December 30, 2007

A foggy recollection of my first days in Belgium

Days 1 and 2 I love to sleep for hours and hours at a time in a row, however this is not possible for me on an airplane. So I faked it for a few… Read more »

December 23, 2007

Perfect Portland weather

Portland never ceases to impress me with its impeccable timing of inclement weather. I’ve yet to race there without some sort of giant storm or freakish cold spell. This year proved to be no exception… Read more »

December 9, 2007

Things to do in Pittsburgh when it’s cold

What does one do in between races while visiting family? I like to bake pies, sleep and ride my bike. The week between USGP rounds three and four and Thanksgiving I got to spend with… Read more »

November 29, 2007

The mile high club

The Mile High Club - Get your sick minds out of the gutter, that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about finishing multiple cyclo-cross races at altitudes of more than a mile. It’s my… Read more »

November 7, 2007

Doing Derby City

This weekend’s travel adventure was held not far from the most famous horse race in the country, the Kentucky Derby. Louisville, Kentucky, was the first stop in the 2007 USGP series. When it was first… Read more »

November 1, 2007

Apocalypse Now

The closest UCI race to home was this past weekend down in Southern California. Rachel Lloyd and I decided to chase some UCI points, and make the drive down there. We packed up the Honda… Read more »

October 20, 2007

Weekend in the Hamptons

Richest women’s cross race in the world, a weekend in the Hampton’s, UCI points on the line and the promise of sweet host housing - What more could a girl ask for? So, feeling barely… Read more »

October 9, 2007


Where do I even begin? Perhaps that I’m still recovering, and I didn’t even go out and party. It started Tuesday before dawn with a trip to the Oakland Airport, there’s very little traffic at… Read more »

October 1, 2007

Cross-training with an Xterra

Saturday my brother, Rush, his dog Helmutt, his friend, Sam, and myself loaded into the VW van and headed up to the Xterra venue for a pre-ride. This was all Wendy Simms fault, she suggested… Read more »

September 26, 2007

Back to the ‘burgh

Soaking wet and still breathing hard from the short track, my father and I packed up the van and headed north to Pittsburgh. I was very excited to hang with my family for a week… Read more »

August 29, 2007

On Sugar Mountain

This month’s special recovery tip is to spend many, many hours in a car; it makes your legs feel great. Well, not really but I thought I’d try it anyway. I joined Shannon G., her… Read more »

August 18, 2007

Mt Snow Vermont

This was my third trip to Mt Snow for a mountain bike race and my first time at a Mountain Bike National Championships. After a long and complicated day of flying, Shannon and I met… Read more »

August 1, 2007

Heading for the hills

This weekend it was back to my favorite swimming hole, back to the mountains and the Downieville Classic. I’ve been fired up about this race since I started riding again this past winter. This race… Read more »

July 20, 2007

July heat

The week of the Fourth of July was one of those rare super hot weeks on the coast. Usually, if I want damp cool weather to ride in I just ride towards the ocean until… Read more »

July 5, 2007

Heat, Hills and swimming holes

The Nevada City weekend was one of great highs and lows. Sunday was the 47th annual Tour of Nevada City and I was eager to race having won the 45th edition of the race, and… Read more »

June 18, 2007

Tutus and stilt dancers

All sorts of things went on this past week. I finished the longest (both in time and length) road race that I’ve done in two years in which I managed to meet my goal of… Read more »

June 9, 2007

Teva Mountain Games

Anyone thinking about having a mountain adventure with some competition mixed in should check out the Teva Mountain Games. Teammate Shannon G. brought the Teva Games to my attention several weeks ago. It had lots… Read more »

May 27, 2007

The home front

Fontana was a race that kept on giving. As a result of my superb bike handling skills and collisions with the ground my back tweaked out mid-week at work. It was one of those moments… Read more »

May 21, 2007

Big birds and bruises

The week between NMBS #2 and NMBS #3 turned out to be more eventful and busier than I had planned. This was due in part to trying to keep up with Wendy Simms and her… Read more »

May 13, 2007

NMBS #3 - Out of the frying pan into the fire

The second NMBS race had been rescheduled from Sonoma to just north of Santa Barbara or in terms of temperatures out of the frying pan and into the fire. Nationals in Sonoma last year were… Read more »

May 11, 2007

Napa Valley Dirt classic

This past weekend I had the honor of racing at the Napa Valley Dirt classic. All the locals that I talk to have raced there at some time in the past so it seemed time… Read more »

May 3, 2007

Epicenter of Belladom

After racing at the season opening NMBS #1 event in Phoenix, I went on to Sea Otter, where the Vello Bella presense was strong. Blue and pink jerseys were spotted everywhere, with road and mountain… Read more »

April 26, 2007

Back to racing

Barbara Howe kicked off her season at the NMBS #1 event in Phoenix, which marked her return to racing after a year away. She writes about her experience getting back into racing action. My first… Read more »