Ride Like A Girl Cycling

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Ireland by Bike: Arrived!

Being greeted at the gate by Geri (my aunt) made for a swift exit from the Dublin airport: bikes and husband packed under and into the bus; niece and auntie tucked into the not-sizable-for-bikes-plus-husband Toyota.

The ninety-minute northbbound drive to Belfast afforded us a wonderful window of one-on-one; a rare and precious gift that I have learned not to take for granted. While “craic” is the usual Continue reading


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Ireland by Bike – Wanna Come?

Yes, it’s true, I am Ireland bound! As I write, Delta Airlines is bumping me through the air and I have long forgotten the 3:00 AM alarm clock that truncated my much-cherished shut-eye. First stop: New York and then Dublin. Two more segments; bus and then train will deliver us (hubby and me) to the Giant’s Causeway on the Northern Ireland Continue reading


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Celebrating Firsts & Personal Bests

Last Saturday thirty-nine cyclists of the Ride Like A Girl Team gathered at each of the four starting lines: Portland, Newberg, Amity and Grand Rhonde, with a singular purpose: Reach the Beach! A long road with months of preparation and training: biking in spite of rain, learning to climb hills, facing ever-increasing and more challenging distances, monitoring food intake, gathering sponsors and managing a good dose Continue reading


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Dig Deep, Girlfriend

I was the ride leader today. Yeah, right. I found myself behind the pack (of nine) with no one in sight. Accepting my new position I asked Siri to play my 70s playlist and determined to enjoy the scenery, climbing at my own pace. That was mile ~25.

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Leading from the back. That is my specialty.

Fast forward to mile ~82 and Continue reading


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Cycling Builds Confidence, Restores Spirit

Today’s post is written by Trudy Hussman, a RLAG Cycling member, avid cyclist for 9 years, and a professional writer for much longer! She tells the story of Penny Clouser, who was recently awarded Ride Like A Girl’s “Most Inspirational Rider” (selected by the 2014 RLAG bicycling girlfriends).  It is a story of overcoming the odds, rebuilding confidence and restoring the spirit after a series of life’s toughest challenges. It is also a poignant example of RLAG’s theme for 2015, “Come as you are!”

 

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Penny (right) with Susie.

When Penny Clouser’s friend Susie told her about Ride Like a Girl in early 2014, Penny knew Continue reading


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This Girl Can!!!

Stop what you’re doing!  Click on this photo. Read, watch and go get your bike.

"Grace vs. Pace"

“Grace vs. Pace”

“The back is the new front!” according to RLAG girlfriend, Linda G.

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Then and Now: Celebrating 2014!

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2014 “newbies” at the Banks-Vernonia Trailhead.

How often do you stop and look back?  It is a great exercise, especially for the purpose of celebrating progress. Last April, Ride Like A Girl launched its second season with a mostly-new group of forty women who wanted to try this biking thing. They dusted off their bikes buried deep inside their garages. They wheeled them into a neighborhood bike shop for inspection, adjustment and some minor repairs. They listened to Continue reading


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On Winged Wheels of Boundless Joy!

70 "Yearlings" joined RLAG in 2014.

70 “Yearlings” joined RLAG in 2014.

In wrapping up the 2014 riding season for Ride Like A Girl here in Portland, I asked the women who participated to share how they have personally grown, what they learned, which barriers they overcame, or the goal they accomplished. This post is a simple list of their responses, Continue reading


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RLAG Exposed!

In a culminating ride for the 2014 season, a team of sixteen women from Ride Like A Girl completed a 46-mile bike ride in The Harvest Century Sunday, September 28.  In a wave of pink, white and black, the women crossed finish line to be greeted by a live camera and reporter Continue reading


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The Power of Girlfriends

Nelson Mandela has said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Courage is just what this Ride Like A Girl team demonstrated Saturday, May 17th when they biked 55 miles from Amily to Pacific City, as participants in the 2014 Reach the Beach cycling event. While family and friends are calling them brave, strong, and confident – many of these gals would be quick to tell you Continue reading