Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Yeah, I know it's not the new year just yet, but if you haven't planned your 2012 events yet, you'd best get on it.
SHECLISMO is getting it's list of favored events together. We're focusing on MTB, Gravel and CX this season. Here's the link to the list.If you've events we should consider, please let us know.
We're also putting plans together for trainer sessions for January and February. Stay tuned for details on that.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
After 5 hours of driving, I wasn't really too excited to race. Legs didn't feel good, stomach didn't feel so great either, and though it was exciting to be there and under the lights and such, the doomy cloudy sky wasn't really revving me up. I did a practice lap and headed to the line with all the rest of the Cat 4s.
|GO! Watch 608, she's my competition...|
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Aorta has been around for 7+ years, with a brick & mortar location in Downtown Lincoln's Parrish Studios that has been around for 3. I'm a one woman show, specializing in one of a kind appliqued apparel, hand-assembled jewelry and whatever else I can find time to make. The brick & mortar store also carries random vintage decor, etc that I think compliments the brand of the apparel.
my website is aortaapparel.comJessica has been featured in books and magazines, and on Saturday, you could go home with a piece or two of your own!
the jewelry is at friendlygesture.etsy.com
Also, as you can see by the road rash, Jessica rides a bike! But, as she says herself, "I like to ride my bike but I refuse to commit to anything with gears."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
|Sheen removed due to popular demand. Thanks to Josh, designer of the highly acclaimed Nintendo Hustle, for a suitable substitute.|
FIRST AND FOREMOST....All Midwest CX Stitch awards will be handed out at the after CX party Saturday night, beginning at 7:30, HR Lounge. You must be present to win.
DAY OF RACE PRIZES....
In the combined 3/4 field, Flatwater Cycling has contributed a BONUS pay-out to the top 3 finishers. $50, $30, $20. This is in addition to the race day payout for the top 5 finishers of the Women's Open ($100, $75, $50, $40, $35). So, if you were the first cat 3 or cat 4 across the line and got third place overall, you'd get $100 dollars for your effort.
First 3 places in EACH cat 4 and cat 3....
Thanks to Trek Bicycles of Omaha, Kansas City & St. Louis, there are gift certificates worth $100, $75 and $50 for the top three finishers in EACH category.
She who makes CX look like the most fun.... If you're not having fun, you shouldn't be doing it and we want to recognize racers who are really diggin' it.
The woman with Skillz doesn't come by those out of the blue. She works at it.
One freakin' gear...this chick either likes less complicated or simply makes the most of what she's got. ROCK ON.
Now to mix it up.....on Hooligan's Hill
- Best Costume (prize table)
- Match Race ($25 prime) - If you are neck and neck with another woman, pay attention to the spectators. Conrad Castañeda who hosts the Mundo Latino radio show will let you know you've been selected for the match race. The back round the course to Hooligan's Hill wins the prime.
- Lanterne Rouge ($25 prime) - Anyone can race around like a mad woman, but it takes measured discipline to be chill and enjoy the hand-ups. Most laps down wins this one.
- Grindcore Memorial Jump In Headfirst Award - With a bike like that, it's obvious you can't resist a dare. This goes to whoever has the MOST inappropriate bike for cyclocross. (Grindcore's first effort was on a fixed roadie.) (prize table)
- Crowd Favorite - What would CX be without the spectators? Give 'em something to holler about. There will be a ballot box on Hooligan's Hill. (prize table)
We're doing it prize table style. You will get to choose what you when. We just pick in which order.
- Top three places category 3 (1st - Jersey + Prize Table)
- Top three places category 4 (1st - Jersey + Prize Table)
- Single-speed (1st - Jersey + Prize Table)
- Makes CX Look Most Fun
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- 6 envelopes with $50 in each (Thanks to Diabetic Outreach, Kinetic Brew, Duo Shoes, SHECLISMO)
- 2 Paintings by Berly Brown
- 1 Painting by Ashlynne Elizabeth Neve
- 1 Casey Sheppard Designs
- Aorta Apparel
- Robot Luv Item(s)
- 2 Sets of Specialized Captain CX PRO Tires
- Specialized Winter Apparel
- Sheclismo T-Shirts
- Sheclismo Coozies
- Joyride bottles
- Cycling Made Real t-shirt
- Whole Bunch of mini Luna Bars
- Two PCL sweatshirts
- Bob's Steel-Cut Oats
- 60-minute Massage from The Healing Plains/Rebecca Hepburn
- and more! But, my hands are tired. Just freakin' come race and have a great time.
- Race Saturday
- Register online at USA Cycling. If this is your first race in any discipline ever, check with me (email@example.com) to see if there are any first timer coupons left.
- Race info
- SHEnanigans at Hour Lounge: (14th & O ST, NW corner) Free spaghetti dinner 6ish, CX Stitch awards starting at 7:30
- Sunday Survivor Breakfast. Ladies, if you partied like the rock star you are, bring yourself and your entourage to breakfast before you race Sunday. 8:30-10 am. RSVP to receive secret location. Yes, it's that posh.
- Race Sunday. You race 12:30ish. THANK YOU! For help making this a great event.
Designer Carrie Masters has already added fun to the mix with patches for the leader's tall sox, and you can expect more unique goods from her in the prizes and on sale at the awards party Saturday night.
Carrie Masters grew up in rural Nebraska, daughter of an Chemical Engineer/inventor and a Archeologist/painter. Living on a acreage 4 miles from the nearest town Carrie spent most of her youth daydreaming out doors and discovering nature. Carrie received her first camera at the age of nine, and took photography lessons through the local 4H. With plenty of time to experiment Carrie spent hours snapping pictures of whatever she found interesting, and later became the official photographer of her high school.
She studied, Art, Photography, and Anthropology at the University of Nebraska.
While in college Carrie met her future husband when she walked into his shop and into his life. His store was called “The Ozone.” A team was formed. She spent the next 12 yrs. managing the store, and being the in house designer for original art work, t shirts, tote bags, and other things that they would then sell to their patrons. The years in that shop surrounded with vintage clothing and punker apparel, helped to form her design sensibilities.
Carrie started designing for an LA based t-shirt company. In July 2006. Carrie then put her focus on her photography business, C. Masters Photo and her t-shirt designs. Carrie’s t-shirts can be found at Nordstorm, Virgin Megastores and Urban Outfitters.
Bike America Racing’s Stephanie Lamb leads the cat 3 standings by a mere 5 points and SHECLISMO’s Elisabeth Reinkordt holds the cat 4 standings by only 33 points. Other competitions underway during the race include making CX look fun and best technical rider. In the fun category, there will be a special prize for best costume.
Saturday’s events don’t end with competition, however. In fact, bring some party shoes because SHECLISMO’s SHEnaninigans Squad has planned some downtown fun in conjunction with Flatwater Cycling and the HR Lounge (NW corner of 14th & O). In addition to drink specials, local purveyors of wickedly hip wares such as Aorta, Robot Luv, Casey Sheppard Designs and Berly Brown will have their booths set up for your perusal.
6 ish - Free Spaghetti Dinner
7:30 - Midwest CX Stitch Series Awards
Finally, the SHECLISMO invites the racing women and their entourages to a Sunday morning SHEnanigans Survivor’s breakfast between 8:30-10:00. RSVP to get location information. http://goo.gl/dtQda
Questions? Contact Sydney Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-817-0327
CAT 3 Leaders
Lamb, Stephanie Bike America Racing 485
Richards, Laura Free State Racing 480
Lorenz, Lindsay Slimen Und Grossen 335
Dock, Aubree Tulsa Tough Racing 295
Weaver, Renae Free State Racing 275
CAT 4 Leaders
Reinkordt, Elisabeth SHECLISMO 450
Higgins, Julie Unattached 417
Vanackeren, Jessica Localcycling.com 280
Brown, Berly SHECLISMO 260
Dralle, Cheryl Rasmussen Bike Shop 175
SS: Berly Brown, SHECLISMO
Makes CX Look Most Fun: Melissa Dehner, Slimen Und Grossen
Skillz: Cheryl Dralle, Rasmussen Bike Shop
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
One lucky winner in the series will go home with a piece of her fine art. Thanks, Ashlynn!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Last year, Boulevard Cup was my first out of state race, and in the midst of all my documentary editing and premiering, I hadn't had nearly enough training. In a huge field of 4s, my fresh legs pulled out a 3rd place finish. Needless to say, I was really stoked.
Fast-forward to this year, where I've raced all but one weekend since the 1st of October, as well as every Wednesday night in between. I've done the training. I spent the summer riding gravel and mountain bikes, and improved my bike handling skills dramatically. And after a couple of weekends of somewhat frustrating racing on wide open power courses, we pulled up to this venue alongside a very visible, long off-camber section. My heart started pumping. This was going to be awesome.
Spent my warm-up tooling around Saturday's course with Emily Hoesly, chatting with her about off-camber riding. We watched some of the Men's Master's race, then squeezed in a practice lap on the course. After riding into the sandpit, I realized that I'd been spinning around in my big ring the whole time without even noticing. This bode well, as I've spent a couple weeks forcing myself to stay in that big chainring to build power. It also meant following my travel buddy Schmidty's assessment that this would be a big-ring course. Since I'm still rocking bar-end shifters, minimal shifting is a very good thing.
I headed back to the staging area to find 46 other women lining up. WOW. This has been an absolutely incredible year for growth in women's cyclocross. We were split into Open (fasties, 2s & 3s), 3/4s (where I opted to be), 4s, and then Master's 40+, 50+, and 60+. Behind all of the ladies were junior racers, including an adorable 11-year-old girl.
The start was on a bike path, and I worked to hold myself toward the front of the group. I'd lowered my tire pressure to about 30psi for confidence in the off-cambers, and with pretty grippy tires, this wasn't going to be my strongest part of the course. I managed to be about 10th or so through the first bit of grassy turns, and at the first sharp S-curve, traffic slowed to a near stop. Grr. Time to get a little more aggressive in the corners and move around -- these were going to be my strong sections. Not too long after that, we hit the off-camber hillside for the first time, and I was zipping past women struggling with a couple steep little rollers. This section offered a bit of recovery for me, and even the short run-up was fun!
|Loving the off-camber, with Julie Higgins right on my wheel. Photo by Roger Harrison/Lanterne Rouge|
Renae's attack stuck, and I spent the remainder of the race checking over my shoulder for Jessica on the flats and increasing my lead in the sandpit and whoop-dee-dos. I particularly enjoyed hamming it up a bit for the sandpit crowd, as it felt proper to let out a big "YEAH!" after grinding it successfully across.
|Peeking over the top of a hill on the whoop-dee-do section, having a blast! (That's on my face, right?) Photo by Roger Harrison/Lanterne Rouge|
Emily crushed it! I don't know if my little pre-race off-camber lesson helped, but this girl rocked it.
|Emily Hoesly, making serious progress. 5th race and a victory in the 4s. Welcome to Sheclismo! Photo by Roger Harrison/Lanterne Rouge|
Sydney: Why isn't she in our kit?
|Best part of Malcolm's get-up: mimicking the 'cross woman's affinity for tall sox. Photo by Roger Harrison/Lanterne Rouge|
Sunday, November 6, 2011
|Superfun course. Photo lifted from Emily Pastrovich Johnson's FB feed.|
Who's in the tall-sox?
Cat 3: Stephanie Lamb
Cat 4: Elisabeth Reinkordt
Skillz: Cheryl Dralle
SS: Berly Brown
Fun: Melissa Dehner
What's next? FLATWATER CX WEEKEND in LINCOLN, NE. I29 is open and we've all the host housing you need, so roll your cx-lovin' butts up here and have some fun.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Double points CX Stitch race
Awards party planned and hosted by the SHEnanigans Squad
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
SHEnanigans Survivor Pre-Race Buffet Sunday morning
Sunday's CX Race
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
|Laura Richards leads down the Joules CX descent. Photo: Becca Williams|
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
But Nebraska women, we need you. We need you to dare each other into entering the Lincoln CX races on November 19 & 20 at Pioneers Park. Having been dared into my first race with absolutely no preparation, I've even decided to make a special first-timer award.
With 2 and a half weeks, you still have plenty of time for a quick lesson to get you comfortable with the basics. Last night, Stacy and I went to Van Dorn Park, and within just 20 minutes, she knows what she needs to do to use her mountain bike for a cross race.
So be in touch. If you have questions or apprehensions, please let one of us know. We want to see you toeing the line with us!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Power climbs and bone rattling courses put racers to the test Saturday and Sunday in Des Moines, IA, where Kansas riders Stephanie Lamb and Laura Richards took decisive control over the cat 3 and cat 4 standings with their respective wins on both days. Tulsa Tough Racing’s Aubree Dock maintains second place, and Renae Weaver of Free State Racing sits third.
|Stephanie Lamb of Bike America Racing, wearing her Cat 3 Leader's Tall Sox and retaining the top spot on Sunday. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Laura Richards of Women's Free State Cycling takes charge of the Cat 4 Leader's Tall Sox. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Women's Cat 4 Podium Spooky 'Cross #1. Photo courtesy of Spooky 'Cross|
|Elisabeth Reinkordt nears the crest. Photo by Paul Buchanan|
|SS Tall Sox come in the Icy Bubbles style, proudly displayed by Sheclismo's Berly Brown. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
Cheryl Dralle, Rasmussen Bike Shop, received the leader’s tall-socks in the Skillz division for her powerful climbs on both days.
|The weekend's courses served Skillz leader Cheryl Dralle's MTB skills well! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
Sandy Diavan made cyclocross look the most fun on Saturday when she laid down at the top of the climb and let spectators play Twister on her costume. Sunday, Kim Hopkins stole the show with her natty pink and black striped tights and matching kit.
|Kim Beaty Hopkins nears the top of Spooky's notable climb. Photo by Paul Buchanan|
|Superfun Tall Sox podium. They have smiling clouds and rainbows on them! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Junior rider Hannah Neary gets a pair of Cycling Made Real socks from Sydney for representing the future of Women's cycling! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
Saturday, October 29, 2011
After Spooky 'Cross #1, Stephanie Lamb of Bike America Racing moves into 1st place in the cat 3 overall; Laura Richards of Freestate Racing, solidifies her lead in the cat 4 overall; Sheclismo's Berly Brown hangs onto the Singlespeed lead; GP Velotek's Lindsay Lorenz still heads up the Skilz and Melissa Dehner of Slimen Und Grossen makes CX look the most fun.
Only did calculations for the leaders categories. As soon as I get wireless I'll update the spreadsheet.
LINCOLN CX WEEKEND OFFERS DOUBLE POINTS!
Friday, October 28, 2011
|SS, Skilz, Superfun, Cat 3 leader, Cat 4 Leader|
Cat 3 leader - Aubree Dock (200 pts)
Cat 4 leader - Laura Richards (200 pts)
Singlespeed - Berly Brown (30 pts)*
Skillz - Lindsay Lorenz (30 pts)*
Superfun - Melissa Dehner (30 pts)*
*Special category placings are computed by adding the 10 participation points to the 10 points awarded the special category winner. Example: Berly Brown did Joules #1 (10 pts), Joules #2 (10 pts + 10 for win) to get the 30 points and the lead.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here's a link to the current standings for the Midwest CX Stitch series.
Links to the details so you can verify points and your personal info today or tomorrow. I think the spreadsheet is working properly, however. Remember, if you upgrade, you carry your points PLUS A 75 POINT BONUS to your new category.
Series prize info on it's way soon.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
For the record, it would be a great one for your first endurance event. Nothing too dicey technical-wise. If you're interested in this type of event, put it on your calendar for next year. Affordable. Beautiful. Great company.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Big thanks to the amazing fellas at HR Lounge who let us end our SHEnanigans in their bar and who also donated Lincoln Stars Hockey Tickets to participants as well as various goods to the Friendship Home! Rick and Heath, you guys are amazing!
Another big thank you to all the lovely ladies who made the hustle a success: Berly Brown, Elisabeth Reinkordt, Angela Garbacz, Sydney Brown, Gina Kovanda, and Lindsey McCallister!