CBRC VP Liz Lukowski and Paula McConnell, two local women actively involved in cycling, create and plan VeloHello, the Capital District’s Girl Meets Bike Event to encourage women to try road, urban or mountain biking.
Albany, New York, April 23, 2010 – - Liz Lukowski and Paula McConnell, two local women passionate about cycling, are as different in person as their bikes are on the road. Liz, a fast road and cyclocross racer, and Paula, a “cargonista,” or cargo biker, often wonder why women are not well-represented in the sport of cycling. So rather than complaining, the two women decided to break down the barriers that keep women away from bicycles and created VeloHello, the fun, informative and woman- friendly cycling event. Kicking off Friday, April 30 at the Downtube Cycle Works in Albany with a fashion show, mini-workshops and party, the event continues on Saturday, May 1 at the Boor Sculpture Studio on the University at Albany campus with workshops, a glamour photo-shoot (with bike) and much more. Sunday will close VeloHello with an opportunity to participate in the Saratoga Spa Criterium.
“Biking with the ‘boys’ is challenging and fun, but sisterhood is nurturing and inspiring. I thought it would great to create an event, and hopefully a movement, where women can connect in a powerful way through cycling,” explains Ms. Lukowski. The local cycling community have long recognized this need and have stepped up to assist. “We could not have pulled this off without the help of the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club, Albany Bicycle Coalition, Team Luna Chix New York, and especially the Capital Bicycle Racing Club,” said Ms. Lukowski. The two women were fortunate to find many sponsors in the bicycle industry that agree and that have offered support. Terry Precision Cycling, The Downtube Cycle Works, Planet Bike, Go Girl, Bern Helmets, and many others are sponsoring VeloHello and the mission of “Girl Meets Bike.” Ms. McConnell, an employee at the Downtube Cycle Works, is amazed at the overwhelming response from her colleagues locally and across the industry. Ms. McConnell said, “We even have an invitation to take VeloHello to Chicago!”
VeloHello, The Capital District’s Girl Meets Bike Event, begins Friday, April 30, 2010, at the Downtube Cycle Works in Albany, New York with a party from 6-9 P.M. The cocktail party will feature product giveaways, a fashion show, a bicycle fit demonstration and several mini-workshops on cycling skills. There is no charge for the Friday evening event. On Saturday, May 1, 2010, The Art Department of the University at Albany will be host to workshops in bicycle mechanics, mountain, and urban biking; and a glamour photo shoot highlighting the participants and their bicycles. Racers from CBRC will be teaching road racing skills and leading a practice ride. A bag lunch and product samples will be provided. The fee for the Saturday events is $30.00; registration is required. Women who are interested in participating in the Saratoga Spa criterium are eligible for a discounted registration fee of $15.00. For more information, please visit www.velohello.com.
Space is limited, so register now!
Kits are in! With only a few minor oopsies (which I’ll straighten out ASAP), I have the clothing you ordered if you placed your order before the January 29 deadline. Orders placed after that time will be bundled with the next order, which we’ll probably place mid-summer. Note that, just like last year, socks and caps will be slightly delayed, as they are produced separately. I’ll keep you updated.
I’ll be distributing kits on Wednesday night before the “smackdown” ride for the next few weeks (except next week, when I’ll be doing so on Thursday, April 22, at the Park & Ride in Delmar). I’ll plan to arrive around 5 pm. If you can’t make it in person, please let me know in advance if you have made arrangements for someone who is riding on Wednesday to get your stuff.
IMPORTANT, LATE-BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT: we are doing a second clothing order starting right now (instead of late June as we had planned). Deadline for this one will be Monday, May 10. That should leave enough production and shipping time so that those who missed out on the first round will have new kits before (or at) Balloonfest. If you missed the first deadline and your order didn’t make it into the first shipment, you’ll be all set in the second order. If you want additional stuff, head to Bikereg any time in the next three weeks and go nuts.
Our goal is to improve the fitness, skill and teamwork of our members, at continually higher levels of competition, and to promote camaraderie and the growth of the sport of bicycle racing throughout New York’s Capital Region.
Felt is the maker of the world’s most aerodynamic time trial bike, the DA, and produces a full line of road racing bikes, cyclocross bikes, mountain bikes and fitness bikes. Having started out as a custom frame builder for elite cyclists and triathletes during the early 1990s, Felt has a long history of supporting racers with the most high tech, high performance equipment available.
Along with supporting CBRC in 2010, Felt also sponsors the Garmin-Transitions Pro Tour team, and a number of elite triathletes and mountain bikers.
CK Cycles has been a mainstay of the Capital District cycling scene since the early 20th Century. Originally located in downtown Albany, the store moved to its present location on Central Avenue in the 1960s, when it became the first Schwinn Concept store in the United States. CK has a long history of supporting racers in all disciplines and every ability level, and presently carries high performance equipment from Felt, Mavic, Giro and a host of other performance brands. Famous for his mechanical prowess, store owner Jeff Pepper is happy to be supporting CBRC as it campaigns for glory through the 2010 road and cyclocross seasons.
For more information on the team support package, please contact me at email@example.com.
If you haven’t already placed your clothing order, please be sure to do so by this Friday, 1/29.
Go to bikereg.com now to renew membership and order clothing: http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9712
Anything you order by Friday will be here mid March. If demand necessitates it, we’ll do another order in the Summer for cross clothing, but there’s no guarantee that that will happen if we d0n’t have enough people placing orders. To be safe, I suggest ordering whatever you think you may need for road AND cross season before this Friday.
If you have any questions shoot me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
These rides are not organized by CBRC or any other cycling organization. None the less, I would like to remind everyone to engage in safe riding practices. Defensive riding can be the difference between a nice ride and a tragedy. Especially in winter riding scenarios where drivers do not expect to encounter cyclists, it is absolutely critical that our groups ride in as safe and as predictable a fashion as possible.
The Johnny Cake Lane 3-race series results are in. Thanks to all who came out and especially our intrepid team of plucky volunteers. You’re the reason this event is so successful each year.
Are you planning to race 10-15 times this year?
Are you interested in racing with an organized, dedicated group or racers?
Yes?! Then you belong on the CBRC Team.