It looks like we’re good to go with group clinics beginning in July with some modifications and smaller group sizes to adapt for safe distancing.

Bike Skills 101 (Fundamental Bike Handling Skills) on July 11th has just a couple of spots left.

Bike Skills 201 (Climbing + Descending Skills) on July 11th is SOLD OUT!

Registration for our August 23rd clinics is now online.

By super-special request, we’re bringing Bike Skills 101 (fundamental bike handling skills) to Palm Springs on December 30th (at a very discounted registration fee). Click on over and register now!

Eventbrite - Skills 101 - Fundamental Bike Handling Skills (PALM SPRINGS)


Safety is Sexy

I’m so excited about this kit! As part of my fundraising for AIDS/LifeCycle, I’ve partnered with Pactimo to offer this super-awesome orange kit. Day 2 on ALC is “orange for safety” day, but this kit is so cool everybody will want to wear it all the time. It’s a super-visible orange and available in both a euro fit (Ascent Aero) and relaxed fit (Century LX). The Summit bibs have been my go-to for years for double centuries, the Death Ride, and multi-day rides.


Order now through February 12th!

Our 2018 Camps + Clinics schedule is completed and registration is now open for most of our programs.  We’re super-excited to bring back all your favorites, like Bike Skills 101 (fundamental bike handling skills), Bike Skills 201 (climbing + descending skills), and our ever-popular women’s Cinderella Kick-Start Clinic in January.  We’ve also got some new and returning multi-day programs, including our Carmel Valley Winter Cycling Escape Weekend in January, a new Bike Camping 101 program in April, our 10th Annual Alpine Altitude Adventure camp in Markleeville in June, and our Bike Touring 101 trip to Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in August.

Check out all our programs and SAVE by registering early (with extra savings through December 31st).



Whether you were out fighting the Black Friday crowds or plan to shop small + local for Small Business Saturday, I wanted to share a special discount with all our Savvy Bike clients + fans. 

The 2014 Savvy Bike calendar has been published and you can register on-line for all of our camps, clinics, and bike fit. And now through Monday, December 2nd, you can save 20% by using promotional code SBS. 

Here’s a preview of what’s on tap for the coming year.  Holiday shopping couldn’t be any easier! 



The Tri-Flow Development Racing Program


Introduced in 2006, this award-winning program is designed to help you bridge the gap from club rider to team racer. In a six-week series of workshops, clinics, and rides, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to begin road racing and then support you at your first race. This program is limited to eight riders each session. A solid level of cycling fitness is required. Program fee includes custom team jersey, USA Cycling License, race registration fee, twice-weekly team training, and a group training program. Contact to schedule an assessment.


Team #1 – Bariani Road Race (Feb 9th  – Mar 16th, 2014)



Cinderella Kick-Start Clinic – Jan 18th


Are you planning to ride the Cinderella Classic on April 5th, 2014?  If so, this is the PERFECT clinic for you.  We combine the best skills from our Bike Skills modules, along with important information about nutrition and bike maintenance, to start you off in the right direction for a successful event.  Then, join us for our progressive training ride series that begins the following week and you’ll be crossing the finish line in style!  Meet other women who will be riding Cinderella and have a GREAT day of bike-love learning.



Alpine Altitude Adventure (aka Death Ride Training Camp) – Jun 20th – 22nd, 2014


Join us for a fun, co-ed training weekend in Markleeville, CA, home of the Death Ride.    This 6th annual co-ed weekend camp is designed to help prepare participants for the rigors of endurance riding at high altitude.  Based in Markleeville, CA, this camp is appropriate for Death Ride participants and others who wish to gain high altitude experience.  Daily mileage options range from 25 – 75 miles.  Registration fee includes camping (Friday + Saturday), a Friday skills clinic, SAG on rides, cycling nutrition, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday breakfast, and lots of fun with cool folks. 



Bike Skills 101 – Fundamental Bike Handling Skills – sponsored by – Feb 8th, Mar 15th, Apr 26th, May 31st, Jul 13th, Aug 17th, Sep 13th, Oct 18th


This 4-hour co-ed 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 bike safely and confidently.  We’ll learn skills like riding with no hands, emergency stops, and how to look behind you while holding your line, how to steer, and counter-steer.  After just four hours, we guarantee you’ll be a better bike handler and have much more fun on the bike.   This clinic is a pre-requisite for all other Bike Skills road cycling clinics.



Bike Skills 102 – Fundamental Mountain Bike Skills – Mar 1st, May 10th, Jul 27th, Sep 28th, Nov 8th


It’s time for a little dirty fun!  We’ll teach you the basics (and not-so-basics) of balance, weight distribution, and how to use the terrain to your advantage. Learn to rock, roll, hop, and jump. Master the art of steep climbs.  Learn to descend with confidence and skill.  After just four hours, we guarantee you’ll be a better bike handler and have much more fun on the bike.



Bike Skills 103 – Fundamental Cyclocross Skills + Tactics – Aug 24th


Have you been wondering what’s all the buzz about cyclocross?  It’s a fun but challenging sport that’s beginner-friendly and appropriate for the entire family.  And best of all, it’s happening at a park near you!  In this four-hour clinic, you’ll learn all the skills needed to get started in this incredible sport, including mounts, dismounts, and how to shoulder and carry your bike.  We’ll also share information about bikes & equipment, the local cyclocross racing scene, and how to train for a successful season.  We’ll finish off the day with a simulated race and de-brief.  You’ll need a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike for this clinic.


Bike Skills 201 – Climbing + Descending Skills sponsored by Jan Medina Real Estate
 – Feb 8th, Mar 15th, Apr 26th, May 31st, Jul 13th, Aug 17th, Sep 13th, Oct 18th


Bike Skills 201 is a continuation of what you’ve learned in Bike Skills 101.  What goes up must come down, right?  In this 4-hour co-ed clinic, we’ll teach you how to climb like a pro – seated climbs, standing climbs, short climbs, steep climbs, extended climbs.  And then, we’ll teach you how to come back down again, focusing on a fast straight descent, and then a technical switchbacky descent.  Pre-requisite: Bike Skills 101 or equivalent experience.



Bike Skills 301 – Pacelines + Group Riding Skills – Apr 6th, Jun 8th, Sep 14th, Nov 9th


Wheelsucking is an art!  Whether you’re a racer or a recreational rider, group riding skills will help you ride longer, faster, and farther.  We’ll learn draft theory and basic pacelines, beginning with partner work and progressing to more complex group riding skills and introductory racing techniques.  Pre-requisite:  Bike Skills 101 or equivalent experience.



Bike Skills 302 – Racing Skills + Tactics – TBA


This six-hour clinic will teach you all the individual bike-handling and group riding skills you’ll need to race your first (or your 10th) criterium or road race. In addition to skills & drills, you’ll receive expert coaching on race preparation and logistics, and an introduction to tactics. We’ll finish the day with a training race followed by a de-brief.  Pre-requisite:  Bike Skills 101 or equivalent experience.



Bike Skills 303 – Advanced Racing Skills + Tactics – TBA


Are you an experienced racer?  Are you ready to step up your game for 2014?  In this six-hour clinic we’ll focus on individual bike-handling, group riding, and racing skills. In addition to skills & drills, you’ll receive expert coaching on race preparation and logistics, as well as tactics (both individual and team).  We’ll finish the day with a training race followed by a de-brief.  Register with teammates to enhance your learning!  Pre-requisite:  Bike Skills 101 or equivalent skills clinic, or a minimum of 10 race starts.


Bike Touring 101 
– May 17th – 18th, Oct 4th – 5th  


Have you thought about touring on your bike but don’t know where to begin?  We’ll unravel the mysteries of supported, fully-loaded, and semi-loaded touring for you.  This clinic includes a two-hour seminar on the topics of equipment, bicycle choice, what to bring, how to pack, camping, cooking, safety, and choosing your route.  Then, we head out for a weekend of semi-loaded touring with a 50-mile hilly option or a 25-mile rolling option, both ending at Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero, where we’ll have dinner, spend the evening, soak in the hot tub, and sleep.  The next day, we pack up and return to the start.  This is a fully-supported event and includes ride nutrition, dinner (Saturday) and breakfast (Sunday), SAG, and your accommodations at the hostel.



Everybody’s already buzzing about the upcoming cross season.  Race calendars have been posted, clinics are on the schedule, and I just saw the poster for this year’s top-secret outlaw series in San Francisco.  Folks are dusting off their bikes, gluing on their tubulars, and dreaming about beer hand-ups, dollar grabs, Spooky Cross costumes, and the top step on the podium.

What’s this crazy sport called cyclocross?  What was, at one time, considered an off-season sport for roadies and mountain bikers to maintain some high-end winter fitness, has grown to become a focus sport for many bike racers.  From September through January, folks will toe the line for the most intense 30-60 minutes of racing you can imagine, riding on all types of terrain (sand, grass, gravel, pavement, mud, ice, and snow), leaping off their bikes and jumping over barriers, shouldering their bikes to run up hills, and hanging out with other bike-loving folks in a very spectator-friendly environment.  With local races at venues all over Northern CA, you can’t find a better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday this fall/winter.  Cross is also a very family-friendly environment and many races even have events for the kids!

You’ll find all the deets on norcal cyclocross here:

Favorite series like Bay Area Super PrestigeCCCX, and Surf City return with awesome racing.  New this year is the Norcal CX Series, which incorporates some long-time favorite races like the Lion of Fairfax and Stafford Lake, and introduces some new races like the Kitten of Vallejo and the San Jose Cougar.


Matt McNamara of Sterling Sports Group


If you want to start racing cyclocross, or to refine your skills and take your racing up a notch, there are skills clinics and organized cyclocross rides offered throughout the fall.  The first of these clinics is our own Savvy Bike Skills 103 (cyclocross skills and tactics) on August 24th, guest-coached by Matt McNamara of Sterling Sports Group.  This is the 11th year we’ve offered this clinic, with a variety of guest coaches, and it’s always a participant favorite!  Matt is a top-notch coach and a really funny guy who’s been racing and coaching pretty much every discipline of cycling for more than two decades.  We’re thrilled that he’s coaching Bike Skills 103 and encourage you to register for this co-ed, 4-hour clinic.

Whether you race or spectate, I think you’ll find cyclocross is just about the most fun you can have on a bike!


Whoever created my schedule this summer was crazy!  What’s that you say?  I put together my own schedule?  Well that explains everything.  Indeed, I’m crazy.

Since mid-June, I’ve spent more time away from home than at home.  My life has been a constant go-go-go.  And, of course, the bike has been an integral part of that action.

In June, I spent two weeks in beautiful Markleeville, CA, home of the Death Ride.  I held my 5th Annual Alpine Altitude Adventure camp with a great group of riders and also rode the Alta Alpina Challenge on one of the hottest days of the year.  I rode my favorite mountain passes, practiced yoga at studios in Carson City, Truckee, and South Lake Tahoe, visited the farmer’s markets, hiked with my dog, and did some advance work for The Specialized Women Sports Camp where I’d be coaching in August.  I even went stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe for the 1st (and 2nd) time ever!


Lorri and Annie at the Death Ride


July was non-stop action, with another week in Markleeville, capped off by my fastest Death Ride ever!  I somehow slipped in a bunch of Savvy Bike clinics, bike fits, and on-the-bike coaching sessions, as well as prep for the 8th Annual Menlo Park Grand Prix presented by Kit Order.


Janelle Kellman of Kit Order with Lorri at the Menlo Park Grand Prix


The day after the race, I spent my 48th birthday with off-load and then hopped on the redeye for New York to spend an amazing week visiting long-lost family and friends and attending my 30th High School Reunion.  I rode my bike 6 days in 6 different places, including a group ride and a ride with a high school buddy.  I met with cycling and fitness friends to work on plans to bring coaching programs to NY next summer.  This was the first real vacation I’ve taken in a long time, and I even completely ignored work and email for a few days.


Lorri and her nieces riding in upstate NY


When I returned from NY, I had one day at home before heading up to Truckee to coach the road cycling programs at The Specialized Women Sports Camp.  What a fabulous weekend of clinics, riding, yoga, SUP, and seminars in a stunning setting.


Lorri and her athletes climb Donner Pass


And now I’m back and ready to settle in for a while, with awesome Bike Skills clinics, AIDS LifeCycle Training Ride Leader Certification clinics, bike fits, on-the-bike clients, and even some road and mountain bike racing to finish off the summer.  I’ve loved every minute of my crazy summer, but I’m thrilled to be back home in Northern CA — the most perfect place on earth to ride a bike!

Life is short.  Live each day fully.  Enjoy summer.  Make memories!

bollard:  (n) a pole or structure erected to direct traffic or obstruct access to certain road users (cars).

bollocks:  (n) literal meaning:  testicles.  common use:  an expletive uttered after a misfortune.

One of my coaching clients recently crashed his bike and suffered some pretty serious injuries.  He was commuting to work on the SF Bay Trail as part of a group ride.  The route was detoured to a narrow section of trail with a bollard at the entrance.  He didn’t see the bollard and hit it.

This crash has prompted heated discussion on the local bicycle advocacy email list.  The debate had focused on the illegality of the bollards and how dangerous that type of structure could be for trail users.  The debate transitioned into a discussion of the intended use of that trail with respect to large fast-paced group rides.

I don’t typically participate in debate on email groups or on-line forums.  We all know how they end up.  But I felt strongly that there was another message that should be considered and perhaps some learning to be done.  Yeah, I was the person who mentioned that the speed limit at that high-use section of trail was only 5mph and that a change in rider/group behavior might have prevented the crash.  And the personal attacks flew — good stuff.

I know that section of trail very well.  For 12 years I lived just a mile from there.  The intersection in question is very busy — with lots of kids, joggers, older adults, and folks visiting the dog park.  The speed limit there is reduced for that very reason.  I also led a fast-paced, early-morning group ride on the SF Bail Trail for a number of years, until the numbers grew so large that I felt it was no longer safe for us to share the trail with other trail users.

For more than a year, I commuted by bicycle from San Mateo to San Francisco — long before commuting became popular and a group activity.  I also commuted for a year from San Mateo to Los Altos Hills.  I understand commuting.  I get it.  Your goal is to get from point A to point B with as few transitions (red lights, stop signs, turns) as possible.  You might go slow or fast, flat or hilly, short or long, but in the end, your goal is to get there.

So, back to last week’s crash.  While I agree that bollards create unnecessary hazards for road users and that there are other alternatives, I would also challenge riders to think about how their behavior could prevent something like this in the future.  Is a multi-use path the best place for a large, fast-paced group ride (even in the early morning hours)?  Are there alternative routes that still offer a good, solid commute but would be more appropriate for a large group?  Can we remind participants to call out hazards, leave more space between riders, and slow down a bit as the group encounters bollards, and then soft pedal to re-group after the entire group has passed through?

Many of the folks who participate in this particular ride are relatively new to cycling, commuting, and/or group riding.  They trust the de facto leaders of the group (whether it’s a cycling club, an employer, or just a group of friends).  They trust that those leaders will lead them on routes that are safe and hazard-free.  They trust that other riders in the group will communicate obstacles/hazards, changes in pace, and changes in direction.  They trust that we’re all in this sport together and that we’ll look out for each other.  After all, isn’t that one of the reasons we choose to ride with others?

YOU need this! You NEED this! You need THIS! what IS this? THIS is group riding skills and who better to teach you how to play nice with others than the expert coaches of Velo Girls Coaching Services!

Just this weekend at our Bike Skills 101 clinic, I was having a conversation with a number of participants about our upcoming co-ed Bike Skills 301 (pacelines + group riding) clinic. One of them stated that she would never ride in a paceline, even though she rides on her husband’s wheel all the time. Another stated that he loves riding centuries and would love to ride them faster but doesn’t like riding in close proximity to other riders. And yet another stated that he pacelines all the time but doesn’t always trust the riders he rides with.

Bike Skills 301 (pacelines + group riding skills) is the PERFECT clinic for all three of these cyclists (and probably for you, too)! Why? Because whether or not you ever race your bike, you’ll have the opportunity to ride with other riders at some point in your cycling career. Group riding is FUN! Group riding will help you ride longer and faster. And if you learn the skills, you’ll be a safer rider and can share your knowledge with your friends and other folks with whom you ride.

First, we teach you the science behind pacelining — draft theory. We teach you about energy savings and how to find the ideal position in relationship to other riders. We teach you how to find the wind (and how to protect yourself from it).

Then, we teach you how to be safe when pacelining — communication skills, how to safely position yourself and how to modulate your speed without having a negative impact on other riders.

And then we take it all out on the road and work on group riding skills, starting with two-rider partner drills and progressing to various types of pacelines and echelons.

So, unless you’re riding in a bubble, you’ll have lots of opportunities to ride with other riders, which means lots of opportunities to ride faster, longer, and safer by utilizing group riding skills.

Our last co-ed Bike Skills 301 clinic of 2011 will be held on November 6th in Woodside. I would highly encourage you to come and add some skills to your cycling toolbox. Bring your teammates, friends, or significant other so you can learn together and reinforce your learning. Register by October 30th and save $20!

Click here for NOW: Bike Skills 301 Registration

when I was a child, I assigned gender to lots of things.  spoons were girls, forks + knives were boys.  cats were girls, dogs were boys.  boats were girls, cars were boys.  salt was a girl, pepper was a boy.  mustard was a girl, ketchup was a boy.  birds were girls, squirrels were boys.  you get the idea.  some of these items were genderless, some not.  I have no idea why I did this.  was it based on appearance or behavior or utility?  I’m not sure.  but somehow, in my child’s mind, there was a difference between feminine and masculine and I clearly felt the need to distinguish between the two.

flash forward to my 20s and I focused the efforts of my MBA on the study of gender.

flash forward again to my 30s and I started a business based on gender.

now in my 40s I’ve had the unique opportunity of spending the past decade working in a women’s -focused organization (that allows men to join us from time to time, too).

while others might disagree, I definitely believe there’s a significant difference in how the minds of women and men work.  we approach sport differently.  we approach learning differently.  we approach community and relationships differently.  we tick differently.  we tock differently, too.

yeah, I know that none of this is black + white.  I also know that some of this is learned behavior (not inherited behavior) and that there are generational differences.  but all in all, I still believe that there is great value in gender-specific activities from time to time in our lives.

in 2003, I developed a two-day women’s cycling clinic.  in later years, at the request of our clients, we developed a series of men’s clinics, too.  and eventually, as our client base shifted to 40% men, we started offering co-ed clinics.  but there’s still something very special about our women’s-only Girls Got Skills clinic sponsored by Jan Medina Real Estate.  so even though we’ve let the boys come out to play for many of our programs, Girls Got Skills will forever remain a women’s-only event.

our next Girls Got Skills clinic is October 8th + 9th, right here on the San Francisco peninsula. it’s two days jam-packed with women + skills + bikes + fun!  we learn fundamental cycling skills, group riding, and climbing + descending.  we share our challenges and our successes. and we have fun doing it in a safe, comfortable environment.

there’s still time to register!  as a matter of fact, if you register by Sunday, September 25th, you save $20 on the registration fee (score!).  so please, join us for a fabulous, women’s-only cycling weekend in October.  I guarantee it will change your world.

you’ll find info on Girls Got Skills and all our clinics and programs here: