On Tuesday, Feb. 12, around a 150 Washington residents traveled to Olympia to advocate for transportation choices. Some traveled as far as 250 miles to tell their representatives and senators to allocate funding for transit, walking and bicycling in their transportation budget.
While state legislators see lobbyists every single day, they really want to hear from us — their constituents and neighbors. Transportation Advocacy Day was our chance to talk directly with our elected state representatives and speak out in support of a balanced transportation budget that promotes bicycling, walking, transit, rail, carpooling and more.
Members of Team Group Health were present to advocate for bicycling. We spent the day learning about the policies and bills up for discussion, meeting with transportation advocacy groups and talking to our legislators.
We’d like to extend a BIG thank you to Buck and Greg from Wrench Bicycle Workshop for coming aboard and sponsoring us this 2012-13 race season.
Bringing almost 30 years of combined bicycle mechanic experience to the work bench, Buck and Greg are eager to provide an unprecedented level of service and attention to detail.
Conveniently located along Seattle’s top bike-commute route, 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 get you to work. Heck, they will even come to your house to pick up your bike and return it to you when the repair is done!
With their expert service and fantastic customer service, we are happy to leave our steeds in their trusty hands!
Learn more about Wrench by visiting their website at wrenchbw.com/
Rainbow jersey hopefuls from across the globe are converging on Louisville, KY for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships. This is the first time ever that the Masters, U23 and Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships are all being held outside of Europe, and we’re excited that we’ve got five Team Group Health women competing at the Masters World Championships.
TGH’s Ellen Ruotsala will be the first to go as she ‘ll be racing in the 30-34 age category on Thursday afternoon. Karen Wilkinson will follow early Friday morning in the 50-54 age category; and Jadine Riley, Marsa Daniel and Amanda McNabb will keep each other company in the 35-39 race also on Friday morning.
Good luck, Ladies!!!
Seattle winters are cold, gray and wet, and sometimes, going outside is the last thing we want to do. So we turn to indoor bike training.
Bike trainers are a highly valuable tool year-round. Not only are they a great option when temperatures drop and roads get hazardous, trainer rides are time-efficient and a great way to warm up before a race.
Cascade Bike Trainers have made it their goal is to lead, not follow – with innovative products that are affordable, easy to use and improve functional fitness. With over 25 years of experience in this industry, they are passionate about the belief that staying fit can help people live happier, healthier lives.
So whether you are training for a cycling event or just want to stay in great cycling shape, Cascade offers three high performance bike trainers that are easy to use, quiet and extremely stable. Designed to be a great value, Cascade Bike trainers deliver high quality features at a lower price than leading competitors.
Learn more about Cascade Bike Trainers by visiting www.cascadebiketrainers.com.
We’d like to thank Dreamclinic for continuing to sponsor Team Group Health during the 2012-13 race season.
One of the best ways to recover from hard riding is a good massage, and with two locations, great staff and professional services, Dreamclinic is a great place to go
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.
Dreamclinic is not only loved by Team Group Health but by everyone who visits them. Dreamclinic is frequently voted in the Best Of rankings by Seattle Magazine, Evening Magazine, City Search, Allure and more. 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’d like to thank Center Cycle for coming onboard and sponsoring Team Group Health for the 2012-13 race season.
Center Cycle has been a Renton community asset since 1974, introducing and re-introducing thousands of people to the joy of cycling.
Located just one block north of IKEA on Lind Avenue SW, Center Cycle is a massive store with a vast inventory. Yet their helpful staff is determined to bring special attention and detail to each purchase or repair.
Their trained technicians also offer the Specialized BG FIT, a complete bicycle fitting system that can help all types of riders ride more efficiently and comfortably.
A contingent of nine Team Group Health riders traveled down to Bend, Ore, this past weekend for the USGP Deschutes Brewery Cup.
We had strong showings in the OBRA amateur races, with multiple Top 10 finishes and one win.
Weekend Top 10s:
1st Marsa Daniel
7th Anne Marije Rook
9th Jess Scott
Jadine Riley was 18th in a coed field and 1st woman
10th Jess Scott
Jadine Riley was 23rd in a coed field and 1st woman
After racing, we got a chance to watch and learn from the best as the pro racers competed in the final races of the USGP series. Some of us even got a chance to talk to Katerina Nash, winner of both Deschutes Cup races, and overall series winner, Georgia Gould.
The WA State Cx Championships took place in Arlington on Sunday. While the fields were small, it was awesome to see so much teal and chartreuse out there.
Here are the Top 10s:
1. Congrats to our new Cat 4 WA State Cx Champion, Ellie Booher!
2. Carla Brock
3. Clare Osborn (in her second ever race. And she was smiling and laughing the entire time!)
5. Adrienne Moore
6. Caylen Beaty
7. Andrea Imler
6. Tricia Sandstrom
6. Karen Wilinson
9. Lisa Coyne
8. Anne-Marije Rook
9. Ellen Ruotsala
We once again like to give a big thanks to our title sponsor, Group Health!
For the past nine years we’ve worn their name proudly and we’re so happy we get to continue to do so.
The Group Health Cooperative, commonly known as Group Health, is a Seattle-based nonprofit healthcare organization that is consumer-governed. Established in 1947, it today provides coverage and care for about 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. Recognizing that 1-in-3 Washington residents owns a bicycle, Group Health supports cycling through event sponsorship and promotion of bicycle safety as part of their long-standing commitment to the well-being of the community.
By wearing their name and logo while we’re training, racing, and participating in community events, we help Group Health reach their goals to raise public awareness of the health benefits of an active lifestyle.
We’d like to thank Group Health for their generosity and for sharing our vision to enhance the sport of women in cycling.
The Seattle Cyclocross series ended with a double-points finale in Monroe, Wash. on Sunday, Nov. 25. It was once again a successful day for team Group Health with Ellie Booher taking the Cat 4 win, Jadine Riley finishing first in the Single Speed category, and many other Top 10 finishes. We’ve had one of the biggest TGH turnouts yet this cross season with many podium finishes.
Some of our strongest racers were celebrated on Monday evening at the Season-End Party at Elysian Field in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Series podium finishers were awarded cowbell medals and bags of swag, and the overall winners were also presented with a Series Winner jersey.
Our SCX Series winners (five deep) are:
1st Carla Brock
2nd Adrienne Moore
5th Kelly Purnell
5th Lori Sledge
1st Jadine Riley
1st Marsa Daniel