Order Velodonnas Custom Gear by JUNE 1st!

Drop everything and get your orders in! The deadline to pre-order club gear is JUNE 1st, 2018

Check out what we have in store here: Velodonnas Custom

Here’s the direct link to pre-order your gear: Velodonnas Custom Pre-Order Form

DEADLINE is JUNE 1st

Reminder: the first 100 Velodonnas members to register this year will receive a lovely pouch as a membership gift. Moni is keeping track and has the pouches. She is slowly distributing but you are welcome to go to her house to pick up. Contact her at mubouch@shaw.ca

Please note: we do plan to “refresh” our club kit (jersey, bib shorts, socks) maybe as early as next year. Nothing crazy but it will be a change from the kit design you see now. Fair warning for those who’d rather wait for the new look before ordering a kit.

Friday Night Rides at Bison Butte start May 18th

Friday Night Mountain Bike Rides @ Bison Butte

Friday evenings
May 18 through September
Meet at Cabela’s parking lot
Ready to roll at 6:30 PM SHARP 

Ride Leader: Gill Cooper 204-296-7309 (call or text) gillian.i.cooper@monsanto.com

Some details:

  • Bison Butte is a technical course requiring a bike designed for aggressive off-road riding.
  • Ride is usually 1-2 laps depending on group skill/ability level.
  • ALL abilities are welcome but you should come with some experience riding off road. Some nights may focus on obstacle drills. Let Gill now if there are specific features you want to session!
  • All female riders, 13+ years of age, are welcome. Riders must be Velodonnas Club & MCA members (General member at least). A one time try out ride is permitted but you MUST bring a signed waiver with you (see below). Come check us out! Get a Membership
  • Contact Gill to get added to her email contact list.
  • Ride updates will be posted on Velodonnas Facebook group page, twitter and email accounts.

Don’t forget:

  • HELMET – MANDATORY. No helmet=no ride. Helmets must be cycling specific.
  • Riding gloves and eye protection. Optional: knee/elbow pads.
  • Water bottle(s), plus energy bar/gel
  • Spare tube, levers, pump
  • CELL PHONE
  • Emergency contact with medical alert information (e.g. a card in your pocket, Road ID wristband)
  • Rear flashing light, front light (recommended) if you are commuting to/from the venue.

You must be a CLUB member AND a MCA member in order to ride with us. You are welcome to try a ride first before committing to membership. No charge. One time only. You MUST come with a signed waiver: ADULT Waiver or Youth (U18) Waiver

Interval Sessions with Nancy start TUESDAY May 1st

UPDATE: these rides will NOT move to Birds Hill Park in June. Please see Tuesday Night Intervals for all details.


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

TUESDAYS 7:00 PM (ready to roll by 7:15)
Birds Hill Park, Chickadee parking lot*
Starting Tue May 1st, 2018**

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).

**ALL May workouts will meet at 6:45 PM at Southglen shopping centre (Extra Food parking lot) and ride to Grande Pointe for intervals. Starting June 5th the usual BHP workouts will resume.

Monday Night Skiing starts January 1st, 2018

Bring in the new year right – Monday night skiing with Velodonnas starts TONIGHT!

Location: Windsor Park Nordic Centre (10 rue Des Meurons, Winnipeg).

Ready to ski at 7:00 PM.

Trail fees are in effect. Check out windsorparknordic.ca for details.

If you need to rent equipment please arrive ~20 mins early.

Classic technique (to start). We can talk skating later.

All abilities. Velodonnas members only. Come try it out once for free (like our Monday Night Rides).

Contact: Karin McSherry ride@velodonnas.ca 204-791-3195

Let’s go skiing!

Indoor Training Program Continues January 17th, 2018

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: Our location this year is 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

  • Jan – Mar Full New Year Pass- $100
  • 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 –  lindsayargue@gmail.com

Dates: Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm

  1. Jan  17, 2018
  2. Jan 24
  3. Jan 31
  4. Feb 7
  5. Feb 14
  6. Feb 21
  7. Feb 28
  8. Mar 7
  9. 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.

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 –  lindsayargue@gmail.com

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: http://mbcycling.ca/
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: https://youtu.be/SpPfsB1rwpw
And here’s pro rider Georgia Gould with some solid tips on the dismount and remount: https://youtu.be/hxhK4yvjCN4

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 http://dirtskirt.ca/skill-clinics/#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: https://www.specialized.com/ca/en/recon-ride and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/145824675984503/

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: http://dirtskirt.ca/dirt-skirt-100/ and here: https://www.facebook.com/events/234199660417258/

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): http://dirtskirt.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Velodonnas-Group-Ride-Guidelines.pdf

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 http://dirtskirt.ca/resources/

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

See you on the bike!