Turning 60, Winter Rides, Free Maintenance Clinic...

November, 2016

Sorella Annual Celebration

For Sorellas and Friends :
Free Beer / Food / Hincapie Fit Kit/ 

When: Sunday November 6, 5-8 pm

Where: Eventide Brewery, 1015 Grant Street SW Atlanta, 30315

Open to: Sorellas (FREE!), Fella or Friend ($5 food, FREE beer)

Come celebrate another year of great cycling at our great sponsor Eventide Brewing! All Sorella members and Fella or friend are welcome! Eventide Brewery will provide a free souvenir glass and 3 full beers for all attendees from their selection of craft brews. We'll have awesome food from Community Barbeque, including veggies such as sweet potato and kale. FREE for Sorella members, and only $5 for your Fella or friend. 

We'll be signing up 2017 memberships so please renew at the meeting or before. 2016 Sorella kit items from Hincapie will again be available for try-on, with an opportunity to order in late November, to be delivered direct to you in January or early February. Check out the knickers and long sleeve jerseys!

Note: To order a Sorella kit you must be a current member.

Sorella Board Positions

Get involved with our dynamic group

By Sharon Martin Andersson, Club President

Sorella Cycling is opening nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors.  We have five elected positions: (1) President (2) Vice President (3) Secretary (4) Membership Director and (5) Treasurer.  We  are fortunate to have Sorellas who are interested in filling these roles, but are accepting other nominations.

The nomination period will last though November 16 at which time we will hold an official election via Survey Monkey.

If you would like to nominate yourself, or another club member, send an email to

We also have several board-appointed positions that serve Sorella Cycling, such as ride coordinator, communications, clothier, and club events, and we are seeking volunteers who might want to help in these areas. 

If you want to get more involved in the club, our website lists all of the board positions. Feel free to contact a current board member for more information or e-mail us here at

I can't say enough about the efforts of so many Sorellas who work behind the scenes to organize rides, clinics, socials, and events.  There are also sponsor relationships we maintain to bring you awesome deals as well as support our race team.  Last but not least are the beautiful Hincapie kits.  From designing to ordering to distributing this custom apparel is a huge job.  We wouldn't be able to do all this without the generous contribution of our member's time.  

Introducing the Road Cyclist Development Program

New program for new road riders

We are pleased to announce a new program for Sorella Cycling. “Road Rider Development” will focus on helping new riders gain the skills and confidence they need for group  rides. Our Development Coordinator, Amy Plummer, will  act as liaison for this position. She will coordinate rides, clinics, and be the point person for any new rider who wants some assistance.

This fall (and continuing into winter 2017), the beginner rides will coincide with the Atlanta Winter Bike League riding calendar. The Atlanta Winter Bike League meets every other Saturday, and Amy is the leader of the “C” (or beginner rider) group. This is a great beginner ride, and those in the C group will become comfortable riding in double pace lines, handling their bikes in big groups, knowing how to call out directions and obstacles, and other valuable road skills. The route is flat, straight, and great for any rider. (For more information about the Atlanta Winter Bike League, visit their website or see the reference below, in the "rides" section of this newsletter. Be sure to get on their mailing list so you have all of the details.)

We invite you to contact Amy if you are interested in participating in the Atlanta Winter Bike League “C” group road series.  And be on the lookout for special events and posts on Facebook to inform you of additional beginner focused activities.

Free Mountain Bike Clinic

Lake Allatoona on 11/19 @10 am

Join super Sorellas Alexandra Martinez and Stefanie Wilmert, cat 1 mtb racers in xc and endurance racing.  Alexandra and Stefanie have been racing for over 15 years and are experienced both on and off the bike.

This is a beginner and intermediate clinic which will include a maintenance review, bike fit, nutrition tips and technique. You'll learn how to change a flat, corner, brake, and ride over obstacles.  

After the instruction Alexandra and Stefanie will lead a no-drop ride on the beautiful Alltoona trails. A mountain bike and Helmet are required.

Please RSVP on facebook or email Alexandra if you are not on Facebook at

Featured Sorella

Shereese Brooks

special brooks at the silver comet tunnel with sorella cycling
About Me: I currently work in Human Resources and own my own T-shirt screen print business. I am single with no children. I live downtown Atlanta and I hail from Richmond, VA. I enjoy running, swimming, and making people laugh. I love to read, dance and travel also. I love all things fitness, fun and fashionable.

Road, Mountain or Cyclocross: I just started road biking to complete my upcoming Ironman 70.3.

Type of Bike I ride:  I own one road bike, Kermit (Trek Lexa).....looking to upgrade soon to something that makes that swish noise, since those bike always pass me on my races :)

Favorite Place to Ride: I haven't had the chance to ride many places yet but for now riding across the finish line at my triathlons is my favorite place to ride :) 

Dream Ride: Hmmm....maybe to complete a century one day with water as a back drop....or a full ironman 

Biggest Accomplishment on My Bike:  My biggest accomplishment is sticking with cycling this summer and not giving up on myself after having a hard time adjusting to cycling as a sport. I also feel accomplished to have joined such an amazing group of ladies who support me, teach me new tricks and made me over from T-shirt and leggings to a cool cycling kit.

Race Report: Turning 60

Part One ...

By Kim Nelson, Sorella Membership Director

Some people dread birthdays, especially the “big” ones. But I decided to face the Big ‘6-0’ head on. At my age I have lost too many friends and loved ones that didn’t make it to 60, so I decided to celebrate for all of them! If you race Masters then you actually look forward to moving to a new age category. And so planning 2016 began in earnest: Masters Road Nationals in May, The Death Ride in July, and if I was still alive, I would go to Austria for the World Masters Cycling Federation (WMCF) racing in August. I do love a plan. 


Free Maintenance Clinic

November 21, Atlanta Cycling Vinings

Come join us for a FREE Bicycle Maintenance Clinic for women on Monday November 21 at our club sponsor, Atlanta Cycling VININGS,  from 6 to 7p. Sorellas and non-Sorellas welcome. 

We'll cover the basics and more, especially changing a flat tire on the fly, and minor brake and derailleur adjustments. Come and gain confidence that you can take care of minor bike problems yourself! 

Join us at Taco Mac Cumberland afterwards.

Atlanta Cycling Vinings is located at 4335 Cobb Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Did you know that Sorella members receive a 10% discount at all Atlanta Cycling locations? 

2017 Club Membership Drive

We have 54 renewals and 20 new members already for 2017!

... And we are closing out 2016 with 197 Sorella members, one of the largest women's cycling clubs in the country.  
Here is our club roster as of October 25:

New Members :

Elisa Roberts, Megan M. Hannon, Kathleen Eaton, Ping Rasha, Deborah Ritenour, Elise Lenthe, Jackie Tyson, Natasha Williams, Susan Barrett, Sunnie Hudson,  Leslie Collins, Kristi Fuqua, Beth Walters, Karen Rogers, Wendy Gardiner, Teri Danielson, Emily Lindeman Lashelle Aggelakos, LaKisha Gaines,Michelle Montadon & Paula Anderson


Charity Newsome, Lucinda Hastings, Saskia Hoppe, Sylvia Poulos, Laina Hamilton, Rayn Wilkerson, Beth Gearhart, Martha Johnson, Tammie Zeigler,  Susan Haynes,  Michelle Hollberg, Peggy Murphy, Precia Carraway, Bonnie Supplee, Robin Allen, Catherine Boothe, Paula Chambers, Pilar Hernandez, Annette Cobain, Julie Schendel, Julie Gazmararian, Lara Richards, Michael Friedlander, Jan Kelley,     Fran Tyrrell, Carol lipinski, Gloria Choo,     Brittany Montgomery, Ali LeCraw, Jeannie Ericson, Linda Rathje,  Dana Canipe, Kelly Gwin, Angela Barros, Jennifer Klein, Nancy Marencin, Deidra James, Stacy Robinson, Sandra Ferreira Antunes ,Kim Nelson,  Kathryn Masters, Rita Wuebbeler, Debra Snell, Karen Hoffmann,    Laurina Florio, Beverly Yearack, Kim Moore, Kristie Presten, Trish Albert, Suzanne Brockway, Jean Miller, Carolyn Baldwin,Chloe Murdock, Michelle Stahl & Stefanie Wilmert

Your $40 membership fee offers you access to exclusive Sorella events as well as discounts and promotions from our club sponsors.

Here's the link: RENEW NOW

Photo Round Up

Sorellas podium around the Southeast in October Cross and Mountain Bike events

Jenna Downey took 2nd in the Pro 1/2/3 field and Chloe Murdock took 3rd in the Women's 4 field at the Grant Park Cyclocross races.
Sorellas were out in Action at the Across the Berriers Cyclocross Event.  On the first day of the event, Brittany Montgomery and Jean Miller claimed first and third in the women's elite 1/2/3field. Cambri Epperson, Alexandra Martinez and Trish Albert were also out making it happen.
Kim Cross took 3rd at the Squirrely Deli Grinder.
Shout out to Kim Moore at the Battle of Payne Creek Mountain Bike Race. She took the top spot in the Women's 50+ Sport category.  Ali LeCraw also placed first in the Sport category, while Sorella swept the Ladies solo 6 hour, with Lara Richards placing first, Kim Cross in second and Deidra Symon-James in third.
Chloe Murdock placed 2nd in the cat 4 race on October 17 at the Dingo Cross, while Brittany Montgomery and Jean Miller placed 2 & 3 in the elite women's category.  Jenna Downey, Cambri Epperson, Trish Albert and Beth Gearhart also participated in this fun event.

Tuesday Ladies Ride

Meets at: 4:30 pm
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycling, Vinings

Join us at Atlanta Cycle Vinings for an 18 or 23 mile ride on low-travelled streets. This is a no-drop ride, open to all levels. We start at 6:15 pm in March & October,at 6:00 pm from April thru September, and at 4:40 pm from November - February.

Wednesday Mountain Bike Ride

Meets at: 4:30 pm
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycling, Vinings

Join the crew at Atlanta Cycle for a Wednesday Night Mountain Bike ride at their Vinings location. Open to Sorellas, Fellas and Friends. Ride the Callen trail to the MTB trails at Cochran Shoals.

Wednesday Evening Stone Mountain Ride

Meets at: 6:30 pm
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  West Gate Parking Lot

This ride runs from October to March.  It is led weekly by Sorella Pilar Hernandez. Have rear and front lights. Lights are so that you can be seen not to see. (The park is well lit) The pace and number for loops will vary depending on participants. Roughly 20 miles with an average pace of 12-14 mph. Because the ride consists of loops, it's great for all levels of riders - plus there is no fear of getting lost!  Fellas are welcome with the understanding that it's a women's ride and allow the women to set the pace.

Covered Bridge Group Road Ride

When: Saturday November 19, 2016
Ready to Ride @ 10:00 am
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leave From: The arch at Agnes Scott College (141 E. College Ave Decatur, GA 30030)

Join your ride leader, Julie Gazmararian for a beautiful, scenic “covered bridge" ride. Gently rolling hills with minimal traffic once we get out of the city! If we are lucky, we will see some alpacas before we ride through a historic covered bridge. There are a few water/food stops en route but best to bring along some food. Approximately 60-70 miles. We will average between 15-17 mph and will periodically regroup. While this ride will be no-drop with a sweep, it is considered advanced due to the distance and pace and is not appropriate for beginners. Riders must be comfortable with riding at least 50 miles at 15-17mph. 

RSVP to: Julie Gazmararian at

note: This event is for advanced riders due to distance and pace, not for beginners

Atlanta Winter Bike League

When: Every other Saturday, Starts November 19
Ready to Ride @ 9:15 am
Open to: Everyone
Leave From: U-haul on Peter's Street in Atlanta

The Atlanta Winter Bike League is a great way to build endurance, strength, speed, bike handling skills and group riding etiquette. There is a pace group for everyone from beginner to elite.  Sorellas have several group leaders and many participants. Look for our kits and come say "hi". This event is sponsored by Robert Wilhite, owner of My Cycle Coach.  

Sorella beginner riders are encouraged to join Amy Plummer,  the "c" group leader, for a comfortable riding experience.

Learn More Here

Advanced Road Ride

When: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Meets at: 9:30 am
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Big Creek Fire Station, Ellijay, Ga

Join Sorella Race Team member Laina Palmeri as she leads a road ride in Ellijay, GA. This will be a 70 mile ride with a store stop in Morganton. Park at the Big Creek Fire Station in Ellijay off Big Creek Rd. The ride starts with a good amount of climbing. Due to the climbs and the distance, this is more of an advanced/intermediate ride. Meet at 9:30am, wheels down at 10am. 

There are some great places to grab some food in downtown Ellijay after the ride if anyone is interested.

RSVP on the Facebook event page

Monthly Silver Comet Trail Ride at the Caboose

When: Sunday November 27, 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.

Mountain Bike Group Ride

When: Sunday November 20, 2016
Ready to Ride @ 11:00 am
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leave From: Fort Yargo State Park

Join Sorella Race Team member Lara Jean Richards for a fun no drop ride at Fort Yargo State Park on Sunday 11-20-2016. We will meet at 11am at the main MTB parking lot. RTR at 11:15 am. We will ride the clockwise loop which is about 12 miles. Fort Yargo offers a good combination of fast flowing trails, tight twisty climbs and descents, and features to challenge the intermediate xc rider. This is a no drop ride for Sorella's, fellas and friends. All riders should bring hydration and tools for minor trail side repairs. Several options for lunch and a tasty beverage after the ride!

Helmets are required on all Sorella rides. Also as the days get shorter, be sure to have both front and rear lights on your bike for the evening group rides.

Looking for a Ride Near You?

Put the word out on our private club Facebook page. This is a great communication tool for impromptu rides.  (If you are not on this page, contact Kim Nelson to be added).

You can also 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:

Eventide Brewing was formed out of friendship and a love of good beer.  Nathan, Haley, and Geoffrey all met at Georgia Southern, and later on began to experiment with homemade pickles, mustard, cheese, and  beer. Nathan and Geoffrey’s first batch of beer was brewed on a “Mr. Beer” kit. Shortly after realizing they needed to upgrade, Nathan fabricated a three kettle brew system, which is still used to create our test brews today. Mathew joined the team a few years later after being introduced to the group through one of Haley’s close friends. The combination of everyone’s background and talents has allowed us to build this company from the ground up, become closer friends, and craft award winning beer. We are very happy to call Atlanta home and to provide this great city with offerings that will really show what “Craft” can be. To us, great doesn’t have to be complicated.

We are grateful to Eventide for their club sponsorship and for generously donating their facilities and delicious brews with us!

Calling All Sorellas

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