Indoor Training Program Begins November 1st, 2017

What: An awesome indoor cycling program for women who love to ride their bikes and are interested in training together throughout the winter.  The program is run by Lindsay Argue and we will ride our bikes from 6:00 -7:30 PM. Each week the workouts will be e-mailed home to those who are interested in doing them more often.

From 7:30-8:00 PM Christa Rusk will lead a pilates program that will focus on a mix of core, stretching and mobility. More about Christa:

I am a Physiotherapist, Stott Pilates Certified Instructor; Cyclist and Triathlete. I will teach to the class needs; the classes will be likely a mix of core, stretch and mobility. The idea is to keep everyone strong, flexible and able to engage in sports for many years to come! With focus on cyclists of course; but really depends what I see the main needs/issues are in the room.  All exercises and activities are modified as needed for each person.

Location: We have a new location this year, a new school gym that is located just off of University Crescent.

WMEMS Katherine Friesen Campus
26 Agassiz Drive
R3T 2K7

Cost: There are three options this year. When you bring your registration and waiver form you will receive a card to be hole punched when you attend depending on which option you choose

  • Full Program: 16 classes- $190
  • Half Program: 8 class pass- $95
  • 5 Class Pass- $60
  • Drop In (max 3 sessions)- $10

 Contact: If you have any questions please contact Lindsay Argue, Program Coordinator –

Dates: Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm

  1. Nov 1, 2017
  2. Nov 8
  3. Nov 15
  4. Nov 22
  5. Nov 29
  6. Dec 6
  7. Dec 13
  8. Jan  17, 2018
  9. Jan 24
  10. Jan 31
  11. Feb 7
  12. Feb 14
  13. Feb 21
  14. Feb 28
  15. Mar 7
  16. Mar 14

What to Expect:

  • Arrive early enough to change and set up your bike & trainer.
  • An 1.5 hour workout including high cadence spinning & hard effort intervals
  • A copy of the workout emailed to you afterwards so you can do it again at home
  • A welcoming, supportive community and cycling fitness!

What to Bring:

  • Bike
  • Stationary trainer or rollers
  • Yoga mat (for after ride session)
  • Water bottle, towel & post workout snack
  • If you don’t have a trainer and would like to try one before purchasing please e-mail Lindsay.

Cross is Boss!

Cyclocross season is just around the corner and we are getting so excited!  Check out what we have planned for you…

Cyclocross Skills Clinic 2017

Saturday August 19th, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Whittier Park – Fort Gibraltar parking lot 866 St. Joseph
Who: All female riders 12 years old and up are welcome
Cost: Free for Velodonnas Club members; $10 for non-members

What to Bring:

  • HELMET – mandatory, no helmet=no riding
  • Cross or Mountain Bike
  • Water bottle and water
  • Granola bar or something like that (snacks)
  • Emergency contact & medical (if app.) information (e.g. card in your pocket, Road ID wristband etc.)
  • Your enthusiasm for learning new skills / improving skills you already have / challenging yourself

Skills We’ll Cover:

  • The Basics – pedal stroke, braking, shifting, cornering, getting out of the saddle
  • Mounts and Dismounts
  • Carrying the bike
  • Starts – bike & body contact, touching wheels
  • Hurdles and run ups

Velodonnas Cross Labs

As a follow up to the Aug 19th clinic we’ll have, for club members, a couple of “Cross Labs” leading up to the first race of the season. Part workout, part practice sessions. Come with your cross or mountain bike. If you’re really serious, leave your bottle cage at home and bring a bottle in your back pocket (bottle cages get in the way when shouldering your bike).

  • Wednesday Aug 30th 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Whittier Park
  • Wednesday Sep 6th 6:30 – 7:30 PM – Whittier Park

Interested in the local cyclocross racing scene?

There is a Cyclocross race every weekend from Sep 9th to Oct 29th. Check out the full calendar of events here:
Most races will require a MCA racing license but not all. Be sure to check the race details when they become available closer to each date.

What is Cyclocross?

Cyclocross is everything. Cyclocross is life. 😉
Just watch the 2017 World Championships for a little inspiration:
And here’s pro rider Georgia Gould with some solid tips on the dismount and remount:

July Events Update

Velodonnas membership is now up to 97 souls!

July is here and there is a lot going on. Here are some things you may want to add to your own riding calendar:

July 15thMountain Bike Skills Clinic in Morden

July 15thSpecialized Ambassador (Karin McSherry) Recon Ride Challenge – south of Darlingford, MB, right after the Morden clinic. This is a road ride. Climb a total of 1095m to celebrate La Course specifically and women’s cycling in general. More details here: and here:

July 23rdWomen’s 100 ride – ride 100km or 100miles (160km) with us as we take our cue from Rapha and organize a somewhat unsupported (ride at your own risk etc) “Century” celebrating women’s cycling around the globe. More details here: and here:

July 29th – 2nd annual Velodonnas Pool Party – social event at Gill Cooper’s back yard pool. We’ll likely plan a ride beforehand. We will provide the food. You bring a beverage and a deck chair. We’ll set up some sort of sign up so as to know how many to expect. Stay tuned for more details as they materialize.

As always – our weekly events are such:

If you have’t read them yet or need a refresher, be sure to familiarize yourself with our Group Ride Guidelines (Road specific):

We have some Monday Night “Skill Nights” planned for this month too!

  • Monday July 10th“Cat & Mouse” – essentially we’ll set up a friendly “handicap race” where we’ll start in different pace groups and try to chase or not be caught (depending on your speed group ;-))
  • Monday July 17th“Cornering” – south group will spend this evening in Grande Pointe subdivision practicing the art & science of cornering at speed. Very handy in general but especially if you’re planning a trip abroad or anywhere with elevation. 😉
  • Monday July 31st“Sprinting” – another practical skill not to be confused with “risking life and limb” as demonstrated in yesterday’s Tour de France stage.
These skill nights will be prefaced with some YouTube videos shared with you all by email. OR you can study early by checking out our Resources page. Specifically, Videos

If you haven’t already – find us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

See you on the bike!

Friday Night MTB Rides @ Bison Butte with Gill

One of goals of Velodonnas is to inspire and support women ride leaders. This year, Nancy Taylor started a weekly interval training session (Wednesday nights on the road) and now we have Gillian Cooper starting a weekly mountain bike ride – Friday nights at Bison Butte!
As with all of our weekly club rides, you must be a club member to join the fun. But, you can come for a one-time try out before you commit to membership. Just bring a signed waiver with you to that one-time try out ride (attached here). Find out more about becoming a Velodonnas member.
Friday Night MTB Rides @ Bison Butte

When: Friday night – ready to ride 6:15pm (~2 hours)
Where:  Meet at Cabela’s parking lot – we ride to the Butte from there
Why: MTB fun!  Come ride the trails and hone your fitness and MTB skills.  It’s mainly to ride but if you fancy a skills session then let me know and we can plan to dedicate a couple of nights to do some drill work on the features.
Who:  Mountain Biking Velodonnas
Exceptions:  If the weather is bad or I am working away and can’t find a ride lead then we won’t ride.  Cancellations will be posted on the website, Velodonnas facebook group, twitter
What to bring: Good quality mountain bike, helmet, water, bug spray, elbow & knee pads are recommended if you are new to MTB, spare inner tube. A signed waiver if you are not a club member.
Contact: Gillian Cooper or Contact Us

Velodonnas Time Trial #1 Results

Sorry for the wait! Here are the results:

Velodonnas ITT #1 May 15, 2017

Please Contact Us if you see anything that looks amiss.

40 Velodonnas = at least 10 Team Time Trial teams for the event at the end of next month (because we know of a few people missing from this results list). Wow!

The next club time trial is Monday June 12th.

The Team Time Trial event (for those interested) is Wednesday June 21st.

Club members check your inbox for more information on the Team Time Trial and how we’ll establish teams for the event.

Specialized selects Karin McSherry as a Women’s Ambassador

We are very excited to share with you some news about one of our ride leaders and co-founders. Specialized has chosen Karin McSherry as one of only 200 women’s ambassadors worldwide (6 for all of Canada)!

This is kind of a big deal…but we can all agree, so is Karin. If you’ve ever ridden, raced or organized with her you know they couldn’t have made a better choice. She inspires us all with her passion, commitment and down right bad-assness.

When we think of all she has done for the Velodonnas and cycling in Manitoba in general, we are amazed. Imagine what she will accomplish with Specialized in her corner.

Please join us in a heart-felt congratulations to Karin. No one is more deserving. Thank you for all you do for all of us!

Interval Sessions with Nancy – Starting April 12th

Anyone looking for weekly interval training sessions in Birds Hill Park? Check out what Velodonnas member Nancy Taylor has in mind:

Wednesdays 6:00 PM (ready to roll by 6:15)
Birds Hill Park, Chickadee parking lot*
Starting Wed April 12th

The plan:

  • 1 lap warm up (11km park road) as a group.
  • Meet back at lot #2 where Nancy will give you the interval work out du jour.
  • Pace groups may be established based on attendance.
  • Warm down lap together as a group.

All riders welcome. However, these will be hard intervals. Go at your own, hard, pace but this is not a no-drop group ride.

Contact Us if you have questions (we’ll forward to Nancy)

*Enter Birds Hill Park from main entrance off Hwy 59. Take North Drive. Chickadee parking lot is the first road side lot you will come to. The sign says Lot #2. Park in the roadside area there or take a left and drive into the Chickadee trail head for more parking (and closer access to outhouses).