Sponsor Spotlight: WRENCH Bicycle Workshop

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We’d like to extend a BIG thank you to Buck  from Wrench Bicycle Workshop for sponsoring us again this race season.

Conveniently located along Seattle’s top bike-commute route, Dexter Avenue, Wrench is a small, independent repair-focused bike shop that will go the extra mile to meet your needs. Got a busy schedule and no time to wait? They will hand you a loaner bike to make sure you get to work in time!

We love the service but don’t just take our word for: read the dozens of five-star reviews on yelp! And learn more about Wrench by visiting their website or Facebook

 

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Sponsor Spotlight: Group Health

We’d like to give a BIG thank you to our title sponsor, Group Health,  for the continuous support of our team and mission as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our partnership in 2014.

The Group Health Cooperative is a Seattle-based nonprofit health care organization that provides coverage and care for over 700,000 people in Washington and Idaho.

With a mission to improve the health and well-being of the members and the communities they serve, Group Health is an active sponsor of many health and fitness events and created the Group Health Fitness Network to encourage their members, employees and the community to get active and stay active as part of their personal health journey. Over the years, Group Health has diversified its sponsorship to include running, swimming, walking and triathlon but cycling has been a constant focus.

We’d like to thank Group Health for their sponsorship and for sharing our mission to promote women’s health, fitness and competitive spirit through bicycle racing.

Learn more about Group Health on their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

TGH named USA Cyling’s Women’s Team of the Year!

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USA Cycling today announced that Team Group Health has been named the USA Cycling Women’s Team of the Year!

Praising us for being “instrumental in developing women’s cycling” in the Puget Sound region, USA Cycling was especially impressed by our clinics and work to bring new women into the sport.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Congratulations on your successful application to be the 2013 USA Cycling Women’s Club of the Year! We were overwhelmed by the number of strong applicants this year, but your application stood atop the rest. We place a lot of value on our member clubs and all you do: you’re the incubators for future generations of cyclists, you create the social environment that draws new cyclists in and keeps them involved, you give back to the community at large and expose cycling to the masses on a local level, and you organize the events and races that make it all possible. The list goes on, but your efforts as one of the nation’s top cycling clubs are not unnoticed.”

Thanks, USA Cycling! And thank you to all our wonderful sponsors for helping us get more women on bikes!

 

Welcome new team members!

We are thrilled to introduce the newest TGHers, those intrepid souls who have taken the next step into racing and will carry the teal and chartreuse to the start line in 2013-14. Please help us welcome:

Adriane Hairston
Angela Reed
Annie Bilotta
Carrie Pruitt
Chelsey Cooley
Holly Young
Jessica Lynn
Joanna Klimczak
Kimberly Smith
LaVonne Wilson
McKayla Dunfey
Melyssa Lynch
Rosemarie Schmidt
Sandi Navarro
Sharon Gregg
Susan Fleenor
Taldi Walter

This is going to be a great year!

 

Marsa Daniel takes 10th at StarCrossed!

After a brief hiatus from the UCI calendar, StarCrossed: a Rapha Super Cross Event returned this year as the cross season kick-off race, attracting top U.S. and international cyclists to Redmond, Wash.

IMG_6664-LThe well-attended event kicked off with local races at 2 p.m. and continued until well after sunset with the Elite women and men racing at 7  and 8 p.m. respectively.

Some of our own ladies bravely lined up for the UCI Elite women’s race alongside international pros like Gabby Durrin (Rapha-Focus), Mycal Dyck (Stan’s NoTubes) and Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement).

Durrin showed off her good form, claiming the win with a 30-second gap over second-place finisher Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Blue Book, HRS, Rock Lobster). Meanwhile, our very own Marsa Daniel proved that she is more than capable of holding her own, claiming a Top 10 finish and earning her first UCI point!

Props also to Karen Wilkinson and Anne-Marije Rook for their strong showings in the Elite race, and to all the other TGH ladies who raced earlier in the day.

Lee Smith finished 6th in the Master 40-plus race and Heidi Gaertner snagged the 10th spot in the Cat 4 race.

Well done, ladies!

 

Meet the Dirt Team

8897752549_a7149305e7Hello Ladies of the Dirt!

Looking to join a team for the upcoming race season? Please join the TGH Dirt Team for a Meet the Team ride at Saint Edward Park on Saturday, Sept. 21.

This will be a beginner friendly, socially-paced ride that is suitable for either a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike.

We’ll meet in the St. Ed’s parking lot. Be ready to roll at 10 a.m.

See you there!

 

Join TGH!

Team Group Health is a significant and successful women’s team that never forgets to have fun.  We welcome new riders, developing racers, and additions to our Elite team.  Join us!

TGH will be holding its Meet the Team ride on Saturday, Sept. 14, leaving from Pert’s Deli in Leschi at 9:30 a.m.  If you are interested in joining our team, please try to attend this ride so we have a chance to meet you.

TGH will also have representatives at the Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing clinics scheduled for Sunday Aug. 25, Sept. 22, and Oct. 6 in case we miss you on the 14th.
Our application deadline is Monday, Oct. 7.  You can find a link to the application below.  We’ll make our final roster decisions by Friday, Oct. 11 and hold our 2013-14 Team Meeting on Sunday, Oct. 20.

APPLY HERE

 

TGHers riding for MS

bikelogoEvery hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. So many people have or know someone who has MS that we decided to publish this on our team page.  We all have special projects and charities that are important to us, and MS is one we choose to ride for.

Why we ride:

Having multiple sclerosis means that you may suddenly have blurry vision.  Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason.  Or that you may not always be able to walk, let alone ride a bike.  The symptoms of MS are different for everyone – the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have the highest diagnosis rate in the country.  No one knows why.  MS strikes most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50 and can lead to a lifetime of unpredictability.  Currently there is no cure. We want to do something for the people who are living with MS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the Bike MS Ride to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today.  $1 will buy a public transportation ticket.  $75 is enough to pay for a basic access ramp at someone’s home.  $1800 will buy safety lifts for the family vehicle.

We can help fight this disease by simply riding a bike, something we love to do. You can help by sponsoring us on this Bike MS Ride.  And as an added bonus, every dollar we raise this will be matched by a generous donor, so your contribution will go twice as far.

Together, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”

Donate by visiting our fundraising pages below:

Team page

LB’s page

Melinda’s page

Liese Anex’ page

Ruth Gustafson’s page

 

Sponsor Spotlight: SIGMA SPORT lights and computers

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A big thanks to SIGMA SPORT for sponsoring Team Group Health this 2012-13 race season.

From our weekly Tuesday night hills rides to the 24 hour Round the Clock mountain bike race, SIGMA SPORT products keep us brightly lit with their phenomenal light.

Additionally, we are able to track our speed, distance, heart rates and more with their great bike computers.

With a goal to provide the most reliable cycling electronics while also offering the highest “value to cost ratio” in the bicycle and fitness industries, SIGMA products do not disappoint.

For the past 25 years, SIGMA SPORTS bicycle computers and award-winning lights have represented German technology at its highest level, combining innovative design with precision engineering.

SIGMA tests all their products in their in-house laboratories to withstand the harshest conditions, ensuring quality continually throughout production. No Sigma Sport product is shipped until it passes thorough inspection, leading to perhaps the lowest return rate in the industry.

Learn more about SIGMA SPORT at http://www.sigmasport.com/us/.

Also follow SIGMA SPORT on Facebook and Twitter

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Smith Optics

8952916721_1fe650e7f1_zWe’d like to thank Smith Optics for sponsoring Team Group Health during the 2012-13 race season. 

Smith Optics was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first-ever goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam In the early years, founder Dr. Bob Smith, an orthodontist by trade, made goggles by hand using dental tools, foam and glue!

With innovation at its core, Smith Optics went on to become a leader in high performance eyewear and goggles with great innovations such as the Fog-X anti-fog coating, PMT Perforated Membrane Technology lens ventilation system, patented Regulator adjustable lens ventilation system and the most innovative interchangeable lens sunglass available.

And to top it all off: they look great! TGHers are big fans of Smith Optics sunglasses of both their performance and casual lines.

Thank you Smith Optics!

Read more about Smith Optics at www.smithoptics.com

Also follow Smith Optics on Facebook and Twitter.