Alongside our Spring Club Social Event at Chianti’s on April 12th, we will also be having a Women’s Ride Meet and Greet at 7pm on Wednesday, April 5th at MKT Fresh Food / Beer Market. The evening will be an opportunity to meet Beth, talk about the program, and just get a chance to hang out with some of the other women who will be taking part in these rides. Whether you plan on coming to ever single week or just want to check the club out, this is the perfect place to kick off the season!
Date and Time: April 5th at 7:00pm
Location: MKT Fresh Food / Beer Market
Details: A chance to meet some of the other women in the group before the season even starts! Whether you are planning on coming on all the rides or just want to check it out, feel free to drop by.
Contact: Please contact Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or to request more details.
The Women’s Ride is an initiative started by Beth McMillan last year as a place for new (and experienced) riders to get together, and ride for fun and fitness in an environment free from the intimidation of the regular group ride. For more about these rides, please see the letter Beth wrote below.
Earlier this year I decided to make road cycling a big part of my summer. I joined Velocity, was set up with a bike and attended all the beginner rides in the spring on Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday road rides.
At first, I really couldn’t keep up with these riders. Let’s be real, these cyclists are training, year round, to gain a competitive edge over their opponents and I respect their efforts and admire their commitment. So, I don’t want to be the one in the group that is holding them back. I appreciate the ‘no drop’ policy but at a certain point the levels of fitness are so different that it doesn’t seem fair, everyone comes out to get the training and exercise their body needs that day.
These rides will meet up on Wednesday nights in the city for those of you that either haven’t ridden with a group before or that want to spend sometime getting a little more comfortable on their bike and then again on Saturday’s in Strathcona County.
These rides will be no pressure, I would like them to be for fitness, fun and I am holding on to the ‘no drop’ policy where we will pull someone back to the starting point if we have to. I am trying to fill the between being a cyclist and high octane competitive riders. We will still practice good road ride ettiquette and I hope to convince one of the coaches to come out to a few rides to help. This is my way a filling a gap in the cycling community.
Finally, I would like to open a dialogue for anyone that wants to carpool out to the rides, there is no point in everyone showing up in their own vehicles. If you have any questions about what you might need or if you aren’t sure if this is a good fit for you please just send me a message.
Hope you’re great!