Trek Women
April 27, 2008

Gary Fisher thinks my shoes are cool!

Dsc_0258_3 That's right!  Gary Fisher really does think my shoes are cool. 

Fisher was at the Sea Otter last week.  I first saw him when he pulled up to the Hotel we were staying at.  He got out of his car and said hello to the group I was with.  Fisher knew just about everyone in the group, except me, and maybe one other person. He was just chatting with us, and we told him we were on our way to go bowling because it was Lindsay's Birthday. He said 'Happy Birthday" to her, and then looked down at my shoes. I was wearing my new Asics running shoes.  They have a brown/gold color, with a little bit of light blue.  Gary Fisher looks at me and asks "Are your shoes gold?"  I said "Yes, they are my running shoes".  And then he said "Those are cool shoes".  Me, "Thanks". 

End of story. Gary Fisher thinks I have cool shoes.  It was great.  I got to see him a few more times that weekend.  He even attended our Women Who Ride Club party.  It was supposed to be a "No Boys Allowed" party, but we had to let him in...come on, it was Gary Fisher.  The ladies loved having wine and cheese with him.

The picture is of Fisher congratulating Sam Schultz on his win in the Short Track event at Sea Otter. I snapped this shot- isn't it great!  Sam races for the Subaru-Gary Fisher Mountain Biking team.  He had an awesome race...I think it might have been his first win as a Pro Rider.  Congrats Sam!

April 27, 2008

Club for Women

Dsc_0046 Trek just launched a new club for Women this last weekend at the Sea Otter Classic. 

We held the first official club party on Saturday, which was a blast.  There was cheese, wine, gifts, raffles, and all kinds of women riders.  We had everyone there; from first time riders, mothers, and daughters, to Lea Davison, a Pro Rider for Trek VW team.  I think we even had a few "WWDR" (women who don't ride) who showed up to the party.  They must have come for the cheese. It was fun, and we were glad to have everyone there.

The idea for the club came from the Women Who Ride Contest.  It all started when Trek received thousands of entries for their Women Who Ride Contest last year.  After reading all of the 500 word essays, the women at Trek ran into two problems; choosing only 5 winners from a pool of incredible women, and harnessing the groundswell fantastic interest in the WWR idea. The Women Who Ride club is the answer to the second question, and if the first party is any indication, it is going to turn out to be a humdinger!

Everybody is invited, except for boys.  Here is where you can sign up.

April 20, 2008

Lots of Tales to Tell

I just flew back in to Minneapolis a couple of hours ago.  I have so many fun stories to tell about the weekend.  The stories involve Gary Fisher, my bike race, the Trek VW Racing Team, sunburns and windburns, the new Women Who Ride Club, and so much more. I am exhausted though.  I will get to the blogging this week.  Keep an eye out for them!

And Carrie, I haven't forgotten about the blog I promised you.  It is coming.

April 8, 2008

Preparing for the races

Logo My first race of the year is less than two weeks away! Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA! April 19th. Am I nervous?...yeah!  I haven't ridden my bike on dirt in 5 or 6 months.   I don't know what the course is like, but the Sea Otter Website gives this description: "You will fight your way up short, steep climbs and enjoy single-track trails that include rocks, sand and other challenges. You will careen through tight sections in the trees..."  Great, I am really in for it now. I really hope I enjoy those trails full or rocks, sand, and other challenges.  I want to enjoy them, but not come too close to them, or have any sort of interaction with them.  If you remember from a previous blog, I said it is my goal to ride in a race this season without falling off my bike. 

Wish me luck.  I'll keep you updated on my cycling and racing events.  Next planned race is the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota...May 17th. Yeah, that is right, a marathon...26.2 miles of running.  It will be my second, and hopefully fastest, marathon yet!

Keep riding...and running.

April 3, 2008

An Astonishing Night!

Header_car I went to Ladies Night Out at Penn Cycle in Eagan last night.  Tori, the WSD Demo girl, was there and she had asked if I wanted to come. She said I could introduce myself and talk a little bit about Women Who Ride and my blog and stuff.  I showed up a little late, but figured there would only be a few ladies there any way.  I was totally surprised.  There must have been 60-70 ladies or more! When I walked in Tori was right in the middle of talking about saddles, shorts and chamois cream.  She said "Oh and Stephanie is here, just in time!" 

I don't know whether it was the fact that this winter has been so long, or that women in Minnesota are always so excited about biking. There were so many women there. All kinds of riders too.  There were ladies who didn't even own a bike yet, but were thinking of starting to ride.  There were ladies who didn't even pay attention to Tori as she demonstrated how to change a rear flat tire...they must be seasoned riders.

It was fun to hang out and talk to other women who ride.  They also served wine and cheese!  I had never been to a Ladies Night before.  Great fun.  Learn about bikes, gear, races, group rides, and bring tons of questions.  Check out the Trek website to see if there will be one in your area soon. Click here: Ladies Night Out.