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 ride@velodonnas.ca 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 lindsayargue@gmail.com  (204) 782-4386.
See you on Wednesday January 11, 2017 for registration and our first awesome workout!!


Monday Night Skiing starts Dec 19th

Monday night skiing with Velodonnas starts next week!

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!

Women’s Indoor Training Program Begins October 26th

Fall 2016 Program

Location: Beautiful Savior Lutheran School (52 Birchdale Ave), School Gym

Registration: Official registration will take place at the first session – Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm

Pre Registration: Please complete and e-mail the registration form and waiver to Lindsay at lindsayargue@gmail.com

Dates: 8 weeks – 6:00-8:00pm

  1. Oct 26
  2. Nov 2
  3. Nov 9
  4. Nov 16
  5. Nov 23
  6. Nov 30
  7. Dec 7
  8. Dec 14‪

What to Expect:

  • Arrive at 6:00 PM to change and set up your bike & trainer
  • An hour and a half 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
  • Cycling fitness!

What to Bring:

  • Bike
  • Trainer
  • Water Bottle
  • If you don’t have a trainer and would like to try one before purchasing please e-mail Lindsay.

– $100 – Velodonnas Team Members
– $120 – MCA Licensed Members
– $140 – Non MCA Members

Or $10 Drop-in (maximum 3)

Lindsay Argue lindsayargue@gmail.com

Cross is Coming

Happy September 1st!

You know what’s great about September? Cyclocross.

You know what’s great about Cyclocross? Everything.

Starting next week Friday nights are cyclocross training nights with the Velodonnas. Join us 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Whittier Park for an hour of circuit training where we’ll try to master the beauty and grace of dismounts & remounts, bike carries & barriers, run ups & off camber switchbacks. It will transform you.

What to bring?

  • Your cyclocross or mountain bike. Remove your bottle cage (carry a bottle in your jersey pocket).
  • HELMET (obviously), gloves, spare tube (with tire lever, pump)
  • Emergency contact with medical alert information (e.g. a card in your pocket, Road ID wristband)
  • Rear flashing light and front light IF you are traveling to and from Whittier Park on your bike. BE SEEN out there on the roads! If you are driving then the lights are not necessary.

August Calendar Updates

The August Wednesday Night MTB Ride Schedule has been posted. Let’s get our off road skills developed so we can crush the new “Bison Butte” MTB course at Fort Whyte when it opens later this month!
Note that August 24th will be a Try-a-Race opportunity at Bur Oak in Birds Hill Park. Good times!!

Monday Night Road Ride August 8th will be another “Race Prep” night. Come with your questions and ready to hammer. We’ll set up a mini handicap race for some friendly competition and race practice. The 2nd Grande Pointe Circuit Race is happening Thursday August 11th: http://mbcycling.ca/event/grande-pointe-circuit-race-road-2/

The sun will start setting pretty early so keep in mind that the Monday Night Rides will start at 6:30pm August 22nd & 29th. And then that’s it for evening road rides. Mountain Bike rides will continue but please remember to bring your lights if you are commuting to/from the rides. Be visible out there!

And if you know what’s good and right you will mark your calendar for our Cyclocross Skills Clinic Sunday August 28th.
Stay tuned for more info on weekly “cross labs” (cyclocross skills & drills) starting in September.

~Ride On!

Dirt Skirt 100 – Century Ride – July 16th

It’s that time again! Time for our annual CENTURY RIDE. A little something we call the Dirt Skirt 100. Here’s the details:

Time & Location: 8:30 AM, leaving from Assiniboine Park – old zoo entrance parking lot https://goo.gl/maps/ByHbFGJHvy92

Open to all FEMALE cyclists 13+ years of age.

Free for Velodonnas & MCA members.

$10 for non-MCA members. Please bring a signed WAIVER with you:

100 km Route map: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12926861

160 km Route maphttps://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/12927359

This is a self-supported ride:

  • Come Prepared
    • Carry spare tubes, pump, food, water & money for more food/water at local gas stations.
    • Bring your mobile phone.
  • Aid Stations
    • We will have some snacks and water at 4 aid stations – Rosser (25km point), Marquette (50km point), Hwy 26 at PR248 (115km point of the 160km route) & the white horse in St. Francois Xavier (78km/137km points).
    • Both Rosser & Marquette have gas stations.
  • Bring your Baking!
    • If you would like to bake/make ride snacks for sharing please bring them to the start and we’ll get them to the aid stations.

Questions? Contact Kim Mitchell kimmitchell.11@gmail.com

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