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Kitsbow To Release Latest Film in 36 Hours Series: “Not Quite Out of the Woods”

PETALUMA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2018) — After launching the first-ever 36 Hours in Kitsbow film series, a program giving anyone the chance to apply for a production stipend to showcase their favorite adventure, Kitsbow is honored to…

PETALUMA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2018)  After launching the first-ever 36 Hours in Kitsbow film series, a program giving anyone the chance to apply for a production stipend to showcase their favorite adventure, Kitsbow is honored to announce “Not Quite Out of the Woods.” Shot and edited by Emmy Award winner, Kate Geis, the film documents an overnight father/daughter bikepacking adventure in Western Massachusetts. The story is told in the context of a family’s journey through childhood Leukemia treatment.

On October 6, 2017, five-year-old Eleanor Maynard was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Since then, the road to recovery has been anything but easy. Her parents Adin and Llama Maynard have taken every chance they get to infuse adventure and their family’s love of cycling into Eleanor’s life.

“I hope this film inspires other parents to provide their kids with experiences of adventure through bikepacking, and cycling in general,” said Adin Maynard. “And for parents of kids undergoing medical treatment, I hope Eleanor’s smile and positive attitude encourages hope and strength, proving that happiness is found in pushing limits and seeking new experiences.”

“We knew we would be inspired by all of the films in the series, but we didn’t anticipate the amount of love and hope that would be illuminated by bicycling,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow. “We were blown away by not only Eleanor’s story but the quality of work that went into ‘Not Quite Out of the Woods.’ It was unanimously our staff pick.”

Check out the “Not Quite Out of the Woods” trailer here.

Today, Eleanor is in the midst of chemotherapy treatment which can come with moments of real struggle brought on by the inevitable side effects. However, in between those hard moments she is spending time doing the things she loves including biking, ballet, romping with her brothers and being a happy kindergartener.

“About 3,000 people younger than age 20 are found to have ALL each year in the United States,” according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But due to fairly recent medical advances, Eleanor’s story isn’t the only one of hope. “About 98-percent of children with ALL go into remission within weeks after starting treatment and over 90-percent of those children can be cured.”

Kitsbow will be releasing the full version of “Not Quite Out of the Woods” at 6 a.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 14 on the Kitsbow blog and Facebook. Additionally, the public can follow along with Eleanor’s journey through the family’s Facebook group as well as Adin’s Instagram.

It’s never too soon or too late to get out and make memories. To create your own 36 Hours in Kitsbow film, apply at Kitsbow.com between Feb. 1- Feb. 28. For more inspiration, take a look at the other short films on our blog.

About Kitsbow

With unabashed style and technical excellence, Kitsbow celebrates the joy and passion of cycling by creating the world’s finest bike clothing. Offering high-performance apparel, the California-based company prioritizes quality, value and the belief that anything that’s done should be done with the absolute best of what’s available. To view the line and learn more about Kitsbow, visit www.kitsbow.com.

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World Ride Launches to Help Grow Women’s Mountain Biking in Nepal

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic…

World Ride, a mountain bike adventure company, has launched to help support the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal. World Ride organizes mountain bike trips and retreats on epic trails in Nepal, and all proceeds from these trips go to the Ladies Mountain League, an organization that helps to empower Nepali women through the outdoors.

World Ride developed out of a project started by Julie Cornelius, a mountain bike guide and nutrition coach out of Moab, UT to aid Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes. In March of 2017, Cornelius traveled with a team of ladies including Shonny Vanlandingham, Francesca Weikert and Lindsey Richter (Ladies Allride) to Nepal to film the documentary Moksha, produced by AndShesDopeToo. The ladies worked with a team of Nepali ladies to tell their story through the film. They also taught a skills clinic to Nepali women, many of whom had never mountain biked before. In May of 2017, two of the Nepali ladies, Usha Khanal and Roja KC, became the first female Nepali AMGA certified mountain bike guides. These two ladie are now employed by World Ride partner Himalayan Singletrack and working guiding mountain bike tours throughout Nepal.

World Ride supports the growth of mountain biking in Nepal through three avenues- recreation, careers, and racing. The Ladies Mountain League hosts weekly rides for ladies and has a small fleet of bikes the women can use for free. World Ride will help to purchase more bikes to expand the weekly recreational rides. Proceeds will also go to continue training for women guides in Nepal. Mountain bike tourism is growing in the country, and mountain bike guiding is a sustainable career path for these ladies. Some women choose to race in cross country, downhill and enduro disciplines. World Ride will help to support these ladies, with the future goal of sending a Nepali woman to the Olympic games.

World Ride trips are fully supported, guided trips through some of the highest mountains in the world. Currently, World Ride has two trips offerings- Annapurna Circuit and Jomsom Muktinath Enduro, and both trips have dates for ladies only trips and for coed trips. The Annapurna Circuit ride tests a riders stamina and srength over the course of 14 days while riding over the imposing Thorong La Pass (5416m, 17,769 ft). The Jomsom Muktinath Enduro is a less strenuous trip that takes riders through the Mustang region of Nepal. Both rides combine rugged jeep roads and truly amazing singletrack for a trip-of-a-lifetime!

Along with organizing mountain bike adventures, World Ride is collecting donations of gear and financial contributions for the Ladies Mountain League. Mountain biking is financially restrictive for women in Nepal, so the Ladies Mountain League and World Ride are working to make it possible for all women to join. New and gently used items are currently being accepted and all World Ride adventure participants are encouraged to bring over items to Nepal to donate.

Visit www.world-ride.com to find out more, book a trip, and to make a donation!

“It is difficult to summarize a Nepal experience… The warmth of the people, the amazing Himalayas- a perfect landscape- and the culture of the place. They all make traveling to Nepal an out of this world experience. I am so lucky to have had this opportunity”- Carmina, 2017 World Ride adventurer

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