Our sponsor, KEEN Footware, provides us with stylish and comfortable footwear and technical hiking clothing for our off-the-bike activities. KEEN’s mantra is to live a HybridLife: Create great products, play outdoors, and care about the world around us.
Team Group Health members are proud ambassadors of KEEN Footwear – Stop by our tent at our upcoming Independence Valley Road Race on March 28, and you’ll probably see us using our fabulous KEEN duffel bags, shoe bags, and hoodies before and after we race!
Keen is based in Portland, and you can find them at many local retailers. Visit http://www.keenfootwear.com to learn more.
A big shout out to our sponsor shop, Center Cycle, the “one-stop bike shop” to stock up on everything you need for spring riding and racing.
Center Cycle is located on Lind Ave SW in Renton, just one block north of the IKEA store, and has been putting people on bikes since 1974.
Center Cycle is a huge bicycle shop with a great inventory – they have a wide selection of clothing and accessories, and 700+ bikes on any given day! Their friendly and knowledgeable staff also offers expert bike fits and advice on nutrition.
They also graciously play host to our annual team parties. Thanks Center Cycle!
Visit them online at http://centercycle.com.
Some of our TGH women will be sporting Washington State colors this year. Congrats to our 2014 WSBA State Champions:
Lisa Coyne: Cat 3 Road Race Champion and winner of the Cat 3 BARR
Niki Weiss: Cat 4 Time Trial Champion
Taldi Walter” Masters Cat 4 Road Race Champion
Anne-Marije Rook: Cat ½ Road Race Champion and winner of the BARR
Jadine Riley: Masters Cat 1/2/3 Road Race Champion
We’re happy to have Osmo Nutrition, maker of hydration and recovery drinks, as one of our new sponsors!
Dr. Stacy Sims, Osmo’s Chief Research Officer, has over 15 years’ experience as a scientist and first made Osmo products based on her own needs as an athlete. Osmo makes nutrition products based on established cutting edge science, but they also rely on direct feedback from athletes to fine-tune them. Additionally, Osmo products contain only natural and organic ingredients.
With the saying Women Are Not Small Men as they’re guidance, we love the fact that Osmo has a women’s specific recovery supplement so we can perform at our best. (They also have specific nutrition and hydration products for men and kids, too.)
Wrench Bicycle Shop is located at 718 Dexter Ave N in South Lake Union and dedicated to bike service and repair. Realizing a need for a service-oriented shop, Greg Mackenzie and Buck Hazard opened Wrench to fulfill the growing demand of Seattle bike commuters and enthusiasts. They keep basic parts in stock but can special order most items. Combined, Greg and Buck have about 30 years of bike service experience and can do it all: tune ups, overhauls, and frame and wheel builds.
Get those bikes ready for dirt and road racing season by bringing them to Wrench! By the way, when you drop your bike off at Wrench, there are loaner bikes available for use until yours is ready. Awesome.
Learn more about Wrench Bicycle Shop at http://www.wrenchbw.com.
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.
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!
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.
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!
A 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.