cycling club for women on the Southern Gold Coast.
Ladies Cycling club, Madonna Velo, is run from Storm Cycles – a family run Gold Coast bike shop specialising in Gold Coast road bike sales and triathlon bike sales and service Gold Coast bike hire, cycling accessories and bike repairs, located in Tugun, Gold Coast.
Fun is guaranteed. Friendship is a bonus!
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Why did we start a Cycling Club for women?
Since opening Storm Cycles bicycle shop over seven 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.
Join our Regular Rides, for all levels of cyclist!
We conduct ladies only clinics to teach you things like how to change a flat tyre...
On a regular basis, we conduct MadonnaVelo Confidence Classes
One on One Coaching in road bike skills that will help your confidence riding on the road
Best part... It's FREE to join!
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
We run rides Monday mornings that cater specifically to beginners / new riders, however everyone is welcome to join. Our intermediate rides are on Thursdays. We often ride on the weekends also… Read More…
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
FREE 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.
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What people say…
“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!!”
“Thanks for an awesome ride this morning! Was nice to meet some more cycling chicks.”
“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.”
“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.”
“We are fortunate to have you and Storm Cycles.”
The Girl Driving it!
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.
The Name Behind it!
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.