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).

2017 DRAFT Schedule

Check out what’s filling up the Velodonnas and women’s cycling calendar for 2017!

These are all subject to change. They are not all “Velodonnas” events but we’re including women-only or women-led events we think you will be interested in.

So get your pencils out and start saving some dates….

7 – Spin Night @ WPG Cycle – contact Jacquie Ross
8 – Wellness Seminar – Host: LIV Ambassador, Genevieve Krahn
10 – MONDAY NIGHT ROAD rides begin (weather dependant) – Leader: Karin McSherry
17 – Velodonnas Orientation Night – 6:30 PM Sport For Life Centre
TBA – WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOUNTAIN BIKE rides begin – Leader: Emily Payne
TBA – *NEW* Wednesday night interval sessions begin – Leader: Nancy Taylor
TBA – Thursday night women-led road rides begin – Leader: SPECIALIZED Ambassador, TBD

TBA – Tuesday night women-led MEC meet up rides – Leader: Emily Payne
6 – Road Skills Clinic
14 –  Women’s road ride – Leader: TREK Ambassador, Anna Schappert
15 – Individual Time Trial (Monday Night Ride)
28 – MTB Skill Clinic – Leader: TREK Ambassador, Anna Schappert
29 – Team Time Trial practice (Monday Night Ride)

3 – MTB Skills Clinic
12 – Individual Time Trial (Monday Night Ride)
18 – Road Skills Clinic – Leader: TREK Ambassador, Anna Schappert
21 – Team Time Trial Race – Host: Dark Red Racing
25 – Women’s road ride – Leader: TREK Ambassador, Anna Schappert
26 – Summer Solstice 80km ride (Monday Night Ride)

8 – Cycling Skills Clinic – Morden – details TBD
16 – Individual Time Trial – Host: LIV Ambassador, Genevieve Krahn
17 – High Speed Cornering practice (Monday Night Ride)
22 – Dirt Skirt 100km/160km ride
31 – Sprinting practice (Monday Night Ride)

13 – Women’s road ride – Leader: TREK Ambassador, Anna Schappert
18 – Friday Cross Labs begin
20 – Cyclocross Skills Clinic – Velodonnas & friends (Women’s Ambassadors)
26/27 – MS Bike Tour Gimli

2017 Club Registration Now Live!

Welcoming new members and returning Velodonnas alike!

Club membership is only $35 for the year (you also need to purchase an MCA membership).

Find out more about Club Membership or …


We are having an annual party / 2017 planning session later this month – Jan 21 – and ALL club members are invited. If your invitation hasn’t come through your inbox then send us a message today!

Indoor Training Winter Session Begins January 11

In collaboration with the Provincial Cycling Program, the Manitoba Cycling Association is once again offering the women’s only training program to provide an opportunity for women in cycling to come together to share their passion of cycling and work hard.

The winter session will run for 10 weeks and starts Wednesday January 11, 2017.

Program coordinator: Lindsay Argue

Training Schedule 

Cycling workouts will be 2 hours from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  1.  Jan 11
  2. Jan 18
  3. Jan 25
  4. Feb 1
  5. Feb 8
  6. Feb 15
  7. Feb 22
  8. Mar 1
  9. Mar 8
  10. Mar 15
Location: Beautiful Savior Lutheran School (52 Birchdale Ave), School Gym
  • $120 for Velodonnas Club Members AND women who have previously participated in the Women’s Cycling Program (members or non-members)
  • $140 for MCA Members
  • $160 for non-MCA Members

Drop-ins will be accepted at $10/night, a maximum of 3

Registration: Registration will take place on the first night of training on Wednesday January 11, at 6:00pm.

If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact me, Lindsay at  (204) 782-4386.
See you on Wednesday January 11, 2017 for registration and our first awesome workout!!