The long way home

who doesn’t like a little challenge? after a month off the bike in October, doing nothing but physical therapy and coaching clinics, I wanted to get back on the bike, add in some yoga (more on that in another post), and just find some consistency in my riding, my energy levels, and my mood. during October I’d also been focused on weight-loss and my caloric deficits, combined with the end of Daylight Saving Time, seemed to be affecting my sleep […]

Bike skills: on the road

New for 2010, Velo Girls Coaching Services has partnered with organizations in other parts of CA to bring our Bike Skills clinics to YOU! August 1st — Chico, CA — we’re offering Bike Skills 101 (Fundamental Bike Handling Skills) in the morning and Bike Skills 201 (Climbing + Descending) in the afternoon. Both of these clinics are co-ed and hosted by the guru of Chico Cycling, Rodney Cox. August 8th — Sacramento, CA — we’re offering Bike Skills 101 in […]

How to do the Death Ride without really dying

After coaching last week’s Velo Girls Alpine Altitude Adventure camp, I wanted to share my top tips for Death Ride success. I’ve participated in the Death Ride three times (2010 will be my 4th). There are lots of ways to approach an event like this. Here are my best suggestions: #1 — Have a Plan. If you don’t have a plan, you’re less likely to keep on schedule, make the time cuts, and keep going when the day gets challenging. […]

Savvy Bike announces additional 2010 clinic dates

Due to popular demand, we’ve added a bunch of dates to our 2010 coaching calendar: Bike Skills 101 — Fundamental Bike Handling Skills sponsored by BicycleLawyer.com — Jul 17, Sep 18, Nov 13 This 4-hour clinic is the foundation of everything else you’ll learn on the bike. This is the clinic where we teach the old dogs new tricks and the newbies the fundamentals. You’ll learn about balance and weight distribution and how that affects your ability to ride your […]

Falling off the bike

There was a recent thread on the Velo Girls email group that prompted this post. In that thread, a rider commented that a specific local century ride was dangerous because the roads were in poor condition and that these roads caused at least three crashes during the event. With no disrespect to the original poster, I feel obliged to share some thoughts about these assertions. Roads do not cause crashes. Unskilled riders cause crashes. I’ve had the opportunity to ride […]