Pedal Dancer® Inspiring cyclists and travelers.

A bike travel blog for travelers, cyclists and cycling fans. I write about Colorado, France, the Tour de France, Spring Classics in Belgium, Cycling Events and more. Pedal Dancer Bike Calendars serve the bike race and cycling event community. Pedal Dancer blog is a resource for those who attend events or races in the USA and Europe. My moto is - Light on opinion and heavy on information and joy of the sport.

Blog topics include: bike routes and cycling climb descriptions, cycling lifestyle and educational topics, travel tips, race previews, race reports, spectator guides, ride reports, cycling and travel photography, plus the bikes and equipment used in the sport of cycling.

About Pedal Dancer®

Karen Rakestraw writes and photographs for Pedal Dancer. I have chased pro races for fourteen years on the continent and in Europe. My love of travel, maps, photographs and human interest, blends with the love of any bike, a good competition in sports, and a better story.

I have climbed most of the major cols in the French Alps and French Pyrenees, as well as ridden most of the climbs in Colorado and a few more west of there. I have been to the Tour de France six times, but love the Tour of Flanders most as a spectator (although the Giro d'Italia in Belfast was pretty cool!). I have been a long time traveler and outdoor adventurer who has rock climbed El Capitan, lived in Borneo, and ridden up the Koppenberg in Belgium on a 10 euro rental bike. If you meet me at a race or an event - please tell me a travel story.

Sport is not a character builder but a character revealer.

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Adventures or race coverage in 2015
I will be at the Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge, and covering the Tour de France daily from home this year. 

Adventure or race coverage in 2014 included:
2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
2014 Amgen Tour of California
2014 Giro d'Italia in Ireland
2014 USA Pro Challenge
CX season in Colorado

Contact Pedal Dancer®

Do you have ideas or comments for me, please email me directly at PedalDancerBlog@gmail.com. I answer every single email and am always happy to hear from you. I welcome any comments on the Pedal Dancer Facebook page where I now add all of the posts on this website. Thank you for visiting!

About Karen Rakestraw, Writer/Photographer : KRakestraw.com

I am an American and an Irish citizen. I grew up near the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, and now live in Colorado to enjoy the mountains. I enjoy the creativity of writing, love maps and discovering new places. I especially like the unknown of travel. I learn all I can before I go, expect the plans to go awry and find the best times in total surprises. I have no tolerance for routine, if I did - I'd be a much better bike rider. Mostly I'm an adventurous artist who knows how to move around at a bike race. I enjoy data, sharing information, written communication and people with varied backgrounds.

Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer® at the Velodrome in Roubaix, France

For much more info about me, please visit: A really long About Me - Karen Eileen Rakestraw. Where you may also read more about the wonderful contributors to Pedal Dancer including:

Willie Reichenstein, contributing Photographer at Amgen Tour of California 2012, 2013, 2014.

Willie Reichenstein at the Tour de France

Ryan Wallace, contributing Photographer at USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2012, 2013, 2014

Ryan Wallace, Photographer RevLine

More contributing photographers: the generous talented photographers who have shared their work with me including Ryan Wallace, Laurie Valaer, Ron Long, and Chuck Parsons, Ryan Muncy, Mike Rakestraw, Susan Benner, Kenny Rakestraw, Brian Graves, Jason Maxwell, Monica B., Duke Mike N., Katie Strausser.

*The image for 2015 at the top of PedalDancer.com, was taken in 2014 of the Maroon Bells, a well-known landmark in Colorado, near Aspen. It is a lovely destination-ride on a bike, where I regularly see deer, moose and marmot, plenty of fellow cyclists and the most friendly Forest Rangers imaginable.