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:

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

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:

160 km Route map

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

Facebook event page

Velodonnas of the North


Looking for a regularly weekly road ride in the north of end of the city?

Cindy Brown is leading a “Velodonnas of the North” ride on Monday nights starting at 6:30 PM from Birds Hill Park school parking lot in the town of Birds Hill.

All other Monday Night Ride guidelines and what to bring etc. are the same. Check out the page and contact Cindy if you are interested in our northern connection!

New for 2016 – Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Rides!

We are so excited to announce that we’ve found a ride leader for weekly MOUNTAIN BIKE rides!

Thanks to Emily Payne, Velodonnas members who are off-road enthusiasts now have a weekly ride to look forward to.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS from May through September. Ride meeting locations will vary. Please check the Wednesday Night Rides page or our event Calendar for the schedule.

As with all club rides – you must be a Velodonnas club member to participate. Non-members are welcome to come try a ride before joining (please bring a signed waiver with you).

Mountain bikers unite!

Club Time Trial Postponed To Monday Night

The forecast for Sat April 16th is just ridiculous (5C, rain, and a strong north wind? no, thanks) so we’ve made the executive decision to hold the time trial on Monday instead.

Monday Night Ride – April 18th – new location!
Birds Hill Park – North Dr. meet at Chickadee lot #2 (roadside parking area)
6:00 PM to sign-in (if you are doing the time trial) and warm up
6:30 PM MNR Group Ride start
6:31 PM Time Trial starts (30 sec or 1 min intervals)

If you are time trialling, please register here: