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Join the ladies of Naked Women’s Racing in our third-annual Heels on Wheels bike pub crawl! Come equipped with two wheels and sport SPD stilettos for this event supporting our team and women’s cycling. Drink specials for those with the group from Ale House and Billy’s! All are welcome including men; men in heels more welcome.
May 10, 2014 from 6PM-10PM:
- 6:00 PM meet/ride to Ale House @2501 16th St
- 7:30 at Berkeley Inn @3834 Tennyson St
- 9:15 at Billy’s Inn @4403 Lowell Blvd
Be there or be pedalin’ squares!
We’re excited to announce our new sponsorship with The Feed! The Feed specializes in providing athletes with the best sports nutrition available to fuel their sport and life. Athletes work with a personalized nutrition coach to get one-on-one advice, form a nutrition plan, and build a fully customized box of nutrition from the best brands, delivered monthly with free shipping. Read more about The Feed, visit www.thefeed.com. Connect with The Feed on Facebook and Instagram too!
You’re 50 miles from home, you’re in the middle of nowhere and you reach in your pocket and suddenly realize you really should have stocked up on bars and gels or anything, because now you have nothing. Does grass have carbs?
This year we’re really excited to be working with The Feed. They’re a sport nutrition delivery company out of Boulder, Colorado that stocks all of our favorite brands in sport nutrition, ships them out every month (to keep you stocked) and works one-on-one with us to develop nutrition plans to support our training, racing and lives.
During training blocks full of long rides we may rely on more PowerBars, and recovery products to keep us going, but as the race season kicks in we’ll find more need for gels, and Brooks works with us to make sure we’re stocked up, and know exactly how, when and why to use certain products.
It’s one thing to have food in your pockets and electrolytes in your bottles, but to actually look forward to the the nutrition, can be a foreign concept to people. That’s where The Feed has been great. Nutrition Coach Brooks recommends products to fuel our training and match our varied tastes, so we’re never bored, never go hungry, and never fear dehydration (thanks Skratch Labs).
Check out the food that fuels the Naked Ladies in our team Feed Box: http://thefeed.com/nakedracing
Things get better with age-like our forth annual Ride for Reading delivery! Join Colorado Women’s Cycling Project (Naked Women’s Racing) for National Ride for Reading Week! See below for a quick synopsis of what Ride for Reading week is all about.
What: Colorado-based women’s competitive cycling team Naked Women’s Racing will deliver thousands of donated children’s books by bicycle to Travista Elementary and Middle School Friday, May 9th for National Ride for Reading Week. Naked Women’s Racing partnered with the charity Ride for Reading, a non-profit with a mission to promote literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income neighborhoods.
Who: Cyclists of all shapes, types and sizes! Commuters, mountain bikers, roadies, newbies, masters riders, trackies, unicyclists, tricyclists, bi-cyclists, juniors and more! We are looking for volunteers to join us in our delivery. It will be the most fun you’ve ever had on two wheels.
When: Delivery takes place Friday, May 9 from 8:00 am to 12 pm. We are collecting donations of books and/or cash donations for Ride for Reading from now until delivery date!
Why: In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Reading is an integral part of education, and without books it is hard to build a strong academic base. Our children need materials to read at home and it is our goal to provide the means. And in the process, we can fight childhood obesity and nature deficit disorder through the power of cycling, too! Exercise the mind and body and lead through example.
Where: Trevista Elementary School located at 4130 Navajo Street Denver, CO 80211
Meeting Location: Turin Bicycles at 700 Lincoln Street. Join us at 7 am if you want free breakfast and coffee! Be ready to ride by 8 am!
Bike Route: It will be doable by any person of any fitness level on any bike! We assure you, so please join us. It’s only 4.5 miles! We’ll share the bike route the week of the event.
What to Bring: Bike (duh), helmet, backpack or panniers or some form of bag to carry books by bike. We could use chariots to load extra books so please bring if you have one!
Also, if on Facebook we’ll be updating our event page with new information so join our event there too!
Can’t make the ride but want to help? Donate book at some of our many drop off points around Boulder and Denver! From the Denver Public Library to bike shops all around town. If you can’t find a drop off point on our list, you can also mail book or cash donations (checks made out to Ride for Reading) to:
902 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Our dirt diva Brittany J. recapped the cyclocross awards party. Naked cleaned up again. It was one dirty job but these ladies went above and beyond and came out on top!
This last Saturday was the Colorado Cross Cup awards party, and Naked represented well.
For those who are unfamiliar with BRAC’s Cross Cup (or the very similar Road Cup), it is a points system that spans the entire CX season. You earn points both as an individual and as a team based on your results, and some races are weighted more heavily than others.
Our own sponsor in 2013, Prestige Imports, hosted the awards party. Basil Docs supplied a veritable wall of delicious pizza, while Great Divide and Izzie provided libations. There was also a raffle for some pretty nice swag from Rudy Project, Polar, and several others.
As the awards got underway, Jenny Lucke took to the podium. Our rockstar junior not only won the individual racer competition for Jr Women 17-18, she also single-handedly earned a second place spot in the team competition for Naked in the same division.
Jenny wasn’t the only Naked woman to earn a spot on the podium, though. Every Naked woman that raced as a Cat 4 during the season helped earn a Team 3rd Place for Naked. Cathy Goodheart and Emily Unger (and I’m not sure why Jenny wasn’t up there, because she raced Cat 4 as well as Jr.) represented Naked on the podium. I’m looking forward to seeing all of these women race Cat 3 next year.
And finally, after many slices of pizza and many grapes and strawberries, Naked was called back up to the podium as the 1st place team in the Senior Women Cat 3 division.
Lanier Allen and I received the 1st place plaque on behalf of Naked and our other Cat 3 teammates.
As far as I can tell, it was a stellar end to an amazing season. Several people have a new mud addiction, while others continued to hone skills and aim for the hole shot.
Congratulations to all the women who raced this season—you played an important part in earning these awards. And thank you to everyone who cheered and encouraged us.
Photos 1 & 2, Jenny Lucke
Photo 3, Ryan Muncy Photography
As a benefit of membership, Colorado Women’s Cycling Project hosts clinics each month in the off season and are led by leaders in the cycling industry on topics ranging from bike handling skills to nutrition to sports psychology. Clinics are organized by committee members Brittany Jones and Roberta Smith. If you would like to teach a clinic or have questions regarding a clinic, please email us to their attention.
Check out our calendar for more upcoming clinics and group rides!
Thurs, Jan 23: Advanced bike mechanics/maintenance – Turin, 6-7:30pm
Weds, Feb 5: Sports Psychology w/Julie Emmerman – QuickLeft, 6:30-8pm
Tues, Feb 25: Physiology Clinic w/Rob – Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 6-8pm
Tues, March 4: Nutrition Clinic w/Ryan – Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 6-8pm
Tues, March 11: Bike Fit Clinic – Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, 6-8pm
Sadly, one of our teammates’ bike’s was stolen last night, and this isn’t the last time a bike will be stolen either. So we put together some tips to hopefully help you recover your beloved stead and catch that dirty bike thief! If you have any to add, let Rachel know.
- Scour Craigslist and eBay to see who is trying to sell it. You can also set up Google alerts or eBay search alerts with descriptions on your bike just to see if anyone posts something about it online.
- Set up your own Craigslist ad and email it to all the bike shops in the area. Sometimes thieves and pawn shops are dumb enough to call a bike shop to ask about the value of a bike. If the bike shop is aware of your stolen bike, then they can reach out to you when it happens. This happened to a teammate of ours and she was able to recover her bike!
- Pawn shops are another place to look. Call starting with your area and then expanding beyond.
- To recover your bike, you have to show proof of ownership. You can get this from your bike shop if you didn’t keep your receipt assuming they have good records. They may also have your serial number. Take lots of pictures and one of you with your bike, too.
- To the point above, because thieves can scratch off the serial number, etch the last four numbers of your social security number beneath your rear triangle. Most thieves are too dumb to look there and figure that out. It’s also undeniable proof the bike is yours if your bike is recovered by police and your serial number removed.
- File a police report! Supply them with your serial number, pics of the bike and any other identifying/unique info. If you don’t have any of these items on hand, call your bike shop and maybe they can help with proof of purchase/serial number.
- Get grassroots and make missing bicycle posters to hang around town, in coffee shops and bicycle shops. The more creative the more likely someone will be able to remember your poster and share it with others. Check out some of these posters. Include a unique but easy to remember hashtag!
- Encourage everyone to post/share your bike via social media. Create a hashtag so in case someone sees the bike, they can snap a pic, hashtag it, and post it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram! The more eyes looking for your bike the more likely you are to find it. Make sure you include the area that you’re in, too, just in case the thief is stupid enough (because thieves are!) to ride it around in your area.
- Get renter’s insurance if you don’t have it. You can file a claim and get a new bike. If you don’t have renter’s insurance, it’s only about $150-250 per year and absolutely worth it! Happy to refer you to my insurance agent who also sponsored our team for two years:)
- If you care about your bike, EVERYONE should register their bicycles with the police. Take pics of your bikes and serial numbers (usually under the bottom bracket). Boulder, Denver, and Golden reg is below. You can Google your “city” and “bike registration” if you don’t live in any of these local areas.
What do you have to add?
If you can make it to Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park, you can also join in a public memorial the Dombroski family is holding tomorrow from 6-8 PM. You can follow the Facebook page for more updates. Ride there if you can because parking will be limited. We’ll miss you, your smile and your fierceness out there on the road and in the dirt.
- USACycling’s Club of the Year
- 1st place in BRACs Rocky Mountain Road Cup Team Competition for Cat 1/2s, Cat 3s, and Cat 4s
- Many individual series wins in road, mountain and track. I’m sure cyclocross will be the same.
- Several state champions among us.
- Mountain bike, track, road and junior nationals competitors among us (and cyclocross if you count last season).
- We collected 3000 books and delivered to two different elementary schools in need for Ride for Reading this year.
- Bannock Criterium was hugely successful and saw some of the largest women’s fields to date.
- Our first year of having a club was a success and only will continue to improve and introduce more women to the sport of bicycle racing.
- We started in 2010 with 6 women and are now close to 100 with club and team combined. Wow. Just wow.
- Too many stories to recap, but it’s great to go back through our blog and see what was accomplished. We’re so impressed by all our teammates.
Once upon a time (last weekend) in a land far far away (LA) a Naked trackie (Me) walked off a plane from Denver into a land of expensive taxis and smog filled skies. Ok writing this in third person is hard so forget that.
Ok here is the quickest version of this past whirl wind weekend that I could muster up. Such an intense weekend has left me feeling like I have an insane hangover… not that I would know though what that feels like. Anywho.
Land at LAX. Take shuttle to rental car company. Company X oversold their fleet of cars and my reserved car was not available and they didn’t have any additional. Ok no worries I’ve lived in a foreign country where they don’t speak English so LA should be no problem. Must keep breathing. Call cab and head straight for the track. Driver tell me during ride that he is gong to charge me double for transporting my bike box. I tell him he can pull over and I will walk my bike the remaining 9 miles but I am not paying double. He stops all conversation but delivers me and Roxie (bike) to track for the original agreed upon amount. Dang straight fool. Thanks again China, I owe you!
Get all my stuff (luggage, wheels, and Roxie) into track, make besties with the manager of track (Matt) and head down to the infield to start building my bike and pretend like I know what I am doing. When I went to open the door to the infield for the first time I froze and heard every mental demon screaming in my head “you don’t belong here, you are not good enough, what a joke to even walk in, go home before you embarrass yourself, you’ll embarrass everyone.” My head said turn around and call another cab but the heart wanted to know what was on the other side of the door. Deep breath. Go now.
Once inside I found my Coach (Cari) and she slipped me a verbal Xanax. Bike got built about the same time my Team Sprint partner (Stephanie) and her big legged fiance (Geoff) roll in. Perfect timing. Coach tells us how to get on the track and what to avoid. Sidebar: this is a much steeper, smaller, slicker wooden track.. it is very different from Colorado Springs… just trust me on this one.
As we are about to roll out Coach grabs me and says to keep your space from each other because if one of us goes down we shouldn’t take each other out. Just about the time I get rolling I hear KAAATTHHHUUUUDDDDD. Team Sprint partner goes a sliddin’ and comes to a very hard stop on the deck. She was basically ok but managed to take home some wooden souvenirs in her skin and saddle. This set the tone for the rest of the weekend for us LA Velo newbies. Note to self: crashes happen even if you are by yourself. After crash crash boom I spent the rest of the afternoon getting used to the track from the sprinters lane all the way up to the rail and then trying to swoop back down at “high speeds”. This track ain’t no joke. Go too slow and goodnight Irene it’s a slick and hard ride to a sudden stop. Go too hard up the embanking and it is like short punchy hill repeats every single half lap.
Day 1: Omnium – Flying Lap, Points Race, and Elimination
Flying Lap: (solo 3 laps to wind up speed and then timed on the last lap around the track). I mentally was most confident about this event. In the Springs I really like the flying 200 so this was only 50 meters more right? Oh wait this track is different and I don’t really know how to wind up slowly so I don’t completely zap my legs before I am to sprint and punch the %&*# out of my pedals. As soon as Mark Tyson pushed me onto the track I was like a bullet. No gradual, no breathing, no anything but pure gas. When it came time for me to jump my quads locked up tighter than have ever before and I basically collapsed onto my saddle from my standing sprint. Thankfully I didn’t fall completely off of my bike like I really thought was going to happen. Somehow I was able to not have the slowest time. I got lucky. These people can sprint.
Points Race: (80 laps with points awarded every 10 laps for the first 4 across the line each time). I was most worried about this event because well I don’t cycle 80 of anything. Ever. 80 is a very big number and with the depth of this field I knew I would be in pure pain cave from the beginning until I died (or finished). I told myself to not look at the lap counter until I was really hurting. To my surprise I thought when I did look at the lap counter it would be much much much lower than the 74 laps to go that I saw. Blerg. Did I mention pain cave? Yeah, I really want to say hell here and other sailor type words. These people have endurance.
Elimination: (Hunger games on bikes. Every 2 laps the last person across the line is cut until 2 riders left and then they duke it out. Lots of sneaky trickery goes into this one) I like the sneak attack in this race the only bummer is that if let’s say your COACH can push the pace from the front the entire race it makes this technique very difficult. I was able to pull this “devil” maneuver off for a little while but after match numero 3.2 million was burned I got cut. These people are smart.
Day 2: Omnium – 3k Pursuit, Scratch, and 500m
3k Pursuit: (Just like TT but this time a gate is holding bike at start) I’ve actually never done this event before and have never been in a starting gate either. The Boss is actually a beast at this event and to be honest I can’t make myself want to hurt as bad as she does. 12 laps of fun fun oh wait nope wrong story, there was no fun in this. Mark Tyson gave me my cues each lap with lots of “ok maybe try to pick it up, yeah I mean it this lap, hello can you hear me, ugh are you deaf, or maybe dead, yep you must be dead” as I rolled by him each time. I think I will keep letting the Boss have her “fun” all by herself. These people are tough.
20k Scratch: (40 laps and whoever crosses line first wins) when I did the math to figure out how many laps this race was going to be I literally almost cried. We get so little sleep between the omnium events and my body was already on shut down mode from all of the other endurance events. This crap ain’t for the weak. I actually tried to work the pack a bit during this race and closed down a very early attack. I’d like to blame that for the fireworks in my legs that happened later but ummm that would be a fib. These people don’t stop.
500m: (held start and 500m go all out sprinter style) This was my second most confident race because I have done these a couple of times. My start was pretty good for me and my time wasn’t too terrible considering that this was the 6th and final event. Ouuuccchhhh from the beginning till the end. For a brief moment in time I was in the lead of this event. VERY BRIEF. These people are sick.
This concludes the Omnium portion of our program. Coach Cari Higgins won and racked up her 15th National Title. BEAST! I didn’t die. AMAZING. These people are inspiring.
Day 3: Team Sprint
TS: (held start, 1st person leads and ramps man 2 up to speed and then peels off at the appropriate place and then man 2 wants to die while racing another lap to complete the 500m) My Team Sprint Partner is 99.99% of the time a much better starter than I am so our biggest concern was that she would drop me at the beginning and I’d have to really burry myself to catch her and then be zonked for the final lap. For whatever reason I had the best start I’ve ever had and Steph had the worst she has ever had. This made for a very panicky moment of “oh god I know I HAVE to drop behind her by some point on the track but I don’t exactly know where that is but if I slow too much I may slide down the track on my wattage cottage and take her out with me”. Thankfully Steph was able to rally and I tucked in behind her. We finished the Team Sprint with lots of “ugh that never happens what happened” comments. These people are savages.
Overall: I had an amazing time and am so glad that I got to go to Elite Track Nationals. I learned more in a weekend than I feel like I have learned all season. Also, I feel much more confident going into future racing, traveling, clutch time type situations knowing that I don’t crack under stressful situations. Who knew? Even though I royally got “it” handed to me this weekend I am more determined, motivated, and dedicated than ever. I know I want this no matter what. The mental demons will not dictate where I go or what I do. My heart says go open the door and see what is on the other side.
But more than anything I am thankful. From the beginning I have had these key people who have filled a giant gap for me trying to crack into this sport. Without their support, direction, and encouragement there is absolutely no way I could have gone from complete track newbie to elite track nationals racer in just 1 season. I owe everything to them.
Thank you Naked for allowing me to fly the flag this season as a distant roadie and a junkie trackie.
Teammies thank you for all the facebook, twitter, and email love. If I did hugs I would give them to you. From Sharon’s bike box to an in person “hello I am here if you need help” via a friend from Maria you guys made this so much easier. It means so much to know a group of people back home are stoked you are even playing with the big girls no matter what the outcome is.
Katie Kackler Macarelleli you are a jerk face and I love the hell out of your stupid guts. You have given more unconditional support than an underwire bra (i will explain what this is later Kackler) and have stood by all my crazy crazy moments this entire season. You are a great friend but I’ll never admit that.
Cari Coach Higgins I blame you and thank you for all of this nationals omnium jibber jabber. You make my legs hurts, my lungs burn, my heart pound, and my spirit fly. If only I could be half the racer, coach, and person you are. Let’s try ok, just not today.
Ingrid “The Boss” Alongi. No words. Too much. Seriously. You helped put the training wheels on, got me rolling, watched me take them off, and supported me in every single way possible. You are the reason I got to go explore this track dream and for that I am forever grateful. I found my passion on your/our/my orange bike and because of you. Thank you.
2014 Elite Track Nats watch out. I am hungry for more.
Rocky Mountain States Games on the track took place this weekend and our trackies were out there en force. Read more from Amanda Cyr!
After racing against the big girls Friday night, slinging each other in the Madison, and a late night of adrenaline rushes The Boss and I headed back to the track to compete in the Rocky Mountain State Games. On tap for the track edition was the flying 200, scratch, points, and 500 meter. Just in case you haven’t been reading our other blogs here is a super speedy run down.
Flying 200: 2 lap wind up to speed and then timed over the last 200 meters. Fastest time makes you winner
Scratch: 10 laps and whoever crosses the finish line first is winner winner
Points: 20 laps with points awarded every 5 laps for the first 4 people across the line (5,3,2,1). Most points is winner.
500: Held start (like a TT) with opponent across track, gun goes off, you go real fast for 500 meters or until you die.
Ok, got it? Great, it is about time.
I decided to go big or go home with my gear for the flying 200 but to be honest I was scared I wouldn’t be able to even turn the pedals. With the Boss starting right behind me I have to say the pressure was on. I ended up taking a not so desirable line coming out of the last corner but was still able to set a PR. Next up… the Boss. I knew I had the lead up to her ride but wasn’t sure I had set a good enough time to fend off the beast. We ended up taking 1st and 2nd!
Overall up to this point: Amanda 1st, Boss 2nd.
Next up was the 10 lap scratch. The pace was definitely manageable and no one was feeling any wild spurs to attack too early thankfully. As we were coming out of turn 4 heading into the start of the last lap the rider in front of me swerved very dramatically forcing me to either let off the gas and kiss my placing goodbye or make an aggressive move and come up and over 3 riders wide. I jumped hard but who was right there in the sprinter lane not giving up any daylight? The Boss. I kicked and came down over her. We finished the scratch 1st and 3rd.
Overall to this point: Amanda 1st, Boss 2nd with her best event up next.
Points races are not my favorite. You gotta do math and sprint and they are long and keep track of who has what and where and god I am exhausted just thinking about it. I knew the Boss would be out to put her hurt on me and everyone else there. I made sure to keep myself in the points but what can I say, she is a much smarter and more aggressive racer! The Boss took 2nd and I took 3rd.
Overall to this point: Amanda 1st and Boss 2nd but only 2 points separated us which meant the overall win would come down to the very last event. Also, 2 other girls were very close to us and are both great 500m racers. Choke choke choke.
My worst fear of having to duke it out with the Boss across the track from me was now a reality. To make it worse everyone was trying to really psych me out before we went off. Thanks “friends” I was very aware of who I was lining up against, don’t need your help!
Standing starts have not been my strength so having to get off the line and up to full speed in 500 meters is extra hard if you don’t really get off the line. We both got to our positions and got all clipped in and ready to box. 5,4,3,2,1 we were off. The Boss in her aero bars and me praying for death we finished without knowing how either person had done or our times. I knew I had pushed myself because my legs were on fire…wait correction more like FI-yah. I ended up setting a PR and getting under 40 seconds which was something I never thought I would be able to do.
Overall: I LOVE LOVE LOVE racing my teammate, mentor, friend, and boss. She pushes me in every way and yet takes the time to teach me while she makes me hurt.
Naked had a great podium day at the track today with a 1st and 2nd! More importantly we had a blast with lots of laughs and encouragement for each other.