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Vote for Breckenridge Mountain Biker, Shannon Galpin, as National Geographic Humanitarian Adventurer of the Year

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Shannon Galpin, of Breckenridge and founder of Mountain2Mountain has been nominated as a Humanitarian Adventurer of 2013 by National Geographic magazine. Shannon has used her bicycle to raise awareness and funds to advocate for the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan. Vote for her here

Watch Shannon's TedX Mile High presentation about Mountain2Mountain:

Life Lessons Learned While Mountain Biking

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You may remember the story we posted a few weeks ago about a female cyclist being taken out by barbed wire on a Denver bike path. Her teammates reported to us that she has a wonderful attitude about cycling and life and we thought it would be great to share her words of wisdom with our readers. We could definitely use some good news and inspiring thoughts this week!

Embrocation Basics: Part II

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Embrocation Basics: Part II
By: Michael J. Zerinskas
BALM Co. - www.balmco.com

With temperatures dipping below 50° here in Colorado, many cyclists and runners are left pondering days in the gym, hours on fluid trainers, and 8oz curls on the couch. With the right clothing choice and a healthy dose of embrocation, you can ditch those winter blues and be back out on your favorite routes no matter how low the temps go.

Embrocation Basics: Part I

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Embrocation Basics: Part I
By: Michael J. Zerinskas
BALM Co. - www.balmco.com

With temperatures dipping below 50° here in Colorado, many cyclists and runners are left pondering days in the gym, hours on fluid trainers, and 8oz curls on the couch. With the right clothing choice and a healthy dose of embrocation, you can ditch those winter blues and be back out on your favorite routes no matter how low the temps go.

Jessica: Using our Bikes to Release Some of the Grief

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Cheri Felix

I have a special spot where some of my mom’s ashes are. It just happens to be at the top of a steep hill or at the beginning of a sweet downhill. It all depends on how you look at it. Either way, I put them out there because I knew that for the rest of my upright life I would visit that spot time and time again. When my mom died I used my body to release the grief. I hiked, I did yoga and I rode my bike. A lot. One of my favorite sad days was with M. We rode and I talked and we cried. I shared every last detail of my mother’s last breath. It was very healing.

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Dopers Suck, Did Tejay Win & Danielson's Guilt

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Will Dopers Suck sale out today?

Surprised anyone? What piece of information impacts you the most? Will the spot light move now to Amateur cycling and finish what matters to you most or is the whole discussion going to move on and end.

Next up, does that mean Tejay won this years USA Pro Challenge?

Lastly, words from local star, Tom Danielson on his drug use, from the Daily Camera

"Along the road to following my dream, I've had several ups and downs, but I stuck with it because I love the sport," Danielson said in the statement. "I never set out thinking I would cross a line. I set out simply wanting to compete, to race my bike and do what I love. And that is exactly what I did, clean.

Average: Why Are We So Afraid of That Word?

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Author, Cheri Felix rides Fruita

Another weekly column from our guest writer Cheri Felix

Sometimes when I am talking about how great my three kids are I make sure to joke that although they are amazing that they are average kids. I mean this to say, yes they are clever and dedicated and excited about school but that they are normal average kids. People always laugh. Nervously. And when I talk about me and my mountain biking obsession (let’s call a spade a spade), I’m always sure to say that I’m an average mountain biker. Some people take a pause at this point. Especially if they’ve ridden with me or seen the photos on Facebook or heard me talk (endlessly) about my bike. And for some reason it’s so hard for people to hear others talk about themselves as average. Because I guess we’re all supposed to be above average or amazing or elite or fill in the blank.

When did average become such a bad word? I mean, when I talk about my weight, I like to say I’m about average in the weight department and when I talk about my looks, I use the word average too. When I describe my height, I aspire to average. I’m 5’3”. I’d also say I aspire to average when it comes to cleaning the house, flossing my teeth and keeping my car clean. And that all sounds okay but when it comes to abilities and knowledge, we all seem to want to be above average or amazing or incredible or gasp p-e-r-f-e-c-t.

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