Picking a Team or Club

‘Tis the season to find a team either for your first time or your 22nd. Applications are opening and recruiting is in full force. If this is your first time, it’s intimidating. There’s a ton of information, but no real concise way to use it practically. I remember when I decided to join a team, I didn’t know where to start. I went to Google, as most of us do when we don’t know where to start. Finding a team isn’t as simple as signing up and being on a team. There are a lot of aspects to consider: 1. …

Cross-Training or, When We Aren’t on Our Bikes

There are a lot of cross-something or others zipping around these days: cross, cx, CrossFit, cross-training, and plenty o’ others. So what is “cross-training” and why should you care? Cross-training is simply working out your body in the same manner as your main sport does, but without doing your main sport. The goal of cross-training is balancing out your muscles (and body) to improve your fitness in your main sport. It also helps to prevent repetitive use injury. Repetitive use injuries happen when we constantly do the same motion over and over again. Think “tennis elbow,” swinging a golf club, …

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains Event Coordinator

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains Event Coordinator The Denver Post Community Foundation is currently seeking an experienced candidate to serve as Brand and Communications Coordinator of The Denver Post Ride The Rockies and The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tours.  This position reports directly to the Tour Director of Ride The Rockies and Pedal The Plains and works with two other full-time staff member and one seasonal intern. The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour has attained world class status over the last 32 years as one of the country’s premier recreational bicycle tour events.  …

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains Bike Tour Director

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains Bike Tour Director The Denver Post Community Foundation is currently seeking an experienced candidate to serve as Tour Director of The Denver Post Ride The Rockies and The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tours.  This position reports directly to the Exec. Dir. of The Denver Post Community Foundation and is supported by three full time staff members and one seasonal intern. The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour has attained world class status over the last 30 years as one of the country’s premier recreational bicycle tour events.  Each year, …

It’s Not the Size, It’s How He Uses It: A Bike Fit Journey

What do you get when an Italian and an Irish lass walk into a room? A bike fit. When asked, “What does a bike fit mean to you?” most people – like me – respond with, “To be able to pedal efficiently and powerfully without pain.” There I was, in this small room, with Pat, an Italian (“as it gets”), convincing myself that my answer was philosophically sound. That no one else could have come up with a response like that. Pat wasn’t impressed. “That’s good, but a bike fit is getting you balanced on the bike.” Was I not …

Feeling the Burn with P2P Training Race

I tried to ignore the burn running through my thighs as I pushed and pulled each pedal up a false flat during the women’s training race put on by Jon Heidemann at Peak to Peak. This was only a training race, but I could feel the competition like the lactic acid in my legs. Jon and a man I recognized from the Karen Hornbostel Time Trials Series stood in front of us briefing us of the race setup. We were to race eight (or was it nine) laps, with lap three and six as sprints. The man said he’ll ring …

What A Women’s-Only Bike Ride Taught Me

Venus de Miles (the organized women’s bike ride through Longmont, Colorado) is named after the Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo, or Aphrodite de Milo. It’s a play on words. FACT: Venus (and Aphrodite) is the goddess of love and beauty. The sculpture was found on the island of Milos located in the Agean sea. She was found in a pile of rubble and word on the street is that they were never able to find the arms, leading researchers to believe that maybe she was never meant to have any. This idea of a war-torn statue shows us that you …

Joining a Team or Club

After Primal’s Women’s-Only Bike Clinic, questions lingered like a wheel-sucker. One of which was joining a team or club. Where do you start? What do you have to do? Are there requirements? An application fee? How do you find a team in your city? Why would you even want to join a club or team? Benefits of Joining a Team/Club 1. Camaraderie Joining a team or club gives you camaraderie. Why do you think #teamworkmakesthedreamwork is so popular? It’s a great way for women to start getting into the cycling scene. You’ll grow your network of friends, cycling-enthusiasts, and professionals. …

Women’s-Only Bike Clinic

When one woman has an idea, it can be powerful. When she recruits more women and they make it happen, it can be a revolution. Our revolutions are by the minute on two wheels. Becky Furuta with Team Novo Nordisk came to Pat and me with a remarkable idea – one that had us immediately jumping on board: A Women’s-Only Bike Clinic It started simple: “I want to get all these chicks together, probably at my office for beers and do a chicks-only, newish rider happy hour with basic bike mechanics involved, and answer all the questions that have come …