01 July, 2015

Tour De France 2015 Guide

Tour de France, it's probably my favorite time of the year in which I relive my summer days in Paris where I watched crowds of racers and racing enthusiast flood the final stage of TDF in 2011. Since my visit, I've made watching the TDF my summer morning ritual and bring you my annual guide to watching and keeping up with the Tour de France. 

Below are links to social media, websites, stats, and live streams for your entertainment. Also, there will be another stage showdown featuring elite women cyclists at La Course, a women's criterium race on the Champs Élysées on the day of the tour finale, July 26, note that! So there you have it. Click on any link to get your updates and info in following along with #TDF.

Le Tour Official Page: Get all the news, course guides, updates and stats for the race.
La CourseThe inaugural La Course de Le Tour de France, a women’s criterium race on the Champs Élysées on the day of the Tour finale.
Social Media: Twitter @letour #TDF2014, Facebook at Le Tour de France, Instagram @letourdefrance.
NBCSports: Live Stream of Le Tour.
BBC Sport: News and stage wins updates.
Bicycle Magazine: More updates and news on Le Tour.

29 June, 2015

Currently Biking: New England

Happy summer ya'll. I'm back up in the Northeast for the rest of the season and I'm so glad to be. It's been heavenly being back in the coast to reconnect with friends and good old country bike riding. Since moving out of Brooklyn, I've been without my own two wheels to call my own. Usually I go for a city bike, but being that I'm not in a city, I took to a hybrid that I could use on the long road being that I love touring and long distance riding. New England is perfect for those long rides, so a bike to endure the country roads is much appreciated in these parts.

Just over the weekend, my partner and I decided to take a ride along the Washington Secondary Bike Trail that reaches from Rhode Island to Connecticut. A trail that runs a total of 19 miles, connecting four rail to trails conversion: The Cranston Bike Path, The Warwick Bike Path, The Coventry Greenway, and the Trestle Greenway. Paved paths, old mills, green lush sceneries, and friendly folks along the way make this a really fun trail to enjoy. As far as the ride, most of the trail is flat with a few gradual elevations, very easy on the legs. However, by the time my partner and I were finished, our legs felt like jelly. I know, I'm so out of practice!

For most of the part, we enjoyed this ride. It's great for beginners and recreational riders. Now that we know there are so many trails, we decided that we would explore more bike trails this summer.

How's your summer riding going?

Follow me along on Strava to keep up on my rides.

07 May, 2015

tips for spring riding

If you are thinking about taking to 2 wheels this Spring be sure to ease your way in. You are then much more likely to enjoy it and stick with it, rather than ending up red faced and frustrated. Just a few tips to inspire you...

• Cycle at a leisurely pace rather the racing along with the Lycra clan. You will look far more graceful and will arrive at your destination fully composed with out any unsightly sweat patches.

• If you have not cycled for a while start off by doing a few laps of your local park then graduate to short routes that you know, to the shops or local café.

• If your journey to work seems a little daunting start off by cycling to you’re nearest tube or train station, ensuring you lock your bike up securely.

• When you feel ready to cycle all the way to work check your route. Google and select the cycling option and type in your starting point and destination and it will recommend a route on quieter, more cycle friendly roads.

• Armed with your map choose a nice sunny day at the weekend, when you have no time restraints, to explore your route. Do not cycle to work for the first time on a Monday morning if you are not entirely sure where you’re going. It could result in you getting lost and turning up at work late and flustered.

• When you have mastered your route just cycle in twice a week to start with to get your fitness levels up. Never force yourself to cycle when you don’t feel like.

Do not feel you have to cycle when….

• You have the mother of all hangovers

• It’s a blowing a gale or chucking it down with rain or both

• You are wearing a pencil skirt and 6 inch heels and have just spent an hour on your hair for a big meeting or date.

• You are reading a particularly good book and quite fancy a bus journey.

30 April, 2015

Currenlty Biking: Florida

Biking and Florida. A great pair if you ask me. Who would've known in all places in America that Florida is great for cycling?! I never thought I would be cycling this side of the coast but here I am off road cycling and riding through every nature preserve and beach I could get to. Not only is Florida blessed with wonderful climate but with paved cycling infrastructure too. And if it's too humid during your ride, you could just stop by the nearest beach and jump in to cool down which I find myself doing often.

While I'm here temporarily, I'm lucky to have a neighbor let me borrow their bikes for long distance riding and off road biking. There are so many biking trails in Florida but the one I find most satisfying is the A1A called Flagler Trail. Starting from Flagler Pier, it has wonderful spurs and curves into woods at various points. Just a few miles in lies the Compra Mala trail, a 5.5 mile off road trail which contains both easy and technical trails that have secret pathways to state parks and beaches. Covered in palm trees, oaks, and Spanish moss, it's a great trail with so much to admire.

Every weekend my partner and I do a long bike ride where we often find many cycle tourists and road cyclists. Everyone is friendly and often filled with touring stories that will make you cringe when you hear alligator and snake at a camp site. Cringe aside, these stories fill me with inspiration to do more on two wheels which is why I have returned after so long. I was told by a roadie that I shouldn't stop blogging about these adventures, that my travel may inspire others and help those who want to tour Florida.

On a side note, I hope you'll keep along with my journey in Florida where you can follow on Instagram and Twitter.

27 April, 2015

Adjusting to Spring Bike Lifestyle

Now that Spring has sprung, I'm seeing lots of smiling faces on two wheels, my local bike shop/cafe filled with bicycles for tune ups and a home now currently filled with bicycles. Coming from a state that has no seasonal weather and 330 days of sunshine (I'm blowing kisses at you California), it's not easy to adjust to the extreme weather changes. What's harder is not having the ability to ride my bike almost everyday, not being able to physically endure the weather patterns regardless of the preparation and research. This makes life on two wheels a bit of a challenge during the cold seasons. And although I admire those who can ride in the snow, I won't do it. Call me a spoiled Cali girl, but this adjustment to the East Coast is a big eye opener on tackling bicycle lifestyle one season at a time. Adjustment isn't easy, and I'm sure my friends from home are giggling at me, but I'm just so excited for this sunshine and warm weather!

If you're on the same road (pun intended), here are some tips to help you get inspired and adjust to Spring's seasonal bike lifestyle...

Dress up for your ride: florals please!

Bike to your favorite spot, park, cafe, farmers market, beach.

Enjoy the freedom and breath it all in.

Meet people. Cyclist are uber friendly and make great cycling partners.

Take selfies while riding your bike.

Explore your city or town.

Bring a journal to draw or write about your ride: note what you see, hear, smell, and feel.

I hope wherever you are, nature is being good to you and you're adjusting well to getting back on two wheels!