Sorella Cycling

Jan/Feb, 2018

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The 2018 Sorella BOD


Sorella Announces 2018 Board of Directors

Dear Members,

As I sit back and think of 2017 and all we have accomplished, I am even more thrilled with what the future looks like for our club! This will be my eighth year as a Sorella club member, sixth year as a Sorella board of director’s member, and my second year serving as the Sorella President. This club and board of directors have evolved so much from the time I decided to join.

This year we will have 13 ladies on the board of directors as a whole, out of these ladies we have five new board members that are taking the place of existing positions that were vacated. Our board is comprised of mountain, gravel, road, and cyclocross racers and riders, with a wide age variety and geographical location span.

The 2017 and 2018 board met last week during our annual “passing of the torches” meeting. New board members were welcomed, the 2017 year was reviewed, and the 2018 year was planned. We are excited about a couple things we would like to share with you all:

· 2018/2019 Kit design- more high visibility and eye-catching, Bonnie Supplee, Sarah Hoots, Jean Miller and their team from the BOD are to thank for this result!

· 2018/2019 New cash sponsor- Steel LLC, Robin Allen and Cristy Smith worked hard throughout 2017 to bring on this new cash contributor.

· 2018 New live club calendar- club members will now have a calendar to post and also know what rides and clinics are going on in their area. Thanks to Angela Barros for leading this initiative.

· 2018 Member appreciation gift- more to come but I will let you know we are working on the perfect accessory to your new kits to be given out at the annual meeting!

I am proud to present the Sorella Cycling board of directors for the 2018 year. These ladies put in multiple hours of volunteering each month in order to make sure our club runs and grows:

Elected Board Members:

· President- Brittany Hopson Montgomery

· Vice President- Angela Barros *New to position former ride coordinator

· Treasurer- Suzanne Brockway

· Secretary- Lauren Haws *New to BOD

· Membership Director- Katie Hamlin *New to BOD

Board Appointed Positions

· Sponsorship Director- Robin Allen

· Events Director- Michelle Holberg *New to BOD

· Race team Director- Jennifer Klein *New to position former communications director

· Ride Coordinator- Teri Danielson *New to BOD

· Communications Director- Nancy Marencin *New to position former Sorella member at large

· Webmaster- Sharon Zydney *New to BOD

· Newsletter Editor- Cristy Sellers Smith

· Clothier Sarah Hoots *New to BOD

The board is looking for a graphic designer who will come on board to help with the next kit design over the next couple of years. If you are or if you know of a lady cyclist who is skilled and would be interested please contact the BOD at

Brittany Hopson Montgomery (Bhop)

President, Sorella Cycling

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Check Out Our New Public Group Ride Calendar!!

New for 2018, Sorella Cycling has implemented a public group calendar found at as well as from within Google Calendar at

The purpose of this club calendar to provide a single and simple reference to activities that may interest our Sorella Cycling Members. While this is not an all inclusive calendar, it shall contain key date announcements/deadlines, rides, races, clinics, meetings and centuries (primarily those with Sorellas planning on attending). Activities that are not hosted/sponsored by Sorella are included for informational purposes only, users of this calendar are encouraged to stay updated on the latest information via the event host’s site which will be referenced on our club calendar.

If you are aware of a cycling event that our Sorella membership may be interested in seeing on the calendar, please send the information to so we can review your request and consider adding it to the club calendar.

Tips for Google Calendar users:
    • Once you Add the Sorella Cycling calendar you have the ability to toggle it on or off within your own Google Calendar

    • Within Google Calendar when viewing the Sorella Cycling Club calendar you have the ability to copy an entry to your personal calendar (these are not link so always refer to the original calendar for the latest)

    • On a phone or tablet, you may need to Sync the club calendar before it will appear within your own calendar view

    • You can get email notifications if Sorella Cycling adds or changes entries on their calendar
      • Within your Google Calendar, click on the Settings for Sorella Cycling's calendar
      • In the General Notifications section, choose what email notifications you want to receive, this is highly recommended if you want to see if a Calendar Entry are created, changed or cancelled.
      • Again, if you copy an entry from Sorella Cycling to your own calendar, they are not linked and any edits will not carry over to your copied/duplicated entry so always refer to the original calendar for the latest

General tips:
    • When viewing the calendar from the SorellaCycling website, you will be able to see the calendar and choose more details. To see it in Google Calendar format alongside your own Google Calendar you will need to be signed into your Google Calendar when accessing the More Details link.

    • Use of Google Calendar does not require a gmail account, Google calendar accounts can be created with any email address.

We hope you will find this a useful tool! If you have any questions or requests regarding our new calendar (or any aspect of the club), please contact us at


Featured Sorella: Stephanie Wilmert!

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Tell Us About Yourself: Occupation, relationship status, children, pets, where you live, where you're from, hobbies, etc.:

I am a 51 year old mother of two wonderful sons Jacob 28 and Levi 29. I’ve ridden bikes my entire life. I am a Georgia native and born in Marietta. I hold a Specialist Degree and teach mathematics at a local high school. My husband Brad and I love being adventurous and being outdoors. Besides mountain biking we kayak (rivers, salt marshes and the ocean) and hike almost as much as ride. We even have a “peddle -paddle” route at Sope Creek. I run a high school USAC team that has competed at Nationals and head coach of NICA for four years with the past two years holding the State titles. I am retiring from coaching this year.

What made you decide to join Sorella:

I had seen all the Sorellas racing and wanted to be part of a community of ladies.

Do you do Road, Mountain or Cyclocross:

Mountain mainly but I have a road bike and love all kinds of riding.

Types of bike(s) you ride:

I own two XC race bikes. Dragon XC Carbon 29r hardtail and Dragon Carbon 27.5 full suspension.

Your Favorite place to ride:

Blankets is my first love but all the local SORBA trails see me once a week from Allatoona to Sope to SORBA Woodstock trails. I love the mountains and prefer Elijah and Blueridge trails for my weekends. I’m always looking for a new trail.

Your dream ride:

I’ve taken some dream rides in my past. Moab, Fruita, Snowshoe, Bentonville, Pisgah, and looking for a new one this year. I’ve been told there is some fresh dirt in North Carolina I need to check out this summer.

Biggest accomplishment on your bike:

Getting my 3X34 Snake Belt buckle and coaching students athletes to the top levels!

Why you love being a Sorella:

It’s a community of women committed to building other women up and helping them develop as riders. It’s a place where women who love to ride belong and can find community. We are known as being skilled riders and our great reputation speaks for us.




Winter Silver Comet Group Ride p/b Emory Sports Center

When: Sunday, February 18th, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Lady friends, and Fella Friends

Leaves from: Silver Comet Cycles Parking Lot

4342 Floyd Rd SW Mableton, GA 30126

Our monthly Silver Comet Trail rides have been great with over a dozen participants (when weather permitted). With a new year comes a new announcement. Our monthly Silver Comet Trail rides are now presented by Emory Sports Medicine, one of our long time Sorella Cycling sponsors. Emory Sports Medicine wants us to know should we ever need them, they are there for us!

Our Sorellas have said they want to continue riding through the winter months. So...we are making a few adjustments for at least our winter rides. (If there is rain, snow or ice in the forecast, the ride will be canceled so stay tuned to the invite for weather updates).

We will start at 1PM and start from Silver Comet Cycles (mile 4.2 on the Silver Comet Trail). This gives us 3 different distances to meet the needs of all riders: 22 miles, 32 miles and 54 miles (with many other options as well since it is out and back).

We invite all Sorellas, fellas and friends to join us!

4th Sunday Decatur/Grant Park Social Ride

When: Sunday, February 25th, 9:30 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Lady friends, and Fella Friends

Leaves from: Decatur High School

Join Sorella Michelle Hollberg for a casual beginner city ride from Decatur High School to Grant Park (7 miles each way) with a social coffee stop at the Farmers Market. All bikes and riders are welcome - commuters, urban, road - bring your enthusiasm for cycling!

Winter Wednesday Night Ladies Ride at Stone Mountain Park

When: 6:30 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas and fellas who follow the Sorella pace

Leaves from: Meet in the West Gate (walk-up) Parking lot.

Led weekly by Sorella Pilar Hernandez. The ride begins at 6:30 pm and runs October through March. Meet in the West Gate (walk-up) Parking Lot. Please be sure you have rear and front lights (required by Stone Mountain). The pace and number of loops will vary depending on participants. Roughly 20 miles with an average pace of 12-14 mph. Because the ride consists of loops, it's great for all levels of riders - plus there is no fear of getting lost! Fellas are welcome with the understanding that it's a women's ride and allow the women to set the pace.

Special, Non-Recurring:

Sorella Farm to Bike Clinic

When: Sunday, February 4th, 3-5 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas Only

Location: New Location! Kim Nelson's House - 230 Superior Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

Join your hosts Julie and Kim to catch up with your current Sorella friends, while meeting some new ones, all while taste-testing some delicious, healthy treats! Participants will not only be able to sample some tasty energy alternatives but will also receive recipes for making them at home.

Remember to bring a “dish” to share along with recipe in the template format (found in the Facebook Members only page)

Please RSVP to Julie (

We plan to include the recipes in the second edition of the “Sorella Farm to Bike” cookbook. Here is the link to Edition #1!

Please RSVP by 1/28 to Julie (

We plan to include the recipes in the second edition of the “Sorella Farm to Bike” cookbook. Here is the link to Edition #1!


Sorella Membership Update

Wow! We have had a number of new members and renewals these past couple months so THANK YOU to everyone who continues to get the word out and support Sorella!

Please join us in welcoming our new members: Jessica Loo, Karen May, Pat Moore, Victoria Jarvis, Tara Vito, Susan Brock, Jenny Obando and Jameela Belyeu! We all are excited to have you join the Sorella family!

Thank you to all of our members who have chosen to renew your membership for 2018! If you haven't yet renewed, please do so as soon as possible! Our current membership is at 163 and rising quickly!

We are so excited to see what 2018 holds for Sorella and Iook forward to another great year making memories with such a strong group of women. Let's fill this year with even more adventures, podium victories and friendships!


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Featured Sorella Sponsor: Steel, LLC

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Steel, LLC, founded in 1947, is a leading national steel fabricator and structural engineering firm, located in Scottdale, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta near Decatur. Steel, LLC provides structural steel, miscellaneous metals, ornamental metals, erection, and services to general contractors, owners and developers for the construction of commercial, government, industrial and educational projects. Steel, LLC provides steel to general contractors across the nation with whom we have developed strong and long-lasting relationships. The company specializes in suburban mid-rise office buildings, corporate campuses, aviation/aerospace structures, and steel trusses.

Steel is a new sponsor for us this year and we are proud to sport their logo on the leg of our new kit. As a club please show your support for Steel's sponsorship of our team by using #steelllc at races and Sorella events.


Speaking of Sponsors....

Interested in tapping into our sponsors for a special event, freebies, or a learning opportunity? Please contact a board member for more information and to be connected to a sponsor to see if your event qualifies for special benefits.
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