Sorella Cycling

December, 2017

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Ali, Bhop, Chloe, and Cambrie at Across the Beeriers CX race in Athens, GA


Sorella Announces 2018 Race Team

Sorella is proud to announce our Sorella Race Team for 2018, twenty Sorellas of all ages competing in numerous cycling disciplines. This year the team is evenly divided between road and off road competitors, from beginning racers to regional and national champions with 20+ years racing experience. Various team members will compete in events that span the calendar year and include road, cyclocross, mountain bike, track and road events. We especially want to thank our team sponsors: Hincapie Sportswear, Steel LLC, Atlanta Cycling, Eventide Brewing, Dashing Images, Tifosi, Emory Alliance Credit Union, Emory Sports Medicine, Escape to Blue Ridge, Infinit Nutrition, LW Coaching, and SculptHouse.

Jennifer Klein

Sorella Race Director

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Featured Sorella: Lauren Haws!

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

I'm a Georgia native and grew up in Marietta, but my husband Charlie and I moved to the Decatur area 11 years ago just after we were married. He's been riding for years and got me interested in road riding. I finally upgraded from my childhood Trek to a road bike in 2011! I have two awesome bike loving kids, Evan (5) and Isla (3). We love riding as a family and attending races. Both kids are finally tall enough to bang the boards at the Velodrome, and just this year we've started going to cross races...mostly to cheer and pass out hand-ups! I'm an inpatient pediatric physical therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and I work at Egleston Hospital. We love to travel and camp. In my down time, I love to read (blogs, magazines, non-fiction), bake, and sew.

What made you decide to join Sorella:

I knew a few Sorellas from work and other connections, but it was really Charlie that encouraged me to join. He knew of Sorellas from some of the group rides that he was doing and commented about how they were always friendly and welcoming to other riders. I was looking for more community, and I was struggling to find a place where I fit in within the cycling community, especially since I'm more of a recreational rider. I joined an intro to group riding session put on by Amy Plummer, and joined Sorella after our first ride together!

Do you do Road, Mountain or Cyclocross:

I ride road, but would be interested in dipping my toes in cyclocross and mountain biking sometime!

Types of bike(s) you ride:

2011 Fuji Finest, and I still have my very first Trek 820 bike that I got for Christmas in 1995

Your Favorite place to ride:

We ride a lot in Northwest Georgia/Chattanooga near my parents since we can leave the kids behind and have bike dates!

Your dream ride:

Once our kids are a little older, I want to ride out at Grand Teton National Park. I'd also love to ride in Patagonia.

Biggest accomplishment on your bike:

I had a family acquaintance killed in a tragic cycling accident on the road a few years ago. I was terrified to ride on the road after that. My biggest accomplishment is facing that fear and working on safety, awareness, and handling skills. I attended a bike commuters class, and now, I am a more confident commuter and road cyclist. Working through those barriers has allowed me to not limit myself to riding on trails and has allowed me to expand my riding horizons. I am an advocate in my community and workplace for safe cycling and driving practices and hope to encourage more women to join us on the road.

Why you love being a Sorella:

I love knowing that I have a community of strong, kind, like-minded women. I have met women that I otherwise might not have been connected with. I especially love the monthly group rides for meeting and connecting with others. I'm very proud to wear my Sorella jersey and represent the club!



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By Sarah Hoots

If your company break room is like most, it offers an intoxicating buffet of sugary, salty and savory snacks loaded with useless calories. While harmless at first glance, these tempting treats contribute to numerous health problems and can sabotage even the most diligent workouts at the gym.

A handful of trail mix translates into over 400 calories, and that’s about equal to one healthy meal! Snacking is often triggered by work boredom, stress, and afternoon energy crashes. Frequent indulgence can lead to weight gain, headaches, lethargic fatigue.

You don’t have to fall prey to the break room.

Struggling with workplace munchies? These 5 tips will help you sail through the day with energy and enthusiasm.

1. Start with a good breakfast. You’ve heard the cliché, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but the majority of people still fall short of a eating a nutritious breakfast. Instead of sugary cereals or toaster pastries, try eggs, cottage cheese, or oatmeal and you’ll feel satisfied without dips in concentration.

2. Pack a power lunch. Studies show that the healthier your lunch is, the less you want to sabotage your diet later on in the day. A nutrient-dense lunch loaded with colorful veggies, protein and whole grains will leave you energized with mental clarity. Aim for a lean protein source likes grilled chicken or tuna fish.

3. Bring your own snacks to work. Take ownership of your health and don’t be a victim of the break room blues. Foods rich in soluble fiber like edamame pods, hummus, and raw veggies encourage a full sensation and encourage better blood sugars. Protein bars like Think Thin and Quest are also good choices and best with a bottle of spring water.

4. Make a swap. If you occasionally crave a salty, crunchy or sweet treat, try a bag of frozen grapes, Skinny Pop! Popcorn, apple slices, or Quest protein chips.

5. Hydrate. Drinking plenty of water is critical to digestion and flushes out nasty toxins. Since cravings for food are strong than those for thirst, stay hydrated to you can easily distinguish one from the other. Sparkling water is refreshing with lemon or lime added, and something bubbly is always fun to drink!



December and January Group Rides – Silver Comet Trail p/b Emory Sports Medicine

When: December 17th and January 28th

Open to: Sorellas, Lady friends, and Fella Friends

Leaves from: Silver Comet Cycles

Our Sorellas have said they want to continue riding through the winter months. So...we are making a few adjustments for at least our December and January 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). Check out the Facebook event for more information.

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:

Christmas Lights Ride

When: Wednesday, December 13th, 6:30 p.m.

Open to: Sorellas, Fellas, and Friends

Leaves from: Atlanta Cycling - Vinings Store

Join Atlanta Cycling for their annual 12 mile / 12 mph, stay together, ride to see the Christmas lights by bike. Please mount front and rear lights to be seen. Street lights provide enough light to see. Purely Optional - bring an unwrapped toy of any value to be given to a local children's home. Riders and non-riders meet after the ride just before 8 PM at NY Pizza Exchange in downtown Vinings at the railroad tracks.

Bonus - the Vinings store will remain open that evening until 8:00 PM for a "Cycling Madness Sale".

Covered Bridge Road Ride

When: Monday, January 15th, 10 a.m.

Open to: Sorellas and Lady Friends

Leaves from: Agnes Scott College

Join your ride leader, Julie Gazmararian for a beautiful, scenic “covered bridge" ride. Gently rolling hills with minimal traffic once we get out of the city! If we are lucky, we will see some alpacas before we ride through a historic covered bridge. There are a few water/food stops en route but best to bring along some food. Approximately 60-70 miles. We will average between 15-17 mph and will periodically regroup. While this ride will be no-drop with a sweep, it is considered advanced due to the distance and pace and is not appropriate for beginners. Riders must be comfortable with riding at least 50 miles at 15-17mph. Please RSVP to Julie Gazmararian at More Info is available here.

Sorella Farm to Bike Clinic

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

Open to: Sorellas Only

Location: Julie Gaz's House - 411 Landover Drive Decatur, Ga. 30030

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.

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

Please give a warm welcome to Candace Roberson, Karen Rentzepis and Heidi Shaw as they are the newest members of our Sorella family!

In addition, the following Sorellas have renewed their membership through December 2018 : Carol Lipinski, Tracy Montgomery, Rhonda Cook, Stefanie Wilmert, Paula Johnson, Denise Murray, Ellen Carroll, Lisa Ramey, Sarah Kelly, Laina Palmeri, Chloe Murdock, and Rosie Levy.

If you haven't yet renewed your membership for 2018, please remember to do so ASAP! We've got another great year of biking and friendships ahead of us and we'd hate for anyone to miss out! Renew now by clicking here


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Featured Sorella Sponsor: Tifosi

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Tifosi is the Italian word referring to a super-fan, an enthusiast, and that is exactly who we are and who we make our eyewear for. Our mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of all sports and outdoor activities. We design test and torture our product to enhance your sport whether you’re running a 5k, riding your first century or playing 18 holes on Sunday. Tifosi defines us; we are enthusiasts about our product, our sport, and our fun.

As a club let’s show our support and give Tifosi lots of love on social media with the hashtag #tifosioptics when out riding in your kit.
Follow Tifosi on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter!

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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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