Hello Avid Cyclists! Welcome to your WCA Nutrition Blog…..
My name is Sarah Weber, and I am a Registered Dietitian, specializing in sports nutrition and cycling! What’s a Registered Dietitian you ask? A Registered Dietitian is a specialist in Nutrition, much like an Orthopedist is a medical specialist. My niche is sports (mainly cycling), food allergies, performance nutrition, and nutrition education. I have a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, another in Nutrition, and I am currently working towards an advanced degree in Sports Nutrition in a program sponsored by the International Olympic Committee. I am a life-long athlete, and I know from experience and education the importance of nutrition with respect to performance and health.
I began as a ballet dancer and retired my pointe shoes after 23 years of feet cramping abuse, only to bind them again into cycling shoes….I love cycling! Ideally long and steep climbs that wander through gorgeous terrain, where my physical and mental limits are pushed, and where life becomes about that moment…. So how does nutrition come into this? Food, macronutrients, water, essential electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals allow us to endure, experience, and enjoy the physical demands of the sport!
Sounds so simple and easy, huh? Unfortunately, it’s not. But I love it and welcome the challenge! I recognize and respect that our bodies are unique puzzles, all with our own specific nutritional needs. What works for one person, might not work for another. It’s just like training for a race: we all respond best to slightly different training volume and intensity in order to reach peak performance. So how is food and our diet any different? And how can we reach our nutritional peak?
Persistence, education, and [...]
The WCA is proud to promote the stories of people who are helping to get more women on bikes and elevate the sport of Women’s Cycling. Following is a great story by Kelly Samuelson on her experience at the first ever Women’s only Redhook Crit.
Blood, Sweat, and a Ton of Rain
by: Kelli Samuelson
Red Hook Brooklyn, NY
March 29th, 2014
Starting 7 years ago by David Trimble as a fun race on his birthday, it is now grown into an international series with amazing coverage and supporters. I’ve seen thousands of people come out in the cold to watch this event and support the racers.
There are no points awarded, no categories separating riders, no license required and the only rule is you must be on a proper brakeless track bike. Yes I said brakeless. For the past 6 years it was one race, men and women together. 100 riders lining up at the start line to put everything they have out on the course, to prove something, to make a name for themselves or just have a good time.
This year was the first year that Redhook has held a race for women only. I was lucky enough to be apart of something really amazing.
31 women rolled to the start line on Saturday March 29th It was just under 40 degrees and raining cats and dogs. It didn’t matter what category you were or if you were on a big team or if you had ever raced a bike before. We were out there to make history in this world of unsanctioned fixed gear crits. The comradery [...]
Due to unforeseen circumstances the WCA Join The Ride Tour sponsored by the Prairie State Cycling Series, scheduled for Sunday, June 15 in Crystal Lake, IL has been cancelled. Those who preregistered for the ride on WCA’s site will receive a full refund.
The free bike racing clinic scheduled for Saturday, June 14 at BFF Bikes (2113 W. Armitage, Chicago) will still happen beginning at 9:00 a.m. As well the shop’s regularly scheduled Sunday group ride leaving from that location at 8:00 a.m. is an alternative to the WCA ride.
The Intelligentsia Cup and the WCA remain committed to promoting and fostering women’s cycling and racing. New for the 2014 series race venues featuring an additional women’s category 4-only race to give beginning women racers a chance to compete with others new to racing as well as offering them to race twice per day.
Thank you for your support of the WCA and the Intelligentsia Cup!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON THE SATURDAY CLINIC