Peaks, valleys, curves and crests: why I’m happy with my 34/26

No, this post is not about body image. 34/26 is the easiest gear on my cyclocross bike, and I was happy have it this past weekend. La Crosse has really GREAT HILLS!

I was in La Crosse with my family for the State High School Track & Field Meet. My husband runs a pole vault club and coaches athletes from all over Wisconsin and Illinois. I watched some of the meet, but I also went on two great hilly bike rides (thank you Grandma Vicki!). I included links to the routes on below. I highly recommend the riding in the La Crosse area!

28 miles in the hills – link to route info

La Crosse bike ride

38 miles – La Crosse – Chaseburg – Coon Valley – Shelby – link to route info

La Crosse bike ride

Link to more bike ride photos on Flickr

Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for the Performance Cycling Workshops. Special thanks to Tour of America’s Dairyland and Coach Laurel Green for your support and expertise.

I really enjoyed working with all the great athletes in attendance, and I always appreciate the tremendous enthusiasm and improvements in your cycling. I hope to see you again at a future clinic or out training.

Performance Cycling Workshops – Women’s Skills Weekend!

We’re expanding the skills weekend!

Cycling Skills Coaching is partnering with Tour of America’s Dairyland to welcome Special Guest Coach Laurel Green, director of Northern California’s Early Bird Women’s Racing Team for this ‘can’t miss’ weekend of cycling skills.

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Open to women of ALL cycling abilities. To participate, you must own a road bike with clipless pedals that you are comfortable riding. Please contact us if you are currently unable to meet this requirement. We can help to get you there.

Commit to Your Cycling Future

May 7, 2011 – Bike Handling and Group Riding for Women – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

May 8, 2011 – Racing Skills Clinic for Women – 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Pick a day, or join us for the weekend. Pre-registration required. Cost of $45 per day includes insurance – PLUS $5/day for ONE-DAY USA CYCLING LICENSE (IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CURRENT USA CYCLING LICENSE). After April 30, a $15 late-registration fee applies. Limited to 30 riders per day. Come ready to ride, with YOUR HELMET, BIKE and SHOES!

Click here to learn more about these and all the Performance Cycling Workshops!

Twitter hashtag for the event #toadwclinic

USAC Level 2 Coaching Clinic

Just returned from the USA Cycling Level 2 Certification Clinic in Atlanta. Experiencing 60+ degrees and sunny in January sure has me excited for the cycling season and ready to get on the bike!

I’m planning a series of clinics for cycling skills, training theory and performance enhancement in April – watch here for more info.

Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Join us at 1:00PM on October 10th at the Alpha Trail in Hales Corners for a session of drills, followed by on-trail clinic.

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Clinic Cost

Cost for the 3 hour clinic is $30 per person. All riders must have a USA Cycling license. Unlicensed riders can purchase a one day license for an additional $5. A $5 late fee will be charged if you register after Oct. 1, 2010. 20 participant limit, so register early!


If the trails are open, we will run the clinic. Please prepare for the conditions and bring appropriate clothing to stay as dry, warm, and comfortable as possible.

What To Bring

  • Cycling gear for all potential weather, including rain
  • Helmet and riding gloves
  • Hydration pack or bottles and snacks
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Spare tube and basic riding tools
  • Mountain bike in good working order

Alpha Mountain Bike Trail

Located at the toboggan hill in Whitnall Park’s Winter Sports Area (northeast of the golf course) If you are driving to the trail, park at the Whitnal Golf Course lot, 6751 S. 92 St, and ride your bike to the trailhead, northeast of the lot.

The Alpha Trail, a 3-mile single-track narrow trail, begins at the Winter Sports Area of Whitnall Park and heads eastward to the Crystal Ridge area of the Root River Parkway. The trail has only a few steep or rocky segments to accommodate beginners.

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This clinic is designed to be a small group learning environment – reserve your space as it will fill up quickly. Click the link above to fill out the registration form and you will be contacted with payment details.