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Roots Run Deep

After five years of service in the New Zealand Army, Robin Goomes was at a crossroads. She had to decide whether to continue her career as a heavy machinery operator or to make a massive bet on herself and pursue her dream of becoming a professional mountain biker. Robin had never competed outside of New Zealand, and it was rare for women to secure invites in a male-dominated sport. Despite these uncertainties and the ever-present risk of injury, she decided to roll the dice.

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Hannah Otto Sets New Kokopelli Trail FKT: Watch “Kokopelli Strong” Here

The Kokopelli trail runs 137 miles from Moab, UT to Loma, CO and the women’s time to beat is 13 hours and 7 minutes. For professional mountain bike racer Hannah Otto, failure is not a common occurrence. She’s constantly pushing the sport and finds herself toward the top of the podium during her race season on a regular basis.

Last year, Hannah had great success clocking the FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the ascent and descent of the Whole Enchilada trail. But this year, she had her sights set on a more challenging route. The Kokopelli trail is an unforgiving beast that most skilled riders would consider completely ludicrous to ride in one day.

Hannah’s hunt for the FKT drove her to extreme temperatures resulting in a frozen hydration pack, frostbitten fingers, hypothermia, and moments of failure—but that only added fuel to her internal fire.

After sleepless nights, early mornings scouting, and a failed attempt, Hannah Otto holds the fastest known time on the Kokopelli trail at 11 hours and 53 minutes.

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Hannah Builds Her Chumba Cycles Race Bike

Chumba Cycles sent over a rad video showcasing its Chumba Ultra Race Team athlete Hannah Simon as she builds her bike for the 2024 gravel and bikepacking racing season.

In late December of 2023, Hannah joined Chumba’s production staff as a production assistant. She quickly grew her framebuilding skillset. This year she fabricated her Sendero Titanium MTB and Terlingua Steel gravel bikes.

First, she took on the AMR (Atlas MTN Race) in Morocco with the Sendero, coming in 3rd place over the 1300km race. Next up was Midsouth (3rd SS), the East TX Showdown 400 (1st place), DOOM 400 (2nd), and the inaugural Rule of Three 200. Later this year Hannah will be traveling to Kyrgyzstan to race the 1938km Silk Road Mountain Race!

Special thanks to Chumba ambassador Kody Gibson for editing and producing this video!

Hi, Hannah!

Wild Rye Restocked “Ride Fast, Raise Hell” Planned Parenthood Benefit Tee

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Wild Rye Restocked “Ride Fast, Raise Hell” Planned Parenthood Benefit Tee

Wild Rye’s Planned Parenthood benefit tee is finally restocked after selling out after the April launch. The brand sold 350+ units of the RFRH shirt, raising just shy of $10,000 for Planned Parenthood.
In addition, Wild Rye hosted a Sun Valley, ID event with other local women-led fitness studios to offer Idaho residents a free workout with a suggested donation and raffle tickets. Another $2,900 was raised for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which initiates and funds the legal battles at the state level.
Pick up a Ride Fast, Raise Hell shirt at Wild Rye.

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Clara Brown for Wahoo’s Why I Roam Series

“I roam for the freedom and the ability to explore, experience new things, find joy in the little things, and the excitement for what lies ahead.” Three-time World Champion and Paralympian Clara Brown never thought it’d be possible to walk again after suffering a traumatic spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed from the neck down at the age of 12.

To Clara, living to the fullest with what she has motivates her the most.

Rapha’s ‘This is How We Ride’ Campaign

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Rapha’s ‘This is How We Ride’ Campaign

Rapha expands its range of women’s cycling apparel, designed by women riders for women riders, with brand new silhouettes encouraging greater self-expression and confidence on the bike. The collection includes Rapha’s first range of modest wear developed alongside London-based cycling collective Cycle Sisters, an award-winning charity which inspires and enables Muslim women to cycle.

See the story and collection at Rapha.

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Lael Wilcox for Wahoo’s Why I Roam Series

“I want to ride around the world. That’s why I roam.”

For ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox, roaming is about pushing her limits and empowering women and girls to do the same. This summer, Lael is setting her sights on breaking the Around the World Record in 110 days. She hopes to ride 18,000 miles through 22 countries and beat the current record by two weeks.

Get to know Lael in Wahoo‘s second episode of Why I ROAM – a short film series centered around five Wahooligans and what motivates them to get out and explore.

Katy Winton’s Dyslexia Journey

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Katy Winton’s Dyslexia Journey

In Episode 3 of Shimano‘s ‘Evolution Stories’, Andy meets Katy Winton. Katy’s been a presence within the top flight of enduro racing for a decade – but in this film, it’s not her awesome bike riding skills that are explored. Katy is neurodiverse. Watch to find out what dyslexia means to her.

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Grasshopper Adventure Series U19 Women’s Mentorship Program

The Low Gap Hopper, which kicks off the Grasshopper Adventure Series season, is a formidable 48-mile mixed surface route with over 6,000 feet of climbing. While many of the girls who participated in this year’s mentoring initiative are part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), races like Low Gap can seem intimidating due to the length, difficulty, and also the race culture. Riding with mentors gives girls on-the-ground support in real-time…

An Evening with Rocket Ramps’ New Flow Trail in the La Tierra Trails – Red Dog

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An Evening with Rocket Ramps’ New Flow Trail in the La Tierra Trails – Red Dog

May is Bike Month in the United States, and locales celebrate the beauty of the bicycle in various ways, from group rides, workshops, and advocacy meetings. In the Southwestern state of New Mexico, John contributed to the local scene in Santa Fe by shooting promotional photos of a new Rocket Ramps-built flow trail, called Red Dog, in the La Tierra trail network with a crew of ladies.

The trail officially opens tomorrow, so if you’re in Santa Fe, be sure to check it out. If you can’t make it, no worries—we’ve got a great gallery showcasing this short but sweet flow and skill-building trail.

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Shredly and Marley Blonsky Capsule Collection

Shredly, the trailblazer in women’s outdoor apparel brand renowned for its vibrant and performance-driven designs, is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest collaboration: the Shredly x Marley Blonsky Capsule Collection. In partnership with Marley Blonsky, esteemed cyclist and co-founder of All Bodies on Bikes, this limited edition collection brings together Marley’s and Shredly’s mission: celebrating diversity and empowering cyclists and athletes of all shapes and sizes. Available today at Shredly.com.

Lael Rides Around the World Podcast – Episode 01

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Lael Rides Around the World Podcast – Episode 01

This summer, ultra-endurance athlete Lael Wilcox will be riding around the world to try and break the women’s Guinness World Record (currently held by Jenny Graham at 124 days).

In order to accomplish this feat, Lael will have to ride a minimum of 18,000 miles (29,000km). As part of her documentation of this feat, she launched a podcast called Lael Rides Around the World Podcast and episode 01 is embedded below…