Parity in Sport: A Closer Look

By: Heather Nielson I was asked to write about women’s bike racing focusing specifically on the disparity between men and women in money, distances & opportunity between men’s and women’s racing. While the subject of parity in bike racing, sports in general and let’s be honest, society as a whole is a broadly & significantly […]

Why should I join a team?

I started out a mountain biker long before I ever touched a road bike. I met someone who told me he knew a lot about bike racing and said that I should pick up the road bike because that’s how you get really fit. I did my first road race, which was actually a stage […]

Things don’t always go according to plan…..but actually, they do

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? The basic premise is that while in pursuit of your goals, whether it’s diet, work, fitness, or money related and you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing on a daily basis 80% of the time, you’re doing pretty good. It’s very rare to have everything in […]

Balancing your bicycle

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” ~Albert Einstein This quote has become a large part of the bicycle culture memography and appears with frequency both on the walls of many a bike shop and bicycle loving home. but is also pervasive on the internet & social media. […]

The Road to Cat 1: The Cobbled Section

This is the second installment in a 3-part series. The first part can be found here. The road to cat 1 can be best described as exponentially more difficult. It is not a linear progression. I can’t speak for everyone who races, but I know that when I was a Cat 4 and learning how […]

The Road to Cat 1: The Final ‘Grade’

This is the final installment of a 3-part series. Part one can be found here, part two can be found here. It’s not just about watts, and then it is. As I previously stated, this is my 8th year racing. I was complimented on how I went from a cat 4 to a Cat 2 […]

I Feel

I feel like I know the words to a song I haven’t written yet I feel like I’m on a road trip reduced to a series of on & off-ramps I feel like I should apologize to the world everyday for the person I was yesterday I feel like I’m in love with a sleeping […]

The Road to Cat 1: The beginning

My category 1 upgrade was the hardest upgrade I’ve earned. I finished earning the necessary points early this season but earned most of them while racing in California. I relayed all of this to my friend Sarai of GirlBikeLove in May. She suggested I write about it. It’s a topic that women who are getting […]

What the hell am I doing…..wait…where am I?

If comedy is tragedy over time…..and I don’t tend to take myself that seriously….well then, I think it’s time I share my own TBI story. Okay sorry, I hate acronyms too (and if you grow up mormon and/or around the military….which I did…the very SIGHT of an acronym initiates the gag reflex. I digress….). TBI […]

‘What the hell am I doing out here?’

If you’re a bike racer, competitive athlete or maybe even just trying to complete that first century, I’ve no doubt that thought crossed your mind after you got dropped during a group ride, or missed the winning break or got separated from a faster group and suddenly found yourself….in the middle of nowhere…………..alone. Going down […]

I know I said I’d never race CX……I might have lied

I should know better by now than to keep saying things that begin with ‘I’ll never….’ because it seems that I keep proving myself wrong. In my personal and professional life I find myself exploring things that I never thought I’d do, mostly because my original reason for never doing said ‘thing’ didn’t seem to […]


It’s all about energy. Emotional, mental and physical. Energy is neither created nor destroyed but it is finite in its’ amount per moment in time. When you’re depleted emotionally, energy will balance itself by taking elsewhere……physically & mentally. And so on and so on. And so it is with everything else. Relationships, jobs, family, hobbies, […]

From San Francisco to Seattle: A Photo Essay

The artist in me is inspired when I ride my bike, and the cyclist in me is inspired by my artistic side to  live in each moment.                        

I went to Nationals for the first time and didn’t even get to finish

I admit, the title sounds a bit like I’m whining, but I’m not. Really. Truth is, I wasn’t even going to write about my first trip to Nationals because I thought, who wanted to read a race report about a race that I wasn’t even allowed to finish?  Quite honestly, the race belonged to the […]

Melted Crayon Collections

I’ve been an artist since I can remember.  I’ve taken very few art classes & always drew with pencil and colored pencil & in college took 1 class on portraits.  Portraits are the hardest things to draw and I can get easily frustrated.  Also, it takes a lot of energy for me to do a […]

It’s all coming together. Best result this year so far – Bariani Road Race report

I was happy that so many women registered for this race despite its’ short distance and relatively flat course.  I was also really happy to see Vanderkitten there as I knew it would be great training for me as I’ve been participating in races like Merco and will be heading to San Dimas where the […]

Cherry Pie: Setting the tone for 2013

My coach Todd of HSP Seattle and I  both felt that it was important to race well in my first race of the season for two reasons: the importance of setting the tone for 2013 and to help me build my confidence.  It seems like every year I change up my training program at least […]

Expressions of a different media

I’ve been experimenting with expressing myself as an artist using different media other than what I’ve been using the majority of my life: paper & pencil or variations thereof.  Today, I used words and a camera. As I sipped my coffee I watched a caretaker help an elderly man in a wheelchair enjoy breakfast….’Don’t waste […]

Routine Leg Works embrocation product review

The guys over at Routine Leg Works over in the ‘other’ cycling hub state of Colorado were kind enough to send me a few samples of their product last spring of 2011.  I had wanted to try some embrocation as the early race season approached for several reasons.  Training and warming up for racing in […]

We’re all in this together

The last few months have been the hardest of my life.  I had been unable to find a job, even with more job applications that I’d ever filled out.  There was also a huge unknown of whether I qualified for unemployment and money was running out fast with no income stream in the foreseeable future […]

Two new Journalism articles

San Rafael race report of pro men’s and women’s race     Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates: What is a Velodrome?  

Article for the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association

Dean Alleger: The Man Behind the Mission

Article for the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association

Interview of Mike Sayers,  member of the board of directors

Article for SABA

May is bike month!  I wrote an article for SABA about sponsoring an event in Sacramento