Meet the Teams Rides - Seattle
If you're thinking of joining a (new) team for the 2012 racing season, here's your chance to meet members of many of the teams in the Seattle area (and beyond). Starting Saturday, September 10, clubs will lead weekend rides around the south end of Lake Washington (and elsewhere) for riders of all skill levels who are interested in racing. The complete ride schedule and information about each team are listed below.

Now is the time to find a team that matches your interests and goals. The winter months (November-February) are when teams ride together, learn from and motivate each other, and make plans for next season. By March, you'll be ready to start racing! Many teams close their rosters sometime in the fall because of deadlines for clothing orders, so choosing a team is not a decision to postpone.

Leschi rides leave on Saturdays and Sundays from Pert's Deli (120 Lakeside Ave, Seattle, WA 98122). There is ample parking nearby. Please be at Pert's by 9:20 for a 9:30 AM departure. Locations and times of other rides are noted.

These are social rides, at a conversational pace, around the south end of Lake Washington for those starting from Leschi. Allow about 2 hours. The ride may stop for 5-10 minutes along the way, but otherwise, be prepared for a continuous ride. These rides happen rain, wind, or sunshine! Bring a functioning road bike (full fenders are appreciated on damp days), helmet, water, some food, weather-appropriate clothing, a little money, and an extra tube in case you flat.

If your team would like to host a ride and be added to this list, please contact marthalwalsh [at] yahoo [dot] com.


Friday, August 26: FareStart (social gathering, not a ride)
Location: FootWorks PT studio
www.thumbprintracing.org
Contact: membership [at] thumbprintracing [dot] org

FareStart is an area race team focused on teamwork, character and riding in the name of charity. Interested racers should attend our social gathering in lieu of a team ride on Friday, August 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM. Meeting location: FootWorks PT studio, 323 Occidental Ave S, Seattle WA 98104, (206) 632-4578.


Saturday, September 3: Team Cucina Fresca MTB/Cyclocross Squad
Location: St. Edwards State Park, baseball diamond beside the parking area, 9:30 a.m.
supersquadra.com
Contact: Matt Stanigar mstanigar [at] hotmail [dot] com

The Seattle Super Squadra Cycling Team, home of Team Cucina Fresca, is expanding its MTB/Cyclocross squad. Our Meet the MTB/Cyclocross Team Ride is open to anyone who has a passion for mtb/cyclocross racing. Bring your mountain or cross bike and get to know our team as we hang out and ride the trails. Who knows, if you like us and we like you then you just might be flying in Cucina Fresca colors before you know it! To learn more about our team, please visit our website or contact me directly. This is a state park so you need a Discover Pass to park there. Alternatively, you can park along Juanita Dr. and just ride in.


Saturday, September 10: Garage Racing
Location: Leschi
racing.garagebilliards.com
Contact: Tom Wick twick [at] comcast [dot] net

Garage Racing is a men's amateur bicycle racing team based in Seattle that's now going into its 9th year. We value teamwork over raw talent, as teamwork helps our riders improve both personally and produces more results across the team. Our team is comprised of racers with a focus on Cat 1-2s and Cat 3s and includes several categories and years of past Washington State BARR Champions. A few of us regularly race Masters. You will also find Garage Racing on the track and at CX races. We are on the lookout for experienced, team-oriented male racers in Categories 1-5. Our 4-5 squad will be new this year, but we're hoping to fill a core team of active racers who will represent Garage well in their trip to the upper categories. Arrive between 9 and 9:20 and talk to the team about your goals for next year. Garage riders will wander around and talk to people until 9:30 or so, and then start the ride around the south end.


Sunday, September 11: SCCA/Starbucks Cycling
Location: Leschi
sccacycling.com
Contact: Paul Camera chantiqo [at] gmail [dot] com

SCCA/Starbucks Cycling team is dedicated to promoting the individual health of its members by the pursuit of excellence in competitive cycling. The team is focused to grow as a Category 2-5 Men and Women squads. We pride ourselves on being competitive while also maintaining a friendly and non-intimidating atmosphere.



Saturday, September 17: Bikesale.com
Location: Leschi
unionbaycycling.com
Contacts: Joe joe.baratto [at] boeing [dot] com (men's team)
Gina gkavesh [at] gmail [dot] com (women's team)

UBC, Bikesale.com, is looking for new riders interested in racing. At UBC, we value the teamwork it takes to create great racers in all women's, men's, and master's categories. We believe in the impact teamwork makes and are committed to the growth of the team and the individual riders. UBC has a development program aimed at providing a structured program for progressing within the sport of bicycle racing. All new (Category 5) and Cat 4 riders are welcome to check out our program. Upper category riders (3s and 1-2s), please inquire with the respective team captains (you can also contact them via e-mail from web site).


Saturday, September 24: Team Group Health & Second Ascent
Location: Leschi

Team Group Health
soundvelocycling.com
Contact: Meg Zabielski mzabiels [at] gmail [dot] com

Team Group Health (TGH) is a competitive women's cycling team based in Seattle, WA. Our mission is to promote women's health, fitness, and competitive spirit through bicycle racing. We're one of the largest women's cycling teams in the Pacific Northwest: with approximately 70 members, our team is a veritable force wherever the rubber meets the road, the track, or the dirt. We're passionate about investing the time necessary to educate and train our members in the art of racing and to develop the women's peloton in the PNW. Whether your thing is cyclocross, mountain, track, or road, you'll find supportive, fun, and amazing women at TGH ready to help get you where you want to go.

Second Ascent
stepdownracing.com
Contact: membership [at] stepdownracing [dot] com

Second Ascent/Step Down Racing is a regional men's team, formed in 2002 with an emphasis on the fun and camaraderie of team training and racing. We like to train hard, race to win, and also enjoy team functions off the bike. We look forward to another season of gowth and success with the committed sponsorship of our title sponsor Second Ascent. For 2012 we are looking to expand our team at every level and we invite all riders who are interested in bike racing to come out and join us for our introductory ride.


Saturday, September 24: Husky Cycling Club
Location: University of Washington, 9:30 a.m. departure
huskycycling.com
Contact: Gennie Gebhart gennie [at] uw [dot] edu

The Husky Cycling Club is a USCF club and member of the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (NWCCC). The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the University of Washington. Striving to promote cycling in the university community, the club is open to cyclists of all skill levels and interests. Full-time students--undergraduate, graduate, and professional--can race collegiate races, while all club members (including faculty and staff) may race any other USAC race as a Husky. While Husky Cycling focuses mainly on road riding and racing, Huskies are active and successful in cross, mountainbike, and track as well. In the 2010 and 2011, Huskies earned multiple national and regional titles, including 1st at Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals, and a record-breaking 1st Place team omnium score and men's and women's overall champions in the NWCCC road series. Rides will leave from the main entrance of the IMA on Montlake Boulevard NE and will head south on Lake Washington Blvd. There will be a one-hour and a three-hour option. Social pace, no-drop policy, and stops for water.


Saturday, September 24: Olympia Orthopaedic Associates/CBC Racing
Location: Tumwater Falls Park, Olympia Washington, 10 a.m. departure for a 2-hour casual ride
cbcracing.org
Contacts: Erik Anderson erik.o.anderson [at] gmail [dot] com or Michelle Kautzmann mtkkautzmann [at] yahoo [dot] com

The Olympia Orthopaedic Associates/CBC racing is a regional race team that supports year round road, mountain, track and cyclocross racing for members. One primary goals this coming year is to continue to grow our developmental program, which guides new riders in understanding and implementing race strategy and developing bike handling techniques. For 2011 we look forward to expanding our team at all levels and disciplines. Come join us for an introductory ride September 24.


Sunday, September 25: Intro to Women's Cycling and Racing Teams
Location: Leschi, 9:00
Contact: Gina gkavesh [at] gmail [dot] com

Join us for the sixth annual Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams! If you are new to the racing community, looking to strengthen your riding skills, thinking about racing in 2012, or looking to speak with other women about local racing teams or riding opportunities, this ride's for you! Skills: pacelines, riding a straight line, and racing tactics/techniques. Depending on turnout, we'll break into groups no greater than 10 to keep it manageable and go over the basics, making sure to keep things fun and not stressful.


Sunday, September 25: APEX Racing
Location: Leschi
apexracing.org
Contact: Scott Musgrove scott [at] scottmusgrove [dot] com
Note: This is a men-only team, thus a men-only ride and thus no conflict with the Intro to Women's Cycling ride which meets 30 before the Apex Meet the Team ride.

Apex Racing Team strikes a steady balance between work and play. Our commitment to helping each other achieve personal goals is what fuels our success as a cycling team. We each bring a passion for cycling, a strong worth ethic, and most importantly, teamwork and camaraderie to the road. Though we engage in an intense off-season training program, we’re always mindful of the real reason why we ride our bikes: for the fun of it! In addition to our primary focus of road racing, Apex also includes a dedicated group of cyclocross racers. We're looking for racers in all categories as well as Masters who share our same ideals and passions for bike racing, whether you are new to racing or a seasoned campaigner. We firmly believe that a successful cycling team needs to build their racers from the ground up and that means creating a strong category 5 and 4 team to insure our continuing growth in our higher category ranks.


Saturday, October 1: Blue Rooster/Sports Medicine Clinic
Location: Leschi
blueroostercycling.com
Contact: avantiracing [at] gmail [dot] com

One of the only multi-disciplinary teams in Seattle, Avanti Racing has been active in the Northwest peloton since 1988, competing in road, track, mountain and cyclocross events. We focus on racing and providing the training and support necessary to compete effectively while maintaining balance in our busy lives.


Saturday, October 1: Husky Cycling Club
Location: University of Washington, 9:30 a.m. departure
huskycycling.com
Contact: Gennie Gebhart gennie [at] uw [dot] edu

The Husky Cycling Club is a USCF club and member of the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (NWCCC). The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff of the University of Washington. Striving to promote cycling in the university community, the club is open to cyclists of all skill levels and interests. Full-time students--undergraduate, graduate, and professional--can race collegiate races, while all club members (including faculty and staff) may race any other USAC race as a Husky. While Husky Cycling focuses mainly on road riding and racing, Huskies are active and successful in cross, mountainbike, and track as well. In the 2010 and 2011, Huskies earned multiple national and regional titles, including 1st at Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals, and a record-breaking 1st Place team omnium score and men's and women's overall champions in the NWCCC road series. Rides will leave from the main entrance of the IMA on Montlake Boulevard NE and will head south on Lake Washington Blvd. There will be a one-hour and a three-hour option. Social pace, no-drop policy, and stops for water.


Sunday, October 2: Intro to Women's Cycling and Racing Teams
Location: Leschi, 9:00
Contact: Gina gkavesh [at] gmail [dot] com

Join us for the sixth annual Intro to Women’s Cycling and Racing Teams! If you are new to the racing community, looking to strengthen your riding skills, thinking about racing in 2012, or looking to speak with other women about local racing teams or riding opportunities, this ride's for you! Skills: pacelines, riding a straight line, and racing tactics/techniques. Depending on turnout, we'll break into groups no greater than 10 to keep it manageable and go over the basics, making sure to keep things fun and not stressful.


Saturday, October 8: Northwest Velo
Location: Leschi
northwestvelo.com
Contacts: Garth Billstin gbillstin [at] hotmail [dot] com

Northwest Velo is proudly celebrating its first year under the very successful title sponsorship of JL Velo (www.jlvelo.com), the northwest's own local athletic apparel manufacturer. Racing as the JL Velo Racing Team , we are best known as home to an incredibly successful junior racing program. But our racing prowess also includes competitive squads in all age groups in Road, Track, Mountain and Cyclocross disciplines. Our focus for 2012 will be to continue to build our Junior, Masters, Cat 3 and 4/5 teams. We are also looking to add some experienced racers to compete at the Masters A level and act as mentors to our upcoming Juniors as they become Cat 2s. Our focus is to train well, race hard and have fun.


Sunday, October 9: Team Cycle U
Location: Leschi
www.cycleu.com
Contact: Kristi Berg kristi [at] cycleu [dot] com

Team Cycle U is looking for riders, both men and women, who want to be part of a team focused on learning and improving. Cycle U will provide the skills classes and support in exchange for your commitment of time and energy to improve your results. Cycle U is focused on developing new racers on its Cat 4/5 development team, and is expanding its support to build a Cat 3 team in 2012. The focus of the Cycle U Road Team will be on developing racers to either start racing or move to the next category. We want you to have strong goals and go after them, both for the team and individually. Cycle U coaching will be encouraged for newer racers and those wanting to significantly improve their race-day performance. Just as we ask for commitment from each team member, Cycle U will be offering an impressive range of product and coaching discounts that will give racers the tools they need to achieve their goals.


Saturday, October 15: Hagens Berman
Location: Leschi
hagensbermancycling.com
Contact: Brian Marr memberships [at] hagensbermancycling [dot] com

Lake Washington Velo was established in 1997 with the goal of developing the skills of our members and the sport of competitive cycling in the Northwest. We're fortunate to have two great sponsors continuing their support of our club in 2012: Hagens Berman LLP (our road racing team), and Broadmark Capital LLC (our track racing team). Our racing focused culture helps each member reach their full competitive potential - be it on top of the podium at a local CAT4 race, winning a cyclocross national championship or going on to win a stage at the 2011 Tour de France (Tyler was once an LWV racer). For the 2012 racing season we have a limited number of positions on our men's and women's rosters in all categories. Please join us on our Meet the Team ride to chat with current members and see if it feels like a fit. We also welcome you to join us any Saturday during the fall for a 3-hour ride leaving from Leschi at 9:30 am.


Sunday, October 16: Recycled Cycles Racing
Location: Leschi
recycledcyclesracing.wordpress.com
Contact: Todd Schneider schneiderone [at] gmail [dot] com

Since its inception 14 years ago, the Recycled Cycles Racing team has emphasized rider development by encouraging racers to fulfill their potential. This relationship promotes the sport of cycling and demonstrates our commitment to teamwork and to the cycling community. We support grassroots men’s, women’s, and junior racing programs, local race promotion, helmet safety, cycling organizations such as USAC, Washington State Bicycle Association (WSBA), IMBA, NORBA, and affiliate associations. For the 2012 season, we are seeking committed cat 4/5 racers, both men and women, that want to learn the in's and out's of racing with the goal of upgrading by season's end. We also seek cat 3 racers who are looking for a tight-knit group of friends to ride and race with. We support Road, Cross and Track racing, and have a developing mountain contingent.


Saturday, October 22: Team Cucina Fresca
Location: Leschi
supersquadra.com
Contact: Frank Colich fcolich [at] gmail [dot] com

Seattle SuperSquadra Cycling Team (Team Cucina Fresca) is one of the Seattle area’s most recognized amateur cycling teams with over 100 members specializing in all cycling disciplines including road, cyclocross, mountain and track. Our current roster includes 70 men and 30 women racing in all amateur to semi-pro categories. As a team, we are committed to working together, racing hard and having fun. Our diverse roster fosters a rich level of growth and cycling development, and for the 2012 season we are particularly focusing on building our men’s cat 3 and masters squads. We have an organized training development program that leverages our seasoned rider’s expertise while developing our new rider’s skills – all while having fun.


Sunday, October 23: ByrneInvent Cycling Team
Location: Leschi
jetcityvelo.com
Contact: Dodi Nov drdodi [at] bellevuesmiles [dot] com

ByrneInvent is a team of people who like to ride together, hang out together, and generally have fun. We encourage team members to race but do not expect it. Those of us who race do so because we enjoy competing. When we are in a race we all work with and complement each other’s different abilities and fitness levels. We have members racing road, track, cross, mountain, and downhill. Racing is not the “be all and end all” of our lives, however. Most of us have careers and/or families but enjoy riding our bikes and staying fit and healthy. We are here because we want to be and look for like-minded individuals who also understand the team concept. By riding as a team we are achieving individual success as well. We are having a great deal of fun and satisfaction pursuing our hobby as part of a community. We have deep resources and experience on the team to help develop those that want to excel in the sport!


Saturday, October 29: Arrivee Sports
Location: Leschi
arriveesports.com
Contact: Ryan Miller ryan [at] arriveesports [dot] com

Team Arrivee is a road, track and cyclocross racing squad whose main objective is creating the best atmosphere for racing and training as a team. Our team mixes seasoned and new racers, strives for cohesive team camaraderie, and focuses on getting the most enjoyment possible out of this sport we love so much. Our title sponsor, Arrivee Sports, is a coaching and training facility catering to cyclists and endurance athletes of all ability levels. Arrivee Sports holds workouts, training clinics, and team training camps (including our own Team Arrivee training camps) both in and out of racing season. We’re located in Redmond, WA.


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