Competition is good for you and the sport of bike racing. Why? Well, imagine how boring it would all be if we showed up on the same team? It also helps promote more events, sponsors, and bike-related activities. There is only so much one team can cover. Most local amateur bike racing teams are not owned and operated by someone that focuses solely on bike racing all day. Typically they are either bike-shop sponsored or company sponsored teams with a very few that are individually owned. In other words: most team owners and managers have a day job.
What makes being a part of a team so great and why shouldn’t a person just race as an independent? I hadn’t really given it much thought before – but a couple months ago I was given clarity.
There are those who prefer not to do anything but ride their two-wheeled freedom machine for various reasons… Perhaps they don’t feel qualified to clean, lube, check the chain, wipe down the bike, clean the brakes, and so forth. Maybe there’s a significant other that excels at that sort of stuff. Or, perhaps they don’t like to get dirty – whatever it is: these folks are missing out on an important part of bike bonding.
In general, I like pink.
As a color: I wear pink to work, casually, and so forth. I have a mild exception to being draped entirely in pink (because I’m quite tall and don’t wish to look like a giant pink flamingo). I have my fair share of pink hues in my closet and I’m not afraid to use them! However: when it comes to cycling kits I absolutely loathe pink. As a matter of fact, I am only recently reluctantly embracing a smidge of pink in my life for my women’s development racing team. (Whom I think the world of!) Like I said, I’m not a pink hater, but when it comes to cycling…
Sorry Ladies: pinky-poo girly cycling kits make me gag.
H-Town Bikin’ Babes! This article is for you ladies that believe in pedal power and pushing the limits! After all: Houston may just have the very best group of local competitive cycling chics, ever. To some: Houston might be a ‘pit’, but it’s a damn cool place for a ‘Hellhole’ (to quote Jeff Blake: thanks for the article!). Other areas in this great state of Texas don’t necessarily enjoy the same comradery in ladies competitive cycling. I’m not just saying that because I live here either. I’m saying that because it true – but it wasn’t always that way.
Every now and then my husband and I will just go down a road or take a route on a whim. Ride somewhere new to find out when the roads less traveled will take us. Oftentimes it’s a great experience and sometimes: we learn something – even if it’s “don’t do that again!”
Whatever it is, if approached from the right perspective of adventure – an experience out of the norm can be rewarding for just being something new. Nothing ventured – nothing gained, as the saying goes.
It was in the spirit of adventure that I tried out something that I haven’t tried yet: Track Cycling.
A Sidebar Story…
This week, thanks to my experiences with getting outside of my comfort zone during the weekend riding a fixed gear track bike with no brakes and surviving; I set my intention to become more accepting and curious with being outside of my ‘box’… to be accepting with being slightly uncomfortable from time to time. Because I believe in Living Intentionally and with self-awareness: I decided to see how I felt and to try things, even small things, which might be different than I am accustomed to. This is a big deal! Most of us humans are creatures of habit and routine by necessity as our brains need a break instead of being in constant semi-fight or flight mode.
You would think that it’s obvious – women are not physically the same as men. However, during my cycling career I have noticed an appalling lack of female-focused training programs, diet plans, competitive athlete information, or even decent saddles.