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

team of the year

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.



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


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

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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

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Washington Women of Cross Festival coming up!


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!


Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

A big thanks to our sponsor Nuun for continuing to sponsor us during the 2012-13 race season.

NuunWhen 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

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