by Arleigh Jenkins from Bike Shop Girl
Moxie Cycling is partnering with chic women cyclists to bring you tips, stories and healthy recipes via our blog. Arleigh Jenkins, founder of the website Bike Shop Girl, has more than twelve years of bike industry experience, is currently a pro level bike mechanic living in Denver, CO and has shared her best advice on how to approach training when you are looking ahead to a new race season.
July is a month of excitement in the bicycle world: The Tour de France is streaming multiple times a day, summer hours may be letting you get outside more and maybe you have kids that are out for the summer and can go on bike adventures. When you are training year-round, this is also a time of year that you may be taking a rest period to gear up for the race-heavy months of August and September.
For me, July is one of planning for the future; July 1st is historically the start of cyclocross training for races that start in late September. I’m starting to switch over to my slow-and-steady training efforts, which means putting the brakes on most of the high-intensity efforts that I have been doing for mountain bike racing.
What we love this week // Is your helmet Plain Jane or City Chic?
Because it was absolutely beautiful last night, the Moxie crew decided to innovate and take our meeting from the traditional café to an on-the-go 15 mile ride circling Uptown and Hopkins. Despite the bike path being busier than normal because of the weather, the ride felt really good. Alex however, one of the Moxie men, had to suffer through 5 miles on flat tires before we realized and were able to revive his tires to primo pressure. But besides that hiccup, it was all smooth sailing and we even stopped for a drink at Burger Jones to top it off. Yum!
I did catch some flak for not having a helmet; yes, yes – I know that not having proper safety equipment is the opposite of smart, but my trusty bike helmet from last summer was borrowed, and since returned. Which leads to our weekly product spotlight. Whilst looking around for something affordable, effective, and easy on the eyes, I came across these lovely creations by YAKKAY.
It seems to be a combination of Flipside Hats and helmets! I was highly intrigued. But alas, the company is based in Denmark. You can still scout out your very own though via other retailers who carry the line, such as Heritage Bicycles which has a lot of other fabulous bike accessories as well. Or ADELINE ADELINE which has a lot of great variety as well.
If you like to shop online, then large bodies of water suddenly are obstacles no more! Where do you like to shop online? Or are you a local bike shop gal?
In the Twin Cities & across the country // Getting prepared for our Moxie Barn Brunch ride in Madison on May 12th!
Mark your calendars! Saturday May 12th is Moxie Cycling’s Barn Brunch Ride, taking place in the Madison, Wisconsin area and YOU are invited. Roughly 25 miles each way, the ride will begin in Madison and head south on the Badger State Trail. The destination will be a gorgeous 100 year old barn where we will have brunch and good company provided before heading back to complete the 50 mile ride. All levels of cyclists are encouraged to join! This will be an informal & free-to-attend event meant to get you ladies back on two wheels. Let us know you are coming or if you have questions via our Facebook page!
In preparation, I did a portion of the ride yesterday afternoon and brought my lovely mother along with me. The conditions were not ideal; there were wind gusts above 25 mph and we did get rained on here and there, but it was still a warm day and we still had an enjoyable ride. Here is Terri ready to ride:
Terri in her Moxie jersey & Trip wanting to come along
The scenery is rolling countryside, several horse farms, happy cows, and lush fields. Along the Badger State Trail there are many wooden bridges that cross over twisting creeks and offer good places to stop and take in the fresh air. The trail itself is packed dirt/gravel and easy to ride on with both big and skinny tires. Occasionally it can become muddy if there has been a heavy rain recently, but generally the trail is very well maintained and easy to ride. The path goes from Madison through Fitchburg, Basco, Belleville, and eventually all the way to New Glarus and Monticello. A pass is required to use the trail which you can get at the start of the trail via the registration box or at local convenience stores, $4 for one day or $20 for the season. The above photo is from the Belleville section of the trail.
Save the date and come back soon to find more details about Moxie Cycling’s Barn Brunch Ride on May 12th. Bring your Mom for something fun to do on Mother’s Day weekend, or recruit your girlfriends for a good way to get outside and active. Guys are welcome to come as well, as long as they bring a female +1!