Kidical Mass

We've reached kidical mass.

There has been a shift in the way we raise our kids here in AMERICA.

Kids should be loved and adored. They should play with their parent’s iPhones from infancy lest they get behind the ever-changing technology. Preschool isn’t for four-year-olds anymore… a child should be potty-trained as quickly as possible so they can join the ranks of two-year-olds being marched into their educational careers before they can complete full sentences. Unstructured play? Weekends spent unplugged and out of wifi range in nature? Being let loose around the neighborhood with friends? Cardboard boxes that turn into space ships and pirate ships and cruise ships? Nah. That’s old school. And it is dangerous. 

Sound about right? 

As technology and social expectations have increasingly dictated parenting choices over the decades, kids being allowed to just be kids has become something of an anomaly. But there are parents out there who get the importance of giving their kids a skill-set that is as mentally healthy as it is physically, as challenging as it is rewarding, and as character building as it is community driven… enter things like cycling.

In this episode of the Roam Rydes podcast I had the pleasure of getting to know four young girls whose families are part of a growing community of people either holding on to family traditions that embrace the outdoors – or are making a conscious effort to allow their kids the fresh air and freedom to be active and daring in the beautiful backdrop of nature.

In a time period when cycling amongst children has been dropping at an alarming rate, and when young girls are socially encouraged to be preoccupied more with their looks and their cool factor than ever before, there are exceptions to the norms – talented and adventurous young girls who aren’t afraid to take a bump or a bruise in the name of fun.

Eva, Ellie, Cate and Macy are some of these exceptions… and they are exceptional to boot.  

As always, it is my hope that this podcast strikes a chord with our listeners. And I hope with this strike, our fans will start taking a good hard look at their cycling communities and whether or not there is anything being done to support kids getting on bikes. If not... let's do something! 

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MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS WEEK'S PODCAST - KIDICAL MASS

Adam Selzer - Charmed Life

Adam Selzer - Whistle and Action

Dresses - Blew My Mind

Unexpected Gratitude

Sometimes things go terribly wrong.

For Carrie Welch, one unexpected outcome changed her life forever. But not in any way you might think.  

Imagine yourself as a young 20-something-year old athlete, winter days and summer nights filled with fun, friends, and perhaps some well executed risk-taking. Then an opportunity of a lifetime comes along, and you take it... a little too far. 

MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS WEEK'S PODCAST - UNEXPECTED GRATITUDE

The Oh Hello's - Lay Me Down

Kai Engel - Interlude - In Anxious Shadows

James Blackshaw - Past Has Not Passed

 

This episode of Roam Rydes is not just about the life-changing accident that happened to Carrie on sunny winter day in Colorado. It is about overcoming, recovery, resilience, setbacks, believing, and an all-encompassing feeling of gratitude through it all.


Thrive

 Gianna and Steph...the ultimate thrivers. 

Gianna and Steph...the ultimate thrivers. 

There are people out there who have overcome incredible life setbacks... and then there are people like Stephanie Hathaway who don't just overcome adversity, they conquer it. 

A week ago my life was different. I shall now refer to this time period (lasting from birth through the last 29 years and 9 months) as PS, or Pre-Steph, because thats how much a single conversation changed my life. 

I'm hoping that the thirteen minutes I was able to procure from my conversation with Steph over a cup of coffee is enough to do justice to this woman's story of survivorship. If one were to discount Steph's diagnosis and battle with breast cancer,  her life is still pretty dang impressive and inspiring. World traveling, adventure racing, teaching little kids ABCs and 123s... all while being a part of a movement of women utilizing the outdoors in an ambitious pursuit of positive change. 

Having spent a whopping two hours in the presence of this woman, I think I can say with some certainty that Stephanie is the kind of person who is the life of the party. She most likely see's things not just in a glass half-full kind of way, but in a, this sucka is overflowing with awesomeness kind of way. She exudes positive energy and has a smile that radiates with kindness, joy, and a hint of overcoming unimaginable loss with her spirit still intact. 

Steph represents everything Roam Rydes is all about...and we are absolutely thrilled to share her story. 


Feeling inspired by Stephanie?

Check out the Peak Foundation, an organization that Stephanie is involved with and feels passionately about. 

About the Peak Foundation: "We organize global mountain based challenges and events for women who seek adventure, a sense of personal achievement, and an opportunity to make a positive difference in the world." 

http://www.peaksfoundation.org/


***SPOILER ALERT*** & PODCAST AMENDMENT

I was informed that Gianna passed away February 28th 2014, not March 1st as I reported. Technically it was March 1st in Nepal, so Stephanie is lucky enough to have two days to honor Gianna. 

Bike Shop Bella

L-R: My sister Kalyn, Kelly, Me, and our singin' ridin' sweetheart Darby Wilcox

Finding a good friend can sometimes feel like winning the lottery. Or at least that's what it felt like for me when I met Kelly. Not only does she wrench on bikes as a mechanic...she loves to mountain bike...and she is all-around an incredibly fun, funny, and friggin' smart woman. The kind of person I like to be around in hopes some of those awesome qualities rub off. 

Kelly and I spend the vast majority of our time over the phone and in-person talking about bikes. Surprise, surprise. Kelly, like me, is opinionated, hopeful, and ambitious about the progression of women in cycling. 

We were chatting about ideas for the next Roam Rydes podcast when it struck me - Kelly is exactly the kind of person I was looking to interview for the next episode. Our official "podcast" convo lasted nearly two hours...and due to time constraints, I had to hack away at it to get to the core of what this particular episode is about - bike shops. 

We touch on the tip of the iceberg in this episode...but not to worry, there is way WAY more where this came from... stay tuned! 

Happy Shredding! 




MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS WEEK'S PODCAST - Bike Shop Bella

 

Jenifer Avila - Si Va

Broke For Free - Elevated

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Hit 'Em Up Style

 

Trail Unicorns

Van life is so sweet.  

For weeks I have been following whatever whim happens to strike me, zigzagging up and down the coast of California in the pursuit of adventure, new friends, and quality time with the folks I hold near and dear to my heart. I’ve had the unique advantage of time – total unadulterated, unobligated, unplanned time, to decide what the hell to do with my life.

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When you have no obligations, what exactly does drive you to get up in the morning, gulp down that savory cup of joe, and head out into the great big world?   

Over the past few weeks this answer has become crystal clear – bikes. I’ve packed up and driven hours out of my way to seek out a trailhead, I’ve stayed a week longer in an area just to catch a rad group of riders on a weekend get-together, I’ve eagerly geared up to ride in an effort to release the emotional turmoil of losing a loved one, and I’ve simmered in the bliss of hours upon hours of riding.  

It is safe to say I do not have an addictive personality, and yet I can’t shake this obsession with bicycles. When I set out to start another blog, it was a pretty low-key and self-explanatory endeavor. Travel in a van. Write about it… But as this week’s Roam Rydes podcast indicates, things are a-changin’!

No longer is Roam Rydes a catchy title for a plog (podcast+blog) – we (yes we) are very excited to announce a new chapter in the significantly short life of Roam Rydes. From here on out, Roam Rydes will be a community, a tribe, and an organization dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of women who ride. This will be brought to you by yours truly, and an equally bike-obsessed East Coaster and friend Kelly McCrea.

I know some of you might be wondering, “what about the van life?” and rest assured, I will continue to keep ya’ll updated throughout future plogs on how Rowdy is doing, but now you get the added benefit of learning all about women’s bike culture! Yay bikes!


Music Featured in this Week's Podcast - TRAIL UNICORNS

 

Welcome Wizard - Twelve Diseases

Sienabo Sey - Hard Times

Sean Hayes - Powerful Stuff

Darby Wilcox - Things I'm Thinking