Thursday, October 28, 2010


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Join us for Sheclismo's Kick-Off Event 
& Fund Raiser
Friday, October 29!

Participants meet up at 7:30 at ROBBER'S CAVE.  
(That's the first clue, so don't expect an address from me.)
$5 gets you in the mix and 1 raffle ticket. You will need to sign a waiver. Helmets and lights are emphatically recommended. 

Hustle will terminate at Buzzard Billy's downtown in the Haymarket. You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like for $1 each until 10:15 PM. So, if you're racing, have a buddy downtown scooping up tickets.  You should also invite your friends and significant others to await your triumphant arrival at the bar.
We'll also have our t-shirts ($15) & coozies ($3).  Minors are welcome till shortly after 11 pm. 


Bangin' Prizes from ....
Thanks to Specialized & Globe Bicycles
we have a gorgeous dark green with white walled 
Globe Daily 1 for our raffle. You must be present to win.

Don't worry, we'll help you get it home.

and more!


What's a Hustle?
A bike ride to various checkpoints. Some race it, some don't. There are prizes for the fastest man and fastest woman. But, speed aint all that counts. You might have to clever, too.

Will there be support?
Are you kidding? You are on your own while you're out there. Bring helmet, lights & be ready to fix a flat if need be. Dress warm and costumes are encouraged.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Almost Time to Hustle

The Haunted Hustle

Friday, October 29th

Meet up at Robbers Cave at 7:30

Race at 8pm

Join us for Sheclismo’s kick-off event -- taking you to the scariest places in Lincoln on a bike ride you’ll never forget!

With help from partner organizations: Girl Bike Night, the No Coast Derby Girls, and the YWCA.

With bangin’ prizes from:

Joyride Bicycles

Pepe’s Vegetarian Bistro

Porridge Papers and Artist Kimberly Brown

Yoga Body and Balance

And more!

And raffle prizes including a brand-new Specialized Globe Daily 1 commuter bike!


That's right. October 29, 2010
The Haunted Hustle

Can you find all the checkpoints without freaking out in fear?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help the YWCA raise some funds on WEDS 10/20

Noodles & Company Benefit Night

Noodles & Company Benefit Night 
for YWCA Lincoln’s Take a Break Program
The dine-in night will be on Wednesday, October 20th from 5-10pm.  Noodles & Company restaurant is located at 210 N 14th Street, next to the Children’s Museum, and they have generously decided to donate to TAB with dine-in nights.  Noodles will donate 25% of the proceeds to the YWCA Lincoln for anyone who mentions the YWCA Lincoln upon checkout.  Please help us spread the word about this benefit for TAB! For more information call 434-3494 or email

Friday, October 15, 2010

Great interviews with LVG & Merideth Miller

Laura Van Gilder (LVG) is a U.S. legend on the road and there have been many instances where she gave me advice instead of screaming at me as some are wont to do during races. I've always appreciated that and am enjoying seeing her success on the CX courses. Merideth Miller, a national elite road race champ is new to the CX scene, but is tearing it up something fierce.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CX Happenings this weekend

You never know what you'll find in KS
There's some nifty events happening this weekend. See the calendar details for links to the Kansas event information.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do. If a few of us want to do the Des Moines thing, may switch to that. Otherwise, I might head south to Kansas.  Let me know if you're interested in carpooling to any of these events.

  • Friday, Des Moines, IA - Oakley "Night Cap" Cross
  • Saturday, Topeka, KS - Quinton Qross
  • Sunday, Kansas City, KS - Boulevard Cup

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

CX Nationals 2007 Film & Local/Regional Riders

zerø traction: kansas city cross film from Gizmo Pictures on Vimeo.

If you're doing CX, give this a watch. Lots of local faces. Yours truly was 2nd in the womens 35-39 after Sue Butler, who is currently ranked 2nd for the National Cross Calendar. If you make the Kansas race this weekend you may get to see some of the champs like Tilford and Walberg in action.

There are several shots of local rider, Troy Krause.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Get to know Katie Compton

SRAM sponsor page: Katie Compton
We're all CX crazy right now, so you ought to get know a few names. First and foremost, meet Katie Compton. She's been the U.S. National champ every year since 2004.  

The Gazette article below gives some good background, so even if it's from 2008, give it a read. Also, check out the most recent news for an excellent recount of a recent race. 

Her wikipedia page:
SRAM Sponsor page:
“I call that move ‘wrasselin’ with the bear,’” Compton said as she pedaled. “When you see that, you know that girl’s pretty much done.”

Read more:

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Load up your bike for an enchanting ride!

A few of us involved in Sheclismo are highly interested and/or experienced in bicycle touring.

I took my first tour in 2006 as a way to "research" for my paintings (featured). My friends Andrew and Elliot invited me to tag along on their tour from Vancouver, Canada to San Francisco, California (basically, I wouldn't stop nagging them and asking how their tour plans were going so they really had no choice but to include me). It sounded like a blast, but most of my experience was through commuting, so I wasn't sure if I was capable of riding my bike 45-70 miles a day for 5 weeks. Luckily, I have always had this huge fear of waking up one day, only to feel like I'm not doing enough with my life (Carpe Diem!), so at 23 years old I decided I better get started.

It was a magical experience that changed my life in a really amazing way and lead me to fall head over heels (sometimes literally) in love with cycling and everything that comes with it, including the fun and liberating parts as well as the painful and exhausting.

It also lead me to two other awesome guys (Damon and Jonn) that I toured with from Lincoln to Denver to Santa Fe in 2008. As an artist, both tours and cycling in general have provided me with endless fodder for my work. As a person, they gave me experiences that taught me a lot about myself and what my body and my brain could handle after anywhere from 5 to 10 hours in the saddle a day. They made me realize that I'm a lot stronger and patient than I ever thought I was, especially when trying to power through mind-numbing headwinds and never ending climbs.

Bicycle touring is really close to my heart and for me it's really difficult to articulate how ridiculously blissful and bewitching it can be. I would encourage anyone interested in long rides and camping to try a tour whether it's a short 4 day jaunt or 4 week journey. I started by rigging my bike up with racks, a cheap but durable set of panniers I found online and some shnazzy clipless pedals (which in the beginning, I used mostly for falling down at stop lights). Toss in a sleeping bag and you're ready to go.

I've been feeling really antsy lately and hope that I can get another tour in really soon. Maybe this time with a couple bitchin' Sheclismo girls.

Paintings by Kimberly Brown
Top: "Eat Our Dust" oil paint on canvas, 2006
Bottom: "Keep Up" oil paint on canvas, 2009

Friday, October 8, 2010

Good luck, Maggie!

Maggie-Lincoln 1/2 Marathon

Maggie and her team will be competing in the wildly popular "Market to Market" relay tomorrow and we want to wish her and her crew strong legs and fast feet. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Friday night ride and festivities

Ride, Potluck & Bonfire
Friday 6:30-10p
Bring the kids, the dog & your bike w/ lights. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Perspicacious Trail Ride, Indeed.

What could be more enjoyable than a long early evening bike ride in autumn? The angle of light as the sun slowly sets, the yellows and reds of the changing foliage, the cool crisp air – and the sound of actors reciting GRE words.

It was with great alacrity that I set out on Mopac Trail Monday. Overcoming my antipathy for standardized tests, I’d elected to amalgamate my studies with physical activity – a singular task; the confluence of concomitant obligations.

So to the tune of the Princeton Review’s Wordsmart tapes circa 1990, the largesse of a current graduate student, I rolled to and from Eagle with an occasional verbal outburst of “avuncular!” or “laconic!” to keep myself from protracted mental wandering.

I’ll avoid a circumlocutory conclusion to this entry. Instead, with brevity I’ll state that outdoor activity has turned a perfunctory act into an activity I hope to make an inveterate tradition.

-- Kat

Girl Bike Night


Meet at Yia Yias @ 6 pm  and riding to Oh Yummy (5571 S 48th Street) Get your sushi on! I love it and I know you do too!

Dress like a hot geisha... put some chop sticks in your hair and then use them to dine with all of your favorite girl bike night gals!

love ya;

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Belleview Grand Prix - Omaha, day 2

Elisabeth rockin' the cat 4.  Photo: Michael Dixon
Elisabeth rolled it out for a second day of suffering even though she didn't feel that great. We had 5 women on the line, which might not sound like much, but Megan and Rebecca were new faces! We were happy to see them. Elisabeth took second first in the cat 4's. (Posted results were not corrected.)

Me and my Crux.  Photo: Michael Dixon
 I didn't know how I'd feel after yesterday's adventure race, but legs held up enough to come back from two, yes, two crashes during the women's race, for the win. Janna Vavra made me work for it though. Later, I managed to catch two of the 1/2/3 men for 11th place. My third crash was during that and I have to say, since I land smack on my hands with shoulders taking the full brunt of the fall, that I hereby announce myself fit for cx duty.  Loving Specialized's new Crux. It sure is twitchy though. It'll turn tight and is kind of the opposite end of the scale from the steel single-speed touring bike I've been riding for CX the last few weeks.

Sheclismo represented this Saturday

Big congrats to Kat Shiffler on her win Saturday at the Omaha CX race. Better watch out for this former runner. If she can go this fast with a who-knows-how-heavy-it-is-but-I-could-barely-lift-it-bike, imagine how fast she's gonna get.

Elisabeth Reinkordt was second.

Sydney Brown spent Saturday at an adventure race, running, cycling, and canoeing as part of the "Silly Roadies," who got 3rd in the mixed teams competition 7 hours and 50 minutes after the start.