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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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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.

 

 

 

 


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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 Camp, Day Two: Descending, Baby!

Hoods versus Drops:

Coaches JoAnn, Cody and Bart demonstrate correct hand position for descending; the drops (lowest position on the handle bars). This gives you the most control, stability, best leverage for braking and all around safety.

It was a morning of descending, climbing, repeat …, and then one final Continue reading


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Bike Camp, Day One: Countless New Skills!

Today’s post is a compilation of the skills we learned on the first day of RLAG Road Biking Camp. We thought sharing them with you would be a great way to remember them ourselves. Note that we have included both photos and video (click to play those).

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Elite Athletes Share Struggles and Secrets (Podcast)

With the 2016 Olympic games about to commence, we anticipate the drama and sheer excitement of watching our nation’s athletes compete on the world stage. We will hear of new and returning competitors and how they found their beginnings via predictable and assorted paths. We will be granted fast-forward storylines of how rigorous training and wholehearted dedication yield world-class Olympic performers. Some of us will be inspired, and perhaps motivated,  by their single-mindedness, beautiful forms and their ambition to attain audacious goals. And some of us may simply relish in the pleasure of spectating from the sofa, informed by our unquestionable paradigms that athletic excellence is limited to only the gifted as we ask the friend beside us, “Please pass the guacamole.” [Skip to podcast]

As one who is journeying through mid-life and discovered only five years ago the joy of road biking, I wonder …  Continue reading


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Ditch the Toe Clips

My toe clips and straps are headed for the garbage can. I’ve used them on my mountain bike for years but yesterday I could not get out of them quickly enough and sustained a foot sprain on what should have been a painless fall.

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Toe clips with straps are an older style pedal system

I didn’t have enough momentum riding uphill through a rocky trail. When I stopped my wheel suddenly turned left and I began to fall right. I tried to slide my foot out of the straps but my foot was trapped. Down I went. Continue reading