Sponsor Spotlight: Cycle U

Cycle University recently celebrated its 10th anniversary! Craig Undem, local cycling pro, started Cycle University in 2004 as both a bicycle school and full service bike shop. Cycle U’s expert coaching staff is knowledgeable in all areas of cycling, from how to get the best bike fit, to how to race on the road or mountain.

Cycle U’s broad curriculum has classes for all ages and abilities, and take place both indoor and outdoor. Novice bike riders can come to Cycle U to learn the basics of riding in traffic and clipping in and out of clipless pedals. Advanced riders and racers can enroll in classes to learn how to race, and also to upgrade to race in higher categories. Week-long clinics, such as the annual hill climbing bootcamp in Chelan, are also very popular.

Stop into Cycle U’s West Seattle bike shop to find all the best products and gear, and to receive full-service bike repair. Cycle U is also a green company that promotes the power of the bicycle to reduce carbon footprints. They sponsor a few local teams and cycling clubs and also donate to over 12 schools and nonprofit organizations each year.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Showers Pass

Showers Pass began in 1997 with a mission to create high-tech, breathable, waterproof gear for cycling enthusiasts. 17 years later, this Portland, Oregon-based company is still an expert at outfitting cyclist in the northwest with gear to protect us against the wet weather.

They’ve also expanded their line of cycling apparel and accessories to get people on their bikes no matter what the weather may bring.

Their Rogue Hoodie has received rave reviews for both its technical design and good looks; and we’ve been known to wear their Body-Mapped Base Layer on the mountain as well as on the bike.

Besides being one of our amazing new sponsors this year, Showers Pass also actively gives back to the community by supporting cycling-related non-profit organizations such as Bike MS and Community Cycling Center.

Thanks for keeping us dry!

Learn more about their products at www.showerspass.com. And be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Cascade Bike Trainers

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We’d like to thank Cascade Bike Trainers for sponsoring Team Group Health this season and for keeping us pedaling year-round!

Part of Cascade Health and Fitness, and based in Woodinville, Wash., Cascade Trainers create innovative products to help improve functional fitness. Cascade’s employees are dedicated to using fitness to lead healthy lives, and they really know what they’re talking about – company president John Post served as CEO of LeMond Fitness, Inc. prior to joining Cascade.

Cyclists rely on indoor bike trainers for pre-race warmups, but it’s important to know that bike trainers are also a great way to train during the winter or when the weather is bad: Trainers take minimal setup time, you can cycle continuously without stopping and starting, and daylight or headlamps aren’t required!

Cascade offers three trainer models, all designed to be a great value. In a recent comprehensive review, the Cascade FluidPro Bike Trainer  was noted as one of the 8 best bike trainers of 2014.

Learn more about their products at http://www.cascadebiketrainers.com/ and follow them on YouTube, Fac
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Sponsor Spotlight: Dry Guy

The rainy and cold winter season is upon us, and we are stoked to have Dry Guy as our sponsor. When we return from a weekend training ride – soaking wet -, it’s nice to know that after a couple of hours on the Dry Guy, our shoes and gloves are dry and ready to be used on the next ride.

Founded in 1994 and developed in Seattle, DryGuy supplies people who work hard and play hard in the rain and snow with an innovative dryers to keep our gear fungus-free. DryGuy also has other products for heating and insulating. Simply put, products are designed to keep us at an “optimum level of comfort” by saving us from wet/cold gear the next time we venture out – a cyclist’s dream!

Learn morimagee at http://dryguy.com/ or follow them on Facebook.

 

Title Sponsor Spotlight: Group Health

grouphealthA big thank you to our title sponsor, Group Health Cooperative! 2015 marks the eleventh year of our partnership and we’re proud to continue wearing the stand-out teal and chartreuse colors. Founded in 1947 and headquartered in Seattle, Group Health is a non-profit, member-governed health care system that serves over 600,000 members in Washington and Idaho.

Giving back to the community is a big part of Group Health’s social mission, and it does so by supporting initiatives and programs that promote physical activity to “enrich people’s lives by improving health”. In addition to their many program and event sponsorship, Group Health contributed to the community this year by sponsoring 15 Pronto Cycle Share docking stations to advance community health and promote alternative commuting solutions. While wearing the Group Health logo as we ride, we also raise public awareness for healthy lifestyles.

Learn more about Group Health on their websiteFacebook and Twitter pag

 

TGHers at Jingle Cross

TGHers Marsa Daniel and Jadine Riley are competing in frigid Iowa this weekend at the UCI Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock.

Temperature dropped down to 18 degrees and on day three, races took place in a fresh layer of snow. Congrats to Marsa Daniel for finishing in the top 20 of the elite women’s UCI races on Day 1, and to Jadine Riley for securing a podium spot in the women’s Master 35+ race.

Well done, ladies!

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Ruth Gustafson elected to MVA Board

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A huge congrats to TGH racer Ruth Gustafson, who was elected as a 2015 Marymoor Velodrome Association boardmember. Way to go, Ruth!

Sitting on the MVA board will be a great way for her to help  grow events like the Marymoor Grand Prix, Masters Nationals and our local weekly race series and classes. We’re certain Ruth will do great!

Learn more about the Marymoor Velodrome at www.velodrome.org.

 

Meet the Dirt Team

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Have you ever considered joining a women’s race team?

Team Group Health is recruiting new members for its 2014-15 dirt team (cyclocross and mountain bike)! We are open to all skill levels, abilities and fitness. Whether you are interested in improving your fitness, honing your technical skills, racing at a higher level or meeting more women to ride off-road with, we have something for you!

We offer fall and winter mountain bike rides, cyclocross and mountain bike skills clinics, weekly cyclocross practice and lots of riding in a casual, fun and supportive environment.

Come out to St. Edward Park in Kenmore on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. for a casual ride and meet some of the Team Group Health dirt team members! Cyclocross and mountain bikes of any kind are appropriate.

 

TGH wins team & indiv. BARR

386442_179108788845018_153213175_nIn February of this year, the women of Team Group Health kicked off the season with one clear goal in mind: to win Washington State Bicycling Association’s Team Competition.

And we did just that! Thanks to all our racers who came out to race and to support the team this season. And thanks to WSBA for the fun competition!

Additionally, a HUGE congrats goes out to Lisa Coyne and Anne-Marije Rook for winning the Best All Around Road Racer (BARR) competition in their respective categories!

Lisa Coyne who earlier this season won the State Championship Cat 3 Road Race won the Women’s Cat 3 BARR.

And Anne-Marije Rook, who won the Cat 1/2 State Championship Road Race in May, topped the Women’s Elite BARR.  As elite BARR champion, Anne-Marije will race with WSBA number 1 in 2015 and receive free entry in Washington races.

Congrats, ladies!

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

pizzaWe love nothing more than to socialize and eat delicious food as we carbo-load before a tough race. So we couldn’t be more grateful to have Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria as a sponsor!

Driven by the desire to provide the definitive Pizza Napoletana experience, Tutta Bella is all about being authentic, and they strive to be the most respected Neapolitan pizzeria in the world.

They are certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana and feature mouth-watering menu items like neopolitan meatballs, caprese salads, lasagna and, of course, a wide array of white and red sauce pizzas that even the President can resist. When President Obama visited Seattle 2012, he had Tutta Bella pizzas delivered to his Air Force One!

Learn more about Tutta Bella online on their website, facebook, Twitter and Yelp.