Interested in racing? Come out for a Meet the Team ride

Are you an avid bicyclist who breezed through the STP or RSVP? Ever thought about racing your bike? Come meet the local racing community and find out what racing is all about. Whether you enjoy riding on the road or in the dirt, there's a team out there for you!

Fall is the time of year when competitive cycling clubs throughout the region open their rosters and recruit new riders for the coming season. Starting Saturday, Sept. 7, cycling clubs will lead weekend rides for anyone interested in racing.

These rides are social rides, at a conversational pace, around the south end of Lake Washington. Allow about two hours. The ride may stop for a bathroom and snack break, but otherwise, be prepared for a continuous ride. These rides happen rain, wind or sunshine! Bring a functioning road bike (full fenders are appreciated on damp days), helmet, water, some food, weather-appropriate clothing, a little money and an extra tube in case you flat.

All rides, unless otherwise noted, leave from Pert's Deli (120 Lakeside Ave, Seattle WA 98122) in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood at 9:30 a.m. There is ample parking nearby. Please be at Pert’s by 9:20.

Here’s your chance to meet the Seattle area racing teams and community!

(Worried that you're too slow, too old or you're just too intimidated? Read my story, here:  From rec to racer.)

Ride Schedule:

+ Sunday, Aug. 25: Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams
Meet at 8:45 am
Contact: Gina at gkavesh@gmail.com

Ladies! Join us for the seventh annual Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams! Women from many of the local racing teams will host three Sunday rides for women only. If you are new to the racing community, looking to strengthen your riding skills, thinking about racing in 2014 or looking to speak with other women about local racing teams or riding opportunities, this ride’s for you!

We’ll cover some basic skills such as pacelines, riding a straight line and racing tactics/techniques. Depending on the turnout, we'll break into groups no greater than 10 to keep it manageable and go over the basics, making sure to keep things fun and stress-free.

 

Saturday, Sept. 7: Hagens Berman
hbsccycling.com/
Contact: Loren Pokorny at  lorenpo@microsoft.com

Sunday, Sept. 8: SCCA/Starbucks
sccacycling.com
Contact: Sarah Carroll at sarahmichellecarroll@gmail.com or Vern Cole at nomad9@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept. 14: Team Group Health
soundvelocycing.com
Contact: LB Kregenow  lbkregenow@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept. 14: Garage Racing
racing.garagebilliards.com/about.php
Contact: Kyle Farrell at kaf@nwlink.com

Sunday, Sept. 15: Fischer Plumbing
jetcityvelo.com
Contact: Dodi Nov at drdodi@bellevuesmiles.com

+ Saturday, Sept. 21: CycleU/Apex Racing
apexracing.org
Contact: Chris Ragsdale at ragsdalechris@yahoo.com

+ Saturday, Sept. 21: Spokeswomen Racing
spokeswomenracing.com/about/
Contact: Mirna Nieto  at mirna.nieto@gmail.com

+ Saturday, Sept. 21: Attachmate/Snoqualmie Valley Velo
10 a.m. at the Log Pavilion at Railroad Community Park in Snoqualmie
snovalleyveloclub.com
Contacts: Andrew Leon at NBK96F1@gmail.com and Jeff Scott  at promotecycling@gmail.com

+ Sunday, Sept. 22: Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams
Meet at 8:45 a.m.
See entry for Sunday, Aug. 25.

+ Saturday, Sept. 28: Cucina Fresca
supersquadra.com
Contact: Mark Portin at maportin@gmail.com

Sunday, Sept. 29: Bikecafe Cycling Team
bikecafe.net
Contact: David Visintainer at david@bikecafe.net  or Ed Ewing at edwardaewing@gmail.com

+ Saturday, Oct. 5: Union Bay Cycling/Bikesale.com
www.unionbaycycling.com
Contacts: Joe at joe.baratto@boeing.com or Gina at gkavesh@gmail.com

+ Sunday, Oct. 6: Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams
Meet at 8:45 am

See entry for Sunday, Aug.25.

+ Saturday, Oct. 12: HSP Cycling
hspseattle.com
Contact: Todd Herriott at todd@hspseattle.com

+Saturday, Oct. 19: Recycled Cycles Racing
recycledcyclesracing.wordpress.com/
Contact: Jamie Schoenborn at j.schoenborn@hotmail.com

+ Sunday, Oct. 20: Blue Rooster/Sports Medicine Clinic Race Team
BlueRoosterCycling.com
Contact: Josh Gerak at joshgerak@gmail.com

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