Sunday, January 8, 2017

Avanell wins her age group at the CX National Championships!!

The best news of 2017 so far? Avanell wins the 30 - 35 Women's Age-grade National Championship Cyclocross Race. 

Here are the best pictures I found highlighting her big win! 
Thanks to and VA Gazette for the great images. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Racing at Nationals

by Samantha McKinnon 
The pinnacle of most cyclists’ seasons, regardless of discipline, are the national championships. These national events entertain athletes of all levels over the course of several days. Oftentimes, the location for these events change yearly, or every two years, presenting completely different courses that suit different abilities. For all cycling disciplines except for road, there are races for all categories at the events: from the 9-10 year olds, to the pro field. For road cycling nationals, however, they break up the categories into three separate nationals: professional, masters, and amateur. 

As of now, I have attended 5 cycling national championships (4 road and 1 cyclocross), and will be attending my 6th nationals this winter. From a young age, I always made an effort to get to these events, as it was the only place where I would have a large quantity of competition. Since I grew up going to these events and have centered my seasons around them for years, I always thought that it was odd when people either didn’t know that the national championships existed, or voiced that they were frightened to compete there. However, I can see where they are coming from. If you approach the national championships solely hoping to earn a spot on the podium or come out on top, then this would be an extremely nerve wracking time. If you have never been to a cycling national championship, then you may think that this is all there is to it: race your bike and try to win the stars and stripes. But what actually goes on is quite different. These races are often accompanied by amazing vendors, sometimes comedic commentary, and if you know people who are also attending, then it becomes a fun time to see friends who you would not normally see. Of course, you also compete in some of the toughest races of the year, but that is overshadowed by the fantastic courses and relaxed atmosphere. Also, the courses are often what you could call “spectators’ courses,” which is great for watching the races, hanging out with friends, or meeting new people. 
I strongly feel that all cyclists should attend national championships. There is no other place where you can compete against as big or as strong of a field, see as many people, or have as good of a time. You are also able to learn so much and can come out of the races as a totally different and more tactical rider, which makes the whole experience priceless. And who knows! If you do well, you may catch the eye of USA cycling or some sponsors! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Cross is Coming!

Also referred to as "Cross" & "CX"...
Avanell on the barrier
Avanell pushing hard
If you are looking for some fall bike racing check out the Virginia Cycling Association's cyclocross calendar. Cycloscross is a circuit race that takes place on varied terrain and includes some obstacles, read more about this type of racing here. You can use a cross bike or a mountain bike to participate. If you are not ready to race, check one of the races out, they are also a lot of fun to watch. Look for the Mermaid team out there if you do go, we have a few really great CX athletes. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Build your Skills with the Mermaid Team!!

New Women's Training Ride!!

We are super excited about Shamrock Criterium on March 12 at Redwing Park (part of the VA Cycling BAR Series), it means the start of the road racing season in Virginia  and we love to race. We are so excited that we are inviting women to come out on Sundays and ride with us from Valentines day until Shamrock Crit. We will help you build on the skills you already have and get ready for a great season of cycling.

This ride is perfect for you if you are one of the following types of rider:

  1. You know the basics of group riding (including drafting) and are comfortable riding for 1 - 1.5 hours, but want to improve your skills riding with others. 
  2. You are new to road and crit races and you need to build racing specific skills. 
  3. You are a cat 3/4 cyclist with some experience racing but want to refresh those race skills before race-day. 
When?  Sunday February  21, 28 and March 6
Time? 1:30 PM to catch that mid-day sun 
How to join? Feel free to just show up, but if you want to text and let us know you are coming we will be glad to know in advance. 757-27-9366. 
What about bad weather? If the weather looks bad we will let you know on the team's facebook page if we are riding or not, just check it before you come over! 

See you there!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Shamrock Crit Registration Opens Wednesday!

Register starting on Wednesday on Bikereg

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