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Don't Miss these Special Events and Rides for Sorellas

April, 2016

Riding Clinic with Robin Farina

Come to this Special Event on Tuesday, April 19 

Join us at Atlanta Cycling Vinings on April 19 for a Race Clinic with professional cyclist Robin Farina.  This event is open to all Sorella club members and friends. If you ride or race, the clinic is a great opportunity to learn from a pro. Learn tips to improve your riding techniques, from the basics to advanced.  A ride will follow the clinic to practice new skills.  Join us afterwards at T-Mac in Cumberland for dinner, Q & A with Robin, and some great door prizes.  $25 covers the clinic and the ride.

4:30 - 6:00 pm - Clinic on and off the bike
6:30 pm - Atlanta Cycle women's ride with Robin
Dinner and Q&A with Robin to follow the ride

Event Flyer and Registration Form

Featured Sorella

Emily Burrows


About Me: I grew up in Sandy Springs, spent a decade in DC and Maryland, and then returned about 2 years ago. Within a week of arriving “home,”  I bought a new road bike and set out to relearn the streets and connect with new friends.  Up until then I was a swimmer, dabbled in martial arts, and tried my hand at triathlon.  In fact, I intended to do more triathlon…..but just fell so in love with my new bike that I chucked the rest.
 
My professional background is in historic preservation. I used to oversee the treatment and restoration of historic sites, but switched paths slightly when I returned to Atlanta. I now work as a home inspector with an emphasis in historic structures.  I work  at Peachtree Bikes, too, and periodically work as a Crew Chief for Ultra Cyclists.
 
I live with my graduate student husband, our 2 1/2 year old son, and 2 beagles. We live in a beautiful little apartment we carved out of the house I grew up in - so my mom and dad are our nearest neighbors. Being close to family helps all of us enjoy our hobbies and passions, including gardening, cooking, travel, and all kinds of outdoor adventuring (hiking, paddling, camping, etc) . 

Road, Mountain or Cyclocross: Road, but I’m looking forward to doing more gravel and mountain soon.

Type of Bike I ride: My Specialized Tarmac SL2 is my primary bike. I recently built up a Novara Trionfo as a rain bike, but might make it a fixie for better winter training. I also have a 90s GT Avalanche with a rigid fork that I use for touring and bike camping.

Favorite Place to Ride: I love the Gaps and other rides in North Georgia. Sandy Springs and Buckhead have great routes, too. I like to “check” on the Chattahoochee River at Whitewater Creek as much as possible, and so ride there just about every day and take a photo to document the change in season and water level.

My Dream Ride: One day I hope to tour the Great Divide and/or the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Biggest Accomplishment on My Bike:  In January I did a 480 mile winter tour with my older brother on the Natchez Trace (from Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS). We were self supporting, carried all our gear and water, and had a truly beautiful time in spite of temperatures in the low teens. Two weeks later I rode my first 200k brevet around Rome, Ga.

Why I Love Being a Sorella: I have met many Sorellas who inspire and motivate me. I have made both social and professional connections, found mentors and sisters, and been presented with opportunities for adventure and travel.  Above all, I love connecting with other women who are impassioned by cycling, who find ways to honor and cultivate that passion in spite of busy lives, and who lift each other up.

NOTE: Emily is our club Vice-President.  You can contact her at burrows.emily.a@gmail.com

Sorellas Soar at Area Races

Tour of the Southern Highlands

Race report by Jennifer Klein

Tour of the Southern Highlands:  it’s a fancy name for a much upgraded, very well run race. First, it was structured as a stage-only race — you can’t sign up for just one part. Next, they promoted it as a Junior Development race with ‘scouts’ from big teams around — there were seventy 15-18 year old boys from all over the U.S.  Sadly, no teenage girls entered at all, although there were categories for them.
Anything we can do to promote cycling in that age group will really help the future of women’s cycling.

But back to the race.  Up at 5:30 am, off at 6 am to Clermont, GA, a rural town north of Gainesville. Six Sorella road racers came out: Cat 3: Kim Nelson, Jennifer Klein and Kim Fuller, and Cat 4: Jenna Downey, Angela Barros, and new Sorella, Bianca Martin. 

First off were the ten mile time trials (Merckx-style-no time trial bikes or helmets), leaving the starting block at 30 second intervals.  At 34 degrees, we were sucking in cold air, but the lollipop shaped rolling course was a good test of fitness and how hard you’d push against the clock. And Sorella grabbed the top spot in Cat 4 with Bianca, and 4th
place with Jenna!

Next was the circuit race, three laps of a 4 mile loop.  While Cat 3’s and 4’s are scored separately, we raced together. It was a fast pace from the start but most of the pack hung together till the end.  It was great having Sorellas work together. Coming around the last corner was chaotic as always, jockeying for position for a group sprint. Somehow the waters parted for Kim Nelson and Jennifer, as they surprised themselves sprinting up the middle for 3rd and 4th place in Cat 3.  Kim Fuller had a flat early on which took her out of the race. And in Cat 4, Jenna Downey took 2nd, and Bianca was 4th.

Going into the road race on Sunday, Sorella was sitting pretty in Cat 4 General Classification (G.C.), cumulative time for the first two stages: Bianca in 1st place, and Jenna in 2nd.  Start times for the road race were delayed and delayed, forcing Jenna to leave the start to make her travel plans (bummer…)  The race was fast from the start
and attacks kept the pace up, including up some killer hills.  Three racers were off the front, including Bianca, and she made multiple trips to the podium for Cat 4:  1st in the road race, 1st in QOM competition (first up the hills), and importantly, 1st overall in G.C. for the stage race! Kim N looked fierce in the group finish, Jennifer along behind, and Angela valiantly finishing covered with grease after wrestling with her chain on the road.

Proudly, many Sorellas were working as volunteers:  Brittany Montgomery, Cambrie Epperson and Korey Gotoo waved flags and racers on the course, and Jennifer and Kim N spent 4 more hours on the course waving flags immediately after finishing their race.  Angela spent pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday when not racing, doing
everything from organizing jerseys to assisting the race director.  Go Sorella Cycling!

Cross Green Gobbler Race

Race Report by Kim Cross

Have you ever woken up the morning of a bike race and had a mental temper trantrum? Like “Forget this stupid bike race!  I don’t wanna!!” (except forgot was not the F word of choice on this morning). I’ll spare the details, but most if not all women can relate to the reason I awoke so irritated and whiny and just all around ornery on the morning of the Green Gobbler 3 Hour mountain bike race at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA.  It was the second race in the Maxxis Southeastern Cup Series. Despite the profound desire to stay in my bed, I arose, grumbling from the moment my feet touched the carpet until I arrived at the race location.
 
Seeing all of my racing buddies and teammates cheered me up a bit and the beautiful warm Spring morning was coaxing my inner racer out into the open.  By 9:15 I was feeling more racer-like although with noticeably low energy.  When I lined up at the start along with 150 or so other riders, I made the decision to go out on that 1st lap conservatively with the goal of completing 3 laps within the 3 hour time frame.  It would be a race for 2nd place since Beth, the woman who won the 1st race in the series is a good 10 minutes faster than the rest of the women in the Sport Female 40-49 category.
 
Lap #1:  Started out in the expected conga line.  For those who don’t race mountain bike, picture 150 or so racers starting spread out in a field all sprinting to be the 1st one onto the 2-3 foot wide trail.  I took my place in the line of racers passing when necessary but conserving energy where I could, concentrating on staying off the brakes and flowing through the trail smoothly and efficiently.  It worked well enough and after the 1st lap I still felt good and rolled through the pits without stopping.
 
Lap #2: Things got a little interesting at the start of Lap #2.  As I made my way up the annoying grassy field climb from the pit area to the single track, I passed one woman and heard the labored breathing of another right behind me.  A few seconds later that woman in red passed slowly and I wondered if she too was Sport Female 40-49 (there is no identifying feature for any of the racers, you just kinda have to guess).  I let her stay ahead and as we made our way through the 1st flowy section of single track, I could tell she was making an effort to drop me but when she was on the brakes in a corner, I wasn’t.  She was expending valuable energy each time she had to accelerate out of the corner.  I was content riding behind her, conserving energy, until we came to a double track climb.  I knew that there was a short, steep technical down-hill across a creek and having seen her tentative riding style, I wanted to be in front. I made my move at the top of the climb and gained ground on the down-hill.  She stayed relatively close, close enough that I could see her through the trees as the singletrack wound it’s way through the woods.  She passed me once again as we approached 1 of the 2 significant climbs on the course, however, that was short lived as about 30 seconds later I rode past her while she walked her bike up the climb. The next section was fast so I knew once again I could gain some ground. 
 
I let it go and by letting it go I mean the brakes J.  I don’t think I tapped them once on that downhill section. I heard the familiar scratch of tires on dirt behind me as I descended.  Soon a female voice from behind said, “You’re really smooth….fun to watch!”  To which I replied, “Oh, thanks.”  It’s not often another rider, let alone another woman compliments a riders’ skill (sad but true).  Only when she passed me on the next flat section did I realize it was Carey Lowery.  For those who don’t know, she is someone to be admired for not only her amazing skill and blazing speed but for being a total class act on the bike.  It was really cool of her to give me that compliment and before speeding out of sight she said, “Keep those elbows out!  You can lower your center of gravity even more.”  I was grateful for the advice and it gave me a little boost for the rest of the lap.
 
I never did see that woman in red again, my strategy of no brakes worked.  Come to find out she was in my category!
 
Lap #3: It was hot, I was officially tired realizing that I did not eat or drink enough during the 1st 2 laps.  I slogged my way through the course one last time motivated only slightly by the vision of the woman in red overtaking me.  I rolled in at about 2:50, 10 minutes to spare for a total of 24 ish miles and good for 2nd place.  The woman in red came in 3rd.
 
Next up is Fort Yargo in May!

Enduro Women's Clinic

Saturday April 16, 11 am

So you want to race an Enduro?  

How about the Quick Six Enduro at Big Creek?!

Come on out and learn more about the Enduro race style and format! Erika Koester & Brittany Mixon will present a short 'lecture' on the Enduro style and what to expect at the Quick Six Enduro race at Big Creek!!  

What to expect? How to prepare? What gear to bring!? How to ride the different sections? We will cover it all in our clinic!

This clinic is FREE for all Ladies!! Rain date is 4/17/2016 12pm.  

R.S.V.P. on Facebook

Big Creek is located at 1600 Old Alabama Rd, Roswell, Georgia 30076

Q? Email Brittany

Membership Update

Our Club Roster is 139 Members Strong

We welcomed these new and renewing members in March:
 
New Members: Kelly Vaughn, Brenna Segal, Kelsey Collado, Claire George

Renewing Members: Holly McClelland

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

NEW! Monthly Silver Comet Ride

Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 pm

Our previous Silver Comet Trail group rides were a huge success so we plan on holding this as a monthly ride, the last Sunday of each month (beginning with April)!  

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.  

Where: 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.

R.S.V.P. on the Facebook event page

Q.? Contact Angela Barros

Upcoming Road Clinic at Stone Mountain

Date / Time TBD

Sorella Sponsor "My Cycle Coach", Robert Wilhite, will lead a ride clinic at Stone Mountain on April 24 for Sorellas.  Coach Robert will share helpful tips, including:
  • Responsibilities when in riding in a group
  • How to find FREE speed
  •  Riding Formations (Pacelines, Echelons, Rotations)
  • How shifting affects speed
  • Climbing and descending
  • Race strategies
There will also be a segment ‘on the bike’, where participants can experience specific aspects, like rotation, emergency braking (w/o flying over the handlebars), and some race strategies/maneuvers for those who road race.  During the general clinic, we need a few volunteers to also bring their floor trainers.

Be on the lookout for an email confirming time and the registration process.
 
WEEKLY RIDES
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL SORELLA RIDES

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 for an 18 or 22 mile loop on low traffic roads.  The AC full group ride schedule can be found at http://atlantacycling.com/articles/atlanta-cycling-group-rides-pg37.htm .

Wednesday Night Women's Buckhead Ride

Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm 
Open to: Sorellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  St. Phillip's Parking Lot 2744 Peachtree Road, 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 St. Philips parking lot. 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 Night Co-Ed Mountain Bike Ride

Wednesday Evenings 6:30 pm 
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Atlanta Cycling Vinings 

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

SPECIAL RIDES IN APRIL

Silver Comet Family Picnic and Ride

Sunday April 10, 2016 Ready to Ride @ 1PM
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, Kids and Friends 
Leaves From:  Silver Comet Trail Linear Park 1301 Richard D Sailors Pkwy Powder Springs, GA 30127
 

Spring is here and the kids want to be outside just as much as we do! Let's slow the pace and enjoy some Sunday afternoon picnicing, family biking and playground time! Let's take this opportunity to get those families that we are always mentioning to our Sorella sisters out together to enjoy a fun afternoon!

Silver Comet Trail Linear Park in Powder Springs has a nice playground geared toward younger kids right along side the trail with a new outdoor gym area and climbing tower. There is trailhead parking, restrooms and a concession stand.

http://www.cityofpowdersprings.org/590/Parks-Recreation-Facilities

Bring a picnic for your family to enjoy around 1PM. Bring bikes and/or scooters (or roller blades) for the kids (of all ages) to enjoy on the trail as you can ride from this trailhead towards Carter Road or towards the Florence Rd bridge. Please ensure your children are wearing helmets, know trail ettiquette and pay attention to where they are when they are close to or on the trail.

R.S.V.P. on the Facebook event page

Q? Contact Angela

Social Ride at Big Creek Greenway / Jekyll Brewery -- Road and Mountain Bike Options

Saturday April 16, 2016 Ready to Ride @ 2PM
Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends 
Leaves From:  Big Creek Greenway Trailhead/ Jekyll Brewing  3281 Marconi Drive Alpharetta GA 30005
 

Did you know there is a brewery at the Big Creek Trailhead? Well there is! Join ride leader Amy Woolard Plummer for a Big Creek Greenway ride suited for all rider levels on either mountain or road bikes. Meet at the Big Creek Trailhead (additional parking at adjacent business parking lots if needed) and ride as a group about 8 miles to the other trailhead. This is where the mountain bikers can go off to try the Big Creek trails (beginner, moderate, and advanced options) if they wish. Amy will lead the rest of the group on the road ride (about 6 miles or so) and then back to the Greenway to head back to the cars (8 miles) with an end point of Jekyll Brewery which is across the street from lot. We can enjoy fellowship and brews at Jekyll Brewing following our ride!

R.S.V.P. on the Facebook event page

Q? Contact Amy

Monthly  Eventide Brewing Intown Ride 

Thursday April 21, 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 the first monthly Eventide 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! 

R.S.V.P. on the Facebook event page

Q? Contact Brittany

Upcoming Races and Rides

Tony Serrano Century Ride

When: April 9, 2015, 8:30 am
Where: Athens Technical College-Walton County Campus | 212 Bryant Rd., Monroe, GA 30655

The Tony Serrano Century Ride was originally organized by a group of family and friends created to honor Tony Serrano’s memory after he was tragically hit from behind and unfortunately killed in 2004 while training on his bike for an Ironman competition.

Due to the increasing number of participants, sponsors and volunteers that we are honored with each year our organization has been able to donate more than $70,000.00 since the original Tony Serrano Century Ride.  Their purpose is to support bicycle safety programs, events and advocacy efforts that pertain to bicycling throughout Georgia.

For more information, visit http://www.tonyserranoride.com

USAC Southeast Masters Regional Championships

When: April 30 - May 1, 2016
Where: Atlanta, GA

Event Flyer

Big Creek Enduro

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

This is the 3rd year of the Big Creek Quick Six Enduro Powered by Fresh Bike Service. 100% of all proceeds benefit the trails at Big Creek Park.

Registration Details:
Cost: $40  ($45 after March 18th)
There is a total rider cap of 150, so make sure to register early.  The discount code SORELLAS will get you $5 off each registration for women's or co-ed masters classes exclusively for Sorella Club Members until May 6th.  
https://www.bikereg.com/quicksix 

Course Details:
The Big Creek Quick Six Enduro is comprised of six individual race stages. The total time on these stages determines the order of finish for the race. The Enduro will have connecting stages between the finish of one stage and the start of the next. The time between stages DOES NOT count toward a rider's overall time. We want riders to relax and have fun between stages.

The enduro utilizes primarily downhill portions of the Big Creek XC trails and our downhill runs in the Big Creek Freeride Area. Generally 4"-6" full suspension XC, All Mountain, or Enduro-type bikes do best. There are jumps, rocks, roots, drops, and more along each course. There are no gap-only jumps (every jump has a ride-around).

Athens Twilight Criterium

When: May 6 - 7, 2016
Where: Athens, GA

This is a favorite race for Sorella Cycling.  Events include a pro race, amateur race, kids events, bmx race and more. The event includes a festival with music, food and entertainment.

Website: http://athenstwilight.com

Bike Roswell Festival and Crit

When: May 7 - 15, 2016
Where: Roswell, GA

The 2016 Roswell Cycling Festival features an entire week of daily bicycle related activities culminating on May 15th with Bike Roswell! presenting the Mayor’s Ride, Roswell Criterium, and the Kiwanis’ Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo. In addition to the events of May 15th, we will have a full week of activities in conjunction with RAMBO (Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization), beginning with the 3rd Annual Big Creek Enduro on Saturday, May 7, and family rides, mountain biking, film festival, and more, throughout the week. 

For more information, visit http://www.bikeroswell.com

2nd Annual PAALS Criterium

When: Saturday May 14, 2016
Where: Gwinnett Braves Stadium
The mission of the Promoting an Active Adolescent Lifestyle (PALLS) foundation is to grow the sport of cycling by focusing on the next generation of cyclists with focus on sound principles and values, good sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork.  Events include a criterium and a triathlete clinic.

Event Flyer
Events Around The South East

Blue Goose Race Savannah

When: April  9&10
Where:  Irwinton, GA

This weekend combines two events.  On Saturday, April 9    you may participate in the pre-ride: 30 mile ride & 60 mile ride.  On Sunday you may participate in a road race at 9:00 am.  The Savannah Wheelmen and the Blue Goose on Main co-sponsor this fun, annual event.  

Some of our Sorella's may be going; inquire on the member's only Facebook page if you are looking to share a ride and/or accommodations.

For more information, visit http://savannahwheelmen.org/page-1819672

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

Atlanta Bike Expo

When: July 16, 2016 
Time: 9 am - 7 pm
Where: Georgia  International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse  College Park, Georgia 30337

This event is Georgia's Largest bicycle consumer exhibition, with a mission of bringing together all things cycling.  Meet professional road cyclists. See all the hottest new road, mountain, electric, commuter and indoor cycling spin bikes.  Get great deals on cycling apparel, bike accessories and much more. There will be bike competitions, and outdoor test track, a kid zone and various contests.

For more information, visit www.atlantabikeexpo.com

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.

Free Bikes For Kids (FB4K)


FB4K is geared towards helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. Their goal this year is to refurbish and give away 1,000 bikes to metro Atlanta youth! FB4K Overview Video

If you have a used bike to donate, or would like to volunteer, contact Chris Larson at 612-594-1288 or email fb4k.atl@gmail.com.  You may also visit fb4k.org

Featured Sponsor:

My Cycle Coach 

"Coach" Robert Wilhite is a professional cycling coach. He started MyCycleCoach.com 13 years ago.  Robert's clients range from literal beginners to pro level cyclists.  His unique perspective comes from experience racing motorcycles at speeds in excess of 180 mph, where the balance, handling and control skills are exactly the same for a bicycle.  Coach Robert has a natural-born gift when it comes to teaching and communicating everything you need to know about riding a bicycle.  He enjoys working with Sorella Cycling to share valuable information and make you a better rider.  Robert is also the creator of the Atlanta Winter Bike League, which offers group rides each November through March.  Sorellas receive a discount on all services.

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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