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Cafe Ride: Lilly Outten finds her gravel motivation

By Reese Ruland


In October 2020, Lilly Outten had a light switch go off in her head. Her good friend had just taken off on the Arkansas High Country Race. She sat and watched all 20-odd riders pedal off and thought to herself, "Shit, I want to do more." That day, she went home and told herself that she would ride her bike every day of the race. She met a coach, she started signing up for her own races, but she wasn’t ready at all for what comes up when you start training at 31, especially when you start during a pandemic. Tune in as we talk about challenges, expectations, and the gravel community in Fayetteville that is growing larger every day.

The Café Ride is an Instagram Live conversation series dedicated to telling the stories of amazing women, building community, and educating and inspiring fellow cyclists. This conversation series features women from various aspects of the cycling community. You’ll meet and hear stories from women who are recreational athletes, product developers, nutrition experts, or professional cyclists. The goal is to inspire, educate, and connect women from all over the world.

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