Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
I'm pretty excited about our 2014 Velo Girls club kit! We've juiced up our colors to design a super high-visibility kit by Pactimo. You can order on-line now through Monday, April 7th and all orders will be shipped directly to you by Pactimo for delivery in early May.
We're offering the Summit Pro Women's Short Sleeve Jersey, the Continental Women's Sleeveless Jersey, the Ascent Pro Women's Bib Shorts, the Ascent Women's Shorts, and the Evergreen Lightweight Wind Vest (unisex).
The Summit Pro jersey and Evergreen vest offer reflective piping for additional visibility. And I can't say enough about the chamois in the Ascent bibs. I've ridden these bibs on multiple Death Rides (124 miles with 15,000' of climbing) and on the 3-day 375-mile La Vuelta Puerto Rico and they are hands-down some of the most comfortable women's clothing I've ever worn.
All orders are custom made for YOU so make sure to refer to the sizing charts to order the correct size as there are no returns or exchanges.
Click on over to the Pactimo store and order your 2014 Velo Girls club kit today!
|2014 Velo Girls club jersey|
Friday, February 21, 2014
Everybody loves a little contest, right? Well, we need your help in the CityVoter Best of the Bay (aka Bay Area A List) Readers' Poll. Once again, Velo Girls has been nominated as the Best Sports + Social Club category. We've won this contest in the past and are currently sitting in 3rd place, so please, click on over and vote!
With just over a week to go, YOUR vote could make the difference between being a winner and being a wiener!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The online store is open now and will remain open through February 25th. Orders will be delivered at the end of March -- just in time for the Cinderella Classic on April 5th.
|Evergreen Unisex Wind Vest|
|Ascent Pro Women's Bib Shorts|
|Summit Pro Women's Short Sleeve Jersey|
You'll find our on-line Pactimo store here: http://order.pactimo.com/teams/velo_girls
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
|Alyson + Lorri at the Golden Gate Bridge|
|The Christmas Orphans at Fisherman's Wharf|
Monday, December 9, 2013
I've had breathing issues my entire life. I was born with pneumonia. I was told I was weak and fragile and had bad lungs. I never participated in sports (although I could somehow play the oboe). I had childhood allergies (never defined, but treated with prescription medications) and exercise-induced asthma. And then, as an adult, I smoked cigarettes for nearly a decade. Not the makings of a cyclist, but somehow, I found myself on the bike.
When I got serious about cycling, I visited the pulmonologist, who confirmed that I'm allergic to just about everything in the world, that I have temperature- and exercise-induced asthma, and early signs of COPD. But, I wanted to race my bike, so I endured years of allergy shots (treating environmental allergies but not food allergies), allergy medications to counter the symptoms, and an inhaler to clear my lungs. But never did this doctor recommend that I eliminate allergens from my environment.
A few years ago, I started working with a different allergist, who recommended I remove all allergens from my environment. This included eliminating certain foods, my dog (I couldn't do it), carpet, and covering my bed and pillows in anti-allergen cases. I do the best I can.
The foods were the easiest to eliminate (although this takes very conscious decision-making, especially if eating in a restaurant). My home is as allergen-free as I can make it. I struggle when traveling (motel rooms are filled with allergens like dust, dust mites, and mold) and mountain biking can aggravate my allergies to grasses and trees. But all in all, I've been able to relieve my symptoms by making some lifestyle changes.
Interestingly enough, when I removed my food allergens from my diet, amazing things changed in my health. My immune system seemed to improve, maybe because it wasn't constantly being stressed by my diet. My lungs were stronger (proven through breathing tests). I no longer needed to use an inhaler for cycling, except in very cold temperatures. My weight stabilized. My energy increased as did my sleep quality and my mood. I no longer suffered headaches and a stuffy head. My skin cleared up and the hives that had plagued me for many years disappeared. And my recovery time on the bike improved dramatically.
So, why am I happy to have food allergies?
- I learned to cook. My most significant food allergy is wheat. Wheat is in everything, not only obvious foods like bread and pasta, but also hidden in things like salad dressings and sauces. To eliminate wheat, I needed to learn how to prepare foods from scratch.
- I learned about great foods I had never tried before. When I first started eating wheat-free, the gluten-free trend wasn't popular and GF foods were not readily available. So rather than substituting GF bread or pasta for regular bread or pasta, I substituted other foods. I discovered corn (tortillas, polenta, chips) and I embraced the humble potato.
- I became acutely aware of what I'm putting into my body. I rarely ate pre-packaged foods, but when I did, I learned to read labels and evaluate the ingredients. I also started to pay attention to how I felt after eating certain foods. Did my energy level spike or drop after eating? Did I feel full? How did I feel the next day?
Because I'm also sensitive to oats (and many times oats are contaminated by wheat), I had to find a substitute for my favorite breakfast food -- oatmeal. After some research, I decided to experiment with quinoa. While many consider quinoa a grain, it's actually a seed, very high in micro-nutrients and is a complete protein. Quinoa is high in calcium, magnesium, and iron, and is a valuable source of fiber. It can be cooked in much the same way you would cook rice and can be prepared as a cereal, a pasta, or added to other foods (like salad) to give nutritional value and texture. All hail the super-food quinoa!
I thought I'd share my favorite breakfast. It's pretty easy and very filling. It keeps my energy levels super-high and it's really yummy.
Caveat, I like texture foods (and this is no exception). I like crunchy peanut butter; not creamy. I prefer a smoothie to juicing. I like chunky soups. I like Almond Joy (not Mounds) and peanut M&Ms (not plain). I'd rather eat food with a crunch than those that are smooth. And my breakfast is no exception.
I prepare this in the rice cooker but it can also be prepared on the stove. It takes 20-30 minutes to cook so you can set it and shower or pump up your tires or walk your dog.
Lorri's Happy Morning Crunchy Breakfast Quinoa (approximately 600 calories):
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
1/4 cup quinoa
half an apple (cubed, skin on)
handful of raisins
cinnamon to taste
1 1/2 cup water
raw coconut flakes
Coat your rice cooker with coconut oil. Add quinoa, apple, raisins, cinnamon, and water and cook.
When cooked, add coconut milk, coconut flakes, chia seed, and sunflower seeds to taste.
Enjoy your day!
|the main ingredients|
|ready to go in the rice cooker|
|the finished product!|
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Whether you were out fighting the Black Friday crowds or plan to shop small + local for Small Business Saturday, I wanted to share a special discount with all our Savvy Bike clients + fans.
The 2014 Savvy Bike calendar has been published and you can register on-line for all of our camps, clinics, and bike fit. And now through Monday, December 2nd, you can save 20% by using promotional code SBS.
Here's a preview of what's on tap for the coming year. Holiday shopping couldn't be any easier!
Bike Skills 201 – Climbing + Descending Skills sponsored by Jan Medina Real Estate – Feb 8th, Mar 15th, Apr 26th, May 31st, Jul 13th, Aug 17th, Sep 13th, Oct 18th
Bike Touring 101 – May 17th – 18th, Oct 4th – 5th