Velodonnas Custom Items Have Arrived!

Well, almost all of our custom order has arrived. The MTB jerseys will be another few weeks. Stay tuned.

Jerseys & bib shorts, socks, t-shirts and bottles are here. Available for pick up at Karin’s house in St. Boniface. Text her at 204-791-3195 to arrange pick up.

Didn’t pre-order? Don’t worry, we have plenty of t-shirts & bottles to go around. Let us know if your interested in purchasing ride@velodonnas.ca

Coming soon….ball caps!!

Solstice Ride – Monday June 25th

The 3rd Annual Solstice Ride is happening tomorrow night – Monday June 25th 6:30 PM
For those new to the club, the Solstice Ride is a regular Monday Night (Road) Ride but longer than the usual distance – to help prepare for the Women’s 100!
Start locations are the same for all 3 options (South, West & North). Start times are the same except for the South which normally starts at 7:00 PM. Tomorrow night all rides leave at 6:30 PM.
The SOUTH will be ~80 km long and ~ 3hours. Heading to Ile des Chênes, Lorette (break), Landmark (break) & St Adolphe (break). If you are coming please bring 2 bottles and some food. Yes, we will stop in 3 places but the stops will be brief so we’re not out past dark! Bring cash (or whatever) if you want to buy something at any of the rest stops.
The WEST route will ride ~60 km and head to Headingly by way of Roblin Blvd as usual, then head over Taylor bridge and take the access road to St. François Xavier and continue past the Whitehorse till we’ve gone a total of 30km and turnaround. We can stop at the general store in town (open till 8) if anyone needs on the way out or back depending on time.
NORTH riders are planning a 60-65 km route as well. No details just yet but it will be great! 😉
So, if anyone is looking for a slightly shorter route than the South’s 80km, then please consider yourself invited to the West or North rides. (Of course, any ride is open to any member as per usual).
Questions? Concerns? Shoot us an email or contact any one of the ride leaders (also known as Veldodonnas Domestiques).

Bike Week

June 18 – 24, 2018 is Bike Week in Winnipeg!

Help spread the word – Velodonnas is hosting an Introductory Skill Clinic for ALL riders of ALL abilities on ALL bikes. The emphasis is basic bike skills for commuters and anyone else wanting to be more bike confident and competent!

Friday June 22
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Whittier Park (meet in shelter adjacent to Fort Gibraltar)


Velodonnas will also have a table set up at Ciclovia on Sunday June 24th. Come say hello and maybe grab a free poster (quantities very limited).


https://www.bikeweekwinnipeg.com/about/events-schedule/

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!