The women of TGH like racing fast and don’t shy away from getting muddy. That’s why so many of us LOVE cyclocross. When Fall comes around, we trade the pavement for the dirt and jump headfirst into
the mud cross racing. So we are excited to help promote the recently-formed Washington Women of Cross (WAWCX) and the group’s goal to promote the sport and get more women on cyclocross bikes.
Coming up on Sunday, August 11, WAWCX will host its first event: the WAWCX Festival and first-ever Women Celebration Race.
Held at Kenmore’s Saint Edward Park, the festival is an invitation for all women to learn about, experience and participate in the sport of cyclocross.
“The goal of the WAWCX Festival is to provide a welcoming environment to inspire, educate, and connect women to the local cyclocross community, cycling community and active women community,” said Kari Studley, event promoter and current Master World and National Cyclocross Champion.
The event will feature:
- Cyclocross expo featuring local bike shops, health and fitness resources, cycling products, and cyclocross bike demo opportunities.
- Women Cyclocross skills clinic for beginner and intermediate experience levels facilitated by local elite women cyclocross racers and teams.
- Cross-A-Thon: a non-competitive cyclocross race simulation experience opportunity for all ages, women and men. All proceeds benefit the Evergreen Washington Student League.
- Mom Category Race: to truly celebrate and recognize women who balance cyclocross with their other life roles, there will be a moms race! Mom categories will be based on age of their oldest child and all proceeds benefit the ultimate WAWCX Mom-of-cross, Sarah Bender and her family.
- Women Celebration Cyclocross Race: USAC-sanction, women-only race races. This is a historic first for cyclocross!
Come join the fun!
A big thanks to our sponsor Nuun for continuing to sponsor us during the 2012-13 race season.
When riding our bikes in training or races, we need more than just water to stay properly hydrated and that’s when many of us reach for Nuun.
A leader in active hydration, Nuun is a great tasting electrolyte-enhanced sports drink that’s available in over a dozen different flavors and contains four necessary electrolytes — sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium – but no sugars and less than 8 calories per tab!
Designed for athletes on the go, Nuun comes in small, quick-dissolving tabs, and the 12-tablet tube is small enough to fit in your jersey pocket. Just drop a tab into your water bottle and you’re good to go for the miles ahead.
Popular with athletes of all kinds, Nuun was named the number one selling sports drink tab in running and outdoor specialty.
To learn more, visit their website at www.nuun.com.
We’d like to thank Beljum Budder for sponsoring us this 2012-13 season, and keeping the ladies comfortable even after hours in the saddle.
For cyclists, few things can ruin a ride quicker than developing chafing or saddle sores. It can not only be painful, but taking time to heal those issues can keep you off the bike. Luckily, Beljum Budder provides maximum protection from chafing and other friction related problems.
Used by some of the biggest names in endurance cycling, Beljum Budder’s highly effective formula contains a unique blend of soothing botanicals, essential vitamins and other ingredients which have been specifically designed to address the lubrication needs of the long distance athlete while eliminating some of the harsh chemicals found in other balms.
Beljum Budder delivers superior performance and comfort when needed yet easily washes clean with soap and water. It’s also paraben-free and fragrance-free!
On June 18, local representatives from Liv/giant stopped by the workplace of Team Group Health racer, Anne-Marije Rook, to personally deliver her new Envie Advanced 1 road bike.
With a mission of introducing women to “a whole new way of living,” Liv/giant is dedicated to providing female cyclists with the best products and resources to help them reach their goals.
Ridden by the world’s best female rider, Marianne Vos, Liv/giant offers a high-end performance line of road, mountain and cyclocross bikes specifically designed for women, with the brand-new Envie topping the line.
The lightweight Envie Advanced frame is handcrafted with Advanced-Grade Composite using AeroSystem Shaping technology. Each tube shape and junction was analyzed with Computational Fluid Dynamics research, wind-tunnel testing and athlete feedback to maximize the overall aerodynamic performance of rider and bike. Other new technologies applied to the Envie Advanced include its proprietary integrated SpeedControl SLR brake system. The composite reverse-position front brake and seatstay-mounted rear brake feature strategic positioning and specially designed trailing edges that help reduce overall wind drag.
As the world’s first true women-specific aerodynamic road bike, the Envie provides a shamelessly fast competitive edge for road races and time trials, and Anne-Marije is stoked to see where this bike will take her.
Since lining up for her first bike race in March 2011, Anne-Marije has raced her bike prolifically, in multiple disciplines, with great results.
Most recently, Anne-Marije took the General Classification at the Capital Stage Race after finishing second in the TT, first in the Crit and third in the road race.
We look forward to see her in action on the new bike!
Learn more about the Liv/giant Envie Advanced Aero Road Bike, here.
Visit liv/giant online at http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/livgiant/
A big congrats to Dreamclinic for winning Best Massage in Seattle 2013 on Citysearch!
This recognition is a testament that Dreamclinic is not only loved by Team Group Health but by everyone who visits them.
Founded on the belief that all people deserve to have health and well-being, and that health and well-being are achievable goals, Dreamclinic makes it their mission to provide services and education that promote a natural approach to health, with massage being an integral component.
With locations in Seattle’s Greenlake and Queen Anne neighborhoods, Dreamclinic offers a range of services including wellness and specialty massage, on-site massage, medical massage, acupuncture and wellness workshops.
Learn more about Dreamclinic by visiting www.dreamclinic.com.
We had a record number of 29 racers representing TGH at the 24 Hour Round the Clock mountain bike race in Spokane over Memorial Day weekend – five five-person teams, one solo, one duo and one racer racing on a co-ed team.
It was a lot of laps and a lot of fun!
One of our five-person teams even made the podium. Team Tired, Gritty but Happy (TGH) consisting of Lisa Coyne, Ellie Booher, Ellen Ruotsala, Sarah Atwood and Anne-Marije Rook completed 20 laps for a third place finish.
We’d like to thank KEEN for continuing to sponsor Team Group Health during the 2012-13 race season, and providing us with stylish race bags and comfortable footwear to support our active lifestyles.
With a mission to create, play, and care, KEEN supports the “HybridLife” – the active life of splitting one’s time between work, play and giving back.
With HybridLife as their mantra, KEEN is committed to create solutions in their product and business practices that enable you to play anyplace at any time. They promise to care for one another and the world around them, and invite you to join them in putting on a pair of KEEN shoes, socks or a bag and dive headfirst into living a HybridLife.
On a hike in the woods, at the waterfront or at work, Team Group Health members are proud ambassadors of KEEN Footwear and their HybridLife attitude.
We’d like to thank Clif Bar & Company for continuing to make sure we’re properly fueled with delicious and sustainable food on-the-go.
A leader among organic energy and nutrition foods, Clif Bar is a company that started on a bike ride and aims to provide customers with a better energy bar that’s sustainable for the planet, the community and its people.
You can support Clif Bar’s commitment to bike advocacy and the fight against climate change by replacing your car trips with bike rides and log your trips in the 2 Mile Challenge.
With a variety of products for active adults and children, Clif gels, blocks, electrolyte drinks and protein bars keep us fueled on and off the bike.
Thank you, Clif Bar!
Real Rehab Physical Therapy and Real Performance Athlete Specialty Services is a full service physical therapy clinic that specializes in the care of endurance athletes.
With services such as PT manual therapy, VO2 testing, metabolic testing, pedal analysis/spin scan, custom foot orthotics and bike fits, Real Rehab helps athletes recover from injuries and reach their full potential.
Team Group Health’s own Izette Swan is a physical therapist at Real Rehab, and she’s helped many team members with their aches and pains over the years.
For more information about Real Rehab/Real Perfomance and to schedule a visit, please find their website at www.realrehab.com.
Members of Team Group Health came out to support bicycling education programs at the annual Cascade Bicycle Club Bike to Work Breakfast.
With a mission to create a better community through bicycling, Cascade Bicycle Club envisions an inclusive, diverse and accepting community where people of all ages and backgrounds bicycle to work, to get around, for fun and for health. And for the past ten years, our title sponsor, The Group Health Cooperative, has financially supported many of Cascade’s events and education programs.
At the fundraising event, we were treated to a tasty breakfast and interesting speakers including Washington State governor Jay Inslee.