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Becoming Ruby

The latest from Patagonia is not to be missed!

A film about inclusion, identity, and hand-drawn heroes. If you can’t find a hero, create your own; for mountain biker, skier and artist Brooklyn Bell, that hand-drawn hero was a comic character named Ruby J. Using Ruby as a role model, Brooklyn set out to “live like her, breathe like her, be unapologetically black like her,” finding her own identity in a mix of dirt, snow, art and inclusion.

The W Talks on Instagram Live Today!

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The W Talks on Instagram Live Today!

One thing the pandemic has brought about is creativity! People are using their technology to work through the shelter in place rules and one project we’re stoked to share is the W Talks, a project by Sami Sauri and Sarah Sturmy. Join both of these ladies on Instagram Live today at 1pm MDT / 9pm CEST for fun talks about within and for the community of women cyclists. Tune in at their IG accounts!

Pandemic Praxis: Delivering PPE in NYC by Bicycle

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Pandemic Praxis: Delivering PPE in NYC by Bicycle

My mom has a habit of pulling over and sitting in silence every time an ambulance drives by with its sirens on. She would say a short prayer and only start moving once she felt done. It’s one of the starkest memories I have, her hushing us in the backseat of her ‘88 Honda Accord, trying to instill a modicum of reverence into our young, dumb hearts. I often forget about this but it’s been making its way into almost every dream, every night, for the last 6 weeks.

The Last Issue of Broken and Coastal is Now Available: Featuring All WTF Contributors

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The Last Issue of Broken and Coastal is Now Available: Featuring All WTF Contributors

Our friends at Broken & Coastal announced the final issue of their wonderful print magazine. Here’s the info, straight from the source!

It’s easy to look at cycling and the outdoors as a place that brings people together, regardless of religion, skin color, sexuality, gender identity, or economic status—but this is not always the case. Even in 2020, there is still a huge fight for equality and representation in this industry, and there’s an equally huge need for allies in this fight.

Volume 05 of Broken & Coastal is dedicated to the badass women, trans, and non-binary folks that are leading the way in creating change in the cycling industry. Professional mountain biker, Veronique Sandler brings her dreams to life in the film Vision; photographer Tasha Lindemann reflects on Women’s Weekend at the legendary Catty/Posh trails; elite cyclist Ivy Audrain finds new meaning on the bicycle; and so much more.

Inspired to do our part in making the world a better place, we’re also swearing in a new role for the magazine as a tool to inspire creativity and give back to charity, starting with this issue. Proceeds from Volume 05 will be donated to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQ and queer-questioning youth nationwide.

We’re working on becoming a nonprofit as part our purpose-driven shift, so this process will definitely evolve, but for now we’re keeping it super simple and super transparent.

Here’s how it works: We’re offering the magazine on a sliding scale starting at $20. It cost us approximately $10 per issue to produce and print Volume 05, so if you pay $20, $10 will go to charity, and so on. The more money you contribute, the more money we can donate.

We are starting at $20 due to the global pandemic, but we know that some have been especially impacted, and we want to help. If you’ve been affected by COVID-19 and you want a print, message us for a discount code and we’ll ship you a copy for half the price. As always, you can find digital versions of all five issues of Broken & Coastal on our website.

Ally Mabry and Adventure Cycling AMA this Friday!

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Ally Mabry and Adventure Cycling AMA this Friday!

Join Ally Mabry, bikepacker extraordinaire, for an AMA on Adventure Cycling’s Instagram Stories.

All you’ve gotta do to join in on the fun is send a DM to Adventure Cycling with your questions to their Instagram, then join Ally Friday, April 10, 1 pm Mountain time.

About Ally:
Since 2014, Ally has slowly worked her way through the many disciplines cycling has to offer: commuter, social cruiser, weekend roadie, road racer, bikepacker, mountain biker, cyclocross racer, ultra-endurance gravel racer, community organizer, print media professional, and beyond.

Some of her favorite bike experiences have included riding the Baja Divide as part of the 2017 grand depart; riding the Oregon Outback twice on two different bikes; riding and then racing the first Arkansas High Country Race (and winning!); leading weekly “Intro to Bikecamping” overnights in Austin; co-founding Pedal Missoula, a “bike fun” advocacy org; racing Dirty Kanza 200; and joining her sister, a first-timer, on Adventure Cycling’s Puerto Rico tour in December.

“Bikes became many things for me: an athletic outlet, a form of meditation, a way to combat heartbreak, my primary mode of transportation, an opportunity to see the world, and entry into a multi-dimensional community.”

Take happy hour early, head on over to Instagram Friday afternoon, and ask Ally all your questions about routes, gear, community organizing, racing silly long distances, and more.

Anchorage GRIT: Girls Riding Into Tomorrow

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Anchorage GRIT: Girls Riding Into Tomorrow

Traveling by bike is inspiring and stimulating. From the saddle, you have time to think and dream. It’s dynamic. Pushing the pedals pumps blood. You breathe more air. you are enveloped in nature. There is so much to experience and interpret. If you’re riding with friends, you share ideas and maybe you build dreams together– layers of big ideas, feelings, details, reality, time, reflection and how you can really pull it all off. A great idea is very different from execution. You don’t have to be the best or the most organized to do something good. And you don’t have to know every possible outcome from the start. Adventure is stepping into the unknown. It’s scary and exciting and always requires more work than you really want to put in, but you follow through anyway because you have guts and you care.

In the spring of 2017, while riding the Baja Divide, Cait Rodriguez and I hatched the idea for Anchorage GRIT.

Shred Girls Debuts Book 2: Ali’s Rocky Ride with a Pre-Order

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Shred Girls Debuts Book 2: Ali’s Rocky Ride with a Pre-Order

Writer Molly Hurford is pleased to announce the second book in her Shred Girls series titled “Ali’s Rocky Ride”, illustrated by Violet Lemay. Here’s a synopsis of this second book in the series:

“In the follow-up to LINDSAY’S JOYRIDE, the Shred Girls reunite at Ali’s home for a mountain-biking training trip that builds up to an elite competition! Even though Ali grew up on the mountain biking with her professional-biker older brothers, she’s anxious. Her brothers always make her feel like she’s not talented enough. Could they be right? She’ll just have to find out.”

If you, or a friend, or a daughter is looking for some riding inspiration, check out this series! You can now pre-order Ali’s Rocky Ride at the Outdoor Edit.

Her Knight in Shining Armor: Brenda’s Otso Warakin Stainless

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Her Knight in Shining Armor: Brenda’s Otso Warakin Stainless

Returning to Minneapolis from my solo bike trip in Scotland, the last thing on my mind was riding bikes. Turns out pushing your fat bike through rivers, bogs and pouring rain for three weeks makes you want to never look at a bike again. I needed a break and I had planned on recovering by a lake for the rest of the summer. That is until I received an email that my new gravel adventure bike was ready in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

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Kitsbow’s All-Mountain Jersey for Women

Kitsbow has developed a comfortable, all-day, all-mountain jersey specifically for women. These jerseys combine style and comfort with technical fabric, tailored design, and functional details. With its henley-inspired design, the All-Mountain jersey looks great on and off the bike. These are made in Canada and come in four colors. See more at Kitsbow.

Features:
-A blend 48% Nylon, 46% Merino Wool, and 6% Spandex
-Merino Wool sits next to skin for a comfortable feel, temperature regulation, and wick
-Just the right amount of stretch for comfort and the ability to move with the body on the bike
-2 cycling pockets set on the back of the jersey
-Side secure zipper stow-away pocket
-Microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning attached inside the bottom hem of the garment
-Gripper waistband at sides and back hem
-Tech-snap front closure
-3/4 length sleeve with loop tab closure (unbutton to roll-up sleeves)
-Easily accessible microfiber cloth for sunglass cleaning
-Conveniently placed side secure zipper stow-away pocket for electronics and personal items

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The Rusch Mindset

From Laos to Idaho, ultra-endurance athlete and complete bad-ass rider Rebecca Rusch opens up about giving back to the sport that has given her so much.

The State of Gravel Racing and the WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program

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The State of Gravel Racing and the WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program

The idea for a WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Program sprouted in 2019 as I spun back into the gravel race scene. I saw the same deficit in diversity that bike-touring had (and still has) when five friends and I decided to organize the first WTF Bikexplorers Summit in 2018. Despite gravel racing as a rapidly growing sport within cycling, it is still very grassroots. It is not controlled by the UCI – yet – or any other sanctioning bodies and therefore it has the opportunity to mold and change to be the way we want it to be.

Madness and Mud: Ruta Del Jefe 2020

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Madness and Mud: Ruta Del Jefe 2020

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

The world offers itself to your imagination,

Calls to you like the wild geese jaguar, harsh and exciting 

Over and over announcing your place

In the family of things.

-(modified) Mary Oliver “Wild Geese”

The weather matched the event in challenging the assumptions of what a desert landscape or a gravel race should be for most of the riders of the Ruta Del Jefe this year  which was hosted at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch in Elgin, AZ. The imagination of a desert as a dry and sunny landscape dotted with saguaros, prickly pears, and cholla was expanded for those who held that thinking. Home to the Madrean Sky Islands ecoregion that includes the Santa Ritas, Whetstone, and many other mountain ranges, this area is a treasure trove for those who eat gravel for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sky Islands refers to the unique interplay between the low lying desert grasslands and the dramatic wooded mountains that become islands in the sky for their residents. Natt Dodge introduced this concept as “mountain island in a desert sea” back in 1948 which was then cemented by Weldon Heald’s book Sky Island in 1967. In the lowlands, this area is home to  many unique varieties of grasses who abundantly glow their sunshine and straw colors to her visitors.

Swift Industries releases its 2020 Collection with the transformed Zeitgeist on center-stage.

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Swift Industries releases its 2020 Collection with the transformed Zeitgeist on center-stage.

We at the Radavist are very excited to have our hands on two of these redesigned bags so stay tuned for a full-fledged review in the coming months!

Swift Industries® unveils its 2020 product-line with the Zeitgeist Saddle and Handlebar Bag in the limelight. The improvements to the Zeitgeist mark an inspiring step for the cult brand’s design trajectory as the female-led team went full steam ahead to elevate Swift Industries’ top-selling bag from an already notorious saddle bag to moonlight as an equally hailed handlebar bag.