Look who our TGHers ran into at Sea Otter!

TGHers Sharon, Jadine and Karen with world champion (and Liv-sponsored) Marianne Vos.

TGHers Sharon, Jadine and Karen with world champion (and Liv-sponsored) Marianne Vos.

 

Group Health to sponsor 15 bike share stations

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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.

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Remembering Ellie

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                                          Ellie stopping for hugs from her boys

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.

 

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IVRR: Wet but successful!

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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: AAAWrench Bicycle WorkshopBeljum Brands – Beljum BudderCascade Bike TrainersCenter CycleClif BarDreamclinicGroup HealthKEEN FootwearnuunTutta BellaArbonne – Mindy Ziffren-Hall1031 Services, IncReflect Sports,  Recycled CyclesUdderly Smooth, Speedy ReedyRainy Day BikingSigma SportSmith OpticsWomo Designs and more!

Thank you all for playing. We hope to see you again next year!

 

Real Rehab is moving April 21st

RealRehabOur wonderful sponsor, Real Rehab Physical Therapy, has announced they’ll be moving into a new space on Monday, April 21.

The new space, located at 9725 3rd Avenue Northeast, boasts over three times the current square footage, including a larger gym space, more treatment rooms and restrooms.
With this move, Real Rehab will continue to provide the highest quality in physical therapy, while expanding their specialty services including group classes, sports performance assessments and training, metabolic testing, bike services and more.

We’re super excited for Real Rehab and look forward to seeing the new space!

 

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!