About Pedal Dancer®


Pedal Dancer creates stories, news, information, photos and maps. Pedal Dancer is a bike travel blog for travelers, cyclists and cycling fans.

About Pedal Dancer®

Pedal Dancer® is a bike blog and guide for cyclists, travelers, and fans. A blog about the cycling lifestyle intended as a resource for those interested in stories about cycling and for those who ride or attend bike races and events in the USA and Europe while enjoying travel, tourism, maps, food, drink and fun.

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, blend with the love of any bike, a good competition in sports, and a better story.

Light on opinion and heavy on information and joy of the sport, topics on Pedal Dancer® include: race and event calendars, bike routes and cycling climb descriptions, educational topics and news about the pro racing teams, riders, rider's interests, and the bikes and equipment used in the sport of cycling.

View Pedal Dancer travel and race photography: pedaldancer.zenfolio.com
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Also a photographer listed at: Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado

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

Contact Pedal Dancer®

Do you have ideas or comments for me, please email me directly at (remove the spaces) PedalDancerBlog @ gmail.com and also to PedalDancer @ comcast.net (if international, please use both emails in case our servers block email). 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

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.

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 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 at the top of PedalDancer.com blog was taken at the start of Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge in Aspen, Colorado.