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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 dessert. 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. Dessert, 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 & dessert
  • 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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Cycle Oregon Riders, You’ve Got Friends

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Girlfriends connecting at Cycle Oregon

The unexpected. It shows up, uninvited, unprepared and unscheduled. As I write, ten named forest fires are wreaking havoc throughout our beloved state parks and national forests throughout the state of Oregon. Washington and Idaho are also engulfed; and newscasters dispense air quality alerts as regularly as mealtimes. The impacts will be assessed and recovery efforts worked for months and years to come. This post is an effort to reach out to our Cycle Oregon friends who have been impacted by the 2017 CO Classic Week ride that was canceled. Continue reading to learn of some Plan B options for you: lodging discounts at the Oregon Coast and group rides in Portland.

For our cycling friends, the impact hit especially hard when Cycle Oregon (CO) announced that the CO Classic Week ride, scheduled September 9th-16th is cancelled. Over two thousand riders from ten different countries, forty-eight states and Oregon are grappling with this first-ever cancelation in thirty years of Cycle Oregon history. Flights purchased. Hotels booked. Vacations scheduled. Carpools, buses and trains arranged. Ouch!

I experienced much of these events from a beachfront cottage in Pacific City, where the sky has been a beaming blue for most of the past week. I’ve been pedaling to my heart’s content in and around the Oregon Coast as everyone westward gets blanketed in air quality alerts, gray hazy skies and ash.

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Girlfriends biking the Oregon Coast

As a five-time Cycle Oregon participant I grieved with my fellow CO riders and felt guilty as if I was rolling amidst a Pacific Northwest oasis of good roads, clear air, rolling hills and amazing vistas; and so I concluded, “We need a Plan B!”

In short, with a little collaboration with Kiwanda Hospitality Group and ride leaders from Ride Like A Girl Cycling, we have lined up a few options for our CO friends:

  1. Hang out in Portland and join Ride Like A Girl Cycling for some Cycle-Oregon type rides in the metro area (air quality permitting, of course). We are a women’s cycling group but for the week of September 9-16 we are welcoming guys to join us. There is no cost to participate, however, we ask that you join the club (just need an email) so you can RSVP. This allows us to communicate with riders and know who to expect. Details here: http://www.Meetup.com/RLAGcycling/events

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  2. Head to the Oregon Coast to bike in, around, north and south of Pacific City and receive a 10% discount on Pacific City lodging and a complimentary beer taster tray from the Pelican Brew Pub. Details here: http://www.yourlittlebeachtown.com/calling-all-cycle-oregon-riders.
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Got a question? Post it here! Or feel free to contact Carolyn Jen, Ride Like A Girl Cycling Founder and Girlfriend in Charge, at ridelikeapdxgirl@gmail.com or 503-913-3534.

Let’s hear it for Plan B!

 


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2015 Our Blog in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this Ride Like A Girl Cycling blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Other highlights include:  Continue reading


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Why do We Exist? And Other Important Questions

Finally. I had hoped for a January announcement, but here we are, practically mid-February. Nonetheless I’m ready to spill the beans: Ride Like A Girl Cycling is open for business!!!

2015 is going to be a good year!

2015 is going to be a good year!

I’m going to keep this announcement short and simple, by pointing you to the new “tabs” in this website. They answer some of life’s most important questions:

Go ahead, check out the new content. If you find type-o’s tell me. Better yet, share with your friends the goodness of Ride Like A Girl Cycling and that we are ready with a grand new plan for 2015!

Happy New Year, sorta.

 


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Jerseys and Arm Warmers at 2014 Prices!

A new batch of our signature cycling jerseys and arm warmers are on the way. And as a pre-season promotion, you can purchase them at last year’s prices! In March the price will go up – so take this opportunity to order while prices are at their lowest. Do you need a reason to buy? Okay, here are a few girlfriends who were happy to promote a buy decision and tell you why they made theirs. Skip to “How to OrderContinue reading


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RLAG Exposed!

In a culminating ride for the 2014 season, a team of sixteen women from Ride Like A Girl completed a 46-mile bike ride in The Harvest Century Sunday, September 28.  In a wave of pink, white and black, the women crossed finish line to be greeted by a live camera and reporter Continue reading


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Reach The Beach!

… Months of training …

    … Riding through the winter …

        … Overcoming anxieties – hills, spandex & clipless pedals …

            … Sticking with it when you feel like dropping out …

                … Mourning the loss of a mother …

                    …Surviving lung disease and learning to ride again …

These are just a few of the obstacles, barriers and personal challenges our Ride Like A Girl team has overcome in preparation to participate in the 2014 Reach the Beach event. Now, just a few days away, the exciting ride lies ahead. No doubt there are still a few butterflies, probably mixed with excitement and thoughts of  “I just want to get to the beach!” Continue reading