100-mile radius of our home and began scouring the map for places to see/fish/ride.
One of the biggest takeaways for me is how a few close friends can make something as severe as an utterly shit pandemic more manageable. We both helped each other through some rough spots, spent nights under the stars, stoked each other out on rides, shot great photos, and most importantly, became really close friends.
It’s moments like this (still within the pandemic) that really make me value close friendship. Who helped you through 2020 and continues to in 2021?
The Valles Caldera is nestled in the Jemez Mountains and is a veritable riding paradise with a vast network of dirt roads, plenty of water, abundant fishing, and even hot springs. Part of what makes the Valles Caldera so great for cycling is the extremely limited vehicular access and it would be nice to have designated camping. These points and more can be made on the NPS website as they’re currently seeking public comment. Head on over and let them know what you’d like to see!
Bob Allen is a longlong adventurer, photographer, and storyteller. In recent years, he’s experimented with a new interactive 360º environmental mapping technology. We’re stoked to present his latest project, dubbed ‘Wild Ice’, so read on for Bob’s words and a 360º map by clicking through below.
Tick. Tick. Tick…
It turns out 60 seconds was a long time to ride no-handed – with my eyes shut. The rotation of my cranks was the only feedback that I had any forward motion. Arms outstretched, I just had to trust my balance and resist the temptation to visually confirm that eating shit wasn’t imminent. Relax. Breath. Just keep pedaling…
Things are moving a bit slow over here this morning after I spent the weekend in Arizona with the Silver Stallion team riding trails with kids and documenting a very busy Sunday in Fort Defiance at the Silver Stallion mobile bike shop pop-up in the Navajo Nation. Being present while this team worked all day in the sun and wind on its community’s bikes was a wonderful thing to witness, so expect some Reportage coming up next week. For now, I just wanted to say thank you to the entire Silver Stallion team for being such great hosts.
Outride’s growing presence in cycling has lead to its first-ever social media campaign dubbed #Outridetogether. Read all about this project below:
Outride is excited to announce the Outride Together Campaign. A national, year-long campaign calling on the cycling community at large to join them in generating more miles, more riders, better health, and stronger communities. This campaign is a call to action inviting industry partners, students, educators, ambassadors, and riders across the globe to demonstrate what we can #OutrideTogether.
You may have seen the Outride Together x Roka campaign recently, in an effort to gain momentum, information and gauge the interest of this campaign, Outride initially set a goal of 5 Million miles for 2021, in their first effort they and the cycling community had a collective mileage count of nearly 13 million miles.
Alongside new industry partners and the community, Outride’s goal with #OutrideTogether is to cultivate a passion for cycling and make the world a more inclusive and equitable place. Open to all riders, Outride invites athletes and novices, adults and youth, to ride with them. The easiest way to contribute is to join the Outride Strava club and log your miles.
Last year, the Cycling Industry Pledge was founded by the RAR. Its intent is to hold companies accountable to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cycling community with signees making a commitment to actions outlined in the pledge. We’re proud to be a part of this initiative and have signed up once again. If your shop, company, or media outlet wants to sign up, you can read all about it at RAR.
The RAR – Radical Adventure Riders – have launched their podcast with their first episode: “Radical Roots and Responsibilities”:
Listen to the stories behind RAR and RAHOK and meet your co-hosts Rio Oxas and Everett Ó Cillín. This episode highlights voices from past WTF BX summits and speakers as they share their experiences and insights in the light of our present moment.
Featuring interviews with Grace Anderson, Devin Cowens, Alex Villalba, Olivia Williams, Kai Conradi, and Molly Sugar.
Check out more at RAR and grab this episode wherever you listen to podcasts.
We’re pleased to introduce the Backcountry Bike Challenge by Ride With GPS and our friends Kurt and Kait. Check out the full press release below, particularly if you like a challenge and are looking to ride your bike off-the-beaten path…