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Online stories for Men’s Journal.

Online stories for Bicycling Magazine.

Online essays at Adventure Journal.

Awesomely weird essays for Paved.

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Water in the Desert. Dirt Rag, Issue 199. A story about camping and riding in Southern Utah. “I think to understand a place you have to ride it. Once you have, you’ll know it for all time. Wherever you go, you’ll carry its story with you. Maybe that’s also true of the people we meet. We carry them with us as we hurtle through our lives, restless and searching.”

Stealth Crush: Lael Wilcox came from seemingly nowhere to shatter race records and become the bright shining future of endurance cycling. Adventure Journal, Issue 05.

Swimming Holes: Hot sun, cool water, best friends — these are the elements of perfect days. Adventure Journal, Issue 02. “This wild, free summer life of naked swims and blue skies and best friends and golden afternoons, this is what is real.”

Twenty-Four Important Women. An incomplete list of people who are making outdoor adventure better. Co-authored with Krista Langlois and Chris Noble. Aventure Journal, Issue 02.

Essay: On the Bike. The sweet process of knowing yourself, one revolution at a time. Adventure Journal, Issue 01. “I sit on the couch in my sweat-drenched kit, my feet propped on the battered coffee table, a cold drink in my hand. And for the moment, the outside world with its demands about what I should do and who I should be doesn’t seem to matter much at all.”

I interviewed Olympic mountain bike racer Lea Davison about her love for surfing. “There’s something about riding a wave that’s magical. It’s such a cool feeling—you’re literally rushing down the face of this water swell.” Bicycling Magazine. Also published online.

Molly Shaffer Van Houweling is a law professor at UC Berkeley and she also broke the Hour Record. I caught up with her to find out how she did it, and why. Published online.

Salvatore makes the world’s coolest espresso machines. I wrote and photographed this feature for Bicycling Magazine. Also available online.

I am Marianne Vos. Bicycling Magazine. July 2014. I went to Holland and interviewed Olympic and World champion Marianne Vos at her house in Meeuwen. (Also available online.)

Rare Breed. Mountain Flyer. Issue 42. It’s takes a unique character to race world cup downhill. I talked to some of the world’s top gravity female racers about the best and worst of their sport.

Step Aside, Boys. Mountain Flyer. Issue 41. Women’s world cup cross-country racing is better than ever. I caught up with some of the top riders to find out why. (Also available online.)

Online

Adam Sandler is bad at surfing. Or, how not to surf Malibu.

I made a photo essay about Ghost Bikes for Bicycling Magazine. The Illuminating Power of Ghostbikes.

Rebecca Rusch rode the Ho Chi Minh Trail in search of her father’s Vietnam War crash site in Laos. I interviewed her about the project for Bicycling. Blood Road.

Kelly Slater’s Bad Day Surfing. Kelly Slater, saving babies. Men’s Journal.

The Long Trail to the River Camp. A story for Adventure Journal about a long day on the trail, a river, and a sunset that came too soon.

A Van, a forest, a road trip: What could go wrong? A story about a mischievous van and a dark night in the forest for Adventure Journal.

Photo Essay: Bike packing in Oregon. I spent three days in Oregon with Specialized making photos for Bicycling Magazine. Rain, whiskey, bikes, giggles, adventure.

Are women’s sports too boring to watch? No way. Bicycling Magazine.

John John Florence interview. JJF is likely one of the most talented surfers in the world. I caught up with him for Men’s Journal to talk about his new film A View from a Blue Moon.

The Essentials: Five Essentials for Surfing. Yadin Nichol’s essentials for surfing for Men’s Journal.

How the world’s coolest surfing video was made. I wrote about surf photographer and filmmaker Chris Bryan for Men’s Journal.

How to buy a mountain bike for less than $1000. Everything you need to know about how to buy a mountain bike without spending all your cash, for Men’s Journal.

Everything to pack for the beach. Everything you need for a perfect beach day for Men’s Journal, with advice from surfer Demi Boesterli.

Expert Advice: The 65 Best Surf Spots in the World. Co-author project for Men’s Journal.

Surfing: A Love Story. I wrote about surfing for The Toast.

Ride Utrecht, the Tour de France Départ City. I went to Utrecht in fall 2013. Here’s a short slideshow guide to riding around one of Holland’s oldest university towns.

Mara Abbott is looking up. Profile for Bicycling of pro cyclist Mara Abbott. Poetry, bike racing, anorexia — all the things.

Archive

Cheat like the pros. How to put a motor on your bike. But why would you want to? Men’s Journal.

On The Bike. An essay I wrote for The Toast about riding bikes and being a woman athlete.

Bikes are Stupid. A story about a ride that was way too long on a day that was way too hot.

The Map. Mountain bike legend Steve Potts dropped me off on the road with my bike and a hand-drawn map. I found my way home.

The Ticking Clock: Chasing Glory at Leadville 100. Mountain Flyer. Issue 43. I tracked just about every past record holder for the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and found out why Leadville keeps them coming back for more.

Tim Neenan’s Lighthouse Cycles. Mountain Flyer. Issue 42. Words & Photos. Neenan drew the plans for the first Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike and there’s one with his name on it in the Smithsonian. He still makes gorgeous custom steel bikes in his workshop in Santa Ynez.

Give and Take: Decades of work keep Santa Barbara Trails Open. Mountain Flyer. Issue 40. Words & images. Story about the long history of advocacy that has kept Santa Barbara’s unparalled singletrack open to mountain bikes. Photos from Tunnel Trail and Jesusita.

Taylor Phinney’s Magic Day. Coverage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California for Velonews, including this feature on Taylor Phinney.

Sea Otter Classic photo galleries for Mountain Flyer. Day 1: Dragons spitting fire. Day 2: Little Plastic Cactus. Day 3: Way Past Orange Juice. Day 4: Grand Finale.

I headed to the Giant Off-Road 2014 launch for VeloNews. Two product stories: Giant goes all-in with 27.5 and No more pink and shrink.

Emma Pooley told me why there should be a women’s Tour de France. Women Petition to ride Tour de France.

Interbike photo galleries for Paved. Day One. Cross Vegas. Night Ride. Day 3.

An Interview with the Alpe d’Huez. I interviewed the Alpe d’Huez for Paved. He is a bit cranky and loves Journey.

Coffee Drinker’s Guide to the Amgen Tour of California. Need coffee? I do. And I tell you where to get it.

Touching Metal: Potts and Cunningham Do It All. Mountain Flyer. Issue 32. Words & images.I caught up with mountain bike legends Steve Potts and Charlie Cunningham. (Also available online.)

Book Review: The Giro d’Italia 1949. Paved. Summer 2013. An essay on Dino Buzzati’s book on the 1949 Giro showdown between Coppi and Bartali.
Seduction of the Stelvio. Paved. Summer 2013. An ode to the 54 switchbacks, and a history lesson.

Raising the Profile: Specialized-lululemon. Velo. April 2013. A print feature on the 2013 team.
Ivan Basso Profile. Cycling Illustrated. Spring 2013. I sat down with Ivan Basso ahead of the 2013 season and talked cycling, past and present.
Living the Dream. Amy Dombroski spent a season racing ‘cross in Belgium and thrived. Mountain Flyer 24.
Jay Petervary Never Idles. Petervary rode the Iditibike, rode across the U.S. and mt. biked the Great Divide Trail all in one year. Crazy, eh? Mountain Flyer 23.
Meredith Miller: Hope Lives. Mountain Flyer 23.
In Your Face: Aspen/Snowmass Women’s Stage Race. Mountain Flyer 22.
Portraits of the Tour of Utah. With Christopher See. Mountain Flyer 22.
Peter Stetina: Young Rider making waves. Mountain Flyer 22.
Evan Plews, Keeping the edge in the face of Epstein-Barr. Mountain Flyer 21.
The Andalucía Bike Race. Mountain bike stage race, Spain. Mountain Flyer 20.

Race coverage for VeloNews at Silver City’s Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Stage Races: race report, feature, wash, rinse and repeat.

20 Minutes with the Incomparable Marianne Vos.

Project diabolique: Paris Roubaix. Riding the cobbles is exactly like surfing. More Paved stories.

I visited the Optum women at their training camp, did interviews, and made photos for this gallery at VeloNews.

I flew to Portugal for a quick visit to the Specialized-lululemon team camp. Profile stories for VeloNews on team owner Kristy Scrymgeour and Carmen Small.

One of my favorite books about riding bikes I’ve read lately, Paul Fournel’s Vélo. I reviewed it for Podium Cafe.

A story about going to Interbike, Vegas, and a few other things for Podium Cafe.

Book Review: Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle, The Secret Race. In the book, Hamilton recounts his experiences doping throughout his career as a professional cyclist.

In an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, Jonathan Vaughters admitted to doping during his career and called for better testing. Analysis and commentary for Podium Cafe.

Climber Joe Dombrowski is one of the up-and-coming stars of U.S. cycling. I interviewed him for Podium Cafe shortly after he won the U23 edition of the Giro d’Italia with a long-bomb attack on the Passo di Gavia. Joe Dombrowski: Going Uphill Fast.

Daily coverage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah for the California-based website, Cycling Illustrated. Features included an interview with Ben Jacques-Maynes about his return from career-threatening injury and young Garmin-Sharp rider Pete Stetina about his itch to win.

Daily coverage of the 2012 Tour de France for Bicycling.com. Features included: Thomas Voeckler, Monsieur Panache, David Millar’s Uphill Win, Waiting for Cadel, The Fight for the Lanterne Rouge, and Teammates in Good Times and Bad.

I paid a visit to the headquarters of Bangable Dudes in Pro Cycling and lived to write a story.

Panache Clothing Review. This story ran online at Mountain Flyer in June 2012. My friend Carson Blume shot the photos.

Meet the Luna Chix. This story ran in Bicycling and is a group portrait of the Luna Chix pro mountain bike team, which includes U.S. National Champion Georgia Gould, World Champion Catharine Pendrel, World Cup winner Katerina Nash, and newcomer Teal Stetson-Lee. I interviewed the riders at the Luna Chix annual camp in Berkeley.

Strength and Guile: An Interview with Evelyn Stevens. I’ve interviewed Evie Stevens several times by now, and each time, she is a step further in her development as a rider. This interview came shortly after she won Flèche Wallonne ahead of Marianne Vos. It was her first World Cup win, and put her in perfect position for selection to the U.S. Olympic team. And in fact, Stevens will represent the U.S. in London this summer in the road race. Previously: After Setbacks, Evelyn Stevens looks ready for best season yet (December 2011), An Interview with Evelyn Stevens (April 2011).

Specialized-lululemon: A Team Worth Waiting For An introduction to the 2012 Specialized-lululemon women’s team for Bicycling.com. Also: First Look: Specialized-lululemon women’s team.

Contador’s California Trip, Day 2 This is the second of two stories I did for Bicycling.com about a trip Alberto Contador made to California in November. It includes video of some big wheel shenanigans. Also: Contador Visit, Day 1.

Just A Girl Having Fun: An Interview with Marianne Vos Marianne Vos has won seven world titles in cycling. She also has an Olympic Gold Medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. I had the chance to interview Marianne in August 2011.

Ten Hottest Men of the Tour de France The lovely people at Bicycling Magazine asked me to make a list and check it twice. Or maybe even three times. Here are the ten hottest riders at the 2011 Tour de France.

Chasing the Perfect Race: An Interview with Emma Johansson Emma J won a silver medal in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and placed third in the 2010 World Championship road race in Geelong. She’s also won a few other things along the way. This interview is from February 2011.

Amgen Tour of California, Andrew Talansky, White Jersey a Bonus I covered the 2011 Amgen Tour of California for Cyclingnews. Here is a story I did about Garmin-Cervélo’s Andrew Talansky and his on-again, off-again pursuit of the Best Young Rider’s Jersey.

Amgen Tour of California, Kristin Armstrong Wins in Solvang Here is another one from the Amgen Tour of California for Cyclingnews. Peanut Butter & Co/Twenty12’s Kristin Armstrong won the International Women’s Time Trial Challenge in Solvang.

An Interview with Emma Pooley Emma Pooley is the 2011 time trial World Champion. She also won a silver medal in the time trial at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This interview is from May 2010.

Car Day While covering the Amgen Tour of California for Cyclingnews, I spent a day in a team car following the race. Here’s a story from my personal blog about what I saw.

One Comment Post a comment
  1. What if you broke your clavicle and they said you’d never surf, or write, or even ride again.
    And that happened before the biggest deadline of your professiuonal career?

    12 August 2017

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