19 09, 2014

WCA Cycling Blog

By |September 19th, 2014|Featured Rider, Gear, News|Comments Off on WCA Cycling Blog|

Taking It To The Next Level
By; Anna Grace Christiansen

Back on a rainy, gray day in February 2010, I lined up with two teammates for my first road race and we had a plan. I remember almost every moment of that bike race, sticking close to my teammate. It was almost like a choreographed dance, I was told exactly what to do when and how to do it. I was to attack and try to stay away for the finish. Before the race, we practiced this attacking maneuver and all of my questions were answered. I felt prepared and confident lining up with my teammates for the race. I knew what was expected of me and I wasn’t afraid to fail, because if I gave it everything and still got caught, I had two strong teammates back in the pack ready to jump into action. I will never forget this as my first feeling of going all-in in a bike race and feeling so powerful together with my team.

I stayed away to the finish and I truly felt that it was a team win. I was lucky enough to be the representative of our team to cross the line first, the symbol of all the smarts and hard work of my teammates that day, but we won the race. I knew this sport was special. It was one of the most powerful collaborations I had ever been a part of and I was completely hooked, this sport made sense to me and I was hungry to learn more.

And here I am now, wrapping up my first full season of racing at the NRC level. How did I make the jump [...]

12 05, 2014

Blood, Sweat and a Ton of Rain!

By |May 12th, 2014|Featured Rider, Gear, News, Road|Comments Off on Blood, Sweat and a Ton of Rain!|

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 [...]

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