Nutrition clinic, Race Report, Free Cyclebar Class

August, 2016

The Importance of Nutrition for Cyclists and Endurance Athletes

Free Nutrition Clinic 

sorella cycling nutrition clinic presented by sylvia poulis
Join fellow Sorellas Syliva Poulis and Suzanne Brockway on Sunday, August 21, at 4:30 pm at Eventide Brewery for a clinic focused on the special nutrition requirements of cyclists and endurance athletes.  This clinic is open to all Sorella members.

Sylvia Poulis has over a decade of experience in the food & nutrition industry where she’s led nutrition research for a global company including conducting research with endurance athletes and military personnel to develop the basis for new sports nutrition products. Sylvia has co-authored numerous scientific publications and patent applications and continues to share her expertise with various regulatory and grant agencies, peer-reviewed journals, and researchers.   After receiving her BS in Animal Science and Nutrition and her MS and PhD in Foods and Nutrition, Sylvia obtained registration and licensing as a dietitian followed by board certification as a specialist in sports dietetics.  Sylvia has been a Sorella member for 2 years which coincides with when she learned to ride a bicycle.

This is an "open topic" format. Sylvia and Suzanne ask that you submit your nutrition questions by August 5 so that they are prepared to provide the information you wish to hear.  Email Suzanne at

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

Featured Sorella

Nancy Marencin 

Nancy Marencin completed the Bike Ride Across Georgia and is a member of Sorella Cycling womens cycling club in Atlanta Georgia

About Me: I’m originally from Miami, Florida and completed my undergraduate degree in music performance and psychology at The University of Miami (Go Canes!). Most of my family has relocated to the Jacksonville, Florida area where there are fewer hurricanes and less traffic. In my former life I was a struggling free-lance musician. I still love music, but now I’m a pediatric speech-language pathologist. My career is so satisfying and rewarding, working full time at The Atlanta Speech-School and part time at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite Hospital. My husband, Noel, and I have been married just over three years and we live in a small condo in the midtown neighborhood of Underwood Hills with our two cats Bacchus and Georgia. Funny story, we met bicycling and we still ride together whenever we can! When I am not bicycling, reading about bicycling, talking about bicycling, or spinning at my favorite studio VibeRide; you can find me at my home away from home CrossFit Midtown. I love picking up and putting down heavy things almost as much as I love intense climbs followed by steep descents on the bike.

Road, Mountain or Cyclocross: Right now I am only riding on the road and struggling to keep up with the speed demons at the Marietta Crit every other Tuesday night. I gave up triathlons a few years back (I am a terrible runner). I also made the tough decision to retiring the mountain bike earlier this year, because I found myself being drawn more and more to the road. I think it was a wise decision, as I am naturally quite uncoordinated and have a fear of heights (riding near the edge of a steep drop always made me nauseous). With this new focus, I have promised myself that I would train hard and ride consistently this year, with the intention of racing next year.

Type of Bike I ride: I just upgraded from my old 2006 Raleigh Cadent in February to a Trek Silque SLX. She has been amazing and I can’t wait to buy a new set of race wheels for her. Any suggestions?

Favorite Place to Ride: I love riding throughout the Atlanta area, enjoy the Madison country side, and recently had an absolutely amazing time riding through Asheville, NC with my husband. The Blue Ridge Parkway is breath taking and the food is equally amazing.

Dream Ride: Hopefully, I can convince my husband to take a Trek Bicycle Tour through Napa Valley. Rolling hills, beautiful vineyards, and delicious wines just sound like a little piece of heaven!

Biggest Accomplishment on My Bike:  In addition to training hard for some potential road races and criteriums next year, I’m pushing myself towards completing the 3 Gap Fifty this fall for the first time. While I haven’t conquered those climbs just yet, I am proud of myself for putting in the miles and hours on my bike and committing to completing the ride. Talk to me again in September, and I’ll let you know if I was able to finish unscathed! I have a feeling that it will be harder than any other ride I have completed to date. 

Why I Love Being a Sorella: Joining Sorella has been a wonderful experience filled with amazing and inspiring women, from whom I have learned so much. I look forward to participating more and more in the organization and am kicking myself for not joining sooner!

Free Cyclebar Class 

Open to Sorellas, Fellas and Friends

sorella cycling atlanta georgia vip class at cycler in buckhead
Cyclebar, Atlanta's newest indoor cycling studio, is set to make its debut in Buckhead this fall, and they are offering the opportunity for Sorella Cycling members to enjoy a free VIP ride.  

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 28, at 5:00 pm and respond to Sharon Andersson ( ) if you are interested in going. Sharon will send a link for you to confirm your registration. There are 50 bikes available so we will have plenty of room! Friends and Fellas welcome.

Cyclebar offers concierge level service and a rock concert environment. Shoes, towels, water bottles, and fruit are all complimentary.

Look for more details on the Facebook Event Page

Membership Update

Club Roster is 166 members strong

The club welcomed these new and renewing members in June and July.  With a roster of 165 members, you are sure to find someone to ride with in your area.  You can use the private Facebook group to meet others and plan rides.

New Members: Abby Hammond, Ashley Williams, Jennifer Staley, Rosie Seagraves, Peggy Murphy, Rachel Brown and Chrissy Sarns

Renewals:  Katie O'Grady

We look forward to seeing you on the roads and the trails!

Race Report

But Did You Die? A Mohican 100 Tale

On an early Fall afternoon while enjoying a post mountain bike ride sandwich and beer in downtown Lawrenceville with my teammate, riding buddy and fantastic friend Laina Hamilton, the topic of the 2016 Sorella Race Season came up.  It was to be Laina’s 10th anniversary on the team and she wanted to do it up big by racing a 100 mile mountain bike race.  Lucky for me she asked, “Do you want to do a hundie (one hundred miler for those not up with the lingo ) with me?”.  Ummmm, yes. YES.I.DO. Yay training partner!!  Neither of us had done a 100 miler before but we were up to the challenge of first finding one we thought would be a good first timer’s hundie and second, training our bootys off for 12 weeks under the guidance of Sorella sponsor LW Coaching.
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Tuesday Night Ladies-Only Ride

Tuesday Evenings 6:30 pm
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycling Vinings 4335 Cobb Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339

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 ride!  The ride rolls out of the AC Vinings store promptly at 6:30PM during April - August (6:15 September) for an 18 or 22 mile loop on low traffic roads. The AC full group ride schedule can be found at

Wednesday Night Women's Buckhead Ride

Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm 
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  E. Rivers Elementary School  8 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

This ride runs the first Wednesdayin April thru September and is led by Sorella Linda Rathje. Start time is 6:30 and it will leave from E. Rivers Elementary School at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree Battle. Restroom are available at Starbucks, across the street if you need them. The pace is 14-15 mph which doesn't sound like much but the route is a hilly 21 miles. It is not a beginner ride. You should be comfortable riding with a group in light traffic and in hilly terrain. It is a great opportunity to improve your climbing skills and step outside your comfort zone, with a friendly group of women. There are a few pretty good climbs (4 or 5) and you can take these as hard and fast as you want. We regroup at the top so everyone can continue to socialize to the next climb. The group usually grabs dinner after the ride at La Fonda.

Q? Email Linda Rathje

Wednesday Co-Ed Mountain Bike Ride

Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm 
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycling Vinings 4335 Cobb Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339

Ride the Callen Trail to the MTB trails at Cochran Shoals. Then return after a loop or two, at dusk.

Monthly Eventide Brewing Intown Ride 

When: Thursday August 18, 2016
Ready to Ride @ 6PM
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Our Sponsor, Eventide Brewing, 1015 Grant St SE Atlanta, GA 30315 

Join Sorella ride leader Brittany Hopson Montgomery (Bhop) for our monthly Eventide Brewing Intown Road ride. The group will leave Eventide to enjoy a 14-16 mile no drop loop all intown on streets that are not busy during rush hour! This will be a very chill social ride, no crazy climbs, very beginner friendly.  Brews afterwards at Eventide to quench our thirst! 

Q? Contact Brittany

Monthly Silver Comet Trail Ride at the Caboose

When: Sunday August 28, 2016
Ready to Ride @ 2PM
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leave From: Hiram Caboose 531 Seaboard Ave Hiram, GA 30141  Plan for extra travel time if you have never been to the Caboose. It can be tricky to find.

Join Sorella Cycling as we lead a ride on Silver Comet Trail from the Paulding Caboose trail head in Hiram, GA headed out toward the big tunnel/Rockmart.

Bring a Fella and/or a friend! The ride will split into several different groups for desired distance (20 to 45 miles) and pace so we encourage everyone to join us.

R.S.V.P. on the Facebook Event Page:


Labor Day Metric Century and Summer Picnic

When: Monday, September 5, 2016
Where: Campbellton United Methodist Church, Fairburn, GA (the "Silk Sheets" church)

Labor Day Metric Century 2016 - Monday, September 5th at 9:00 Atlanta Cycling is proud to sponsor the Labor Day Metric Century. Registration details to follow. Please save the date. The cause, supporting the historic and cycling friendly Silk Sheets Church, is good, the riding is superb, and the picnic is delicious. 

Registration details will be made available soon.  For more information, contact Atlanta Cycling at 770-952-7731.
sorella cycling participates in the hincapie gran fondo

Hincapie Gran Fondo

When: October 22, 2016
Where: Traveler's Rest, SC

Join fellow Sorellas for their annual trek to the beautiful mountains of Greenville SC. Choose from 15, 50 or 80 mile options.  Receive a 50% discount for volunteering at packet pick up the day before (use the code SORELLA16 when registering). And if you need a place to stay, Jennifer Klein rented a cool mountain house with  4 more slots just 5 miles from the start! Contact her at if interested.

Register at:

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:

Mountain Goat Adventures

Mountain goat adventures sponsors sorella cycling womens cycling club in georgia

Founded by long time racer, Lisa Randall, Mountain Goat Adventures strives to provide memorable, exciting events that promote an active lifestyle. Mountain Goat Adventures strives to put together events that offer a great experience, new and exciting venues, reasonable event pricing, as well as a high level of organization at each event. Mountain Goat Adventures also offers specialized coaching and private instruction in mountain biking, road cycling, cyclocross, adventure racing, navigation, and trail running. Mountain Goat Adventures will brings racers to exciting venues including trail running, off-road duathlon, and mountain bike events.

Visit Mountain Goat Adventures at

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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