Spoke Haven & Wisconsin Indoor Cycling Host Monthy Women’s Indoor Training Sessions

We’re excited to announce that Wisconsin Indoor Cycling has generously offered their indoor training facility to our women’s cycling club.

Starting December 14th, 2014 Spoke Haven will be hosting a monthly women’s indoor ride. The sessions will take place every second Sunday of the month through the Spring and will start at 3pm in the afternoon.

The first session will be an Intro to Indoor Cycling. Topics covered include how to install a trainer skewer on a bike, how to install a bike on a trainer, what trainer accessories are recommended for indoor riding, and what types of goals you can set for yourself with indoor training, as well as the benefits of indoor training. The first session will also include a 30 minute ride.

Attendees must bring their own bikes, bike clothes, and any other accessories (cycling computers, etc.) they prefer to ride with. Trainers, towels, and water will be available on site. Summer riding clothes are recommended!

Subsequent rides will be a range of structured workouts, movie viewings, themed rides, and an overall way to enjoy indoor group riding!

There’s a suggested $10 donation per rider per session. Donations collected will be for the Spoke Haven Bike MS Best Dam Bike Tour team for their Summer 2015 ride.

All attendees will also have the opportunity to get 20% off from Cycle Ops towards the purchase of a trainer from the Cycle Ops online store. Cycle Ops is the official trainer brand of Spoke Haven and Wisconsin Indoor Cycling.

Space is limited to 30 riders, so please RSVP on our Meetup page or by e-mailing: info@spokehaven.com with the subject line, WISCONSIN INDOOR CYCLING.

A special Thank You to Aaron and the crew over at Wisconsin Indoor Cycling for supporting Spoke Haven’s mission and supporting women’s cycling!

Summer Bike Events & UPDATES!

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update. Our summer has been jam packed with cycling events around Madison. Everything from Cyclofemme to Fix A Flat Clinics to Sunday morning brunch rides has kept us busy!

We’re still in the planning process of trying to get an awesome and unique women’s only shop in Madison, but part of our planning is getting our name out to the world. Spoke Haven has been working with key partners such as the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Team Luna Chix, Wheels & Reels, the City of Madison, and other community leaders to make this all happen. So far we’ve received great feedback and support from every person we’ve worked with up to this point and it’s all very exciting.

Our goal is to continue to help not only offer fun cycling events for women in our community, but to also support others who want to help promote cycling for fun, for sport, and as a mode of transport. We want more butts on bikes and we can’t make that happen unless we all support one another.

Spoke Haven will continue to provide support and educational resources through the end of the year. We’ll continue with workshops through the winter, indoor training opportunities, and planning of events for next year’s riding season. We also plan on continue to change and mold our business plan to provide the best possible scenario for us to thrive. There’s still plans of running a crowd funding campaign to offer up fun and unique incentives for those who want to support us. We’re also selling our awesome jerseys (seen in the photos above) in our online store for those who want to show their support. They were made for us by Borah Teamware (aka Mt. Borah) right here in Wisconsin. Full zip, fully custom jerseys with a club cut for comfort. Men’s and women’s sizes available!

We’re looking into getting some other fun Spoke Haven branded gear made up that’s a little more pocket book friendly, but in the meantime continue to keep an eye on our online store and check us out on social media or Meetup.com for info on upcoming events.

Thank you to all of you who have been supportive and have come out to all of our events. We cannot express how amazing it feels to be able to provide women a place to be social, have fun, and ride bikes!

See you on the road 🙂

The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation Launches: Women & Bicycles

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Today marks a great day for women cyclists in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation (Bike Fed) has launched a Women & Bicycles ambassador program modeled after the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s own Women & Bicycles program.

The program is centered around a handful of bike ambassadors who will plan events based around cycling. That includes workshops, social hours, bike rides, and other events that promote cycling to women.

The Bike Fed’s program has one representative for each major cycling city who will spend their time planning out events and trying to increase the population of women cyclists in their respective territories.

The women selected to be a part of the ambassador program have strong ties to the cycling world and local cycling industries. Each have exemplified the spirit of cycling in their communities and are good examples of what an every day cyclist looks like.

We’re proud to announce that our own Cassandra Habel has been selected to be an ambassador in the Madison area. Her advocacy work with Saris Cycling Group, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, and on her own time starting a women’s cycling Meetup group helped land her the ambassadorship.

If you live in the state of Wisconsin and would like to become an ambassador in your area, please visit:
http://wisconsinbikefed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/women_bike_application_letter_v1.pdf

Congratulations to all the ambassadors and we’re excited to be a part of the next phase of cycling for our wonderful state!