I love bikes. And I love racing bikes. I’m not necessarily good at it, but that’s why I enjoy watching those who are!
I got into road and crit racing last year. When I did, I really, really got into it. It brought me to challenge myself physically and mentally, more than I ever knew was capable. To educate myself on racing – technique, tips, strategy – I started following women’s professional racing.
I was dumbstruck at the inequity between genders in the sport. Here are bright, natural talents who put heart into racing for the pure love of it yet they rarely get compensated or reach households who are interested in watching. Then I looked around at my local races here in SoCal. The disparity is evident here, too.
This year alone, we’re making strides both locally and internationally on respecting and growing women’s cycling. On this podcast we’ll talk about the landmark decision to bring women’s racing back to Le Tour de France (yes, a return!), local race series Wolfpack Hustle’s influence on women’s racing, major players drawing media attention to the sport’s inequity, and muse about why more women aren’t racing.
And the most exciting part is getting to answer your questions and discuss your topics. Tweet me using #womentalkbikes to @brakingthelimit or comment below before June 29 to be a part of the conversation!
The Bicycle Kitchen runs a weekly WTF shift called Bicycle Bitchen from 6:30-9:30pm. This summer they are debuting a series of workshops that cover mechanics, basics, cleaning, and other fun stuff like inner tube jewelry making and wrapping bar tape. I’m looking forward to being a part of teaching a few of these, but more excited for the fact that Bitchen actively creates its community by listening to what clients want and responding. It’s an amazing space where I always feel comfortable regardless of my knowledge of bikes and have met some amazing female-identified peoples that inspire me and keep me coming back.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We’re setting the tone for another year of pedaling ahead of us with our first bike brunch of the month. This month we’re going to ride over to Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock for some (almost) home-cooked comfort food. Don’t be afraid of the yummy calories we’ll consume, you’ve got a whole year of fun rides ahead of you!
This time we’ll be meeting the The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina in East Hollywood. They run a really great night on Mondays for Women/Trans/Femme only, creating a safe space for us to learn how to fix our bikes and swap knowledge. Check it out some Monday if you can. Our route will take us through Atwater Village into Eagle Rock, showing off the new bike lanes on Glendale Blvd.
Also want to give credit to Brianna, new bruncher and new Angeleno, for helping to jumpstart the energy and planning for this year’s W/T/F Bike Brunch. She’s a behind-the-scenes gem of a friend who should be recognized for her efforts. You can get to know her better through her website The Sister Sledge or meet her on January 26th.
Email me to RSVP – brakingthelimits(at)gmail(dot)com!
Extra special thanks to Nicole for creating the artwork. Check her out at Taliisman.
This morning we just had our first bike brunch in Los Angeles and it went smashingly! We shared stories, food, and laughs at Home in Silver Lake amongst 15 amazing women & femme with whom we also share the roads. We had commuters, a mom (with baby in tow!), bicycle advocates, group ride leaders, bike racers and bike co-op volunteers and it was wonderful to mingle those worlds while finding out we all shared similar fears, gripes, favorites routes and all have a love for biking that brings us happiness in our lives. It’s what made us want to get together and meet. We inspired each other and listened to each other and can’t wait to meet more women & femme at brunches to come. We discussed creating a Facebook Group for Women Bike Brunch LA so find us there soon to join the conversation at brunch.
A happy group if I ever saw one
Blanca heading out with Naya in tow. Look at that adorable little helmet!