Velodonnas is the first and only female cycling club in Winnipeg. Established in 2003, Velodonnas was the brainchild of former National Team member and St. Annes, MB resident Erin Carter. As a successful competitor with a life-long love of cycling, Erin recognized that Manitoba needed a female-focused cycling club to inform, instruct and inspire female cyclists of all levels in a supportive environment. So, with the help of other like-minded cyclists, Karin McSherry, Deanne Cote & Kimberly Anne Falk, Velodonnas was born.
OUR MISSION – To inform, instruct and inspire female cyclists of all abilities
OUR VISION – We want to see more women with the skills and confidence to be effective leaders in our cycling community.
OUR PROMISE – We are dedicated to providing opportunities for women to gain riding confidence on the road or trail. Our riding time together will focus on skill development but we’ll mostly be having a good time and supporting each other.
“We have met many women over the years who would like to ride more – with their club, with their partners – but don’t, mostly due to a lack of confidence. We know that confidence increases when skills & fitness are improved.”Velodonnas founders
Is Velodonnas for You?
Velodonnas was created to support female cyclists in our local cycling community. If you are ready to become a fitter, more technically able cyclist, then Velodonnas is here to support you. We welcome all women (cisgender or transgender) and non-binary folks (who are comfortable being included under the umbrella term “women”) no matter your shape, size, colour, age* or ability**.
If you aren’t sure if Velodonnas is a good fit for you, please contact us and ask. We’ll have a chat or go for a ride together, whatever you like! We typically schedule an annual Open House, usually in March, and that is also a good place to meet us and find out more.
*Our members (118 in 2019) are 11 to 69 years of age. Average age is 44. Riders under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult member. Group road rides are for 13+ only.
**All riders must possess a basic level of cycling fitness and be able to ride for 60+ minutes at a social/moderate pace. Our group rides are “no-drop” and our road rides follow standard group riding protocols which you can read about here…Monday Night Road Rides. If you are unsure of your current fitness level please contact us and we’ll figure it out together. Due to lack of resources at this time, we do not offer para cycling programs. If you can help us start a para cycling program we’d love to hear from you!