I was almost in tears in the grocery store parking lot this afternoon. Today was the women's clinic at Alpenrose Velodrome. The turnout was amazing and there were a lot of new faces. Every single woman got up on the track and rocked it. There were so many smiles and introductions and plans to come back out. It's all that could be hoped for. There's also been so much love, excitement, and encouragement from experienced and new racers alike. Then I got an email that our Go Fund Me campaign reached it's goal. Someone saw the pictures from today's event and donated $700. Floored. When people can see how important it is to elevate women's athletics, I know we're doing something right. A million thanks to everyone that has helped us in this short amount of time. It means the world to me and the team.
Tracking is here!! Last weekend we headed out to Alpenrose to help with the annual track cleanup.
Tomorrow, April 26th will be the first beginners clinic and Sunday May 1st is the women's clinic. No experience necessary and there are rental bikes available for $5. Bring a helmet and pedals if you'd like to use something other than cages and straps. These clinics are a fun a supportive way to give track riding/racing a try!
Racing starts next week with weekly races every Thursday and Friday night with omnium racing for category 4/5 women on both nights. We asked and the folks at BriHOP have added Women's 4/5 races to their omnium happening the May 7th and 8th!!
For details on everything head on over to http://obra.org/
We can't wait to see you out at the track and please come say hi!!
I don't mean that in an existential way, but in a why a WTF track focused team? I'll start with my personal experience. I did a handful of races many years ago after building up a race specific bike and then put the bike away. I got to a point where I decided I either needed to race the damn thing or sell it. So I went to the women's clinic out at Alpenrose. There was a great turnout- I saw some new faces and some ladies I've met via road and cross racing. That seemed promising so I was excited to get out and try some racing. I was still pretty nervous about it and it's a bit of a drive for me to get out to the velodrome but I went. I swear half of getting started racing is getting over the nerves and just showing up. I got out there hoping to see some of the ladies from our clinic but there were no 4/5 women at all. I was told I could race with the novice men which didn't sound appealing. From what I can tell, this was the same thing that a number of other women from the clinic experienced. You get the courage to go try something new and can't, there's a good chance you won't try again.
So that's where BATTLEKAT comes in! Out goal is to have women at all the weeknight racing so there is always a 4/5 field. We also hope to be a welcoming presence to anyone new to track racing. Come find us, say hi and ask questions!