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3/31/03
 
We've posted the 2003 schedule.  Go to the schedule page to make your plans for this season.  Stay tuned for announcements! 

7/28/02

Barney's Bicycle

and the

Seven Hills Wheelmen

present

the

GEORGE

STREET

BIKE CHALLENGE for MAJOR TAYLOR

Sunday, July 28, 2002

11:00 a.m.

Main Street & George Street, downtown Worcester, Mass.

See how fast you can pedal up one of Worcester's steepest hills,
a 500-foot quad-buster where "the Worcester Whirlwind,"
1899 world cycling champion Major Taylor, used to train.

The average grade is 18 percent.

Open to ages 12 and up.

Entry fee $10. Helmets required.

One rider at a time against the clock.

Proceeds benefit the Major Taylor Association, Inc.,
which is planning to build a statue of Major Taylor at the Worcester Public Library
in Salem Square -- the city's first monument to an African-American.

Free Major Taylor posters to the first 100 entrants.

Registration 9:30-10:45 a.m. First rider starts at 11:00 sharp.

WHO WAS MAJOR TAYLOR? Marshall W. "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) of Worcester was the world's first black sports superstar. Known as "the Worcester Whirlwind" and "the colored cyclone," he was world cycling champion in 1899, American sprint champion in 1900, and broke numerous track cycling records. He was the second black world champion in any sport (after bantamweight boxer George Dixon in 1891). He had to fight Jim Crow prejudice just to get on the starting line, and he faced closed doors and open hostility with dignity. The Major Taylor Association is dedicated to honoring his athletic achievements and strength of character -- sportsmanship, devotion to God, caring for those less fortunate, and personal struggle for equality.

More information:

www.majortaylorassociation.org/events.htm Barney's Bicycle 508-799-BIKE

UPDATE 5/20/02

Hi Everyone,
Just a few notices to share with participants of The Cycle Loft New England Women's Race Series.

1)  We'll add the Sunapee Bike Race back onto the schedule for September.  The promoter is  trying to reschedule for September 7th after yesterday's Snow cancellation.  Hard to believe it was snow that kept us from racing on May 18th.

2)  Clif Bar has sent some product for you all to try, so you'll be seeing Clif Bar primes and giveaways at Series races.  Thanks to Kerry VanVoris at Clif Bar for the product support!

3)  Bike Stuff Jewelry is having a sale for Series and Clinic Participants.
10% off anything on the site!  Use special coupon number - 567890  Just add it in the coupon box at check out.   Thanks to Vera Bean at Emotions In Motion Bike Stuff Jewelry   <http://www.bikestuffjewelry.com/>


4)  Next up on the Series Calendar is the Hartford Criterium May 26th.  There is still time to pre-register at   http://www.bikereg.com/races/register.asp?EventID=315   This is a fun course, almost flat, and great for spectators!

5)  Due to the Cancellation of the June 8th NYC Women's Challenge race for this year, we get a little break in the Series schedule after Hartford.  The next Series race after Hartford is the Syracuse Criterium.  This will also be a chance to gain bonus points in the Vintage 35+ series by doing two races.  If you're 35+, show up early to do the 10am Masters 35+ race, then do your regular women's race at 2:15.  You get Series points for both races.

6)  Our June 1-2 Women's Weekend Cycling Clinic is just about full.  But we can fit two more people if anyone is still interested in attending.  More information is available at http://www.bikereg.com/races/register.asp?EventID=357

7)  Women's Oriented Rides during the week:  We'll post them at the Series Web Site   http://cyclingmadereal.tripod.com/newenglandcat3cat4andmastersseries/id9.html
Here's a new one:
Nashua, New Hampshire Women's Ride.  Monday Nights.  Meet at 6pm at Exit 6 across from the State Liquor Store.  Easy, conversational pace for a Monday night spin.  Guys are welcome too, just keep in mind it's an easy pace.  Ride about 90 minutes.

8)  We'd like to get a weekly (or monthly) women's ride going from The Cycle Loft.  Is there anyone who lives in the Burlington, MA area interested in leading a women's ride for either fun or fitness?    Contact me at moriartygerri@cs.com.  

UPDATE: 2/28/02

Announcing Monthly Women's Focused Days At the Wells Ave Training Series - Starting March 17, 2002

"The Wells Ave. Training Series has a long tradition of helping new racers get started in the sport, as well as helping experienced racers get started for the season. The races are criterium format around a flat, smooth 0.8 mile circuit. The finishing straight is long and wide allowing safe, fast, exciting sprints. "

Read more about the Wells Ave Training Series at the BRC web site:  


The Wells Ave Training Series in Newton, Massachusetts runs every Sunday from March 3 to September 29th, and women are welcome every week!  But if we can get women to target specific weeks - they are willing to put on a separate women's field during the "B" race at 10:15 when enough women show up.

To entice you to come out for the Women's Training races, we'll provide FREE post-race coaching from experienced women who will race in the pack and talk to everyone after the race.  It's just a training race, so you can even ask questions during the race!    And if you've never tried it and are worried about the pace, don't fret, it's just a training race, so hop in for as long as you can and pull out to rest if you need to.  This training series is for training - so come practice and don't worry about results.  To make it fun The Cycle Loft will throw in a few product primes, and will privide a mechanic for the sidelines.

Mark these Sunday dates on your calendars:

March 17  (St. Patrick's Day)
April 14
May 12 (Mother's Day)
June 16 (Father's Day)
July 28  
Aug 11
Sept 22

These dates will not conflict with The Cycle Loft NE Women's Race Series.  The Series schedule is being finalized and will be published soon.  (But for your planning purposes, the Series will start with the Adelphia Grand Prix on April 21, the Palmer Library Road Race on April 27, and the Monson Road Race on April 28.)

I hope we see many of you at Wells Ave on March 17th!

Gerri