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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Robyn's Recipes: Kimchi

Robyn's Recipes: Kimchi

Purple cabbage kimchi
   As a part of a local CSA (community supported agriculture) program we get a big box of delicious, fresh organic produce every week. In the winter and spring especially this includes a head of cabbage almost every week. One can chop it up in stir fry and eat that every night, or make massive amounts of coleslaw, but my new favorite thing to do with cabbage is to make kimchi following a recipe included with one of the weekly boxes. I'm not the biggest fan of sauerkraut, but the added spices in kimchi make it pretty tasty as a snack or a topping for stir fry. Napa cabbage is traditionally used, but green or purple cabbage can be substituted.
   Kimchi is fermented so it contains beneficial lactic acid bacteria that helps digestion. It also contains lots of vitamin C, carotene, vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, selenium, and iron. Cabbage is also an antioxidant and thought to help prevent cancer. It has actually been named one of the top 5 healthiest foods in the world by Health magazine. Considering all of these health benefits, we should probably all eat more kimchi!

Recipe from Mountain Bounty Farm: 

Sea salt, 4 cups cabbage, 1-2 carrots, 1-2 onions or scallions, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 3-4 hot chilis, 3 tbsp grated ginger. 

1. Chop cabbage and other veggies and add them to a large non-metal bowl or crock. 
2. Make brine in sufficient quantity to cover cabbage: 1 tbsp salt per 1c water. 
3. Use plate to weigh down cabbage mix and keep it submerged below brine overnight.
4. Drain brine off and reserve; mix spices with brined veggies and pack into quart jars as tightly as possible.
5. There should be a brine layer on top of the jar, if not add some reserved brine.
6. Cover and let ferment at room temperature out of direct sun for 3-6 days. Taste daily and once it tastes fermented store in the fridge and enjoy! 

Kimchi keeps for quite a long time refrigerated and will further ferment very slowly; in Korea it is kept at room temperature for 6 months or more to allow it to reach full flavor! 
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Friday, July 18, 2014
2014 Gravity National Championships with Samantha Kingshill at Angel Fire, NM

2014 Gravity National Championships with Samantha Kingshill at Angel Fire, NM

Back in June, Samantha Kingshill, road-tripped 19 hours down to New Mexico with her family to compete in the 2014 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike Championships. Read on for a day by day re-cap from Shine's youngest athlete:

It took us about 19 hours to get to Angel Fire, New Mexico. My parents took turns driving non-stop. We ended up arriving at 4:30 in the afternoon the next day! As soon as we got there, I got my number  plates and got on the DH track for some practice on my Ellsworth Method. I spent what little time I had getting runs down the mountain to feel the course and figure the line and try on my new CrankBrother Mallets clipless pedals and Cyclone FiveTen Shoes.  I loved the new change up from flat pedals to clipless, they felt great and my brand new FiveTens were fantastic as always. As soon as I finished my last run, my dad, little sister and I decided to go ride some small bike trails on the other side of the hill. By dark we were back at the camp and I was exhausted. As soon as I finished dinner, which was grilled cheese and pasta salad, I hit my sleeping bag and passed out ready and excited for the next day.

I got up early, ate breakfast and then headed for the mountain. I was able to get 1 DH run, then switched out my pedals and headed up for my DS practice with my brand new Ellsworth Momentum built mostly from wonderfully gracious sponsors, Cheryl Ehniz and my grandfather from Mesqueti Ranch and Loaded Precision Components. I didn’t think this course was as challenging or as fun as the Sea Otter course, which is my favorite.  After the practice runs, my dad got a lift ticket and we hit the mountain together. I took him on some of the trails I knew of. Good idea right? Wrong, poor guy was on a 6in enduro bike and I took him on mostly steep downhill trails which were the only trails I knew of. My poor dad crashed 3 times trying to get to Candyland, and once we hit Candyland I hit those moto jumps while my dad watched. He said they were pretty intimidating. After loosening up on the mountain riding trails with my dad I did my qualifying runs. For my first run the timer wasn’t on so I got to redo it.

Both of my qualifying runs felt good. I saw where I needed to get faster and by how much time to make a difference. I was too anxious to sit around and wait to see my place in qualifying so I went back on the hill with my dad and  we found a nice slow trail to ride that was fun. It was like Livewire at Northstar, without the “high consequence crashes” if you cased or over jumped a jump. By the time we got down our 3rd run we were exhausted and we checked the board for my qualifying time... I had qualified 3rd!! I was very happy and couldn’t stop freaking out. We came back to the camp and I finally got to see my grandpa that I hadn’t seen in 12 years. He met us in New Mexico from Texas. We ate some food, cleaned my bike and shared stories then passed out for the big Dual Slalom Race Day.

I got to the top of the DS course exhausted from hauling my bike up the steep hill and nervous for the race. I did 2 practice runs down the DS course, one on each side and then went back to the top and waited for the finals. The course got a little dustier and was a bit of a mess, but not as bad as the previous day. Soon my name was called to the gate and I was set up to drop. After 6 runs of neck and neck battling for the fastest time against the other ladies I had claimed my final position for 3rd place.I found that this course had a lot more pedaling spots than pumping spots.  After relaxing for a little, I switched out my pedals and did a few more DH practice runs. After that my dad and I went to check out the jump on the course that had been bugging me. I really wanted to hit it, but I needed to find the right line into it. With the help of a bystander, my dad and I found the perfect line. Turns out not many girls were hitting it. We watched Pro women go down and they weren’t hitting it either, except for Jill Kintner. I needed to hit it... So I slept on it.

I got up really early and got in 2 DH practice runs. On my first run down, the trail was perfect with a nice coating of dew. I hit the jump that was haunting me and I made it perfectly! I rode down to the bottom on the course jumping with joy.  I was ready for another run down. I loaded back up and did it again. I did pretty good...but when I went to hit the jump that last time, it was all wrong. The berms going into the jump were blown out which didn’t set me up right for the lift off the face and ultimately messed up my landing. I came up short,  felt my foot give and then I knew something was wrong because  I felt a lot of pain. I pulled over and tried to walk. I couldn’t do it.  I began to get worried so I quickly got on my bike and rode down. I got to the bottom where my parents were waiting and there was an intense pain in my foot.
I got off my bike and was able to walk with my dad’s help. I limped to a table and sat down while my dad got ice. I iced my foot for about 20 minutes and then got back to walking on it  so that I could keep it moveable for the race which was happening in about an hour from then.  I wanted to race my DH race. I wasn’t about to let something like this get in my way.  And I especially wasn’t going home without my DH final run. Yeah, I was the only one in my age group and category racing (which I wasn’t happy with in the first place) but I qualified to race in a “National” race….and I was coming down that hill to claim my award one way or another.
At the top of the downhill course I stumbled around trying to go find a bush to pee behind because I was so nervous.  It finally came to us ladies and Pro’s to go down the hill last. I got called up to the box, but before my run down I told everyone timed to go after me my situation, and told them that if they saw me on the course to scream for me to move over so that they could pass because I wasn’t going to stop.  As soon as I hit the first rock on the course my ankle gave and I had a really hard time trying to stand on my Crank Brother pedals. Luckily my Cyclone FiveTen shoes were great ankle support.  So I just tried as hard as I could to suck up the pain and make it down the course fast even though it felt like I was hitting every rock possible. I was passed by 3 girls and luckily they all came up on me during sections that were perfect passing spots to keep me still rolling down the hill. I got to the bottom and flew over the last jump landing with my pedal dropped, really bummed because I like to jump and my finish line jump was not at all picture perfect. At the bottom I unclipped from my DH Mallets by CrankBrothers and I began to internally scream.  There was no doubt now that my foot was messed up. I rode down to the award ceremony to claim my medal thinking it was worth it. I mean I didn’t come here to just parents didn’t take time off work to just have a vacation... I came to New Mexico to compete in the Nationals... to do what I enjoy doing and prove I’m really good at it. I have the balls to hit jumps and the determination to win. My name was called for my category and I limped up to the podium with the help of the the nice man giving the awards. It was such a proud moment for me to be on the number 1 podium for all to see and to put on the red, white and blue jersey!  After the award ceremony and pictures I rode down to the Medical tent, got x-rays, and found out that I had a dislocated foot, which was about the worst sprain in the book and hurt like a broken foot. So I got splinted up, got crutches and I headed out for some food. We went to Sunset Grill and the food there was amazing. Sadly, I couldn’t taste most of it because I was so hungry I just devoured the entire plate. We cleaned camp up, said our goodbyes to my grandpa and took the long drive home back to Sacramento.
Next stop on my schedule later this year, Kamakaze Bike Games!

I  want to send out a special thank you to everyone who’s helped me get to the races this year especially the USA Cycling Gravity National Championships: Mom and Dad, Shine Riders Co., Michael Masuda, College Cyclery, Auburn Bike Co., Cheryl Ehniz, Mesqueti Ranch, TX, Five Ten Shoes, Loaded Precision, Kali Protectives, Happy Turtle Apparel, Smith Optics, Guayaki, Kenetics Jersery, and Loeka Clothing.

Also big thanks to Michael Masuda from College Cyclery and Curtis from Auburn Bike Co. for getting my slalom bike built and working for the nationals. You both are awesome!

- Samantha Kingshill
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Friday, July 11, 2014
Review of the CycleRest--'The Better Bike Transport'

Review of the CycleRest--'The Better Bike Transport'

The CycleRest is a handy device for those who want to transport their bikes inside the car. "Created for cyclists that prefer to have bikes inside the vehicle," the device is easy to install and use. There are no tools needed to attach the CycleRest and attaches quickly to the posts of rear headrests in most hatchbacks, SUV's and wagons. While the back seats need to fold down to use the device, the device makes for easy storage inside the vehicle. I easily attached it to the backseat of a Subaru Outback, and has no deleterious effects when not in use.

The CycleRest came into existence 2 years ago via Keith Sutter. While preparing for a triathlon, he realized that transporting his bike on the outside of his vehicle left it vulnerable to damage. Showing off his prototype to friends, he saw that others coveted it. Doing some research made him realize that there was nothing like it on the market, and the CycleRest was born.

Keeping in mind that serious cyclists are willing to spend thousands of dollars on bikes, the CycleRest crew chose to meet that unmet need--how to keep one's bike from damage while hauling it around. Driving through blizzards and blistering hot sun are no problem with the CycleRest. Rest assured that your baby will not be injured if you choose a tight parking spot a la San Francisco. And while it can not hold any thru-axles yet, CycleRest has a thru-axle design on the drawing board. So, if you're not rolling old-school with an quick-release like me, rest assured downhillers, that your $5000 baby will be cradled securely soon in your vehicle! 

For more info:
This review is based on a sample provided by Cycle Rest.
Photos Courtesy of Keith Sutter

Joh Rathbun is an Action Sports Writer and Shine MTB Coach & Ride Guide. To stay up to date on West Coast events, or ride with her, like her Facebook page , or contact her at .

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Over a Dozen Shine Riders Find the Flow

Over a Dozen Shine Riders Find the Flow

Over a dozen Shine Riders found the flow this past Sunday at the Soquel Demonstration Forest (Demo Forest). The Demo Forest is over 2,000 acres of logging-friendly redwood and "mixed hardwood" forest, yet is used recreationally. From the Cal-Fire website, "Its proximity to the metropolitan centers of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area provide excellent opportunities for hands-on forestry education and outdoor recreation while demonstrating a 'working forest' to the public."
Riders: Arlene Pantaleon-maningas, Kelly Lisanti & Brigitte Sundman

Big smiles from the men before descending down Hihn's Mill Road.
Riders: Ferdie Yasol, Dee Palabiro Man & Michael Maguyon

Thanks to Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC), the Flow Trail is being built near the Tractor Trail to compensate for the loss of Tractor Trail, which Cal Fire recently opened to logging. On May 30th, segment 3, sponsored by Fox Racing Shox, and segment 5, sponsored by Epicenter Cycling opened. 
Riders: Arlene Pantaleon-maningas, Irene Bainto Castillo & Joy Navasca-Yasol

Kudos to MBoSC for exellent signage. As a regular rider of the Emma McCrary Trail (EMT), I expected the trail to be clearly marked, and easily understood. My expectation was met.
Riders: Arlene Pantaleon-maningas, Irene Bainto Castillo & Joy Navasca-Yasol

After riding up most of Tractor as a group, we ate, then split into smaller groups. Shenanigans happened both on and
off of the trail.
Riders: Kelly KrotcovaJoy Navasca-Yasol,  Natacha Navarro, Irene Bainto Castillo, Joh Rathbun, Brigitte Sundman, Arlene Pantaleon-maningas, Kelly Lisanti

Huge thanks to Melissa Gonzalez and Bridgette Sundeman for helping on the Shine ride. I'm stoked to ride with such enthusiastic, fit folks. The She-beasts inspired me in the 90 degree heat.
Rider: Melissa Gonzalez

Because, at the end of the day, if you ain't havin' fun, then why  you doin' it?
Shine Sprockettes: Kelly Lisanti, Kelly KrotcovaIrene Bainto Castillo, Joy Navasca-Yasol, 
Brigitte Sundman, Arlene Pantaleon-maningas, Natacha Navarro, joh rathbun, Melissa Gonzalez.

Joh Rathbun is an Action Sports Writer and Shine MTB Coach & Ride Guide. To stay up to date on West Coast events, or ride with her, like her Facebook page , or contact her at .
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
2014 Northstar Opening Weekend

2014 Northstar Opening Weekend

After two years, getting back to Northstar was an amazing treat. The downhill bike finally saw some action and the Kali DH gear was put to proper use. When I rode there regularly I remember complaining about the dust, but on opening weekend last month I wore my dirt-stache with pride! The new Gypsy trail is awesome and riding with all my old friends was even better.
I'll be baaaaack!   #kaliprotectives #shineriders

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Mother's Day Weekend with the Dirt Series Ladies

Mother's Day Weekend with the Dirt Series Ladies

This past Mother’s Day weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp for women in sunny Santa Cruz, CA.  This was my third year attending and the weather was perfect: warm and clear with the perfect occasional cooling ocean breeze.  The Trek Dirt Series provide weekend long mountain bike camps in Western Canada and the Western part of the US where riders can get technical coaching and instruction.

The camp began each day at the host bike shop.   In Santa Cruz it was Epicenter; a fantastic bike shop with great owners who understand mountain biking is evolving and drawing more female participants and consumers every year. 

Walking in with my bike on the first day, I was instantly sucked into the excitement and supportive environment that is brimming in the bike shop.  Everyone was happy and chatty and excited to get started.   Candace Shadley, who is the creator of this awesome camp, and is always present with an everlasting smile and endless motivational support.

The camp prepared months in advance by dissecting a skills worksheet participants submitted after signing up for camp.  Each participant was placed in different groups based on their skill set and what they wanted to accomplish at camp.

After a few announcements and details about our day we identified our field clinics and riding group then headed to the field at Harbor High School.

Each clinic and riding group was lead by amazingly hard working, talented, and inspirational female coaches (previously our own Lindsay Beth Currier) who have not only been officially certified to teach mountain biking, but also primed to coach the Dirt Series way.  

Following a morning of basic bike maneuvering and a technical skills clinic we enjoy a nice catered lunch in the shade.  We spend our time chatting it up with new friends before scurrying off to the destination of our afternoon rides.

My Saturday ride group ended up at Wilder Ranch State Park on the West side of Santa Cruz.  Although I have ridden here many times before, with a new group of women and an experienced coach like Penny Cameron (also Trans Rockies and BC Bike Race finisher and all around bad ass athlete) it felt different.  We sessioned drops I hadn't noticed before and practiced some serious straight-line riding.  Hot, tired, but happy we headed back to the shop for dinner and bike maintenance clinics.

On Sunday morning after announcements, a sweet raffle, hours on the field practicing jumps, drops, front wheel lifts, and a delicious lunch, my group rode to De Laveaga.  The ride was lead by coach Sylvi Fae, who in addition to being an amazing mountain biker runs her own camp in Moab.  De Laveaga is another park I am very familiar with but just like with my ride at Wilder, I found myself impressed with different trails I hadn’t noticed and challenged with employing new skills to some tricky tight uphill switchback. 

Exhausted yet exhilarated, inspired, and enthused my weekend of all women mountain biking eventually came to a sweet end. 

While I definitely recommend trying a mountain bike camp like this, I also offer this warning:  These camps are addictive.  Once you try it, you may end up like me, coming back year after year even on Mother's Day. 

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