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Colorado Daily: Naked Women’s Racing Named Club of the Year

Naked Women's Racing

Naked Women’s Racing says they’re bringing more women to the sport

By Sarah Kuta   kuta@coloradodaily.com

Posted:   01/03/2013 05:02:59 PM MST

Rachel Scott and her two Naked Women’s Racing co-founders were tired of women’s cycling’s reputation. The sport is male-dominated, and when it <comes> to female cyclists, it’s known for catty, aggressive women who don’t get along, Scott said. That makes other women hesitant to join a team or start racing.

So, Scott and two cycling friends, Vera Divenyi and Joan Orgeldinger, created their own all-women’s team based in Boulder <correction Denver> to address that stereotype.  Finish reading here:  http://www.coloradodaily.com/outdoor-recreation/ci_22306637#ixzz2HG580fxs

Side note: We started the team as a Denver-based team; however, we’ve expanded to the entire state of Colorado. We still state Denver-based, but have women all over the state representing Naked Women’s Racing. Also, the quotes expressed in this article are misinterpreted and out of context. For example, many of the quotes are perceptions of women’s cycling and there are many factors that influence this perception. In addition to the quotes, the two misspellings are beyond our control and passed through the editorial process.

Twas the Night Before Naked Style

group ride

Twas the morning of December 15th, when all through the city
Not a cyclist was riding, not even a Madison.
The trainers were set up by the tv with hate,
In hopes that Spring soon would be there.

The computrainer women were nestled all snug on their bikes,
While visions of outdoor riding danced in their heads.
And me with my hangover, and laziness to boot,
Had just settled my stomach for a short winter’s ride.

When out on the trail there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my saddle to see what was the matter.
Away to the reservoir I rode like a sloth,
Forgot about my heart rate monitor and threw out my training plan.

The sun never came on the new-fallen snow
Gave gloom and doom to the road below.
When, what to my watering eyes should appear,
But a group ride with a 5 cyclist train.

With a wheel sucking leader, so spunky and steady,
I knew in a moment it must be Naked ladies.
More rapid than eagles their train they came,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Eva! Now Margo and Marlene!
On, Naked! On, Naked! on Naked Ladies Cycling!
To the top of the hill! To the bottom of the descent!
Now sprint away! Sprint away! Sprint away all!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As dry leaves that fly from the wild hurricane winds,
When they meet with a headwind, mount to a paceline.
So up to the resy the cyclist they flew,
With their jerseys full of cookies, and water bottles too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the road
The clacking and shifting of each little gear.
As I gasped for air, and was about to turn around,
Down the trail Lanier Allen came for an attack.

She was dressed all in lycra, from her head to her foot,
And her clothes were all shiny with zippers and reflectors.
A bundle of speed she had flung from the back,
And she looked like a pro, just putting a gap on the pack.

Her eyes-how they twinkled! her dimples how merry!
Her cheeks were like roses, her nose like a faucet!
Her freakish massive quads were drawn up like a hammer,
And the beard of her chin was a little alarming.

The stump of a Powerbar she held tight in her teeth,
And the boost it created her speed like a missile.
She had chiseled legs and zero percent body fat,
That never would shake, not even freakin’ wiggle!

She was fit and lean, a right obnoxious old sprinter,
And my legs hurt when I saw her, in spite of my speed!
A wink of her eye and a flick of her elbow,
Soon gave me to know I had no chance of catching her.

She spoke not a word, but went straight to the front,
And picked up the pace, then picked it up more.
And laying on the pedals aside of her bike,
And giving a pull, up the reservoir she rose!

She sprang from her saddle, to give me a taunting,
And away they all flew like a bat out of hell.
But I heard her exclaim, ‘ere she rode out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-ride!”

Club Team: The First Step is the Hardest

Group ride up Lookout Mountain in Golden. All club members have the option to participate in a no-drop group ride every weekend led by our race team women.
Eva is our first contributor to the Naked Women’s Racing blog from the club team! We think her cycling skills are right up there with her math skills-simply superb! Cycling is very intimidating, but the hardest part is just taking the first step. The community will embrace you and be with you on your journey every step of the way.


A couple months ago a random blurb on a local cycling news site caught my eye:  a women’s racing team was looking to fill their club team.  As I found out more information about the responsibilities and mainly perks of being on the club team, I realized this was just what I needed in my life and didn’t even know it.  (On a club team you are part of the group but you do not have to participate in any races.  It’s a good way for newbies to get into the sport.)  I fell in love with cycling a few years ago and was now ready to get better at it.  I promptly filled out the application form and mailed the check for the club dues.  Then I started to worry… Crap.  What did I just get myself into?  My only competitive background comes from being a high school mathlete.  I’m going to be the slowest person in the group and even slower on descents.  I’m going to humiliate myself!


Soon our first group ride date approached .  As I rolled up to our designated spot, I was so nervous  I almost hyperventilated.  But that came later, when we did an “easy flat” ride through Golden.   On our next ride I actually had tears streaming out of my eyes on a teeny little climb.  I was thinking to myself “Is all this humble pie gonna make me fat?”  However, as I started to chat with the girls riding alongside me, I realized I was not alone.  Many of the new girls on the team felt the same way as I did-intimidated and excited.  We were all there to get better, learn from the more experienced riders and motivate each other.


Support from all the women on the team has been phenomenal.  Everyone has been very generous with moral support, tips and techniques, patient with teaching us pacelining, and pulling me back to the group when I get dropped.  We also get to participate in clinics to learn about bike skills, maintenance, training/nutrition and such.


I am so excited that I might even have to sign up for some races next season.  But more than anything, I’m grateful to be out riding with a bunch of badass and inspiring women.

Club Team is now full!

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By the power of Facebook–and our teammates’ prodding–we had an overwhelming response to our last call for club members. Our club is now at max capacity! But fear not women of the cycling world looking for community. There are great teams out there still accepting women for the 2013 road season! Visit all the clubs on the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado’s website.

And as always, women of any ability are welcome to join in on our leisurely club group rides regardless of your team affiliation!