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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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Pure Gold: Cycle Oregon 2016

15cyc019_5x5_postcard_fnlIt’s here! Cycle Oregon’s (CO) annual seven-day bicycle tour through rural Oregon. Today we gather and tomorrow we roll out from Myrtle Creek, westward to the Southern Oregon Coast. Bandon, Gold Beach and Brookings are just a few towns waiting for our arrival and ready to showcase their hospitality, uniqueness and gems in their little corner of the world.  It is my sixth consecutive year participating in this delightful and priceless experience called, “Cycle Oregon”.  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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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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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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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.

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Why do We Exist? And Other Important Questions

Finally. I had hoped for a January announcement, but here we are, practically mid-February. Nonetheless I’m ready to spill the beans: Ride Like A Girl Cycling is open for business!!!

2015 is going to be a good year!

2015 is going to be a good year!

I’m going to keep this announcement short and simple, by pointing you to the new “tabs” in this website. They answer some of life’s most important questions:

Go ahead, check out the new content. If you find type-o’s tell me. Better yet, share with your friends the goodness of Ride Like A Girl Cycling and that we are ready with a grand new plan for 2015!

Happy New Year, sorta.

 


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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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“Block & Flow”: Transparent Blogger Mom Brings Balance to New Year Aspirations

Mom, blogger and a dear friend. Follow Resh at www.writtenbyresh.com

Mom, blogger and my dear friend, Reshma, writes from the heart at http://www.writtenbyresh.com

New Years in all its glory has its challenges; the tension between high expectations and the realities of limited resources, being overly preoccupied with what our peers are doing (or thinking), and the natural fatigue that comes with schedules full of family, jobs and, well, life! For a balanced look at the glorious road ahead, read this personal blog from a transparent mom who is aiming to take a tempered view of it all and encourage us to approach our 2015 journey with grace, a keen eye on our values and indulging in an occasional luxurious nap.

While this post is not our typical cycling fare,  I think you will appreciate its relevance to us bikey folk who are busily and bravely setting big goals, and striving (or struggling) to make progress towards them. Scroll down to read today’s “Block and Flow”.

Thank you, Reshma McClintock. “Block and Flow” was a good read for my morning!

For more, checkout Reshma’s blog, writtenbyresh.

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Feast…Famine.

All…Nothing.

My previous post was about my excitement of beginning another year and all of the blank space splayed out before me. The truth is that since writing those words I’ve really struggled in the first days of 2015; to find motivation, to complete my to-do lists, to follow through and to really live well. I’m all block or all flow. What does that mean?

Block: stopped dead in my tracks; vision-less, scatterbrained, unorganized and lazy.

Flow: bursting at the seams with energy, drive and focus; fulfilling my commitments and working passionately.

Some people live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, mantra. I can tend to live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m supposed to be working” mantra.

No, I don’t sleep all day. I have a 3 1/2 year old (pretty sure I sleep less now than I did when she was an infant). But do I think

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Jerseys and Arm Warmers at 2014 Prices!

A new batch of our signature cycling jerseys and arm warmers are on the way. And as a pre-season promotion, you can purchase them at last year’s prices! In March the price will go up – so take this opportunity to order while prices are at their lowest. Do you need a reason to buy? Okay, here are a few girlfriends who were happy to promote a buy decision and tell you why they made theirs. Skip to “How to OrderContinue reading