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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.
Emily Z. is really into beets, but here’s a spoiler alert. She doesn’t even like them.
Beets are so hot right now. Hotter than Yerba Mate drunk from a gourd, hotter than caveman diets, hotter than trendy workout classes you’re the first to hear about, hotter even than having conflicting feelings about a certain podium-girl-butt-grabber whose redeeming qualities include the ability to strap his bikes on a roof rack without dismounting.
The quick and dirty explanation for their popularity is that the high concentration of nitrates found in beets increases blood flow and oxygen intake in the muscles, making endurance athletes faster for longer. Also, I imagine technicolor pees contribute to the appeal.
The lengths I have gone to in order to consume my pre-cyclocross beet juice has left bath tubs stained purple and been so suspicious that in one instance hotel staff peeked in the room without knocking at 3AM, I imagine to check that we weren’t cooking meth or anything equally sinister. Somehow I don’t think, “don’t worry, we were just juicing raw beets at 4AM yesterday” would have been a satisfactory explanation, anyway. Alas, some people will never understand your lifestyle.
Here’s the thing: I loathe beet juice. I’m one of those people who will eat absolutely anything put in front of her without flinching, but make me down a liquified beet and I will gag. They taste like spicy dirt to me, very literally.
I can’t overstate my relief and wonder the first time I tried the Naked Power Garden Berry Veggie juice. It’s loaded with beets, chickpeas, sweet potato and carrots, but tastes unquestionably like cherries. It’s not just delicious “for a veggie juice,” it’s just plain delicious. The morning before a race I down one, and sometimes add a scoop of Pure Clean Powder powdered beets for an extra boost, and now the days that I don’t get my veggie smoothie I feel like my legs are filled with bricks, and my results would suggest the same.
Give it a try before your next race… just as long as you aren’t racing against me.
- 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.
The Maccabi Games or The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four years in Israel – “the Jewish Olympics” as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union’s largest and most famous enterprise. Naked Women’s Racing competitor Sharon Madison is representing the USA (the sole female to do so in cycling)!
The time has arrived I’m on my way to Israel to race in the 19th World Maccabi Games known as the Jewish Olympics. These games are Olympic style competitions for Jewish athletes around the world. 8500 athletes from 80 different countries including Cuba, India and Chile will be showing up in Israel for 2 weeks of competition with 1200 being from the United States. This will be the biggest games so far. The Maccabi games are held every 4 years.
The day started with us having to be taken to the airport in 2 vehicles. Yes, 2 not one. I have 2 bike boxes, a wheel box, and a bag full of bike gear and my personal bag. My husband and both boys each have one bag.
We got to the airport 3 hours ahead of time because that’s how I operate. Race day I’m always there 2 hours before the race starts so why should I be any different flying out. A little OCD but it works for me.
After checking in, they tell me they want $200 per bike. I gave them my certified letter from the Maccabi committee and they looked at me like I was crazy. United does not fly anything or anybody for free no matter who you are. So I suck it up and pay the $400. United should be glad they didn’t have to deal with Mean Mama Madison though!
Since we had 3 hours to kill we decided to go to the United lounge. We show our ticket to get in and then I see a 12:30 departure. We were supposed to leave at 2. It was 12:00. I guess they changed our flight but didn’t contact us. Off we ran to the gate to make the flight. Luckily, we arrived at Newark, but then find out our flight is now leaving at 1:00 AM instead of 10:30 PM. What’s up with that? They needed an extra seat on our last flight so I could have had one of the boys give up their seat for $500. That would have at least covered the bike fees.
We arrived in Israel at 7:30 PM on Wednesday. I have a training ride on the TT course at 6 AM on Thursday so it will be a late night getting the bikes built up and unpacked. I never sleep anyways so I guess I’ll be okay:)
Opening Ceremonies are on July 18th. 32,000 people are expected for the opening ceremonies. More people then my hometown of 70. If you go to www.JLTV.TV you can watch the opening ceremonies live. Keep in mind Israel is 9 hours later than Denver.
My first race is on Sunday the 21st and it’s a 16 miles Time Trial. If you want to follow my adventures you can go to www.maccabiusa.com for racing updates, www.nakedwomensracing.com or Colorado Women’s Cycling Project on Facebook for my blogs.
Thanks for all the good wishes and thank you to all my friends and great teammates who have trained with me all year long for this adventure.
Maria swept the 3/4 omnium for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in her own backyard! We couldn’t be more proud and she’s only a few precious points from that Cat 2 upgrade!
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is an Omnium points race that consists of a Road Race, Criterium, and a Time trial over Memorial Day weekend in Durango, Colorado. Initially I was not going to participate this year because it was not USAC sanctioned, but after urging from friends and my LAAF bikes and CThree Wheels sponsor, I decided to try to defend my Women’s B Champion Jersey. After all, it is here in my hometown!
Day 1 The Road race
The Road Race starts in town at the highschool and then travels down the Valley for about ten miles. From here it climbs for the next 30 miles, summiting two mountain passes and reaching around 10,800 feet before descending 7 miles into the small, old, mountain mining town of Silverton.
I raced with the Women B category, since I am a Cat 3. This field had a total of 97 racers in the field. We left the parking lot at the high school and began up the valley on HWY 550. The tour riders are allowed to leave before the racers begin. This caused some safety issues. Many times I had to tell the racers to call out if a rider was coming up so we could all anticipate a flow to the left in the group. It wasn’t working very well and I was just sure that I was going to hear the sounds of clanking metal and girls shrieking as they hit the concrete. Amazingly, we made it through the valley with no crashes. Once we came to the base of Shalona, which is the first real start to the climbing part of the race, a racer attacked. I responded and grabbed her wheel. Then another racer attacked and I grabbed her wheel. Before we came to the semi flat section on top of Shalona we were a group of five. This part of the mountain highway is a four lane road. There were cones on our white dotted line so that cars can use the left lane and racers the right. With the tour riders on the right and the cones on the left, it did not leave much room for racers to ebb and flow. My initial fear finally came to fruition when one of the racers from our lead group ran into a cone as she moved away from a tour rider. Bam, I heard the slide across the pavement. My initial response is to stop and help, but I had to shake that and keep pedaling. You can’t help but feel a little cruel when you just continue on but a race is a race. We kept a good pace for the rest of the climb leading up to where they close the road to traffic and Coal Bank Pass begins. Some more girls had latched on to our group after the crash, and our group was bigger again. I began up Coal Bank with three girls along side of me. I had to tell yet another squirrely tour rider that racers were on their left. After hearing me bark out safety orders for the last 28 miles, I heard one of the girls say “she’s kind of spicy.”
My only tactic was to keep a good steady pace for the first three miles of the six mile climb and if there was anyone left with me, then begin surging. Before mile two approached, I was on my own. I climbed and climbed keeping a good rhythm with my counting and breathing and finally summited the pass. Grabbed a Gatorade, with most of it landing outside my mouth, and started my descent. I had to remind myself of the story of the tortoise and the hare. I wanted to take the descent slower, but was afraid that I would be caught by a faster descender. It went smoothly (AKA no big wind gusts blowing me sideways) and I then began my climb up Molas Pass. I climbed steady for another 4 miles, remembering to stay seated because of the lack of oxygen, and saw the glorious top of Molas Pass, signifying the end of the climbing. Who ho! Because I had the distinct feeling of being chased with meat cleavers, I tried to bomb it down to Silverton as fast as I could. Before I knew it, I was seeing the town from above with all the cute roofs of different colors, the train depot and tracks. It looked like someone had made a model train town and placed it in between a bunch of fake mountains. I rode up the main street and through the finish.
Day 2 The Criterium
The Criterium was laid out in downtown Durango. They changed the course this year and made the corners much more technical. They replaced the recovery straight away with a second power climb and made a longer run to the finish line. The start began and I went out hard. I wanted to break down the group to a smaller field, if I could. I preferred this because the corners were pretty hairy and riders were wiping out from all the different categories. One guy even broke his bike in two along with his collarbone. After the first turn and power climb, no one was with me for the first four laps. The time gap between myself and the follow group was about 15 seconds. It held steady at 15 seconds and I couldn’t see them behind me before I started my turns after the long straight away. Then, the time began to get shorter and at 8 seconds I made the decision to fall into the group and recover. It was successful and we had a much smaller group. The primes started and I decided that I would go after them. I was able to take all of them home. Each time I would grab a prime, I would then fall back into the group and recover. I stayed in the group until the last lap and then used the last power hill to build a gap again. Took the last corner alone, and hammered to the finish line.
Day 3 Time Trial
The time trial had me starting at 0800. I did a warm up ride on my neighbor’s stationary bike, and then they drove me down to the finish. I put on my helmet and the strap came out of the buckle. I tried to stay calm and fix it, because I knew that if I panicked I would never get the frayed pieces through the small buckle slits. I was internally freaking out as my start time was only three minutes away and I had about that much of a ride to the start line. Finally I got the straps together and jumped on my bike doing the mental checklist…glasses, helmet…bike….clipped in…..ok, I got it all. I arrived at the start line right when they were saying last call for Maria Santiago. I yelled, “I’M HERE, I’M HERE” and poof I was off. The course is 13.7 miles of mostly rolling hills with a brutal climb to the finish line that lasts about 2 miles. I felt good, staying within my zone where I am working hard, but not getting that feeling like someone punched me in the stomach. I knew that I needed to save a bit for that last push to the finish. The juniors started before me and as I passed them I wanted to say ‘good job’ , ‘looking strong’, but instead it just came out as a grunt of air and drool with a sideways glance. I began the climb up to the finish and really had to do some positive affirmations to not shift into my easiest gears. Not yet, not yet….almost there, you got this (you all know the words). The finish was finally in sight and across I went. I had no idea if I won or lost, but I was just so happy to have it done!!!
Quick Left - 902 Pearl Street
FirstBank, Breckenridge Branch - (N. Park/9 & Ski Hill Rd)
200 Ski Hill Road
9-news - 500 E Speer Blvd
Transamerica Building – 303 E 17th Ave
Downtown Denver YMCA – 25 E 16th Ave
Community College of Denver Department of Dental Hygiene - 111 Havana Street
Campus Cycles - 2102 S. Washington St.
FirstBank, Frisco Branch - (N. Ten Mile Dr. & Hwy. 9)
960 N. Ten Mile Dr
4 U Mini Mart - 15750 S Golden Rd Ste B
Campus Cycles – 7310 West Colfax Avenue
FirstBank, Silverthorn Branch - (I-70 & US Hwy 6)
160 U.S. Highway 6
Things get better with age-like our third annual Ride for Reading delivery! Join 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.
NEW for this year: We challenge YOU to lead a Ride for Reading delivery in YOUR CITY! If we can get 5 new cities on board, then we will donate $250 to Ride for Reading on behalf of the Naked Women’s Cycling team.
What: Colorado-based women’s competitive cycling team Naked Women’s Racing will deliver thousands of donated children’s books by bicycle to Smith Elementary School Friday, May 10 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.
When: Delivery takes place Friday, May 10 from 8:15 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: Smith Elementary School located at 3590 Jasmine Street Denver, CO 80207
Meeting Location: Parking lot of 9NEWS located at 500 E. Speer Blvd
Bike Route: Our bike route will be doable by any person of any fitness level on any bike! We assure you, so please join us.
How to Register to Volunteer:
How to Make a Donations: Cash donations are tax deductible so please provide your name, mailing address, and donation value with your donation so Ride for Reading can send you a tax exempt letter.
If you’d like to donate used or new age-appropriate books, please drop them off at one of our many DROP OFF LOCATIONS around Denver and Boulder. If you aren’t local and would still like to send us books, please mail them to the Quick Left to Attn: Rachel Scott, 902 Pearl Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301.
How can my business become a drop box location? Simple! Email us at info [at] nakedwomenracing.com to let us know so we can add you to our list of drop off locations and get you a poster notifying the public that you are an official Ride for Reading Book Drop location. You can also download our 8.5 x 11 RfR_Poster_2013.
Are you a member of the media and want to publish this story? If you are a member of the media, feel free to publish any of this information here. We welcome you to join us on the delivery too! We are available for personal interviews pre, during, or post event so please email us (info [at] nakedwomenracing.com) and a team representative will get back to you immediately. Video and photography are welcome at the school; however, you must contact the school to arrange parental waivers ahead of time. You can also contact us at least 2 weeks prior to the delivery date, and we can add your language to our photo/video release.
Read how last year’s delivery went HERE: Includes recap, images and video from last year’s delivery. We had so many books that we got to do an impromptu delivery to two schools last year!
See what Ride for Reading is all about below:
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DENVER, Colo (February 19, 2013) – After last years triumphant debut of the Naked twins, we are pleased and concerned to announce the return of the Amandas.
“Last year was like waking up from a comma to discover you had a twin you never knew about and the weirdest part is she looks just like me” said Amanda Cyr.
“Yeah, all my life I knew I was missing something but never did I imagine it was a twin I never knew I had!” weeped Amanda Bye. “She is the padding to my chamois” smirked Cyr and “she is the cream to my itch” winked Bye.
They both have had to work through their new found identical identities though. Cyr talks about having to overcome learning that her twin had in fact tried to eat her in the womb. ”There was a reason I felt like I had been in a zombie movie in my past life.”
“I have always loved me some BBQ and there is no hiding that” Bye said jokingly…we hope.
Quick Left CEO and Colorado Womens Cycling Project sponsor Ingrid Alongi was overheard stating “I would rank them in a top 500 female cycling twins of all times VH1 special if someone paid me.” Rolling Stones magazine is calling this “The most anticipated return to the stage since Milli Vanilli.” Just recently Will.I.AM begged the girls to be featured in his new chart topper “Scream and Shout”.
2013 looks to be a big year for the hottest Naked twins since the Olsen sisters. ”Parents better watch your children cross the street and crazy jumping deer beware” touts Bye. ”No road rash too deep, no curb too high” proclaimed Cyr. ”We are back to bring the Naked Amandas action to a city near you!”
Please start by watching this video from Amanda 1.0, then proceed to the race report. Congrats to all the Naked ladies who represented in Louisville 2013 for Cyclocross Masters World Championships!
There were many unforgettable quotes this weekend. The one that stands out most was by Susan’s coach, Jon Tarkington, “The race is not the most memorable part of the experience. It is everything else.” I have to agree. The race was a 63 minute grueling experience. The training, rides, nerves and spending time with others before and after was much more memorable.
We arrived Monday and got up bright-and-early on Tuesday to pre-ride the course. Not so bad, warm weather, cloudy, did not need leg or arm-warmers. The course itself had some off-camber turns, some easy barriers as they were on a flat area of the course, sand that would easily pack down from the humidity. The most challenging area was a run up, then an off-camber s-turn, another run up and a steep descent before heading back to the finish. Did it take some practice? Yes. Was it very technically challenging? No, but that is all about to change.
Middle of the night, we were awoken by tornado warnings, we looked out the window to see high winds and pouring rain (what else would you do during a tornado?). The course was flooded by the morning and the race sign had been blown over. Races were all delayed that morning. We decided to do leg-openers in the heated tent that was provided by the amazing crew at Pro Bike Express but would forego riding the course for fear of injuring ourselves or our bikes. There was a heat that Joan had to race in and they pronounced her last name wrong but said they would get it right when she won the championship. We picked up our race numbers and Susan found out that her new lucky number was actually 18.
Thursday–race day. Joan raced first. It was a muddy mess and cold so the ground was a bit more firm than later in the day. She did very well with few mistakes and took 5th place in the World (women, non-elite, age group).
I then raced and had the fortunate pleasure of a very muddy, grueling course. I had to pit my bike every half lap. At one point my wheels locked up from the mud and I ran my bike into the pit, it was estimated that my bike weighed 45 pounds. My pit crew was absolutely amazing. An announcer said that “Pit crews don’t win a race but they can lose one.” This is absolutely true but luckily my pit crew was flawless. Each time I came through my bike was a mangled mess but when I left it was clean, in the correct gear, pedals in the proper spot, chain back on and ready (although let me also add that they probably had 10 minutes to get it right as I was going that slow). I ran approximately half of each lap with an increase of weight from mud on the cleats, shoes and calves. I kept thinking that I am a cyclist, not a runner, and would try to get back on my bike but could not move. This is also the moment that Michael Hanna’s running intervals came through for me. The downhills were slick and the flats were slow. Two laps done and my legs were burning like never before, I pointed to the time as I could not speak from over-exertion trying to indicate that my race was over as I was pass the time limit. The official looks and me and calmly states that the “Race isn’t over until I say it is over. One more lap…” It takes everything in me to not DNF. According to the officials, I passed two more people that lap and rode exhausted but with few errors. I remember thinking at the end that I would take the final decent as fast as possible as my racing season was over and if I broke an ankle, I could hobble in and then have time to recover. Cyclocross is all about pre-riding and figuring out how to ride the course, but each lap was so different that it was like a new course each time. I finished in 8th place.
Susan then raced and had a wonderful race, she was so strong and watching her race reminds me that I have a long way to go. She had the largest women’s field that day and raced against very strong women. We finished the races proud of our accomplishments and ready to get some well-deserved rest.
Then the unthinkable happened, we started talking about planning to race the Cyclocross World Championships in 2015 in Tabor, Czech Republic. Watch out World, Naked Women’s Racing is coming back for a podium…
Special shout out to City of Louisville for being so friendly, welcoming and hosting a great week of racing. To Pro Bike Express for ensuring that our bikes were working perfectly, for keeping everything running smooth and for remembering all the things that we forgot. To Naked Juice for giving me the strength to train, to Michael Hanna for always being a wonderfully supportive coach, to Bike Source for keeping my bike in working condition (it is coming in soon), Rudy Project for the flashy helmet and Colorado Women’s Cycling Project for being a super supportive women’s cycling team. To Emily Zinn for my good luck socks and magazines, Katie Macarelli for my mix CD, Nicole Mack for the personalized cowbell and for all the well wishes from everyone. You all rock.