Machines for Freedom Horizons Jersey: Product Review

Machines for Freedom is a sweet new, all women’s cycling apparel company with a fine eye for detail. Did you say all women’s cycling? Did you say fashionable jerseys? This has been a long time coming. Machines for Freedom Machines for Freedom (MFF) is a Los Angeles based women’s cycling apparel company founded by Jen Hannon. It is company that specifically caters to women’s needs for cycling attire, AND has very good looking kits. What a breath of fresh air. To top it off this is a pretty cool name for a cycling apparel brand. I like how the name is abstract and…

From Injury to Ironman: 5 Months Post-Op

  It has now been 5 solid months since I had my hip labral repair surgery in November, and things are much better than they were a couple months ago. I have definitely turned the corner so to speak, and have been almost pain free for the last 2 weeks!   It felt like I would never get to this point, but here I am, and now it just all feels like surreal dream. The holding back, patience and diligence paid off and I am finally riding outside again and feeling stronger than ever. I was even able to complete…

Cycling Training Camp: The Agoura Hills

Part 2 of our training camp was located in the Agoura Hills, which would be our base for the remainder of the training week. We stayed at a motel called the Goodnite Inn. It was a great location and very central for most of the rides (though, I have seen cleaner places).  For the price, it was a good deal, and overall I was happy with it. Some friends rented an Airbnb close by in Topanga, about a 20-minute drive away. Their place was secluded and it had an inviting feel. I would prefer booking something like this in the future,…

Cycling Training Camp: Gibraltar Road

Some friends of mine head to Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills near Santa Monica and Malibu each year for a cycling training week. When this was first mentioned, I knew very little about the cycling routes around this region. I discovered that both Santa Barbara and the Agoura Hills boast endless, scenic routes–rendering it perfect for a training camp. The setting in this region is ideal: you can set up a base and bike several engaging routes, experiencing new climbs and scenery each day with great weather. Better yet, you’re close to civilization in Santa Barbara and near Santa Monica and…