Fun is guaranteed. Friendship is a bonus!
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Why did we start a Ladies Cycling Club?
Since opening Storm Cycles bicycle shop over five years ago, we have identified a need on the Gold Coast for a non-threatening space where female riders can feel welcomed and comfortable in pursuing their cycling passion. Whether you’re wanting to start out riding on the road (and don’t know where to start or what questions to ask), or have been riding for years and just looking for more riding buddies, MadonnaVelo is a recreational, non competitive club open to ladies of all skill level. We ride in the spirit of sisterhood so that you can connect socially with other ladies who ride.
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What can MadonnaVelo Ladies Cycling Club offer you?
As a new road bike rider, or someone wanting to return to riding after a long period, or even if you’ve been riding for years and just looking for some riding buddies, MadonnaVelo has something to offer you.
Our regular rides:
Mondays during autumn, winter and spring (until around end of November): 9:00am – 11:00am (33km distance) from Storm Cycles, 415 Golden Four Drive, Tugun. This ride caters specifically to beginners / new riders, however everyone is welcome to join. Just be aware that we look after the newbie riders, and will go as fast as the slowest rider. The average pace of the ride is around 20-25km/hour. We head out exploring the beautiful Currumbin Valley, and have coffee either out in the Valley in the middle of the ride at a lovely little café, or back at any number of coffee shops in Tugun at the end of the ride.
Thursdays: 5:30am – 7:00am (28-36km distance, depending on the route). This ride usually leaves from Storm Cycles, but please check the MadonnaVelo Facebook page for details as we sometimes leave from different locations. This ride caters to beginners to intermediate riders. If you’re unsure if you’ll be suitable to join this ride, please do not hesitate to contact Sheridan on 07 5534 7450 to discuss in person. The average pace of this ride is around 24-28km/hour, depending on the route.
Weekends: We often ride on the weekends also. Not every weekend, but some. We change the departure place to vary the ride so we can explore our beautiful Gold Coast and the countryside. The distance varies from 40km to 120km. The ride description will be specific as to whether it’s for beginners or intermediate riders. Please check MadonnaVelo page on Facebook regularly for details.
On a regular basis we conduct ladies only clinics to teach you things like how to change a flat tyre, and how to maintain your bike, plus many more cycling associated skills. We announce the dates of these clinics on the MadonnaVelo Facebook page.
On a regular basis, we conduct MadonnaVelo Confidence Classes, which are four weekly sessions of 1.5 hours each. The classes are ladies only, aimed at women who would like to increase their confidence riding a road bike, riding on the road and in a group safely, how to change gears properly, how to climb and descend hills properly, plus many other skills. The aim of the Confidence Classes is to advance your riding skills, and to enjoy the freedom of riding together. As a bonus, you will meet a new social group of friends that you will probably end up riding regularly with. The Confidence Classes are $85pp total for the four weekly sessions. Suitable for road bikes or flat bar road bikes.
Our next Confidence Class will be July 2017. Confirmed dates will be posted around mid-June. If you’re interested in registering for these classes (classes are limited to 10 spots only) please contact Sheridan on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t want to wait for the next Confidence Class to start, or don’t feel like a group environment is for you, Sheridan will be happy to arrange a one-on-one coaching session at a mutually convenient time. The coaching that Sheridan provides is basic road bike skills that will help give you the confidence to feel safer riding on the road, how to feel confident on your bike so that you can gain the maximum enjoyment from your riding. The session will cater to your requirements, whether that be learning how to use clipless shoes and pedals, how to use the gears properly and efficiently, how to corner, how to climb and descent hills safely, or a combination thereof. Sessions start from $45 for half-hour. Think of it as an investment in your cycling safety, an investment in your cycling enjoyment.
If you’re in the market to purchase a new road bike, we can help you. We take the time to discuss what type of riding you’d like to do, what your long term goals might be, and offer you options within your budget. We offer Specialized, BMC, Fuji and Scott bikes, so we have a wide range of bikes of all different shapes, sizes and price points available that ensures we will have a bicycle to suit your needs. If you’re looking to purchase a second hand bike, for a small fee we can provide a condition report on the bicycle, and advise as to whether it’s the correct size for you.
MadonnaVelo members have access to exclusive in-store special pricing.
How much to join:
It’s FREE! There is no fee to come along and ride with us on our regular MadonnaVelo rides, and no fee for our clinics. As mentioned above, there is a fee if you’d like to join our MadonnaVelo Confidence Classes or receive one-on-one coaching.
If you would like to know any more information about MadonnaVelo, including how to join and when we ride, please contact Sheridan at the shop on 07 5534 7450 or send an email to email@example.com. Fun is guaranteed, friendship is a bonus! Find us on Facebook.
MadonnaVelo Mini Byron Tour. Click HERE to read through the details of the two day Ladies Only Cycling Tour to Byron Bay 26 & 27 August 2017.
Kerrie: “I would walk over hot coals to ride with this group! They are the bomb!! So friendly, accepting, encouraging & knowledgeable, I can’t thank them enough!!”
Tammy: “Thanks for an awesome ride this morning! Was nice to meet some more cycling chicks.”
Liane: “Thanks ladies for sharing an amazing morning. Much respect to those who thought they couldn’t, but did it anyway!! Looking forward to the next one.”
Jules: “Sending a massive thank you to Sheridan for all her help and patience with me this morning. You truly are one in a million and I’m so happy I’ve found this group. Thanks again and I know I’ll eventually understand the gears.”
Jeanette: “We are fortunate to have you and Storm Cycles.”
Sheridan Bosworth is co-owner of Storm Cycles with her husband Terry. She is an AustCycle Skills Coach, therefore can increase your skills when it comes to riding on the road safely and confidently. Sheridan is NOT (and never has been) an elite cyclist, but enjoys competing in local triathlons, cyclocross events, and sportif road bike rides. In her lifetime of riding she still hasn’t yet decided whether she loves road riding or mountain biking the most, but is happy to keep undertaking research (by riding constantly!!) in an effort to solve that mystery one day. In years gone by, Sheridan knows exactly what it has felt like to walk into a bike shop and feel intimidated, not wanting to ask any “silly” questions, or seem to be a bother to the staff in the shop. We guarantee you will feel welcomed at Storm Cycles and MadonnaVelo, as a valued member of the cycling community. Sheridan, Terry, and Stuie are all extremely approachable with any question or problem you have.
What’s in a Name?
Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill in Magreglio, close to Lake Como in Italy. It is named after an alleged Marian apparition. According to the legend, the Medieval count Ghisallo was being attacked by bandits when he saw an image of the Virgin Mary at a shrine. He ran to it and was saved from the robbers. The apparition became known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, and she became a patroness of local travellers. In later times, Madonna del Ghisallo (the hill) was made part of the Giro di Lombardia bicycle race and has often featured in the Giro d’Italia as well.
For this reason a local priest proposed that Madonna del Ghisallo (the apparition) be declared the patroness of cyclists. This was confirmed by the Pope of the day. Nowadays the shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo contains a small cycling museum with photos and artifacts from the sport. There also burns an eternal flame for cyclists who have died.
Sheridan couldn’t think of a more fitting name to embody female cycling than the patroness of cyclists, which portrays strength yet femininity. Hence, MadonnaVelo was born.
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