Got a Girl Crush On: Ryanne Palermo, Women’s Champion of the 2013 Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen challenges cyclists to ride the steepest hills in Pittsburgh, most ranging between a 25-37% grade. Not only did Ryanne have to finish on a borrowed bike after breaking her derailleur hanger at the top of the steepest hill, she rode the last hill ON A FLAT TIRE. What a badass. Read more about the race here. (FYI, that’s me, Liz, interviewing Ryanne.)
Got a mad crush on the Toronto-based art+fashion collective/bike gang, The Deadly Nightshades! They make rad stuff together, support each other’s individual endeavors, and ride bikes together! Makes me feel like a slacker on trying to get my own lady-bike-gang together this summer (for, alas, summer is over). Super inspiring group o gals!
Got a Girl Crush On: Olympic cycling babe, Julie Krasniak
Fact number one: The internet is filled with, and is a complete sucker for photos of girls on bicycles. Fact number two: One of my biggest peeves are photos of girls on bicycles that you know for damn sure don’t belong to them. You know the images I’m talking about. Though the image above might appear to fall into the “beautiful female on bicycle not belonging to her” category, do not be fooled.
The lovely lady you see is one Julie Krasniak, and the bicycle that accompanies her in the photograph is the one she will be riding in Olympic preparation and the French national time trials. Shouts to all the ladies putting in work.