Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Where will you ride in 2013?

I'm always excited when I plan my annual calendar.  In addition to racing, coaching skills clinics, and directing camps, I try to fit in a few organized rides each season.  I started riding to participate in endurance events and I still love to participate in a big, fun event (especially if the food is good!).  It's always a great way to ride in places I don't typically ride, explore new roads, and have awesome support while doing it.  
One of the really cool things about Team Velo Girls is that we're a multi-disciplinary team.  Our members include road racers, mountain bike racers, cyclocrossers, and endurance road riders who lead all of our club rides.  These awesome women, ranging in age from 20s to 60s, are experienced endurance riders who focus their goals on helping you achieve your goals.  Each year they put together an awesome schedule of training rides to help you challenge yourself and prepare to ride in some great organized rides.  Each of our  progressive training ride series is designed to gradually increase your duration and climbing and to prepare you to ride your best events yet! These are members-only rides, so make sure to join or renew your Velo Girls membership for 2013.

ENDURANCE SERIES #1:  Cinderella Classic -- January 19th to April 6th
Join us as we prepare for the Cinderella Classic, a fabulous all-women's ride on April 6th. There are 2 options available - a metric century (63 miles) and the Challenge ride (90 miles). This popular event sells out every year so register early. If you don't receive a registration card in the mail, email cinderella@velogirls.com and we'll send one to you.
You’ll find details and RSVP for all Cinderella Progressive Training Ride Series rides + events at our meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/velogirls
 January 19thCinderella Kick-Start Clinic  -- New for 2013!
January 20th – Cinderella Shake-Out Ride (with Melo Velo) – 15 miles
January 26th – Cinderella Ride #1 – Paradise Loop from Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito – 25 miles, rolling hills with one small climb. 
February 2nd – Cinderella Ride #2 – Three Bears from Orinda BART – 21 miles with 1,500’ of climbing.
February 9th – Cinderella Ride #3 – Los Altos Ramble from Woodside Town Hall – 28 miles with 951’ of climbing
February 16th – Cinderella Ride #4 – Lagunitas from Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito – 37 miles with 1,850’ of climbing
February 23rd – Cinderella Ride #5 – Edgewood, Los Altos, Golden Oad from Woodside Town Hall – 43 miles with 2,000’ of climbing
March 2nd – Cinderella Ride #6 – Moraga Loop from Orinda BART – 45 miles with 2,100’ of climbing
March 9th – Cinderella Ride #7 – Los Gatos from Woodside Town Hall – 45 miles with 2,500’ of climbing
March 16th – Cinderella Ride #8 – Morgan Territory Loop from Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek – 54 miles with 3,233’ of climbing
March 23rd – Cinderella Ride #9 – Pt. Reyes Station from Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito – 60 miles with 3,900’ of climbing
March 30th – Cinderella Ride #10 + Series Celebration! – Woodside from Burlingame Caltrain Station – 30 miles
April 6th – Cinderella Classic

ENDURANCE SERIES #2:  Billy Goat Climbing Series -- May + June

Hills, you either love them or hate them, right?  But if you ride in Northern California, there’s no way to avoid them.  Join Team Velo Girls for this series of all the best climbs in the bay area, including Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, and Old La Honda.  This series focuses on elevation gain (not mileage) so you’ll get a big bang for your pedaling buck!  Detailed schedule will be available in March.

ENDURANCE SERIES #3: Foxy's Fall Century Progressive Series -- August - October

Let’s keep our cycling fitness up through the fall months.  We’re going to prepare you for an awesome fall century – Foxy’s Fall Century on October 19th in Davis.  Detailed schedule will be available in May.


In addition to these series, check out the Velo Girls calendar for our other club rides:
  • Melo Velo Beginners’ Road Ride
  • First-Timers’ Mountain Bike Rides
  • Midweek Madness Co-ed Road Rides
  • Dirty Velo Girls Mountain Bike Rides

So what are you waiting for?  Pull out your calendar, pencil us in, and join us for a great year of riding in 2013!

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