Sorella Cycling

August, 2017

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Sorella Sponsors the Hapeville Twilight Criterium!

Friday, Aug. 18th, 6pm

612 College Street

Hapeville, GA

We've got some exciting NEWS!

Sorella is sponsoring the upcoming women's races at the Hapeville twilight criterium August 18th! This will be a Friday night crit before the Grant Park crit on Saturday. We’re also hoping to organize a social to encourage Sorellas, friends, and family to come out and enjoy the racing.

What does that mean for you as a sorella?
- Free race entries ($0 FREE!) for all Sorellas for any of the ladies races. There are two races and if you are a cat 3 you can race twice, for free. This is for any sorella not just the race team. So come on out!
- Sorella's donation has made it so the women's and men's payouts are equal! If you make the Women’s podium Pro/1/2/3 you will get a payout through 7th place.
- Please help spread the word, we'd love to see a good size women's field in both events.

Here is the link to register. For the secret sorella code that gets you free entry, contact Bhop!

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

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 and 3 beers for all attendees from their selection of craft brews. Food details are being worked out but we'll have something good for sure. (Members eat free/ fellas&friends $5/ea)

Hosted by:
Sorella Cycling Board 404-216-6539


Featured Sorella: Meet Michael Friedlander!

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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 veterinarian with 3 furry children: Mona Lisa (18 years old), Annabelle (11 years old), and Trudy - a sassy little Sphinx hairless cat (5 years old). Annabelle and Trudy are both rescues. I've lived in the NW Atlanta/Vinings area for nearly 20 years although I was born in Jacksonville, FL. I grew up in the northeast and lived in Tokyo on a college scholarship for a year. I am passionate about daily meditation. Even when the world is caving in, it's a must for me. I love long bike rides with good company and an easy attitude and my community of close women friends that keep me in line and restore my sanity when I get to "the edge." As you can tell by my "fur-kids" - I love old cats that purr and cuddle and crazy kittens that just insist everything in life be fun. I love the wonder of watching a child discover a kitten of puppy for the first time. I'm passionate about service and charity; my biggest life lessons have come from learning to serve others and become useful to others. Random acts of kindness are a great way to keep me grateful for all that I have today. I love travel, GREAT ETHNIC FOOD, and culture -- we are all so much more alike than different!

What made you decide to join Sorella:

Wanted to be part of a group of women who foster and support other women who want to ride and be active in a supportive atmosphere.

Do you do Road, Mountain or Cyclocross:

Road, interested in Cyclocross.

Types of bike(s) you ride:

Blue NX 7, trek 5.9 Madonne, and "Earl," my fixie I like to ride in the winter on the SCT when it's nice and windy (a great work out!)

Your Favorite place to ride:

Stone mountain, Rome, Gaps.

Your dream ride:

Majorca Island cycling camp.

Biggest accomplishment on your bike:

The Gaps, for sure!

Why you love being a Sorella:

Sorella women are confident but also very personable and approachable. They seem quite focused and incredibly accomplished, but have not forgotten their first experiences cycling and are usually the first to volunteer to help, train, and support the new comers who want to learn and gain confidence. I am always searching for ways to express my belief that all I really have in this world is my relationships--- Sorella Cycling gives me many opportunities to lend a hand and be part of the positive energy of women helping women.


Race Report: Reflecting on the Ga Games

By Sarah Hoots

It was a cool Saturday morning on the start of Georgia Games. There was a light breeze, but you could tell the heat was on its way in as the sun continued to rise. It was my first road race back since having surgery in March, and was very much wanting to do well.

Before the start of the race, the other sorellas representing- Eleanor Adams and Wendy Gardiner- and I got to catch up. What Eleanor always says before a race is, ''remember, we're just out for a bike ride.'' That phrase always helps calm the nerves the first few miles while the group settles in.

It was a phenomenal course, a hilly 38 miles through the back roads of White, GA. The girls in our cat were all very strong, and all had the goal of bringing home a medal. We formed a small group with a Free Flite girl, and a girl from L5 Flyers where we alternated pulling. Together we tried to keep the Nova Nordic team from making a move.

The final mile was an interesting one... the heat was picking up and sun began beating down. Coming up quickly from behind was an angry men's peloton fighting for the finish. Made up of nearly 50 ego-driven men, they all flew by yelling at us to move. Thinking this would be a great time to make a break, Eleanor and I jumped into their peloton (which, you aren't supposed to do- we didn't know!), and it worked. And let me tell you, that girl can sprint!!! We were able to drop our group and fight a strong fight for the 1-2 podium spots.

Every race you come away with learning something. For me, I learned that while my endurance has improved dramatically since being off, my sprint work needs a lot of attention. I also learned not to jump into the men's peloton to drop someone.

And ultimately, I was reminded that racing is amazing and something any woman on a bike needs to try. No matter how nervous you may be, remember- ''Finishing is better than not finishing. And not finishing always trumps never starting.''

Sorella School: Hormone Health

Each month, the Sorella newsletter will feature a new article called "Sorella School" where you can learn more about cycling-specific lingo, culture, events, nutrition and other things you always wanted (but never knew you needed) to know. This month Sorella race team member, Sarah Hoots, discusses her experience with hormone testing and the impact cortisol can have on your energy level!

7 Signs Your Cortisol and Adrenals are BUSTED.

You spend countless hours training, working out, eating right and buffeting your body…

…and hundreds or even thousands of dollars on gym equipment, training equipment, health supplements, healthy food, and if you're a triathlete, marathoner, cyclist, adventure racer, obstacle racer or anything like that, travel and race entry fees too…

…but if you're overlooking your hormone health, you're often either taking two steps forward and one step back, or stagnating in your performance and fitness, or worse yet, backsliding in your results!

I have personally gone through metabolic damage and what my physician called a “cortisol crash”. This was back at the start of 2016 when I had hit an all-time low. I had no energy to do the things I wanted to do, felt like I couldn’t eat more than 1400 calories a day without gaining weight, and my mood swings were definitely more than the normal ‘PMS’ symptom.



Protecting your Hair On and Off the Bike

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By Sarah Hoots

If you’re like me, having date night ready sun-kissed waves is definitely summer hair #goals. But with sweat, salt, air, chlorine, and scorching rays to contend with during long hours on the bike, chances are the picture-perfect hair color you paid good money for is starting to look pretty worse for the wear.

For expert advice on how to protect your locks this summer, I turned to my personal stylist, Taylor Logan (Jamison Shaw Hairdressers). When it comes to dry, brittle hair prone to breakage in the summer heat, she’s seen it all.

Keeping your hair shiny and healthy in the summer is a struggle for everyone, but it’s a particular challenge if you have thin, or color treated hair. Even if you have the best salon dye-job, it can still fade if you don’t show your strands some TLC. “The sun causes dehydration and the color molecules will sip out if you don’t protect them,” Logan says. “When your hair’s dry or brittle, those colors aren’t going to want to stay and you are prone to breakage.”

This is a fair warning to those of you who have unicorn hair and don’t want to lose that magic before summer ends.

So what to do? Here are your three tips to keep your hair hydrated while on AND off the bike.

1. Hydrate with a masque while riding. If I’m riding over three hours on the bike, I might as well be multi-tasking, right? To protect my hair, I keep a bottle of spray water with me to moisten my hair before putting on a deep conditioner (I use the Moroccan Oil Deep Moisture Masque) and braid my hair with it in before putting my helmet on. It allows my hair to condition while I’m riding and prevents the sun from drying it out.

2. Use Vitamin C when hitting the pool or ocean. Vitamin C will remove all of the chlorine and heavy metals from the hair. The acidic nutrient balances out more the more basic pool stabilizer, returning your hair to its natural pH. To apply, mix a tablespoon of vitamin C powder with a pint of water, apply it all over your hair, and rinse after one to three minutes.

3. Stay sun protected. You already know how to layer SPF to guard your skin, but sun protection should extend to your hair. “Sunbathing color-treated hair can be very damaging,” says Logan. Even if your locks are au naturel or wear a hat, “if you are going to be in the sun for a long time, you definitely want to use a product with sunscreen in it,” Logan advises. Make sure it has UV protection.

Product recommendations:

Morrocan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask

Paul Mitchell Sun Sheild Conditioning Spray

Pure Vitamin C Powder by Pure Naturals




Monthly Beginner Ride

When: This ride resumes in August

Open to: Club Members Only

Leaves from: See Below

Beginning riders can meet on the first Saturday of the month for a developmental road ride. Each ride begins with a 15 - 30 minute review of basic road skills. We will have lunch or coffee following the rides.

Questions? Contact Amy Plummer

or Option 2:

Emily Burrows, Club Vice-President, can work with individuals on parts of the Atlanta Cycling course during the morning hours. Contact Emily for more information.

Sorella Gravel Grinder Series

When: Saturday, August 12th. Wheels Down at 9:00 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas and Friends

Location: Park in the gravel lot on the corner of Wheeler Cemetery Rd and Hurricane Shoals Rd near Maysville, GA (before you enter Hurricane Shoals Park which doesn’t open until 10 am.)

Terrain: Rolling hills with a few punchy climbs, 45 miles, 2500 feet
Breaks: This is a no drop ride, and we will stop as needed. There is opportunity to fill up water at a church at mile 20 and a store stop at mile 25.

Sorellas Jean Patrice Miller, Cambrie Epperson and Kim Cross invite you to try out the gravel roads near Maysville, Georgia. This route is 80-90% gravel and the paved roads are low traffic. There’s not much out in Maysville but beautiful countryside and gravel roads to explore. This ride is the second in a series of three gravel rides led by Sorellas and designed to expose new gravel riders to the wide diversity of routes here in Georgia. A mountain bike, cross bike, or road bike with gravel tires are required to accomplish these rides. The pace of the rides will be set by those in attendance, but will be on the order of 10-14 mph. Fitness level to complete the mileage and elevation are more important than the ride pace.

RSVP here to let Jean know if you are joining. Let her know if you are interested in a cookout and/or potluck in Hurricane Shoals Park after the ride. Click here for more information via facebook.

Eventide Brewery Ride

When: Thursday, August 17th - Ready to Ride @ 6:00PM

Open to: Everyone

Leaves from: Eventide Brewery

Join Sorella ride leader and club president, Brittany Hopson Montgomery (Bhop), for the monthly Eventide Brewing Intown Road ride. The group will leave Eventide to enjoy a 14-16 mile no drop loop all intown on streets that are not busy during rush hour! This will be a very chill social ride, no crazy climbs, very beginner friendly. Ride time is approximately 1:15-1:30.

Click here for more info.

Brews afterwards at Eventide to quench our thirst at the discounted cost of $8 (normally $12) for riders.

August Group Ride – Silver Comet Trail

When: Sunday, August 20th, 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 February - November, and bring your other ladies and fellas to join us. You can find a Facebook event for the ride, here.

Wednesday Evening Women’s Buckhead Road Ride

When: 6:30 pm through August

Open to: Sorellas and lady friends

Leaves from: E Rivers Elementary School

This ride runs the first Wednesday in April thru September and is led by Sorella Linda Rathje. Start time is 6:30pm (6:15PM in early September) and it will leave from the parking lot at E Rivers Elementary School at the corner of Peachtree and Peachtree Battle. Restrooms are available at Starbucks, across the street if you need them. If you ride to the start you can either join us at E Rivers or meet us at Cherokee Rd. and Andrews Drive. The pace is 14-15 mph which doesn't sound like much but the route is a hilly 21 miles. It is not a beginner ride. You should be comfortable riding with a group in light traffic and in hilly terrain. It is a great opportunity to improve your climbing skills and step outside your comfort zone, with a friendly group of women. There are a few pretty good climbs (4 or 5) and you can take these as hard and fast as you want. We regroup at the top so everyone can continue to socialize to the next climb. The group usually grabs dinner after the ride at La Fonda. For questions, contact Linda at

Tuesday Atlanta Cycling Ladies Road Ride

When: 6:30 through August

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:

MTB Ride from AC Vinings to Sope

When: Wednesday, August 16th, 6:15 Meet-up, Roll at 6:30

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, and Friends with Mountain Bikes

Location: Atlanta Cycling - Vinings parking lot, 4335 Cobb Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339

After a previous washout....this ride is on the books again.

Sorellas Laina Palmeri and Deidra Symon-James invite you to join them for a weeknight intermediate mountain bike ride that will roll from Atlanta Cycling - Vinings to the Sope Creek Mountain Biking Trail for a loop then back to Atlanta Cycling and perhaps grab dinner afterwards. Total distance approximately 16.5 miles and is considered an intermediate ride with a combination of road riding and trail riding. More info here.

Hapeville Criterium Race

When: Friday, August 18th, 6:00 p.m.

Open to: All Racers - Sorellas Race Free!

Location: Hapeville First Baptist Church, 612 College St. Hapeville, Ga. 30354

Join the East Point Track Club and Sorella Cycling for the first annual Hapeville Criterium. Sorellas race free - this is a great chance to try a Crit and hang with other Sorellas.

Sorella Sosbee Road Ride

When: Sunday, August 26th, 7:30 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, and Friends

Location: Sosebee Cycling Park, 465 Simpson Rd NE

White, GA 30184

Have you heard about the annual Beautiful Backroads Century? It is quite popular due to the easily accessible location and scenic route and takes place in September. Sorellas Sarah Hoots and Dawn Whightman Hill invite you to join them on a 75 mile training ride in July to prepare for this great century. Click here for more information via facebook and to RSVP.

Labor Day Metric Century

Hosted by Sorella Sponsor, Atlanta Cycling

When: Monday, September 4th, 2017

Open to: Everyone

Location: Campbellton United Methodist Church, 8650 Campbellton Fairburn Rd, Hwy GA 92 Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Enjoy a Labor Day Metric Century, September 4th, 2017 hosted by Sorella sponsor Atlanta Cycling along the Silks Sheets routes. This event sells out (300 rider limit) so save your spot by registering here.

Atlanta Cycling and Cycle Works are proud to sponsor this fundraising event for Campbellton United Methodist, the historic community church that has been so supportive of cycling over the years. This is our chance to repay their friendship as our contributions serve to preserve their historic building.

Join us for a delightful day of cycling on smooth rural roads and finish with an 'ole fashioned summer picnic for you and your riding friends. Ride options are 25, 40, 50, or 62 miles with sag support. Follow an easy to ride, painted route with few turns and almost no traffic. Maps and Garmin routes will be sent to pre-registered riders.


Sorella Membership Update

Please join us in welcoming our newest member for the month of August - we are 211 members strong:

Jacqueline Lickness!

Remember, ladies can join or renew on 10/1 and that will secure their membership through the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018.


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: Atlanta Cycling

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Sorella loves AC! Since 1975, Atlanta Cycling has made guests and their needs their number one priority. Throughout our history, AC has focused on relationships, beginning with a child’s first bike and continuing through their entire cycling life. Today, Atlanta Cycling partners with the leading brands they believe provide exceptional quality and innovative products. They believe their inventory and people are their biggest asset and they are extraordinarily proud of both. Atlanta Cycling’s team of friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced cyclists are dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience and ensuring your enjoyment of the sport we love. Note that Atlanta Cycling now owns Cycleworks, so your Sorella discount is good at those locations too!

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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