It’s hard to believe but road season is just about over. This means that fall is just around the corner and so are indoor trainer workouts. Luckily, we have Cascade Bicycle Trainers as our sponsor, allowing us to train year-round, no matter the weather!
With a goal to be an industry leader, Cascade Bike Trainers provide innovative products that are affordable, easy to use and are guaranteed to 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.
Learn more about Center Cycle on their website, www.cascadebiketrainers.com/
We are so stoked to have Center Cycle as a sponsor of Team Group Health this 2013-14 race season, and not just because they let us host team parties in their shop!
Around since 1974, Center Cycle is a Renton-based store with helpful staff, great service and massive inventory. They also offer expert bike fits and are a wonderful supporter of women’s racing.
Whether you’re looking for your kid’s first bike or your next racing bike, you’ll find it (and matching accessories) at Center Cycle.
A big Thank You to our sponsor Dreamclinic for supporting us yet another year.
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.
The ladies of TGH know that massages are a great way to recover from a hard day in the saddle, and the staff of Dreamclinic are some of the best in Seattle? In fact, Dreamclinic was awarded Best Massage in Seattle 2013 on Citysearch – a testament that Dreamclinic by everyone who visits them.
To schedule your next massage, buy a gift certificate or simply learn more, visit www.dreamclinic.com.
TGH is out in full force at road and mountain bike races throughout the state and getting some great results, including three wins at state championships!
Back in April, Jadine Riley became the 2014 Masters State Champion by beating the Cat 1/2 competition at the Olympic View Road Race — the identified WSBA Master State Championship.
Then on June 14, TGH showed up looking for some hardware at the WSBA State Championship Road Race in Bellingham.
Lisa Coyne successfully outsprinting her Cat 3 competitors as did Anne-Marije Rook in the Cat 1/2 field to take home the state champion titles.
TGH president, Karen Wilkinson, was interviewed on CTS TV’s Joes vs Pros segment on completing ATOC while her son, Steve Fisher, races with the Jelly belly team:
Our awesome club president, Karen Wilkinson is currently is California, riding the Amgen Tour of California. The only woman riding all the stages of the ATOC this year!
Here’s a quick Q & A with Karen after the first two stages:
- Tell us, what exactly are you doing at ATOC?
I am doing the Tour of California Race Experience, which is one of the bucket list events through Carmichael Training Systems. I am here with 16 men, Chris Carmichael, CTS coaches, four mechanics and four soigneurs. We ride all the stages leaving with a 3-4 hour head start and need to be off the course before the pro peleton catches us. We stay in the hotels along with the pro cycling teams and eat breakfast and dinner with them. They make us travel like them also, with our one suitcase and race bag each day. Each day ends with a massage and dinner/team meeting. The rides are supported with a follow car for neutral support. And after we finish each stage, we get to hang out in the VIP tent to watch the finish of each stage.
- That seems like quite a feat, what possessed you to do it?
I had a very hard year with career change, etc and decided I needed to do something big. [My husband] Dave and I were planning to go watch a few stages of the race if [my son Steve Fisher] got selected to race for Team Jelly Belly. When I started researching about pre-riding some stages, I found the bucket list application. I applied figuring they would just laugh but they called me to set up my interview and before I really thought about how hard it would be, they had offered me a spot.
- What are your goals?
My main goal is to finish every stage and not have to get put into the sag vehicle for being too slow. Second goal is to get stronger on my climbing ability. Third goal is to keep up with some of the men. I am the second oldest rider however so that is a challenge. So far do good though as I finished with six of them.
- Is it more exciting for you to be able to ride ATOC or to watch your son compete in it?
So far it has been really exciting to watch Steve as he is racing with some amazing pros like Wiggins, Sagen, Cavendish, Phinny, etc
- Hows it going to so far?
The first day was the longest day with 127 miles in heat and wind. Today was somewhat a rest day as we just rode 25 miles to the 12 mile TT. Stage 3 is probably the hardest day as it is the KOM day with two mountains for almost 11,000 feet of climbing with the forecast of 98 degrees. Stage six is another mountain top finish after 11,700 ft of climbing.
“View looking down from top of Mount Diablo waiting for the pros to come up. I made it up both climb for 108 miles and over 10,000 feet of climbing. They announced I was the only woman to ride the stage up and the noise of the thousands of people banging on the fencing and cheering was unreal. It took every last ounce of me to stay upright and not fall off my bike for the last 200 meters that was at a 19 percent grade!”
Karen, we are so proud of you! Go get ‘em, girl!
Good news today from our title sponsor! Group Health today announced that they’ll sponsor 15 bike share stations in the Capitol Hill and South lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. Puget Sound Bike Share is hoping to roll out Seattle’s first bike share system later this year and Group Health jumped aboard to help make it happen.
Group Health has thousands of employees spread across four facilities between the Capitol Hill and South Lake Union neighborhoods, who will surely benefit from having a bike share docking station nearby.
“Lending our support for these bike stations makes sense for numerous reasons,” stated Matt Handley, MD, medical director of Quality for Group Health and an avid cyclist.
“Not only does Group Health have a long history of supporting health and wellness – including through community programs and sponsorships – but as a large health provider that draws thousands of people to Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle and South Lake Union, our support of the Puget Sound Bike Share stations is one way Group Health can help put fewer cars on the road at any given time. This has health, environmental and economic benefits for the entire community and contributes to our Commute Trip Reduction efforts.”
The first phase of Seattle’s bike share network will include 50 docking stations and 500 bikes spread across South Lake Union, Downtown, Capitol Hill and the University District.
Additional local companies, including Vulcan, REI, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Spectrum Development Solutions have also signed up to sponsor bike share stations.
Learn more about Seattle bike share program at pugetsoundbikeshare.org.
This weekend we were shocked by the news that former teammate Ellie Booher passed away on Friday after being injured in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in British Columbia.
Every memory we have of Ellie involves her smiling and trying something new. And usually winning at it.
When she joined Team Group Health in the fall of 2012, she jumped right into cyclocross and even ended up winning the State Champion title in her category that year.
When we talked her into doing the 24 hour mountain bike race in Spokane, we put her on the “A” team. Despite her vintage mountain bike, she helped the team finish on the podium. After (and sometimes during) each of her laps, her support crew of husband Chris and sons Jackson and Conrad were there cheering for Mommy. The hugs and laughter flowed freely.
Ellie had an inspiring way of balancing family and life. Instead of taking time away from her family to pursue her athletic goals, she brought them along and made it a family outing. It was so fun watching her lead her kids around a cyclocross course, carrying both their bikes and her own over the barriers. And, of course, always smiling.
Thanks to everyone who came out to race or support Independence Valley Road Race in March. Our 9th annual event was yet another success.
Despite the torrential rain that moved through the area all day, there was great competition, a wonderful crew of volunteers and very few crashes. And TGH riders managed to snag a podium spot in every women’s category, too!
We’d like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to all the wonderful sponsors, volunteers and race organizers who help make this race one of the best ones in the region.
Thank you 2014 TGH Independence Valley Road Race sponsors: AAA, Wrench Bicycle Workshop, Beljum Brands – Beljum Budder, Cascade Bike Trainers, Center Cycle, Clif Bar, Dreamclinic, Group Health, KEEN Footwear, nuun, Tutta Bella, Arbonne – Mindy Ziffren-Hall, 1031 Services, Inc, Reflect Sports, Recycled Cycles, Udderly Smooth, Speedy Reedy, Rainy Day Biking, Sigma Sport, Smith Optics, Womo Designs and more!
Thank you all for playing. We hope to see you again next year!