Monday, September 27, 2010

do the hustle « HUSTLE UP

do the hustle up « HUSTLE UP

Thursday the 30th. Showen has a full-on crew planning this alleycat. Meet in the West Lot at Van Dorn Park at 7:30 PM with $3.

Nancy Brown in today's Journal Star

A woman to inspire -- Alfonsina Strada

From Italian Cycling Journal
Big thanks to Marc Walter. for giving me the heads up on this one ....

Nice article about her on the Italian Cycling Journal, some of which also appears on Wikipedia.

<< In the early 1900's there were a few European women who were bicyclists, but their skill was seen as more like a circus act, and people believed that they were possessed by the devil, or considered to be amoral and certainly were not normal wholesome women. >>  
From Italian Cycling Journal article

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Eugène Christophe on Cyclocross

"How not to cross a ditch"
Eugène Christophe on Cyclocross

Happy muddy Saturday!

from the article....
"The first advantage of cyclocross is to teach the adherents of this sport to handle their bike, to not have trouble with it, in any case. I know remarkable cycling racers who have become famous either on the track or on the road, for whom the bike becomes a discomfort and a burden, as soon as they must dismount to cross a level crossing or a railroad freight car which blocks their passage. They are not familiarised with their machine; they do not know how to carry it, to put it down, to use it as a lever; they look clumsy and always seem to fear damaging their mount or fouling up. If they had ridden cyclocross, the bike would be a practical object for them."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rebuilding bicycle culture

Give it a view. Very good. 
Thanks to Ian R. for passing me this link a couple of weeks ago. Finally got around  to watching it and wanted to share it with you.

Pedal power. Mikael Colville-Andersen

Mikael Colville-Andersen is a filmmaker, photographer and urban mobility expert who is also known as Denmark's Bicycle Ambassador. He gives talks around the world on how cities can and should re-establish the bicycle as a respected and accepted transport form. 
In his presentation 'Four Goals for Promoting Urban Cycling', Colville-Andersen explains how Copenhagen and other European cities have embraced the bicycle as a feasible, acceptable (and stylish) form of transport.
State of Design 2010 Festival, Melbourne, July 2010
State of Design
Duration: 43m 22s

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Comments from the CX Vegas women's podium

Photo: Lyne Lamoureux, Podium Insight
This article from PodiumInsight is worth a read. Has some good comments from the top three women racers.
Continuing on what was last year’s story, Nash’s win was evident once she took a solo flyer with three laps to go. From the start of the race, the women of Luna Pro Team were in total control of the race. Nash, Georgia Gould and Amy Dombroski went immediately to the front along with former US National cross country champion, Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven Cycles) and Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru). With one lap into the race, the five were off. McConneloug put in a few attacks and that was enough for Nash and she just went. Butler was dropped as the pace went up, leaving McConneloug to battle for second place against teammates Gould and Dombroski.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's happening the rest of the week...

Come and race or CHEER during the cyclocross (CX) practice race held in VanDorn Park (9th & Van Dorn). Open racers start at 5:30, beginners at 6:30.  I know some of you are sitting out this week in anticipation of other weekend racing, but if you're doing CX, coming and watching the open class riders in difficult sections would be good use of your cycling time. Last night at TECHNIQUE TUESDAY we talked about keeping one's head up and eyes glued to the entry point of the next turn. Watch the fast open class riders to see it in action.  

THU 9/23
Girl Bike Nite (GBN) is having its Get RED HOT night
(leaves Yia Yia's at 6:15)

WWASH (While We're All Still Here)
at Yia Yia's 6 pm.

You can do both!!!! Both events meet up at Yia Yia's. Meet n greet, ride to the Oven for dinner, come back and close Yia Yia's down with WWASH. 

SAT 9/25
Sheclismo Group Ride Meet at THE MILL downtown (8th & P) at 9 AM for our NO DROP group ride. We'll be riding gravel, but feel free to roll your road bike. It's not that bad. We won't be going fast and I'll tell you how it's done. Great skill building.  :)

The Psycowpath State championship mtb race at swanson park in Bellevue. Only 5 bucks if it's your first mountain bike race, and swanson is a fun course to try out!
D Street Hotel hits the gravel at 8 AM from ~15th & D ST. 
Big huge group of guys, but they're really nice. Some of them will really go fast, but there are wait up points. Definitely a more challenging ride.
2nd house NE corner of 15th & D ST.

Watch Facebook or the Sheclismo Blog for more info. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Women's Team for Elite Worlds

from Podium Insight:

Team USA – Elite Women
  • Shelley Olds (Los Gatos, Calif./Peanut Butter & CO TWENTY 12) – road race
  • Evelyn Stevens (New York, N.Y./Columbia-HTC) – road race and time trial
  • Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./unattached) – road race and time trial
  • Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO) – road race
  • Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) – road race
  • Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Colavita-Baci p/b Cooking Light) – road race
  • Katheryn Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./Webcor) – road race

Monday, September 20, 2010

Women's Try-athlon 2010!!

First ever Triathlon for women only at Holmes Lake Park!! This was a fabulous learning experience for the first time multi-sport woman!! I had a ton of fun and it was not a timed event so it was condusive to transition learning skills! Highly reccomend for next year to put on your to do list! Below is the link to the interview that 10-11 News did on me!!
"It was very awesome to have all women, I hope they make this something they do every year because it really does give you a chance, if you want to do future triathlons, to learn how to transition, to go from the swim, to the bike, to the run, learn how it feels so you can do something bigger or longer," Krupicka said.

Get RED HOT on Thursday with GBN

RED HOT at the Oven!
THIS Thursday, Sept 23, 6:15 Yia Yias to The Oven East
Lets heat things up a bit and head out to the Oven east for dinner and drinks. To get things spiced up, wear your best red outfit.  Its that simple, wear red, yia yias for a beer, ride, and oven in your mouth.  See you there!
Supah G

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling on Vimeo

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling on Vimeo

Women In Motion: New Lady Riders Reflect on NYC Cycling from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

This is a great, great video. So powerful. While finding veteran female cyclists would have been easy, finding those new to it makes encouraging others who haven't taken the plunge far more likely!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

D Street Saturdays

Meeting up at D Street. Photo by Cornbread
The boys at the D Street Mansion have started rolling it out Saturday mornings at 8 am for a goodly amount of gravel mileage.

Some of the guys drill it on the edge of town, but have no fear, just keep pedaling. There are several stop points for regrouping.

Today, I peeled off early shy of Valprasio with Shawn and Aaron. Was glad I did, too, because once we had the tailwind it was quite a job to keep up on the single-speed.  Twas a great workout though. Legs are getting stronger.

I had my Garmin 705 and you'll find the route below. The route to the north is the gravel we road today. The loop to the south was what I did yesterday afternoon on the road bike. The south route is a perfectly suitable weekday loop and will take a little over an hour or so, the north, best allow at least 2.5 hrs. If I was going alone, I'd allot three.

Perhaps the women of Sheclismo should join the D Street crew for our group ride next week?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Learn about Cyclocross

Pic courtesy of Elisabeth R.
Sara found this great video that gives a quick 4 minute overview of Cyclocross.  Here in Lincoln, we had our CX practice numbers blossom from just a couple of women to eight last Wednesday!

Want to join us? Show up at Van Dorn Park on Wednesdays for Bike Pedaler's weekly training races. We're also doing Technique Tuesdays at 6 pm. Contact us if you want more info about that.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Our first group ride

Grindcore did a nice little write-up of our first official group ride:
"There is an exciting little development in my cycling life. It involves the beginnings of an all-women's cycling team. We're called Sheclismo. It's an Italian bike pun. Yeah, I had a hand in that."