A collection of stories, news and information that we thought you might find interesting and relevant.

  • It’s never too cold to ride outside. (Well, almost never). Eben Weiss of Outside Magazine gives some great tips on how to prepare and motivate for winter rides in “The Lost Art of Winter Cycling”.
  • Progress is determined by how it is measured.  Anytime progress is standardized, a social status game is reinforced.  So much of what our culture traditionally values is based on status. Lawrence Yeo provides a compelling argument on why we should Pursue Mastery, Not Status. People who are guided by a sense of mastery versus status are led by their own intuition rather than the validation of others.  Their progress is likely to be more meaningful and result in higher confidence levels and happiness.
  • Seeing more kids on bikes has been a ray of light in this tumultuous year.  In a recent article, The Radavist shines a light on how the  Los Angeles Bike Academy seeks to expand the capabilities of youth from communities where exposure and access to the sport of cycling and lifestyle are limited.  Its programs are aimed at empowering young riders through service education, hands-on work experience, building entrepreneurial and leadership skills, and coaching and training for racing.  Read about it at The Radavist>>
  • Can exercise help us shed pounds? An interesting new study involving overweight men and women found that working out can help us lose weight, in part by remodeling appetite hormones. But to benefit, the study suggests, we most likely have to exercise a lot — burning at least 3,000 calories a week. Read more about the relationship between exercise and weight loss at NYTimes.
  • As a Black cyclist from South Los Angeles, Justin Williams says he has frequently been written off by managers. That hasn’t slowed him down as he works to diversify the sport. After setbacks and a long journey through professional cycling, Williams formed his own team of professional riders in Los Angeles in 2019 with his younger brother Cory. The team, called L39ION (pronounced legion). Read about his mission and the team @NYTimes
  • Did you ever wonder if birth order affects athletic ability?  What is clear is that challenging yourself by following in the footsteps of high performers and stepping out of your comfort zone will improve performance. Read “Why Are Great Athletes More Likely To Be Younger Siblings”

Photography by Michael Blann. Passo Pordoi from Michael Blann’s Mountains: Epic Cycling Climbs book, available  here>>

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