Posted by: Michael-Echo Roberson | May 29, 2009

Women’s Cycling Mag Blog Has Moved!!!

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Attention everyone and their next door neighbors, word on the streets is the Women’s Cycling Magazine blog has moved! I have it on good authority that all new post and info will now be posted there so hop, skip and click your way on over!

Portland, Ore.:  This summer USA Cycling is hosting a camp designed for riders aged 14-22 year old. This is one of ten Athlete Development Camps nationwide. The NW Camp takes place in Forest Grove at Pacific University.

“Riders participating in this fantastic opportunity will be able to learn from the best  coaches, and expert staff,” says Jim Anderson, Camp Manger. “This camp is designed to give riders a chance to improve skills, learn new training techniques and jump to that next level”.

The camp will consist of unique opportunities for younger riders to learn the fundamentals of bike racing. We will cover basic bike and training skills, nutrition, basic bike mechanics, and nutrition. We will also be having a presentation on racing as a junior level racer in Europe. As with any cycling camp, we will be riding! We have some great endurance rides planned. Rides will be in around the Washington County  some of the best bike riding in the north valley!

Riders participating in the camp will be overseen by some of most experience coaches in the United States. We have professional coaches that have worked with younger athletes and giving them the skills and confidence to become great riders. This camp is a great step into the national level. In August the USA Cycling National Road Championships (Bend, Ore.) will take place. These two opportunities are fantastic ways for younger riders to get noticed.

Oregon riders in the past few years have participated in similar camps in other states. These riders have gone on to represent the United States in Junior World Championship events, and other Junior International events level in Europe and Canada. The top-2 athletes in each camp will be
nominated by the USA Cycling Athlete Development Camp Coaching Staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Although this does not guarantee an invitation to the National Talent Identification Camp, it does ensure that a rider is on the right path to advancing through the USA Cycling Pipeline. Further, many of the camps will be selecting riders to participate as regional teams in national or international races.

Camp is designed for Female and Male cyclists, ages 14-22 years old with some racing experience. Camp is being held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon on June 14-19th. Costs for the camp are $750.00 for the week, which includes room, board, and all instructional fees. All riders need to be current USA Cycling members. For more information see website: www.nwcyclingcamp.com and for more information about USA Cycling Junior Programs: www.usacycling.org/juniors.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 13, 2009

Velo Girls Coaching Services Upcoming Clinic: Racing Skills + Tactics

From Velo Girls Coaching Services:

What: Bike Skills 302 — Racing Skills + Tactics
When: May 23rd (sessions for men and women)

Description: This four-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.

Register for the Velo Girls Coaching Services Racing Skills + Tactics Clinic here.

I’ve never been to one of the Velo Girls Coaching clinics (alas!), but Lori Lee Lown, the woman behind Velo Girls Coaching Services, is great. I can’t say enough good things about her: knowledgeable, skilled, positive, enthusiastic, approachable, and she has done so much to support and develop women’s cycling in the Bay Area.

You can read more about Velo Girls (the women’s team she started) here, you can follow Lorri on twitter here, and read more about her coaching service here.
She’s better than jam on toast.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 13, 2009

Kristin Armstrong Academy Offers Development Camp for Junior Women

BOISE, IDAHO (May 12, 2009)–2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong and USA Cycling announced today the launch of the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy, a junior development camp this summer for women of racing age 15-18. Sponsored by USA Cycling, the innovative camp will be held in Boise, Idaho from July 14–19, 2009, and will provide licensed riders with the additional opportunity to race alongside Armstrong before a crowd of thousands at the 23rd Annual Twilight Criterium in downtown Boise.

The new camp was developed for women who have some race experience and are looking to improve their skills, and offers an opportunity to discover what it means to be a professional cyclist. All riders must hold a valid 2009 USA Cycling annual license to participate.

“In the United States, during the year you turn 19, you go from racing with your 15-18 year-old peers to racing with 19-35 year-old pros. It can be a shock, and if not prepared, young riders feel like they’ve been thrown to the wolves—U.S. Cycling loses a lot of promising female riders in this process,” said Armstrong. “My coaches and I want to have a hand in helping young women really advance through a more focused training program, like the one that helped me realize my Olympic dream. My goal, and I think it’s realistic, is to see a graduate of the Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy bring home the Gold for U.S. Cycling.”

“The Kristin Armstrong Academy is an ideal program that will guide aspiring young women as they attempt to make the transition from a successful junior career to the elite ranks,” commented USA Cycling director of athletics and Armstrong’s coach Jim Miller.” As an Olympic champion, Kristin will inspire, educate and support dozens of future world-class athletes with these efforts as part of a tremendously valuable initiative designed to ensure the future success of American women.”

Armstrong has worked with youth since she was in her mid-20’s, and says she’s uniquely qualified to help girls bridge the gap from Junior to Senior racing. The camp offers a mix of classroom sessions, racing clinics, and off-the-bike lifestyle tips tailored to young women ages 15-18. A registration fee of $1,250 includes lodging, meals, daily instruction and social opportunities. Riders who wish to enter the Twilight Criterium will register separately for the race.

Riders and parents should visit kristinarmstrongacademy.com, call 208-286-4859, or email info@kristinarmstrongacademy.com to learn more. Participants are encouraged to register early, as space is limited. Please visit sportsbaseonline.com for online registration.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 13, 2009

Attention USA Cycling Members

From: Steve Johnson, CEO USA Cycling

The 2009 election process is about to get underway, and you will soon have the opportunity to elect trustees to the various Boards of Trustees that make up the political structure of USA Cycling. Information concerning elections is available on the USA Cycling website. Nomination notices are posted and must be returned to USA Cycling by July 1. The following positions are up for re-election:

USCF – 1 Eastern Trustee, 1 Central Trustee, 1 Western Trustee
NORBA – 1 Industry Trustee, 1 Organizer Trustee
NCCA – 2 At-Large Trustees

To vote for trustees for the various Boards, voters must hold a current corresponding license. Thus, holders of domestic MTB licenses can vote for the NORBA trustees. All members holding domestic road and track licenses can vote in the USCF election with the restriction that licensees vote for candidates running in their geographic section. Holders of USA Cycling International licenses (not USPRO) can vote in both the NORBA and USCF elections.

The elections will take place online through your My USA Cycling account. Be sure to vote online, starting July 15. The election ends on August 15. If you want to use a paper ballot instead, you may request one by writing or calling USA Cycling:

Technical Director, USA Cycling
210 USA Cycling Point, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO
80919
sfarrell@usacycling.org
719-434-4264

We encourage you to participate as a nominee or voter in these elections. This is your opportunity to participate in the governance of USA Cycling through the election of your representatives to the Trustee boards. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Steve Johnson, CEO

I would encourage everyone who is a USA Cycling member to nominate and vote for candidates of their choice.

(And word on the street is that Michael Hernandez, one of the biggest supporters of women’s cycling & racing that I personally know is thinking of running. I think Michael Hernandez would be an awesome representative.)

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 12, 2009

East Bay Tweed Ride

From SFTweed.com:

East Bay Tweed Ride, June 4th (photo by Bryan Kiechle).

East Bay Tweed Ride, June 4th (photo by Bryan Kiechle).

6:30 pm – Sally Forth from Mosswood Park in Oakland
7:00 pm – Meetup with SF Tweed at MacArthur BART
End Point – To be announced.

It of course goes without saying that there will be the most dashing of cyclists. As in past rides, we have more fun and games up our sleeves which shall be announced as we get closer to the date. I am certain that it will be a grand old time!

Whether you live here or there, I sincerely hope you do join us as we explore the wonders of the East Bay — in Tweed!

For more information see SFTweed.com.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 12, 2009

Upcoming Ladies Only Track Sessions at the Encino Velodrome

Monday, May 25th: Ladies Only Track School 12-4PM at Encino Velodrome

LOTS 1Last year LOTS (Ladies Only Track Sessions) conducted a survey via “Survey Monkey”. Everyone who responded to the survey clearly indicated that there is a definite need for (more) Racing Schools. So Ladies, please join us at the Encino Velodrome Memorial Day Weekend for the Far West Championships Race Omnium on Saturday & Sunday and then stay over for the LOTS Track School on Monday. This Ladies Only Track School is geared for experienced track riders who have previously attended at least one LOTS Sessions and are already certified to ride the track. Experienced Riders & Racers should come early and be prepared for an action packed 4 hours of Track School designed to prepare you for track racing!

The fee for LOTS Track School is $50. We will have expert riders and licensed track coaches to provide the instructions. Attendees will dig in and learn about Paceline dynamics, Sprint & Mass Start Events as well as Motor Pacing Techniques. LOTS and our Sponsors will provide food and beverages.

Please email Julia@crossins.com for complete event information and registration forms.

LOTS will be hosting a New Rider Certification Class from 9-11AM on the same day. The Certification Fee is always $10 and it may be prepaid with your rsvp for your convenience. Please email your RSVP to Julia@crossins.com!
For more information about LOTS check out the LOTS blog here.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 10, 2009

USA Cycling Collegiate National Team Time Trial Championships, Division 1

Stanford University, University of California Davis, and University of Colorado Boulder sharing the women's team time trial podium.

Stanford University, University of California Davis, and University of Colorado Boulder sharing the women's team time trial podium.

Fort Collins, Colorado- The USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships wrapped up on a drizzly Sunday morning with the team time trial. The perennially strong University of California Davis squad (Lisa Auchincloss, Amy Chandos, Larissa Fitchett, and Danielle Haulman) was able to win the team time trial by over a minute. Stanford University (Arwen bradley, Rae Brownsberger, and Katy Keenan) earned silver and University of Colorado Boulder (Flora Duffy, Tyera Eulberg, Natalie Koch, and Kim Trenbath) earned bronze. University of Arizona (Chloe Forsman, Judy Jenkins, Melanie Meyers, and Erica Zaveta) finished fourth, and Lees McRae (Carla Swart, Adorno Martinez, Kira Shoemaker, and Ally Stacker) finished fifth.

Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 10, 2009

USA Cycling Collegiate National Team Time Trial Championships, Division 2

Whitman College in their new National Championship jerseys they earned upon winning the Division 2 Team Time Trial.

Whitman College in their new National Championship jerseys they earned upon winning the Division 2 Team Time Trial.

Fort Collins, Colorado- The USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships wrapped up on a drizzly Sunday morning with the team time trial. The strong Whitman College team (Kendi Thomas, Mia Huth, Roxanne Pierson, and Emily Rodriguez) was able to power their way to a Division 2 Team Time Trial win. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology team (Martha Buckley, Yuri Matsumoto, Laura Ralston, and Zuzana Trnovcova) was able to finish second, Yale (Sarah Bowman, Christine Levy, Anna Olivier, and Janis Sandlin) finished third, United States Military Academy (Jessica Davis, Kelsey Hassin, and Nicole Hilaire) was fourth, and DePauw University (Rita Klofta, Christine Digangi, Jessica Hawkins, and Abigail Garrison) snagged the fifth podium spot in the team time trial.

The Division 1 Individual Omnium podium with Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona), Jacquelyn Crowell (University of Florida), Carla Swart (Lees McRae), Anna McLoon (Harvard), and Melanie Meyers (University of Arizona) from left to right.

The Division 1 Individual Omnium podium with Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona), Jacquelyn Crowell (University of Florida), Carla Swart (Lees McRae), Anna McLoon (Harvard), and Melanie Meyers (University of Arizona) from left to right.

Fort Collins, Colorado- With a dominant road race win and a fourth place finish in the criterium, Carla Swart (Lees McRae) successfully defended her 2008 National Individual Omnium Championship. Jacquelyn Crowell (University of Florida) finished second in the points, Anna McLoon (Harvard) finished third, Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona) was fourth, and Melanie Meyers (University of Arizona) <brrounded out the Division 1 Individual Omnium podium.

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