Annual Meeting, Tuesday Evening Rides Resume, Upcoming Events

March, 2016

Sorella Annual Club Meeting

Sunday April 3, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Calling all Sorellas:  Join us at our sponsor, Eventide Brewing, for our annual club meeting, on April 3.  We'll have a recap of last year and announce exciting plans for 2016.  New kits will be distributed from the January club order.  You'll get to meet our fantastic sponsors and meet new faces.  Food and beverage will be included at no charge. Plus we'll have raffles, including free entries to the Six Gap Century and the Hincapie Grand Fondo,  goodies from Atlanta Cycling, and lots of DeFeet socks.  Also some prior year kit pieces at reduced prices. Look for an Evite soon.  Contact Beverly Yearack if you'd like to volunteer at the event.

Eventide is located at 1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 Map

Racing 101

What You Need to Know About Sorella Racing

So you've thought about racing, or maybe have done triathlons, or raced along time ago. What's it like? 

Sorella Cycling is proud to field a race team to represent Sorella and its sponsors in road, mountain, track, cyclocross, and downhill racing. Team members focus on a main discipline but can also race other events. We currently have 19 'Veloce' experienced racers, and 5 'Allegro', usually in their first year on the team. Our teams are responsible for planning their seasons, usually around certain races or series, always trying to support our favorite women's cycling promoters. Race team members can also select their own races and often represent Sorella when traveling in the US and internationally. Sorella's team is unusual in that members range from age 25 to 60!

Working as a team is essential and rewarding. While road and mountain races differ for how much you can actually lead out or protect your racers, the camaraderie and support for one another makes cycling a team sport as much as basketball or volleyball. Some team members engage coaches, virtual or live, who guide their training. Most depend on the weekend and weeknight training rides with stronger riders to improve conditioning and practice technical skills. The team is good about mentoring and encouraging newer racers.

Depending on their discipline, a racer may need to purchase a yearly USA Cycling race license or get a one day license. This is mostly the case for road racing and cyclocross. Off-road races vary widely from cross country and downhill to gravel grinding and endurance races. Most local off-road races do not require a USA Cycling license. Sorella members are allowed to race in their kits even if not on the official race team, as long as they uphold team behavior.

Sorella competes against other area and regional teams, but you can be sure that Sorella will have the most number of racers in the field! We adhere to high standards in our talk, racing manners, and attitude, as we are the 'face' of Sorella representing our club and sponsors. Plus we want to attract more women to cycling and racing.

Each Fall applications are available for the Sorella race team. Applicants note past racing experience, goals, and results, and are selected on those attributes and others. Team members acquire points racing for Sorella at competitions, support sponsors through social media, lead rides and clinics, and support Sorella Cycling through volunteering at events and meetings.

We love spectators! Cyclocross takes the cake in terms of a party race atmosphere, but the downtown criterium in road racing are super exciting watching the racers whizz past in venues such as Grant Park or downtown Athens. Come join us!

Featured Sorella

Amy Plummer

About Me: I have been a financial coordinator for Netcom PaySystem, a merchant services company for 12 years. I am also spin instructor on the side. I live with my husband, Mike, in Johns Creek and  with our two ragdoll cats Mika and Mojo. My hobbies include painting acrylics, making candles, spending time with family and friends, cycling of course, scuba diving, skydiving,(adrenaline junkie) and just having a good time in life wherever I find it!

Road, Mountain or Cyclocross: Currently Road, but goals this year include getting into Mountain Biking and Cyclocross.

Type of Bike I ride: I have a 2013 Trek Madone 3.1. Affectionately named "Blue".

Favorite Place to Ride: The Greenway by my house is my favorite sanctuary to ride.

My Dream Ride: My dream ride would be to do a century around the island of Cozumel, Mexico and take a little scuba dive afterwards or a Tour of Italy

Biggest Accomplishment on My Bike:  Completing a century after two months of riding  and racing in the Roswell Crit last April.

Why I Love Being a Sorella: I love being a Sorella because of the camaraderie and I have met so many nice ladies.  I have also learned and grown as a cyclist due to the advice and help from my Sorella sisters. I am looking forward to 2016 with each and every one of you!

Riding Clinic with Cycling Pro 

Robin Farina returns on Tuesday April 17 

Join us at Atlanta Cycling Vinings on April 17 for a Race Clinic with Robin Farina. This clinic is open to all Sorella Club Members and friends.  A ride will follow the clinic to practice new skills.  Join us afterwards at T-Mac in Cumberland for dinner and prizes.  There will be a nominal cost to cover the food.  Look for an Evite with more details. 

Welcome Members

Our club roster is 135 members strong!

We welcomed these new and renewing members in February:
New Members: Kate Riley, Mindy Sciarin & Gloria Choo

Renewing Members: Rolanda Powell, Norma Rainwater, Teresa Rivero, Sally Epstein, Wendy Lewis, Denise Watson, Jackie Ledoux, Pam White & Janet Good

If you know someone who would like to join our club, please send them this membership link. 

February Ride Recap

Road Rides Well Attended 

February had a mountain bike and two road bike rides planned.  Unfortunately, the weather interfered with the mountain bike ride, but the two road rides went well.  The advanced road ride was well attended considering the cool morning temps and the monthly Silver Comet ride was very well attended with several groups enjoying a beautiful afternoon of riding!

March's group ride schedule currently includes a mountain bike ride and the return of Daylight Saving Time weekly road rides.  We hope you will join Sorellas, Fellas and Friends on the Sunday March 6thMountain Bike Ride seeing as last month's ride was rained out!  Then mark your calendars and make plans to join the repeating weekly road rides.  

March's daylight saving time change also means the start of the weekly Atlanta Cycling Vinings ride which includes a Tuesday Ladies Only road ride.  Atlanta Cycling is one of our key Sorella sponsors and we always have great Sorella representation at the ladies rides and look forward to everyone joining us beginning March 15th.  But wait...there is more....AC (in coordination with SORBA) has added a weekly mountain bike ride !  This ride will begin in April at 6:30PM on Wednesdays riding Callen trail to the MTB trails at Cochran Shoals.  So those of you that are looking for a weekly MTB ride, mark your calendars for April 6th which will be the first weekly MTB ride!

Speaking of the Ladies Only Tuesday rides out of Atlanta Cycling Vinings....Sorella is seeking a volunteer or two that would like to fill the role of ride leader/sweeper.  If you would be interested in learning more about this role or volunteer, please reach out to Angela Barros or Korey Gotoo.

If you are interested in leading a group ride on your favorite route, please reach out to Angela Barros (

March Mountain Bike Ride

When: Sunday March 6, 2016 at 11:00 am
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends
Leaves From:   Harbins Park 2995 Luke Edwards Rd, Dacula, GA 30019

Join ride leader Laina Ziecker Hamilton and enjoy the mountain bike trails of Harbins Park. This ride is for everyone, Sorellas, fellas, friends and will be a no-drop ride for all ride levels with a sweeper.

Meet in the parking lot at 11am to greet everyone and form groups if needed. We will ride the trails on one side of the parking lot first and then back to the parking lot, about 1-1.5 hrs.  

If the group would like to ride more, we will ride the trails on the other side of the parking lot which most of us consider a little more "cardio" since there are some longer climbs. This would be an additional 7-8 miles if you wanted to do this section. 

After you enjoy the trails, on your way home you may choose to grab a bite to eat nearby in downtown Lawrenceville.

Q? Email Lania at

Tuesday Night Rides Resume on March 15

Tuesday Evenings 6:15 pm in March, then 6:30 in April
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycle Vinings 4335 Cobb Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339

The full weekly Atlanta Cycling Vinings ride series begins following the Daylight Saving Time change. For us Sorellas, the highlight of this weekly series is the Tuesday Ladies Only road ride which will always have a sweeper to ensure everyone's safe completion of the ride.  In the past we have had great Sorella representation on these rides and look forward to everyone joining this weekly rides!  During March, the ride rolls out of the AC Vinings store promptly at 6:15PM during March for an 18 or 22 mile loop (depending on daylight available) on low traffic roads .  The AC full group ride schedule can be found at .

Atlanta Winter Bike League

When: Saturdays March 12 and 26
Open to: All Atlanta Area Cyclists
Leaves From: 300 Peters St. Atlanta 30317 (Uhaul location) map here
Time: Pre-Ride Meeting at 9:20 am
We have had many other Sorellas join us for these rides throughout the series and we encourage all of you to join us for this no drop time focused ride.
See additional info at Atlanta WBL on Facebook or at the Sorella Friend "MyCycleCoach"website  or contact Angela or Amy
Upcoming Sorella Races
Have you ever been walking down the street or sitting at the window of a restaurant and caught sight of a Sorella kit flashing by on a bicycle.  Does it make your heart smile?  Do you want to jump on a bike and chase them down?   Watching the Sorella race team will give you the same feeling.  One way to show your support for our race team is to head on out to some races and cheer them on. You can check out a comprehensive list of local races at Southeastern Cycling  (hosted by Sorella, Trish Albert). The huge number of cycling events in the Southeast is like a smorgasbord of cycling, but can be overwhelming and hard to know if any Sorellas will be there.  Here’s a list of some upcoming races you are most likely to see some Sorella Kits flying by. Come check them out.

Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race

When: March 4-6, 2016
Where: Gainesville GA

Sorella Race team members will be both riding and volunteering at this race.  Race Director, Betty Hodges, is always looking for volunteers, and route marshaling is a sure fire way to catch some Sorella fly-bys. Contact Betty at

Southern Cross 

When: March 5, 2016
Where: Dahlonega, GA

This event is held at a winery near Dahlonega, Ga.  We have at least one confirmed Sorella racing and several friends of Sorella will be there.

Georgia Tech Cycling & USAC Weekend

When: March 12-13, 2016
Where: Dacula, GA

The road race out of Harbins Park with a killer hill finish on every lap.  The crit is on Sunday in Tucker which is closer to the ATL.

Green Gobbler

When: March 12, 2016
Where: Conyers, GA

This is a 3 or 6 hour endurance race at the International Horse Park in Conyers.
Events Around The South East

2016 Southern Mountain Bike Summit and Skills Clinics with Sue Haywood

When: March 18 & 19, 2016
Where: Bryson City, NC

A two-day summit for land managers, advocates, and volunteers to network and learn so that SORBA can further its mission of creating, enhancing, and preserving great mountain biking experiences in the Southeast. Sue Haywood will be hosting a co-ed clinic on Friday March 18, and a women's-only clinic on Saturday March 19.

For more information, visit

Big Creek Enduro

When: May 7, 2016
Where: Big Creek Park, 1600 Old Alabama Rd. Roswell, GA

The race format is designed for maximum fun and is ideal for beginner, intermediate and expert riders. Total race length is about 6 miles over six timed sprint stages, and five untimed connecting stages.  Free lunch included in the registration fee. 100% of the proceeds benefit the trails at Big Creek Park.

Sorellas: receive $5 off each registration for women's or co-ed master's classes when you register by May 6th and use the code SORELLAS.

For more information, visit

Atlanta Cycling Festival

When: June 11 - June 16, 2016
Where: Varies

Be part of the third annual Atlanta Cycling Festival this June. Take the whole week off: You'll need it. This is a week of bike related activities includes events for MTB, road & tandem.  You'll sample art, tech, volunteering, advocacy, culture, doughnuts, beer and a whole lot more!

For more information, visit the event webpage

Looking for a Ride or Event Near You?

Visit Southeastern Cycling's Website to learn about rides and events throughout the southeast.  The site was founded (and is maintained by) club member Trish Albert.

Featured Sponsor:

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Calling All Sorellas

Help Spread the Word.  Our mission is to foster a supportive, open environment for women to ride for fitness, recreation and racing. Do you have a friend or acquaintance who may be interested in joining our club? We accept new members year round.  Forward this email to a cycling friend. And click here to join!
Did you know that the club has a members-only Facebook group? Be part of the lively discussions. Make new ride buddies and find rides in your area. Contact Kim Nelson to be added to the group.
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