More Women’s Cycling at “Pretty Damned Fast”

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Ran across another beautiful and thoughtful cycling blog featuring content for women. Pretty Damned Fast strives to be about “Women’s cycling in all of its forms, especially when it’s done with style.” Blogger Tayler and Anna Maria come from backgrounds in photography and fashion, and that design ethic comes across beautifully in not only the visual layout of their blog, but also the stories they include. Well worth adding to your daily feed readers.

Find the blog at http://www.prettydamnedfast.com/.

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From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Morning Links: Busting on Beverly Hills and its San Diego soulmates, and a Chitown writer busts on bikes

Just too much to catch up on after yesterday’s breaking news. So hold on to your handlebars, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. ……… Looks like everyone is condemning Beverly Hills for their shortsighted, misguided and wrong-headed refusal to put bike lanes on the …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Seattle to Portland: The world’s best group ride

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As someone that has ridden group rides in a grand total of 2 different states, I feel uniquely positioned to have an opinion on the best group rides of the entire planet. It is from this perspective of decades of experience and miles of riding that I can say with absolute authority: The Seattle to Portland ride from Cascade Bicycle Club is the absolute best group ride, anywhere, ever.

OK. So all hyperbole aside, this really is an incredibly well run and enjoyable ride. Every year they offer up tickets for 10,000 participants – and every year they sell out. Participants can opt to do the approximately 210 mile course in either one or two days – both of which are fully supported.


Lunch break at Lewis-McChord base (Thanks for the photo Johnny!)

This year saw a change in route from previous years, diverting riders through military property of the Lewis-McChord joint base. Here, two day riders enjoyed the sandwiches and wraps of the first day’s lunch stop under the shade of Military aircraft wings and other …read more

From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Back in the saddle

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Took a bit of a vacation. Avoided following the Tour de France (for no specific reason) and headed up north to Washington and Oregon for some great camping, and to ride in the Seattle to Portland ride. Vacation was great, but now back to your regularly scheduled blogging….

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From:: JustAnotherCyclist

Breaking news: 36 year old bike rider killed in Newport Coast

Sadly, another bike rider has died days after she was injured, in a case that hasn’t made the news. According to the Orange County Coroner’s office, 36-year old Monterey Park resident Yeny Vergara was injured when she came off her bike around midnight last Wednesday, …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Anaheim Hills bike rider died from solo fall last year; his family makes moving video calling for helmet use

Too often, when a bike rider is seriously injured, it never makes the news. Especially if there’s not a car involved. Even if it does, there’s seldom any word on what happens after that; no one other than family and friends usually know if the …read more

From:: BikingInLA

#nopodiumgirls

Words by Zoë Leverant, Intro by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart

This past Sunday thousands of women joined forces to ride in solidarity for the Rapha Women’s 100, many of us followed that watching La Course with equal enthusiasm (and burritos!) Unfortunately, the most powerful images of women and the sport of cycling from this past weekend are going to be of Chris Froome and podium girls. Here at PDF we felt the need to address this issue. While we strive to take a positive tone in everything we publish, we just can’t see a reason for there to be podium girls in 2015. There are so many women athletes who have actually earned their place on the podium, yet media outlets broadcast images of objectified beauty queens instead. We turned to our friend, freelance writer, and cyclist Zoë Leverant to summarize the disparities in racing today and the objectification inherent in the continued use of podium girls. Our sport can be better than this.


Another summer, another Tour de France. Another Tour de France, another conspicuous absence of substantial women’s race coverage. And, despite this being 2015, another batch of podium girls planting kisses on the cheeks of men in yellow jerseys. Another …read more

From:: Pretty Damned Fast

Morning Links: Graphic testimony in the case of a fallen PCH cyclist; riding the Reseda protected bike lanes

It’s been just over a year since John Greg Colvin was killed when his bike was rear-ended while riding on PCH in Laguna Beach. Last week, a preliminary hearing was held for the driver, Dylan Rand-Luby, on charges of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run …read more

From:: BikingInLA

Rider Profile: Mandy Harper

Photography by Derek Yarra


How did you get into cycling?

In 2005, I moved to San Francisco for school. I’m constantly moving, doing, thinking etc. all around, I’m quite restless. I was inspired by so many cyclists in SF, it only felt like a natural fit to get a bike. Growing up I was very embarrassed of my body. More specifically how large my thighs are, for my petite body. All the girls around me were tall, with long skinny legs. I’m the exact opposite. I always thought of my body and thighs with such shame, not EVER wearing shorts in the insane 120 degree weather of Arizona. Commuting in SF totally changed that, and soon I decided to build up my very own custom bike. It was a Bareknuckle that I had custom powdercoated deep orange. I loved that bike so much. I picked out every damn thing on it. And that bike not only taught me how to be comfortable on a bike, I learned why my thighs look they way they do, because they are strong! Not, because they are gross or ugly. It was a very liberating feeling. And I can now say with confidence that I’m very …read more

From:: Pretty Damned Fast

Morning Links: Good news on Mt. Hollywood Dr; Calabasas driver busted for DUI after injuring two cyclists

Good news regarding Mt. Hollywood Drive at the Griffith Park Advisory Board meeting Thursday night, as reader dangerd explains. The board motion was passed for currently closed roads to remain closed to private cars as per the vision plan for Griffith Park. Also Superintendent of …read more

From:: BikingInLA