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Wildly Wonderful: 2020 Bike Camp

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Register TODAY!

Early Bird Discount: Save $75 if you register by February 14th, 2020. Use promotion code: RLAG-Early Bird Discount

Every year since 2016 women of various road biking abilities have attended our cycling camp and the feedback is unanimous: “I wish I had attended this sooner.” Recreational cyclists come to camp with a wide assortment of experience and backgrounds. Most have never had a cycling coach or attended a training camp. Some attend spin classes, some may participate in club rides, while others commute to work or bike solo.

Last year two campers had less than one year of cycling experience, a few had been biking for many years, and most were somewhere in between. In spite of the many differences, there was one thing these women had in common: They loved bike camp!

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We hope you will consider joining us this June 11-14, 2020, in the riverside town of Hood River, Oregon, and in the heart of the captivatingly beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

    • Click here to learn more and to register (note: you will be taken to our partner’s website, Bowen Sports Performance, to register).

Here are a few photos from our previous camp, Crater Lake 2019.

See you at camp!


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Bike Camp: What Does it Look Like?

Every year since 2016 we invite women of various road biking abilities to come together for a multi-day, biking training camp experience; put their life on pause, take a few days to focus on themselves and their bike, and learn in a friendly, supportive, professional environment where all you have to do is eat, learn, bike, sleep Continue reading


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Enter: Ride Like A Girl

April 5th, 2013, Ride Like A Girl came on the scene in Portland, Oregon. Forty women showed up for our first “Just Coffee” session confirming our hunch that women want to bike. With a passion for helping women get started, we launched with a mission to help women discover the joy of biking; offering coaching, training and social biking opportunities. With the support and help from our friends at Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup, our sponsor Western Bikeworks, and others, here we are five years later with 170 women, ever-expanding our cycling skills, discovering new horizons and continuing to reach out to newcomers. One way we are celebrating our birthday is with throwback photos to that first year. We hope you’ll follow along and celebrate with us.
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Bike Camp, Day Two: Descending, Baby!

Hoods versus Drops:

Coaches JoAnn, Cody and Bart demonstrate correct hand position for descending; the drops (lowest position on the handle bars). This gives you the most control, stability, best leverage for braking and all around safety.

It was a morning of descending, climbing, repeat …, and then one final Continue reading


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Bike Camp, Day One: Countless New Skills!

Today’s post is a compilation of the skills we learned on the first day of RLAG Road Biking Camp. We thought sharing them with you would be a great way to remember them ourselves. Note that we have included both photos and video (click to play those).

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Elite Athletes Share Struggles and Secrets (Podcast)

With the 2016 Olympic games about to commence, we anticipate the drama and sheer excitement of watching our nation’s athletes compete on the world stage. We will hear of new and returning competitors and how they found their beginnings via predictable and assorted paths. We will be granted fast-forward storylines of how rigorous training and wholehearted dedication yield world-class Olympic performers. Some of us will be inspired, and perhaps motivated,  by their single-mindedness, beautiful forms and their ambition to attain audacious goals. And some of us may simply relish in the pleasure of spectating from the sofa, informed by our unquestionable paradigms that athletic excellence is limited to only the gifted as we ask the friend beside us, “Please pass the guacamole.” [Skip to podcast]

As one who is journeying through mid-life and discovered only five years ago the joy of road biking, I wonder …  Continue reading


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Ditch the Toe Clips

My toe clips and straps are headed for the garbage can. I’ve used them on my mountain bike for years but yesterday I could not get out of them quickly enough and sustained a foot sprain on what should have been a painless fall.

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Toe clips with straps are an older style pedal system

I didn’t have enough momentum riding uphill through a rocky trail. When I stopped my wheel suddenly turned left and I began to fall right. I tried to slide my foot out of the straps but my foot was trapped. Down I went. Continue reading


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Idaho Day 1: Flats, Gravel, “Try to Keep Up!”

We are at it again. Bike tour number two – stateside this time. It’s my first vacation in the northwestern state of Idaho. We started in the rural southeastern town of Blackfoot, self proclaimed potato growing capital of the world. A wee bit of irony given I just returned from Ireland last month.

Our first mission: bike 60 miles north and then east to Ririe, an even smaller town (population sub 650). I thought I’d share the three challenges I faced Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike: Day 3 – High Nellies!

No boring stats today. You will find our new friends, Chris and John, along with their “High Nellies” and advice for bicyclists much more interesting. With their permission I am sharing photos and video from our visit at the Meiteal Cafe in Dunlavin, a village in County Wicklow with a library at its center.

Michael and I were in search of Continue reading


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Spring has its Price: Rain

Some days you don’t see it coming. Some days it looms ominous but yields only grayness. And some days it reigns over your best-laid plans. Rain: drizzly, shower-y, intermittently, steady or downright heavy; in any form – we love it and we hate it.  As a cyclist, I do my best to avoid it.

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

photograph by Rohith Gunawardena

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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