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Finding Connections in the Cycling Community at a Distance!
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Emma is really lucky that her husband is her regular cycling partner, but she has missed her greater cycling community terribly. While leading MTB skills clinics, #LadySwarming local races, and joining group rides are on hold she has found new ways to engage her cycling community. 
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Emma Set Her Sights on COTA's Board of Directors.

Emma is so proud to be elected to the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) Board of Directors. COTA works in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other land managers to build and maintain trails throughout Central Oregon. Current projects she is excited to be involved with are the development of Big Sky Bike Park, BLM’s proposal for e-bike use on mon-motorized trails, and the implementation of COVID-19 protocols when volunteer trail crew work can be resumed.

#LadySwarm to Solo Swarm!

During lockdown, Emma's project, #LadySwarm has been supporting the local mountain bike community in new ways. #ladySwarm focuses on getting more women racing bikes by creating an environment where women feel welcome, providing skill sessions and talks about racing, and ultimately getting equal numbers of women to participate at bike races as men. As of late though, the constraints of lockdown have asked Emma to strengthen her online presence and support her community while riding solo. Consequently, she has been publishing MTB skill drills videos on Instagram and posting solo chalenges for local women through the @LadySwarm FaceBook group. The first solo chalenge was a self-timed Super-D segment to be done anytime during a week. The challenge turnout exceded Emma's expectations and she was able to crown multiple winners based on their self-selected categories with many even winning fun swag! We hope you can tune into more of Emma and #LadySwarm's quarantine action!

Trailheads Opening Means Remote Exploring

With trailheads opening for day use in Oregon, Emma has been exploring seldom ridden and out of the way trails. She has traversed mountain streambeds on fisherman paths, played hide-and-go-seek to find the trail along the OR Timber Trail, has hike-a-bike through dense swaths of blow-downs in recovering burn areas, and even found a make-shift podium atop a mountain. Needless to say, the postponement of race season has opened up a wealth of adventure riding for Emma. The new places she has experienced in the untrodden corners of  Oregon are exquisite. 
Rather than just trying to make the best of a bad situation, she has embraced all the new possibilities and used a bit of ingenuity to contribute to her bike community.
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