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Bike Camp: What Does it Look Like?

Every year since 2016 we invite women of various road biking abilities to come together for a multi-day, biking training camp experience; put their life on pause, take a few days to focus on themselves and their bike, and learn in a friendly, supportive, professional environment where all you have to do is eat, learn, bike, sleep and repeat! The results: a fun-filled, coaching experience where participants learn more than they thought they would, make new friends and leave inspired, confident and excited to have a fabulous riding season. Register Here!

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While each camp experience has it’s uniquenesses, the general flow typically looks something like this:

Day 1 usually begins in the evening …

  • Arrive: With a mix of excitement and apprehension, fifteen-ish women check in with luggage, bikes and gear in tow, to “Camp Central” (typically a lodge, hotel or cool big house – no tents required!). After settling in, women meet and greet in a common area where weekend friendships begin.
  • Eat: Dinner is prepared and served by the Bowen Sports Performance coaching team (usually three coaches) – always delicious and includes an optional desert. Yes, dietary needs are always accomodated.
  • Learn: An orientation after dinner enables campers to meet the coaches, learn more about the camp format: eat, learn, bike sleep, repeat. Key message: you’re here to bike, relax and enjoy yourself. Coaches are here to serve you and your bike. No cooking, no cleaning, no laundry.
  • Sleep!

Day 2:  First Ride, Skills & Drills

  • Eat: A healthy, yummy breakfast is prepared and served by the Bowen coaching team
  • Learn: Coaches guide participants with demonstrations, instructions and guided practice drills on a variety of bike handling skills and techniques.
  • Ride: A bike ride follows where skills are practiced and coaches provide feedback and field questions during breaks. This year (2019), that ride will be in lovely Klamath County.
  • Eat: Lunch is provided.
  • Rest: Back at Camp Central, riders can shower, rest, hang out, snack, etc.
  • Eat: Dinner, prepared and served by our coaching team. Desert, yep.
  • Learn: Hot Topic Coaching Session #1 gives campers the opportunity to debrief the day, review the day’s learnings and dig into a specific topic of interest.
  • Sleep!

Day 3:  Feature Ride, More Skills & Drills

  • Eat: Breakfast is served!
  • Learn: More lessons, demonstrations, drills and coaching/feedback opportunities.
  • Ride: This year we’ll ride the rim of Crater Lake, a spectacular loop around one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders. The Bowen team will provide both on-bike coaches and van support to help every rider experience the thrill, and just the right amount of challenge and support to make this an amazing ride and learning opportunity.
  • Eat: Lunch is provided on the ride.
  • Rest: Return to Camp Central for afternoon refreshing, snacking, resting, etc.
  • Eat: Dinner & desert
  • Learn: Hot Topic Session #2, review plus another topic of interest
  • Sleep!

Day 4: Final Day, a Short ride with on-bike Coaching

  • Eat
  • Learn & Ride: This is a putting it all together day, typically a shorter ride than previous days so campers have the afternoon to pack and travel home.
  • Eat: Lunch before check-out
  • Camp ends around 1:00 PM

Don’t miss this year’s magical ride around Crater Lake with the luxury of professional coaches, a support vehicle, and a supportive group of girlfriends. Let our coaches meet you right where you are and guide you to greater cycling proficiency. You deserve to take an occasional break from your busy life and focus on becoming a better, confident and safer cyclist. Give yourself that gift.

Crater Lake Training Camp is a fabulous, supportive, learning experience. Will you join us?

We’ll see you at camp!


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This is What Girlfriends Do.

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Julia (left) atop Council Crest last summer, celebrating her victorious climb (buoyed and encouraged by two RLAG cyclists)

You may think it’s a no-brainer; helping a friend to adjust her helmet or add an accessory to her bike; or hanging back to ride with her when she’s struggling to keep pace with the rest of the group. Unfortunately, we don’t always find this girlfriend spirit in a cycling group. Sometimes Strava goals, destination timetables and competitive spirits win over lending a helping hand. But last Friday I witnessed the blessing and beauty of a bicyclist stepping up to befriend a newcomer.

Gathering pre-ride in a local coffee shop, a group of Ride Like a Girl women were welcoming first-timers and reconnecting with old friends. It was in those first moments I witnessed one of our women offer to help another she had just met. I inwardly smiled and watched, thinking, “This is a Ride Like a Girl  moment.”

Jamie was trying to attach a new mirror to her helmet. With instructions in one hand and supplies in the other, she was organizing her thoughts to tackle the task when the cyclist sitting beside her spoke up, “Do you want to see how I mounted my mirror? I have the same one.” Julia left the coffee chatter to retrieve her helmet from the car and returned to coach her peer on how to quickly mount the device. In minutes, the task was done and conversation continued seamlessly.

Fast-forward eight miles into our ride and another rider was struggling to keep pace with the group. Julia (our ‘helmet helper’) elected to ride alongside her, later explaining, “My jacket is brighter than hers, and I wanted to make sure she was visible to vehicles when she fell behind the group.”

The struggling cyclist had become overheated and felt nauseous as she slowly rolled up to the group, dismounted her bike and planted herself on the pavement. Julia was the first to say, “You all go ahead, and I’ll stay with her so she can have a break.” Knowing that the group would be circling back after two more miles, I thought it was the perfect option for our tired rider. But Julia’s offer meant she would personally miss a portion of the ride and the social time during our rest stop. I asked her, “Are you sure?” to which she replied, “This is what girlfriends do.”

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The Friday group benefited by being able to ride on to Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course

Speaking with Julia after the event, I learned her motivation was simply to pass it forward, citing how several other women have supported and encouraged her in moments of fatigue and discouragement.

Julia had just met the women she assisted that Friday. Her kindness served not only strangers but also the larger group, as they could continue their ride uninterrupted. No doubt, Julia made two new friends that day. And in a time when our world seems to be trending towards cold-heartedness, she countered the culture with class and kindness, giving life to one of our mantras, “Be a girlfriend.”

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Woot! Women’s Bike Camp 8/22-26

Join us August 22-26, 2018 in Ashland, Oregon for Ride Like a Girl’s Bike Training Camp. Led by Bart Bowen, former professional cyclist, cycling coach for 18+ years and owner of Bowen Sports Performance, we will learn together in a fully-supported on-bike training experience. Expect four days of road cycling, skill-building drills and night time coaching chats with a team of three Bowen Sports Performance coaches. This camp includes meals, accommodations in a lodge-style home on Howard Prairie Lake, top-notch instruction & coaching – all in the company of girlfriends!

Who is bike camp designed for? We inviting experienced road cyclists who are comfortable biking 40-50 miles* and climbing hills. You don’t have to be good at it, but this should not be your first 50-mile bike ride. Simply put, it’s not a beginner’s camp for learning how to road bike, but an intermediate (and above) cyclists’ opportunity to learn, practice and get coached.

Camp objectives include, but are not limited to:

• Improve her endurance and long distance riding skills
• Further develop her climbing ability & descending confidence
• Learn and practice how to ride in a single and double pace line
• Review fundamentals of good bike handling
• Receive one-on-one coaching to improve areas of special interest

Features:

  • 4 days and 4 nights gives you the option for four days of training, or three days plus a rest day
  • One-on-one coaching (in addition to group coaching) from professional coaches
  • Location: Howard Prairie Lake in Ashland, Oregon
  • “Camp Central” is a beautiful lodge-style home on private acreage where we will enjoy accommodations, meals and group gatherings. Ping pong is available for some extra fun!
  • Nightly “Hot Topics” plus Q&A session with our coaches
  • General Schedule (more details will be provided to participants)

Check-in Wednesday evening, 8/22 and we’ll have dinner and an orientation night. Thursday – Sunday: Group & individual coaching, skill building exercises and training rides (options available for varying skill levels). Camp ends Sunday, August 26th at 1:00 PM. Participants must be available for the entire camp. Cost: (includes meals, lodging and coaching)

Cost:

• $700 Double occupancy bed (per person rate) – $175 per day!
• $900 Single occupancy bed – $225 per day!
• $300 deposit required to reserve your spot
• Balance due July 15, 2018
Free Arm Warmers: Refer a friend who has not attended camp previously and receive a free pair of RLAG Arm Wa

rmers.

Does not include:

  • Transportation to camp
  • Meals you choose to purchase outside of camp

Registration: Click Here to Register

Cancelations & Refunds:

  • Please submit cancellation requests to ridelikeapdxgirl@gmail.com. Refunds will be processed through the credit card you used to register when possible or by check. Please allow up to 30 days for processing.
  • 100% refundable before July 15th
  • July 15th: Registration is non-refundable

Are you ready for a 4-day learning experience to take your cycling skills to the next level? Click here register.

* The distance of camp rides will vary each day, be a minimum of 50+ miles and are subject to change based on a variety of conditions and coaches’ judgement.

 

 

 

 

Founder of Ride Like A Girl, “We’re Unique”

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On April 5th, 2018 Ride Like A Girl (RLAG) will celebrate five years of helping women fall in love with biking. Today, RLAG has close to two hundred members, fifteen volunteer ride leaders and a continued passion to come alongside women who want to dust off their bike and ride. Listen in on this informal interview with founder and ‘girlfriend in charge’, Carolyn Jen, to learn why she started RLAG, what makes it unique and what surprises it has yielded since that special spring day in 2013.

This video was produced by Melanie Wood, Happy Feet Photography.

To learn more about Ride Like A Girl, check out our Meetup.com schedule or find us on Facebook:


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Enter: Ride Like A Girl

April 5th, 2013, Ride Like A Girl came on the scene in Portland, Oregon. Forty women showed up for our first “Just Coffee” session confirming our hunch that women want to bike. With a passion for helping women get started, we launched with a mission to help women discover the joy of biking; offering coaching, training and social biking opportunities. With the support and help from our friends at Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup, our sponsor Western Bikeworks, and others, here we are five years later with 170 women, ever-expanding our cycling skills, discovering new horizons and continuing to reach out to newcomers. One way we are celebrating our birthday is with throwback photos to that first year. We hope you’ll follow along and celebrate with us.
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Bike Love Changes the World

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“True Love” is the first of five in a “Love” series sticker project. Inspired by the fun and naive essence of childhood, Tal (Berlin artist and creator of the series) says, “My bike was my favorite thing in the world!”

Travel is an amazing vehicle to discover new people, places and things, as evidenced today when I met “Tal” in Croatia and fell in love with this “True Love” sticker that she created.  Our bus-train commute from Zagreb to Split provided the opportunity to meet but when she shared her creation, I was instantly curious to know more. Tal (who wishes to be called only by her first name) is a Berlin artist, bike mechanic and community activist with a passion to “change the world!” With a heart for refugees (especially women), at-risk youth and other minorities, Tal generously shares her talents to the underserved in the local community; a unique combination of creativity, open and authentic communication, and heaps of artistic and applied mechanical skills (Tal built her bike from spare parts).

Tal identifies as Jewish and queer which fires a passion to help other minority individuals affirm who they are as a person rather than by the color of their skin, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation. She teaches workshops on topics such as bike repair, up-cycling (repurposing used parts into usable and functional accessories), offering workshops in graffiti, street art, stop-motion animation and puppet theater. Her joy is palpable as she observes how the transfer of skills result in a sense of empowerment, increased confidence and greater self-reliance among her students.

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The bike that Tal built and rides today is the subject for the “True Love” sticker.

“I have the urge to do something to make a difference in the world … I am aware of how difficult it is to be a minority, how things need to change and what support other minorities may need.”  Tal explains that as she works with youngsters, shares her skills and develops a positive relationship with them, the chances are good they will be more inclined to respect and support other minorities they encounter in life.

One 9-year old Sinti Roma (aka, “gypsy”) boy accustomed to hiding his identity in his multinational but highly-biased Berlin neighborhood (for fear of being bullied), echoed the words he had heard Tal use to affirm her own identity. Tal witnessed the event when some children challenged the young boy’s ethnicity (which would inform their view of his social rank). “What are you? Are you Turkish? Arab? – What are you?” The young boy stood tall as he retorted with Tal’s words, “I am human.” The matter-of-fact manner of his response served to shift a paradigm of differences to one of unity and commonality. The conversation moved seamlessly and naturally onto the next, unrelated topic. As Tal’s story culminated with this timid-turned-brave boy redirecting peer bias, Tal expressed great joy and pride, “I smiled for a month!”

If you would like to view or purchase Tal’s artwork, you can find more information online at Cool Tool Facebook page.