2018 Road Racing Clinic – February 24th!



2018 Road Racing Clinics/Season Starter Races


Have you ever wanted to try racing your bike? Or maybe you have raced already, and would love to hone your skills?


Join other cyclists for a one day clinic focused on road-racing skills with simulation racing clinic and the chance to put everything into practice immediately with sanctioned racing!

Team Thrive is delighted to once again partner with other leading NW cycling teams to offer a coached clinic for women who are thinking about road racing and want to learn – or improve on – the necessary skills to race effectively and safely. No previous race experience is needed – this clinic provides an opportunity for new racers to learn what it takes to race on the road. The women’s clinic is being led by Marsa Daniel of MD Endurance Coaching and she has much to offer to new racers as well as experienced Cat 4 and Cat 3 women.

We are delighted to also offer the opportunity for Cat 4/5 men to race as part of the Seattle Beginner Racing Program starting in the afternoon. (See www.cycleu.com for more details)

The clinics will be held at the Pacific Raceways race track – we rent out the track for the day so that you can learn in a safe, controlled environment without cars in your way. The clinics focus on a variety of road
racing skills – cornering, sprinting, pack riding & pacelining – along with guidance on how to structure a race warm-up and the opportunity to do some simulated racing so that you get a feel for the experience.

Season Starter Races for Category 3, 4 and 5 Women and Category 4/5 Men (Senior and Masters)

Put your newly learned skills into practice and start earning category upgrade points immediately, with USA Cycling sanctioned racing sponsored by Team Thrive and BuDu Racing on the closed Pacific Raceways track that very same afternoon! Racing will be separated by category so that you can race with others of similar ability and experience.

Note: Racing is available to all Cat 3, 4, 5 women and to Cat 4/5 men regardless of clinic participation.

Event Cost: Women’s Clinic*: $15 Race*: $25 pre-registered/$30 day-of registration

*A valid USA Cycling license is required to participate in the clinic and/or the race. You can purchase an annual license at
the USA Cycling website, or you will need to purchase a one-day license for $10 (via the USA Cycling website (preferred)
or on-site)

Online registration (preferred)

Women’s Clinic: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2018-375

Race: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2018-371

Day-of registration: Cash, check, or credit card


Women’s Clinic & Race Day, Feb. 24th, 2018. 9:30AM Registration & Check-in. Clinic from 10:00AM – 1:00PM. Racing starts at 1:30PM.
Men’s Race Day, Feb. 24th, 2018. 1:30PM Registration & Check-in. Racing at 3:45PM


Please Note – The upgrade clinic for men is canceled, though the racing is still scheduled. 


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Directions: Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA.
Full address: 31001 144th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98042. Google map for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/ZVKhz9EAaUP2

What to Bring:
 Standard road bikes only (no time-trial bikes or bikes with front facing bar-ends). Please remove fenders/racks/lights etc.
 Helmet (required) and suitable clothing – cycling attire, rain jacket etc. (Rain does not stop play!)
 Food/water for the day as Pacific Raceways is several miles from the nearest grocery store and food services. Please prepare accordingly and bring adequate food/hydration to keep you fueled.




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Join Team Thrive

Recruiting is done mainly in September and October of each year. Applications will be considered at other times of the year if you are new to the area, or an experienced racer looking for a team mid-year. Please contact Amanda at info@soundvelocycling.com for more information.

Team Thrive is a significant and successful women’s team that competes in road, mountain, track and cyclocross. We focus on rider development, community involvement, leadership development, while never forgetting to have fun. Every fall, we welcome new and experienced riders who are interested in racing, from beginners to Cat 1/2/3s.  Recruitment for our team happens in late summer/early fall. During this time, teams will host Meet the Teams rides, and you’ll find an application on this page.


If you are interested in racing, and are new or want to build your road racing skills, join us February 24, 2018 for a day of skills clinic and racing at Pacific Raceways. Hosted by Team Thrive, beginner racers from all local teams come learn and practice road racing in a safe environment. More details to come…


Another opportunity to meet us with be at the annual Washington Women of Cross Festival. It’s a day of clinics and cyclocross races for women. A great opportunity to try out cross racing and hang out with the team. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/WomenCX/

Racer benefits: We know that racing can be an expensive sport. To help offset the cost associated to training and racing, and to help athletes reach their potential, we offer a number of racer benefits. These benefits include generous race reimbursement, structured team fall/winter team training, skills clinics, sponsorships, a mentor program, and more. We want more of our racers to gain exposure and participate in important regional races. Beyond regional racing: In 2018, we will support a strong Team Thrive presence at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA. This weeklong racing event provides opportunities to race road, mountain bike and cyclocross at all levels, as well as an opportunity to see some of the world’s top pros racing in the same disciplines. Team Thrive is proud to be able to develop and support racers throughout their cycling development – our racers should aspire to and have access to travel to races when they are ready. We also will likely host a weekend in Leavenworth for racing Tour de Bloom, and mountain and gravel riding.


Women of Cross, August 26th!

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Pre-registration fee $25, 2nd event $10, 3rd event free (must register on site for event #2 and 3 for discount)

Day of registration fee $30

Women: if you register for the clinic first, you can then use the discount code “clinic2017” to register for racing at the $10 2nd event price!

Pre-registration for the clinic is available at: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2033

Pre-registration for the race is available at: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-2030

Saint Edwards Park address: 14445 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028  **Discover Pass REQUIRED for parking. (day passes are available onsite)

Event Permit #s: 2017-2030 (race) 2017-2033 (clinics)


Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Primal, Center Cycle, KEEN, King Estate Winery, Dream
Clinic, NW Peaks Brewery, Corpore Sano, MD Endurance Coaching, NWCX, Islabikes, Clif Bar, Mad Alchemy, Old Town


We are now TEAM THRIVE

We are excited to announce that Sound Velo Cycling will take on the new name of “Team Thrive” representing the Kaiser Permanente brand. Kaiser Permanente is committed to the communities they serve and will continue to support our team as the title sponsor for the coming year and onward into 2018.  We are proud to be bicycle and health ambassadors for Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit health plan providing coverage to more than 11.3 million members.  Check out our new kits!TeamThriveJersey-front


USA Cycling 2016 Women’s Club of the Year!


Women – Sound Velo Cycling Club
“Sound Velo Cycling Club won Women’s club of the year for it’s extensive focus on community activities while also providing a platform for women to not only start racing, but excel at it. They participated in multiple volunteer days geared towards kids including Take a Girl Biking Day and YMCA Healthy Kids day. Outside of community involvement the club hosts training sessions in multiple disciplines as well as social gatherings that allow teammates to connect off the bike. We can safely say that their goal to promote and develop women’s cycling in the Pacific Northwest is already being accomplished.”



Meet the Team Group Health Dirt Team



Meet the Team Group Health Dirt Team

For ladies who like to ride in the dirt!  The Team Group Health Meet The Team Dirt Ride on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Saint Edward State Park (14445 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028) at 9:30 a.m.

Whether you already race in the dirt for cyclocross, or mountain bike, or are thinking about it, come and join us for a low key ride on some fairly non-technical trails through St. Ed’s. A cyclocross bike will work on these trails just as well as a mountain bike. Come find out what playing in the dirt is all about!

Remember that you need a Discover Pass to park at St. Eds. We will meet in the main parking lot that is just east of the seminary building. If you don’t have an annual Discover Pass, you can buy a $10 day pass from a vending machine there.  If you have any questions please email Annie at anniebp59 at gmail dot com.

If you can’t make it then, we’ll also have a tent at the MFG Cyclocross Race on Sunday, October 2nd at (Silver Lake) Thornton A. Sullivan Park, Everett, WA as well as members at the ‘Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Team Ride’ – a road ride on Sunday, October 2nd at 8:45am starting from Leschi Park (at the corner of Lakeside Ave South and East Yesler Way, Seattle, WA.

Come Meet Team Group Health!



Team Group Health is leading off the Meet the Team Road Rides this Saturday, September 10th! Do you know of any women interested in racing or interested in checking out Team Group Health?

Team Group Health (TGH) is an all-women team that carries about ​65​ riders on the roster each year of all sizes, ages, and abilities. TGH has a strong contingent in Road, Track, Mountain, and Cyclocross. We are looking for some women new to racing as well as current cat 123 and cat 4 racers. The team is committed to developing strong, safe riders ready to race in all disciplines and has the experience to share with a strong history of being given the national title “Best Team” by USA Cycling ​three​ times and ​two time ​WSBA women’s champions. There are a number of racing scholarships available for women new to road racing this year.​​

Seattle rides will meet at 9:15 at Leschi Park, 201 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle 98122, with the rides departing at 9:30 and proceeding at a social, “no drop” pace around the south end of Lake Washington and returning across I-90 to Leschi.

These are social rides, at a conversational pace, around the south end of Lake Washington. Allow about 2 hours. The ride may stop for 5-10 minutes along the way, but otherwise, be prepared for a continuous ride. These rides happen rain, wind, or sunshine! Bring a functioning road bike (full fenders are appreciated on damp days), helmet, water, some food, weather-appropriate clothing, a little money, and an extra tube in case you flat.


2016 STP with Team Group Health

Team Group Health helped out our title sponsor, Group Health, pull off another successful STP.

Bailey Coerver, Nikki Mohrbacher, Stacy Munn, and Karen Wilkinson made the 206 mile trek in a one-day STP to arrive in Portland on Saturday.  After a nice recovery night they were up on the finish line along with Renae Smith and the rest of the Group Health Marketing team to welcome finishers to the park and provide them with give aways and pictures to document their accomplishment.

The ride was an excellent team effort with the weather cooperating by providing pleasant temperatures and just enough sun and wind to make it a great training ride.  It was definitely a long training ride, but we worked together and made a lot of friends along the way that helped take some pulls. We met up multiple times with Group Health CEO Scott Armstrong and his crew of cyclists supporting the cause as we passed by them after a few of the food and rest stops.  It is always so fun to see thousands of cyclists of all ages and capabilities out there enjoying the ride.

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Team Group Health fitting helmets at the Bikes for Kids Event

On July 9th, members of Team Group Health (Lizzy Baker, Laura Fife, and Lee Smith) represented our sponsor, Group Health, at the STAR 101.5 Bikes for Kids event. The radio station is giving bikes to deserving kids as part of their Summer of Bikes event, and Group Health was there to give away high-quality Bell and Giro helmets to every child who needed one. Team members fit helmets to each child, and handed out Group Health “Ouch Pouches,” which were a big hit with kids and parents alike. The kids all went away with smiles on their faces, in some cases still wearing their shiny new helmets.


We were also interviewed on STAR 101.5 about how to properly fit a helmet. Read all about the 5-Step Helmet Fit Test




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The Ride for Major Taylor

Team Group Health joined the Cascade Bicycle Club at their Ride for Major Taylor last Saturday, April 16th, 2016.  The Major Taylor Project is in its 9th year and reaching more students than ever!  With the partnership of Group Health Cooperative and Team Group Health, the Project will expand to its sixteenth School this fall!

The Major Taylor Project (MTP) is a year-round, youth development cycling program produced by the Cascade Bicycle Club Diversity and Inclusion department, integrating bicycling, healthy living, bicycle maintenance, road safety awareness and the importance of working toward individual goals. MTP is focused on introducing youth from diverse communities to recreational cycling and creating an inclusive culture of bicycling. MTP uses the bicycle to help students expand their worldview and encourages them to explore the agency they have to change themselves and their communities.