Moving past lip service on women’s issues

I came, chubby-cheeked and reluctant, to the realisation that if I was ever going to find the seat of my own power, I had to embrace the smell of my own sweat. There are a lot of stats that link girls’ mental health, resilience and confidence with physical activity. But taking that from the abstract into…

Stopping to Celebrate: the Crankworx 10th Anniversary Anthology

So, that window of time in which I should have been learning how to express milk, bottle-feed, attempt early weaning etc? I was busy compiling an anthology of Crankworx’ greatest moments. (Think: nap-time meets triple espresso-fuelled heart palpitations.) Meaning that, when the event itself rolled around and an invitation pinged into my in-box to attend…

Riding the Digital Curve with Blake Jorgenson

When I sat down this spring for brunch with Blake Jorgenson at Alpine Café, around the corner from his office, he was about to hit the road… Sea Otter, Nepal to shoot for Red Bull on Freeride’s new mountain bike film and then on to Utah. In addition to owning a worn-out passport, I discovered…

Confessions of a Hypewriter, part 2

Kokanee Crankworx dropped their promo video this week. The best mountain bike athletes in the world know that when gravity beckons, you simply say, yes mistress. I’m coming. Untitled from Crankworx on Vimeo. It’s funny, but when I wrote that copy, the voice in my head was a woman. Gravity. As played by Carla Bruni….

Freeride mountain biking’s game changing moments – The List

Freeriders, Froriders, flowriders, streetriders, stuntriders, shoreriders, trialsiners, slackers, hoppers, droppers, coasters, jumpers: give us any label you feel necessary to separate our baggy-clothes-wearing, untucked-jersey-selves from you, if that is what you feel you must do. We’ll always have camaraderie amongst ourselves, which is all we really need.” Joey Hayes, 180 Magazine, 2003 Oct 21, 1976 The…

Freeride mountain biking’s game-changing moments

I’m working on a story for the Crankworx event guide that will attempt to map out the history of freeride mountain biking, to chart a “progression” that took us from the 1976 Repack bike race that burned through everyone’s brakepads, to Greg Watts’ backflip double tailwhip, in 35 years. In 1954, runner Roger Bannister broke the…