Artist Paints Exquisite Miniature Landscapes Based on Bike Routes She’s Traveled



The habits and interests we establish when we’re younger often go on to influence our lives in powerful ways. When artist Dina Brodsky was eighteen years old, she discovered two passions that would become permanent fixtures in her life. “The first was painting,” she writes. “The second was long-distance bicycling.” In her series Cycling Guide to Lilliput, she demonstrates how the two work together to inform her exquisite miniature landscape artwork.

“Long distance cycling tours became my preferred form of travel, a way to gather ideas and information for the next year of painting,” Brodsky explains. “Specifically, I was drawn to miniature painting, studying first Islamic miniature art, then medieval manuscript illumination, combining that with the classical painting techniques I learned through the years.” Each of her small works encapsulates a memory she had while traveling, from moon-lit scenes to snowy roadways to reflecting ponds. Painted with an incredible realism, the circular life-like compositions allude to a larger story in which Brodsky guides the way.


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Cyclocross Nationals Gets Underway in Reno



Thirty-six national titles are on the line Jan. 9-14 as the nations leading amateur and professional cyclocross racers descend on Reno, Nev. for the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships. National champions will be crowned in the junior, collegiate, U23, masters, and elite ranks.

Nearly 2,000 racers from across the U.S. will convene at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno for the championships. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is managed by Washoe Countys Community Services Division: Regional Parks and Open Space. The Departments mission is to provide exceptional parks and open space, and recreational opportunities while preserving our natural, historical and cultural resources. For more information, visit

Cyclocross is an exciting sport to witness and spectator vantage points are available close to the action all along the course. Riders complete multiple laps around the 3-kilometer course (3.3 km for elite riders on Sunday) in all weather conditions through asphalt, dirt, grass, and sand while encountering various obstacles that may require the riders to dismount their bicycles. The fan experience is enhanced at the start/finish area with live race announcing and an expo providing merchandise tents and a variety of mobile food vendors.

Competitions begin Tuesday, Jan. 9 and culminate on Sunday, Jan. 14 with the fan-favorite events which include Junior 17-18 Men, U23 and elite competitions for men and women.

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Research shows that exercise like cycling can reverse age-related heart damage



Failed love affairs notwithstanding, time can take a real toll on your ticker. Sedentary middle-aged adults can end up with stiffening in the heart muscle, particularly the left ventricle (the chamber that pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body), raising the risk for heart failure. Masters athletes of the same age, by contrast, have large, compliant left ventricles similar to those of their younger peers.

Now, groundbreaking research shows that people can reverse age-related heart damage, but they need to make regular aerobic exercise—like cycling—a part of their daily lives before it’s too late.

In a recent study published in Circulation, cardiologists at UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources had 53 sedentary adults, ages 45-64, either perform a cardiovascular exercise program for two years or act as a control group, participating in yoga and balance training over the same period. After a gradual three-month buildup, the cardio group ultimately worked out four to five days a week and for 30 minutes at a time, including one high-intensity interval workout and one longer session.

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Celebrate Safe Streets in El Sereno!

Kicking off January with a casual, family-friendly ride in Northeast LA. We will ride from Highland Park to El Sereno for the ground breaking of Alhambra Avenue Improvements (bike lanes! crosswalk! new sidewalk!) at noon. Meet 11AM at York Park. Depart around 11:15AM. The ride is about 5.5 miles; route has plenty of bike lanes. The destination is El Sereno Arroyo Playground, Alhambra Ave & Lowell Ave, 90032.


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8 Tasty Mini-Meals You Can Make in a Mug



Trying not to overeat this year? From desserts to healthy pre-ride snacks, there’s an easy, single-serving recipe for all your cravings.

This year is all about individuality in nutrition and training, so why not take your cooking to a micro level by making more meals in mugs? With these simple, microwave-friendly recipes, it’s easy to create a meal that’s perfectly sized for one, from breakfast to dessert to the perfect pre- and post-ride mini-meals. Need a new mug to get started? Check out our New Year’s sale to get 10-percent off our cycling elements mug bundle.


Ultra-Fast Omelet

Eggs in the microwave sound weird, but once you’ve tried it, you won’t go back when you’re short on time. This “Crafty Mom” has a great veggie-heavy recipe for a two-minute omelet made in a mug: no mess or pans to clean up, and easy eating even if you spend the morning chasing the kids. It’s also a great way to individualize omelets for family or for a brunch party, since you can build your own by adding different toppings to each.


Nutella Rice Krispies Treats

Need a quick dessert but don’t want to have a bunch of leftovers in the house? YellowBlissRoad’s Single-Serve Rice Krispies Treats made in a mug are quick, easy, and will quell any sweet-tooth cravings—but won’t allow you to overeat! (Plus, what cyclist doesn’t love Nutella?) The recipe is simple and takes under 30 seconds in the microwave to complete. That’s practically faster than pouring yourself a bowl of cereal!

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