Sorella Cycling

October, 2017

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Sorella was out in full force at the Beautiful Backroads Century and made it look easy! Pictured here: Dawn Wightman Hill, Ali LeCraw-Smith, Wendy Gardiner, Sarah Hoots, Katie Hamlin


Save the Date: The Sorella AND Fellas End of Year Party

Sorella Cycling End of Year Party! / For Sorellas and Fellas
When: Sunday November 5, 5-8 pm
Where: Eventide Brewery, 1015 Grant Street SW Atlanta, 30315
Who: All Sorella members and fella or friend

Sorella Cycling End of Year Celebration

Free Beer/ Hincapie Fit Kit

When: Sunday November 5, 5-8 pm

Where: Eventide Brewery, 1015 Grant Street SW Atlanta, 30315

Open to: Sorellas (FREE!), Fella or Friend ($5 food, FREE beer)

Come celebrate another year of great cycling at our great sponsor Eventide Brewing! All Sorella members and Fella or friend are welcome! Eventide Brewery will provide a free souvenir glass, 3 full beers for all attendees from their selection of craft brews. We'll have awesome food, including veggie and gluten-free options.

A full line of Hincapie sample kit items will be available for try-on, with an opportunity to order the newly designed 2018-2019 Sorella kit in January! (Note: To order a Sorella kit you must be a current member.)

We'll be signing up 2018 memberships with special incentives from Atlanta Cycling for the first 50 to renew or join before or at the meeting.

Hosted by:
Sorella Cycling Board 404-216-6539


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Save the Date: Sorella/AC Bicycle Maintenance Clinic for Women!

Monday, Oct. 16th, 6pm

1860 Piedmont Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA

Come join us for a free Bicycle Maintenance Clinic for Women on Monday October 16 at Atlanta Cycling ANSLEY from 6 to 7p, sponsored by Sorella Cycling and Atlanta Cycling, hosted by Sorellas Jennifer Klein and Barb Stella. All women welcome, members or not! We'll cover the basics and more, especially changing a flat tire on the fly, minor brake and derailleur adjustments, cleaning and more. All levels welcome/ road or mtn (Don't need to bring your bike). Join us at a nearby restaurant afterwards!

ANSLEY - Atlanta LOCATION--1860 Piedmont Ave, ATL, 30324

Can't make October 16 at Ansley? Come to the next one on Monday, November 13 at AC Vinings. Come to both or either!


Featured Sorella: Ellen Carroll!

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

I work as sales representative and I am the proud mother of two rescued greyhounds.

I live in Atlanta Georgia but I am originally from New York.

I'm Irish and have traveled to Ireland twice and hope to go again!

My main hobby is cycling and I do it all: road, mountain, enduro, and cyclocross. I also enjoy weightlifting. I have been involved in Greyhound rescue for 25 years and have enjoyed the companionship of 7 ex-race dogs over those years.

What made you decide to join Sorella?

I joined Sorella not only to be a part of a fabulous organization but to make friends, inspire other women to enjoy cycling and to learn from so many diverse talented incredible women!

Do you do Road, Mountain or Cyclocross?

I love and enjoy mountain, road, and cyclocross!

Types of bike(s) you ride:

I am lucky to own a hard tail Fuji mountain bike as well as a Juliana Joplin full suspension mountain bike! I also own a Kestrel road bike and a Fuji cyclocross bike.

Your Favorite place(s) to ride:

My favorite place to ride is in the mountains.

Your dream ride(s):

My dream ride would be to take several days to pedal through mountains in British Columbia, Alaska, out west in the mountain ranges, or even throughout the Irish countryside. Patagonia would be another dream.

Biggest accomplishment on your bike:

My biggest accomplishment on the bike would be setting the goal to turn pro, working hard to achieve it, and then racing in the women's professional ranks. I am proud to have raced in hundreds of bike races - each of them are accomplishments and learning lessons!

Why you love being a Sorella:

I love being at Sorella because it has let me get to know and learn from so many amazing, talented, and interesting women.


Our Featured Sorella Takes the Title: The USA Cycling National Championship XC and Enduro Race

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To further demonstrate just how amazing our featured Sorella really is, we are proud to report on Ellen's big accomplishments at the USA Cycling National Championships XC and Enduro race where she took 4th place in XC and 1st place (NATIONAL CHAMPION) in the Enduro stage!

As a 1st time Enduro racer, Ellen rode Enduro Stages 1-4 on Wednesday of the championship series, spraining her ankle in Stage 3. Despite her injury, Ellen grabbed 4th place in the XC the next morning! A few hours following her XC race, Ellen had a bad crash and sustained a break to her lower leg/ankle (and her helmet!). Determined, she continued to ride the transfer section of the course to Stage 5 (which covered more climbing than 2 laps of the XC course!) on a broken ankle!! Because she started the stage, she was scored because she had ridden over the timing chip, but was able to turn around and be immediately transported by truck to the ski/bike medics. The three other ladies in the division scratched because the course was so difficult and since she already had the points - she earned the stars & stripes! We are so proud to see her stand proudly on two podiums at the Nationals follow back to back races! Kudos Ellen!


Sorellas Smoke Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty

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750 cyclists jammed the narrow exit of the Lumpkin County High School parking lot, timing chips in place, Star Spangled Banner complete, and the announcer reminds the crowd, ‘this is not a race’. Oh yeah, right!!! And they’re off! The 103 mile Six Gap Century with 11,230 vertical feet of climbing over 6 named gaps (and some that should have names!) starts with an aggressive front pack trying to make time for the first 18 miles before the ‘real’ climbing begins. It takes us every bit of defensive riding and jockeying skills just to stay upright as it’s pretty much shoulder to shoulder over the rolling terrain, with passing cars most surprised by the Sunday 7:30 am phalanx on the road. Once Neels Gap looms, the crowd thins out, and the trick is finding a steady pace up each of the climbs, and then finding somebody big and fast to ride behind during the descents and miles between climbs. And then gunning the final rolling 10 miles to the finish, after you’re already dead from the first 93 miles.

What amazing climbers our Sorellas are! Sorellas took FIVE of the TOP SIX PLACES for women, out of 65 female finishers. Barb Stella took 2nd overall woman with a time of 5:38, Jennifer Klein 3rd at 5:59, Dawn Hill 4th at 6:00, Linelle Schultz 5th at 6:08, and Kim Nelson 6th at 6:28. Believe me these are super times even for men, putting our Sorellas in the top 100 overall out of 796 finishers!

Starting an hour later, the only slightly less punishing Three Gap Fifty is 58 miles with 6,385 vertical feet of climbing. It follows the same rolling start and climbs Neels, Wolfpen and Woody’s before returning through the valley back to the high school. And Sorellas took the TOP TWO PLACES in Three Gap! Konnie Linenberg was 1st with a time of 3:22, and Ali LeCraw Smith less than a second behind, putting them in the top 35 overall out of 526! Sorella had lots of other riders there, too. Six Gap: Rhonda Cornelius; Three Gap: Diane Schleicher, Suzanne Brockway, Natasha Williams, Ellen Carroll and Wendy Gardiner; and in the Valley ride, with 3000 feet of climbing, Trish Albert and Shanika Roberts.


Georgia Golden Olympics Race Report

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By Kim Nelson

Imagine riding your bike on smooth roads lined by pecan groves and cotton fields for miles and miles and rarely seeing a moving car. That is our experience when we ride and race at the Georgia Golden Olympics in Grovania, GA. This was my 5th trip down to this little town just south of Perry, and the hospitality of the local folks never ceases to amaze me.

The races are extremely well organized. It is pretty simple. The first day we have a 40K RR with 2 divisions. Men & women ages 50-64 in one, and 65+ in the other. It is truly fun to race with the guys and Jennifer Klein and I have earned their respect over the years. We were thrilled to have a new friend, Diane Schleicher, racing with us this year. Recently retired, she now has more time to train and it was clear to us that she is no stranger to racing. The 3 of us shared the podium. The temperatures skyrocketed for the 5K TT which was held mid-afternoon.

Day 2 began earlier with a 20K RR, same divisions as before but the race was a good bit faster because of the shorter distance and the pace was quick from the start. We tried to stay in good position without affecting the guy's race. We have made some friends over the years and it was fun for us to try to figure out when the stronger riders would try to break away. Again, Jennifer, Diane and I shared the podium for the races, just rearranging ourselves for fun. 2 hours later we were getting ready to go off 1 minute apart for the 10K TT. Jennifer took Gold in both TT's, with some impressive times. The results for all the races were available immediately, unlike any race I have ever participated in.

We have had racers in their 90's before, but this year the oldest participant was 80. It is fun to see the folks come back year after year, not only from Georgia but also SC, AL & FL. In addition, we were treated to a real Southern lunch from back in the day. If you’ve never had a pineapple sandwich you don’t know what you are missing! Next year is a qualifying year, which means the top 4 finishers in each (5-year) age group will qualify for the National Senior Games to be held in Albuquerque, NM in 2019. So, those of you who will be 50+ next year put this on your radar. The state races will again be held in Grovania, GA in late September and it would be really fun to have a large contingent of Sorellas there, to show these guys how deep we are! #sorellastrong

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October Group Ride – Silver Comet Trail

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2:00 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Lady friends and fella friends

Leaves from: Silver Comet Trail (Hiram Depot)

Our monthly Comet rides have been great with over a dozen participants (when weather permitted). Please join us on the third Sunday each month through November, and bring your other ladies and fellas to join us. You can find a Facebook event for the ride, here.

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 for 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.

Tuesday Atlanta Cycling Ladies Road Ride

When: 6:00 in October

Open to: Sorellas and lady friends

Leaves from: Atlanta Cycling, Vinings

Tuesday Atlanta Cycling Vinings Women's ride takes place weekly! Atlanta Cycling Vinings Women's Road No-Drop Ride is every Tuesday March - October (March 6:15PM / Apr-Aug 6:30 / Sep 6:15 / Oct 6:00). Route often follows the 18 or 22 mile route on low traffic streets following a painted route at no drop pace. The emphasis will be on meeting others and on becoming more skillful and comfortable while road riding. Departing at the same time is a MENS/MIXED group, riding a different route ~24 miles. More info.

Special, Non-Recurring:

Blankets Creek Intermediate to Advanced MTB Ride

When: Saturday, November 4th, 11:00 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, and Friends

Leaves from: Blankets Creek Mtn Bike Trails, 2125 Sixes Rd., Atlanta, Ga 30114

What to expect:
· Intermediate to advanced mtb ride at a medium to fast pace
· Will wait for riders at all trail intersections
· Approx. 10 mile ride (will be doing Van Michael & Dwelling trails; both have options to shorten them)
· Attendees must have a mountain bike
· Ride is co-ed and open to anyone
· Lunch afterwards at Las Palmas Mexican restaurant, which is just down the road from the trails, for whoever is interested
*NOTE: If there are any true beginners interested in trying out mountain biking, Blankets Creek has just over 2 miles of beginner mountain biking trails called Mosquito Flats and Mosquito Bite. While there will be no beginner instruction given or beginner ride hosted on this date, individuals are welcome to come out and ride the beginner trails, and then socialize with the group at lunch to meet other riders.

Ladies MTB Clinic for Beginner and Intermediate Sorellas

When: Sunday, November 12th, 10:00 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas and Lady Friends

Leaves from: Allatoona Creek Park

Plan on joining Alexandra Martinez and Stefanie Wilmert, both cat 1 MTB racers in xc and endurance racing with 15+ years of racing experience as they host a clinic for Sorellas and lady friends! It will start at 10 am and last till approx 1pm including ride time.
This is a beginner and intermediate clinic. We will go over basic mountain bike maintenance, how to change a flat..etc., bike fit, and nutrition tips. We will then go over bike handling techniques such as cornering, braking and riding over obstacles comfortably. After the instruction we will do a no drop ride around the trails at Allatoona. A mountain bike and Helmet are required. Please RSVP on Facebook or email Alexandra if you are not on Facebook at

Conyers Horse Park MTB Group Ride

When: Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, and Friends

Leaves from: Georgia International Horse Park

Make plans to join Sorella Lara Jean Richards for a Sorellas, Fellas and Friends group ride at Conyers Horse Park. All levels of mountain bikers are welcome to join for a fun group ride with a 12 mile loop at a medium pace ~8mph. Option to do multiple loops. Helmet required. Please RSVP to the invite so Lara can know who to expect. Feel free to share the public event as well to invite non Sorellas and Fellas.


Sorella Membership Update

Renew your Sorella Cycling Membership NOW and get $20 Atlanta Cycling Gift Card

Time to re-up your Sorella annual membership for 2018! And how's this for an incentive: Atlanta Cycling is giving us fifty $20 gift cards to give to Sorella members who renew between NOW and our November 5 End of Year Party at Eventide Brewing. (Good at Cycleworks too!) That covers 50% of the price of membership, so get to it! Click to renew!

NOTE: These gift cards are also available for NEW members, so encourage that friend or new cyclist to join NOW. Current 2017 memberships will expire on Dec 31, 2017. Memberships/Renewals on or after Oct 1 this year will not expire until Dec 31, 2018.

(AC incentive gift cards are NOT for Sorella Board or Race Team members. But come on and renew right now anyway and show your leadership!)

Benefits include:
Participation in Sorella club rides, clinics
Organized, supportive women’s group rides for road, mountain and CX/gravel
Mentoring from other club members
Discounts from our shop sponsor Atlanta Cycling
Discounted products and services from our sponsors
Discounted custom team apparel by Hincapie
Socials, including Annual meeting and party at sponsor Eventide other Sorellas!
Cycling community service opportunities
$40 per calendar year -- to join or renew - please CLICK HERE!

Please welcome NEW Members since our last newsletter - Jamie Higgins, Dana Guglielmo, Whitney Haller, Jenny Stinson, Lucy Weyand, Irllen Queiroz, Robin Stevens, Samantha Gehrlich, Susan Goode, Sharon Zydney, Diane Schleicher

The following members have renewed their membership through December 2018:

Sandra Ferreira Atunes, Christine Relf, Debbie Ritenour, Paula Chambers, Konnie Linenberg, Rhonda Cornelius, Linda Rathje, Michelle Hollberg, Lara Richards, Paula Anderson, Sharon Murphy, Jody Carter, Angela Barros, Linell Schultz, Karen Rogers, Tamara Baggett, Melissa Love, Ali LeCraw, Ellie Rozier, Elise Lenthe, Mary Meegan, Beth Gearhart, Jennifer Whytock, Sarah Hoots, Beverly Yearack, Bonnie Supplee, Michelle Stahl, Julie Gazmararian, Jan Kelley, Lindsey Owings, Libby Brown, Brittany Hopson Montgomery, Jennifer Klein, Beth Walters, Wendy Gardiner, and Cristy Sellers Smith.


Sorella Board Position Available: Webmaster

Are you interested in being part of the Sorella Board of Directors? We are currently seeking a new website manager. If you have experience and you are interested in helping out, please contact our club president, Brittany Hopson Montgomery (Bhop) for more information.


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Featured Sorella Sponsor: Infinit Nutrition

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INFINIT Nutrition was started with a pretty basic idea, instead of hauling a jersey full of gels, salt pills, powders and chalky nutritional bars, athletes can get all of their nutrition in one simple custom sports drink made just for you. Just drink and race…it’s that simple. INFINIT’s online slider system that lets you adjust calories, carb blend, protein, electrolytes and even the flavor so it tastes the way you want. You can also add caffeine to match your race day plan of attack! The process is easy. Hop online and select from one of their pre-set cycling formulations or answer a few questions and INFINIT’s Osmo-fit system will create the perfect formula just for you. INFINIT backs everything they do with a full money back satisfaction guarantee. If you are not happy for any reason they will work with you to get it right. If you are still not happy they will refund your money.

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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