If you know Bud aka Elizabeth Reeder and Lentine Alexis, you won’t be surprised that they picked this name — Epic Everyday — for their duo team to sign up for the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race. Having spent some time riding bikes around America with those two, you know it’s not going to be boring, you actually worry it’s going to get out of hand pretty quick. However, they usually do pretty good at keeping it close to under control.
Lentine is a baker, she’s the one who came up with and then brought to reality the perfect cookie mix for SkratchLabs. You know, the one that has been storming the sport food industry. It’s one that we also sell in our front store and which is maybe my personal all time favorite snack to ride bikes. Why would you buy gross process dry food when you can bake your own in ten minutes and take it in your pocket to go exercise. Only good stuff. Plus, those cookies have kept us going through the 120 mile LA Prestige as well as the deep, strong winds of Texas. Not to mention that in the second case Lentine had maybe a couple of too much red wine and it was in that state that I saw her bake something for the first time. Good times. Lentine will empower the poor baker that you are, she made it so easy that even I can do it.
Lentine from the Rapha Women's Ambassador Camp in Texas last year.
Bud loves to ride in the morning.
Pro tip from Lentine: You want some salty flavor? Go for the rosemary bacon. Or possibly the Root Beer Cake? Europeans hate Root Beer, but whatever.
More recipes over on Lentine's personal Blog » HERE.
Elizabeth is a native from Colorado who grow up playing/competing on skis and MTB’s with the biggest smile you have ever seen. Seriously, have you seen her on instagram? She carries on her passion for sport as a marketing agent for Oakley, taking care of professional athletes at world class events. We ran into her for five minutes at the Tour de France last year. My first impression I got from Elizabeth was her, dropping her coworkers from Oakley going downhill on a dirt road in East LA, one of them trying to catch up and crashing big time. Whoopsie. That’s what you get when you try to keep up with Bud. The second impression I got from Elizabeth was a victory dance for taking a KOM in Malibu, California. Those two events set about a year apart put Bud on top of my list of funny and rad ladies.
So, when the two asked The Athletic Community to help out with the Cape Epic project, we said yes, but also were like… are you serious? To have competed at professional level, we know that Cape Epic — an 8 day MTB stage race covering 652 km — is identified as a race for full on badass competitors. To make it more “fun,” the word from the pits is that this year’s course is shorter but with more climbing. So, we were also like, are you sure you want race it? Looks like they were pretty serious about it and the next thing we knew they were on a mission to get fit and gear up.
For the back story, they had both this race on their top list, and sitting together at the US Pro Challenge, they came to the realization that they were a team right there, and they were going to do everything to make it happen. Not to mention when you have a day job and not so much vacation, it’s a hard thing to pull off. Support came from all boards in the industry and they even raised money to an humanitarian project. From their site:
‘’We have partnered with World Bicycle Relief/Qhubeka and Trek Bicycles to visit several grassroots projects in South Africa that share the power of bicycles with women + their communities; it is our goal to deliver 50 bicycles to projects that work in the backyard of the prestigious Cape Epic, significantly boosting their efforts, and capturing the stories of how bicycles are helping women to be a epic, everyday on film. ‘’
Testing out the new socks with our friend Cole in California. Turns out, they work!
More infos here » Epic Everyday GoFundMe Page.
Why the socks? Because when you race bikes for 8 days you need a lot of socks! We all know that looking good is already being fast, so at The Athletic we cover that area. We designed a socks which match their kit and P1 TREK Top Fuel, but which is also a little less serious and mismatch because if those two are a pair and a team, they are also very different. We also really into empowering women to take their life in big adventures thru Bande de Filles, and Lentine and Bud are a perfect fit of smart, badass, fit, happy and mostly what we love right their is that they are women who empower women. We will be happy to keep you updated with their adventure as the race will take off march 13th!