As the planning manager, one would think that I have this whole bicycling thing down! I should be able to fix a flat, hop on a trainer and join a group ride with ease. Well, let me be the first to tell you this is not the case. In fact, I was so intimidated after my first indoor cycling class last winter that I didn’t return. In order for that not to happen this year, I decided to explore many of the great opportunities available to women cyclists in the Madison area. I will ride this winter!
The following is a great list of options for women cyclists of all abilities to improve on skills, maintain fitness and to generally have fun with biking. Hope to see you out there!
Wisconsin Indoor Cycling B.A.S.I.C. Class
Are you new to the sport of cycling or have you been riding recreationally and looking to improve your performance and knowledge? Maybe, you are intimidated to come to a cycling class at our studio because you think that you don’t have enough experience or a nice enough bike? Well, this class is for you! We will start you out learning all the terminology and skills of cycling, teach you about cadence, pedal stroke, heart rate and more. There will be mentor athletes to help you learn the skills and build confidence in the sport. We will have experts in maintenance, fit and more to teach you about exactly how to maintain your bike. You are also guaranteed a great workout from each of the WIC coaches over the course of the class. This is a great opportunity to find the coach that fits your style. Our goal is to help you feel confident in the sport and transition up to the scheduled indoor winter rides offered by Wisconsin Indoor Cycling.
Where: Wisconsin Indoor Cycling – New Location (4520 Verona Road, Madison)
When: Start on Wednesday, October 1st – 4 Consecutive Wednesdays
Capacity: 10-15 riders
“Contact Aaron Pratt to Register for B.A.S.I.C. Today! – aaron@wisconsinindoorcycling.
Learn to CycloCross
Cyclocross is an easy sport to get started in as you can give it a try on a mountain bike or hybrid bike to see if you like it! The races are short and for those living in Madison or Milwaukee there are lots of opportunities to try racing close to home. The main skill you need is a fun attitude!
Get geared up for this season by joining Team LUNA Chix – Madison Cycling and Georgia Gould (LUNA Pro, Olympic bronze medalist, and one of cyclocross’ leading ladies) for a special women’s clinic. We’ll meet at the Waterloo Regional Trailhead on Friday, September 19 at 6 PM (changed from 5:30 due to popular demand). Georgia will lead a preview of the Trek CXC Cup course to help you prepare for the race weekend. LUNA bars and other goodies for all attendees. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . See you there!
The race season has started and all the races and registration information is online at www.wicycling.org. There is also a www.wisconsincyclocross.tumblr.com page for post-race information, photos and more. The category for beginner women in called Cat 4 and the races are just 30 minutes long.
In Madison there is an email list for cyclocross activities. To subscribe email email@example.com
To find a practice in your area ask at a local bike shop. In Madison, practices are currently held on Wednesday nights at 5:30pm at Badger Prairie County Park. Cancellations due to weather are posted to the madcross email list.
For more information on Madison area cyclocross, contact Renee Callaway at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spoke Haven is a website, blog, and now cycling club dedicated to providing more riding options for local women. We utilize Meetup.com as a platform for sharing ride information and managing members. It also allows us to communicate with one another directly. Members are asked to pay a nominal fee of $5 annually to help covers fees associated with having a Meetup account as it is not a free service. It also allows us some money to cover printing materials or even tent space for events.
Our rides have a general no drop policy, unless otherwise noted. Many of our group members do local charity rides and events together as most of them have had a hard time finding regular friends to ride with. We like having a social aspect to our rides so we’ll often stop at a local restaurant or pub during the ride or after the ride.
Spoke Haven also hosts workshops such as fix a flat clinics and we plan on offering more over the winter such as basic bike maintenance as well as a winter riding overview.
The next fix-a- flat clinic is September 23rd at 6:30 at the Bike Fed office.
The long-term goal of the group is to eventually open a brick and mortar shop and space dedicated to women’s cycling. We want to support everyone from the new rider all the way up to someone who races competitively.
For more info on our group, folks can visit: http://www.meetup.com/Madison-Womens-Cycling-Group/ or www.facebook.com/spokehaven.
We are All Mechanics
We Are All Mechanics’ mission is to empower people through hands-on bicycle education. We hold classes, seminars and clinics covering bicycle riding, maintenance, and repair.
Our Women’s Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course is a four-class series designed for beginners and those wanting to review the basics of bicycle maintenance. We encourage students to bring their own bicycle to work on during each class.
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The course tuition is $160 and need-based sliding-scale scholarships are available.
We offer one-on-one instruction at $65/hour. Inquire for group rates.
Our Mondays Around Monona entry-level rides are on Monday nights during August & September of each calendar year. For ride information see Click here.