W o m e n ' s C y c l i n g
The WSBA is committed to developing and supporting new bike racers and improving the quality of women's bike racing in the Pacific Northwest. Many activities throughout the year focus on helping women to build their racing skills and find a team for training and racing.
Cat 4 Road Race Clinics 2015
Coaching clinics are sponsored by the WSBA at early season races specifically to help cat 4 women build their racing skills and understanding. Upper-category women racers will carefully watch the race from the lead car and follow cars and then offer post-race feedback on the elements of the race, including team tactics, bike handling, and other components that make up the race. The 2015 schedule of clinic dates and leaders (who will enlist help from their teammates so racers hear multiple viewpoints) is under development. The first clinic date to be secured is the last event in the Mason Lake series (March 22, 2015) when Sarah Carroll and some of her SCCA/Starbucks teammates will offer their coaching and racing advice before and after the race.
Cat 4 women should watch for information posted at the race and/or announced on the start line for the exact location and time for the free clinic, which will be held immediately after the race finish. The Mason Lake venue has a great community center for this indoor clinic; be sure to bring some extra cash for soup, hot cider, and other treats.
CycleU (Seattle) and Emde Sports (Spokane) offer classes that teach everything from the basics of bike handling to advanced racing skills and time trialing. The registration fee for WSBA members for the Racing Fundamentals and Upgrade Clinic is partly subsidized by the WSBA, and cat 4 clinic participants receive THREE (3) cat 3 upgrade points (per USAC 2014 rule book). Classes are typically in the late winter and spring. Please check their websites for more info on these classes and when they are scheduled.
Limit: one subsidy and one set of upgrade points per rider; you may take the clinic as many times as you wish, but the WSBA will not subsidize more than one clinic per rider, and you may not earn more than 3 points for the upgrade to cat 3 no matter how many clinics you take.
Finding a Team
Intro to Women's Cycling and Racing Teams: In late summer and early fall, a combination of women from many of the local racing teams will host rides similar to the Meet the Teams rides, with the exception that this ride is for women only, and each ride is hosted by women representatives from multiple teams. If you are new to the racing community, looking to strengthen your riding skills, thinking about racing, or looking to speak with other women about local racing teams or riding opportunities, this ride's for you! Please help us out and spread the word to any women you may know who are curious about cycling and/or racing.
Dates for 2014: Saturday, September 20; Sunday, September 28; and Sunday, October 5
Time: 8:45 AM at Pert's in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood (120 Lakeside Ave, Seattle WA 98122). Please don't be late! The rides are not weather-dependent--rain or shine, we ride!
Route: south end of Lake Washington
Skills: pacelines, riding a straight line, and racing tactics/techniques. Depending on 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 not stressful.
Meet the Team Rides: Local teams organize rides each autumn to help new riders find teammates with compatible goals and interests. Rides are scheduled from September through November in Seattle and other locations. Watch this page in late summer for complete information on ride schedules and locations.
2015 Women's BARR
The WSBA sponsors Best All-around Road Rider races for the following women's categories:
Women's Category 1-2
Women's Category 3
Women's Category 4
Master Women age 35+ cat 1-3
Master Women age 35+ cat 4
More information about BARR categories and the schedule of BARR events is found on the BARR webpage.
Other Women's Racing Opportunities
The Marymoor Velodrome is another great place to develop racing skills. Please see velodrome.org for a list of classes and the calendar of events at the track. Bike rentals are available, but you must take the introductory track class prior to participating in any other sessions on the track. For more news about women's racing at Marymoor, join the Marymoor Trackchix group on Facebook.
Women interested in cyclocross can follow the Facebook page called Washington 'Cross Sisters - get your MUD on (click on the FOLLOW button to have their posts show up in your feed).
There are many resources on women's mountain biking in the Northwest. One with a focus on women's racing is the closed Facebook group called Sturdy Bitch Racing (click the JOIN button to be added to the group).
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