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Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Little Perspective

Check out the new post on the HellCats page!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Building Better Athletes 3 Week Training Series


3 Class Cross Training Series 
3 Saturday Workshops in April
This series is perfect for athletes of all levels! Learn great training techniques for cross-training and offseason training to become a stronger, more injury free cyclist, and hit the ground running come spring time! Please allow 2 hours for each class
$20 per class,  or $45 for all 3 classes if you register in advance.

Winter and spring are the perfect time to work out the muscular imbalances that can leave cyclists and runners injury prone. In this class we’ll focus on exercises that make will make you a stronger cyclist (or runner), including core and upper body strengthening, and power and explosiveness for your lower body, along with stability for your entire body. Wear workout clothes and running shoes. Bring a water bottle and a small towel.
This class expands on the teachings in Heather’s trigger point classes, and really fine tunes some of the techniques that are especially helpful for cyclists and runners. Overly tight fascia can encapsulate muscles and be a source of pain and injury- trigger point helps to break up fascia so muscles can glide and contract without pain and tightness! Wear comfortable clothes, and bring a yoga mat if you have one.
HIIT for cyclists -power and endurance. This class builds on the workout in P2, but adds more intensity and explosiveness to scorch calories and add power and muscular endurance. Wear workout clothes and running shoes. Bring a small towel and water.

Classes held at The Wheel Yoga Studio
64th and Antioch—Gladstone, Mo—816-455-2453

Visit www.thewheelcyclery.com for updates and registration

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Resistance Flexibility Workshop

There comes a time when all athletes develop stiffness, tightness, or injuries. This is especially common among athletes who specialize- as repetitive movements can create imbalances and areas of tightness or inflammation pull the body out of alignment. Eventually this can lead to overuse injuries that can sidetrack your progress, or worse, sideline you completely. A comprehensive stretching program can be an asset to any athlete's training program by helping to prevent injury and diversifying the workload on the muscles.
Join Us
at The Wheel Yoga Studio

Resistance Flexibility Training for Athletes:

16 Essential Stretches

Saturday, October 18

1:00-3:00 p.m.
$30.00 workshop fee
with Linda Yameen CYI

In this introductory workshop we will focus on 16 essential stretches based on Bob Cooley’s work in The Genius of Flexibility. His program, RFT or Cooley Yoga is used by athletes from all over the world to enhance performance. Specifically we will-
* practice 8 upper body and 8 lower body stretches 
*learn a specific energy flow that affects all the major muscles groups in the body
* discover which organs are affected in the flow according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

5 Truths About Stretching

-everyone can become more flexible
- stretching is not about the muscles, but about stripping 
the excess fascia from the body
-muscles don’t stretch the way most people believe they 
do; you must continuously contract the muscle while
lengthening it
- stretching is one of the most effective self help preventive
-stretching can be an exercise that gives you the vigorous workout that you need

Register Now- Space is limited!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It is that time of year again- 2015 bikes are beginning to make their debut! This year’s Mountain and Road bike demo promises to be bigger and better than ever! With three days of events there is something fantastic for everyone, whether you love hitting the trails or zipping down the open road. If you've never ridden at Stocksdale Park, be prepared to pleasantly surprised. This relatively young trail system offers a playground, disc golf, horseshoes, cross country running trails, a pump track, a skills loop, and some very sweet single-track. 
Friday, August 22, 2014
Women’s 3F’s and Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
6:00- 8:30 pm-3F’s (Fit, Form & Function) Learn how to pick out the best bike for your riding style and ability along with learning about Liv’s 2015 line up!
-Basic bike maintenance covers bike parts, how to perform a safety check, basic day to day maintenance, how to troubleshoot issues on the road and trail side, how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a rear wheel!
-Refreshments and fun swag will be provided!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
End Summer Sale and Barbecue
10:00-3:00 pm-Special Pricing on Giant bikes, Saris car racks, Mavic clothing and wheels and much much more
-Hot dogs and refreshments
-Flat repair class (men and women!) 1pm
-Free Kid’s bike safety checks all day
Sunday, August 24, 2014
@Stocksdale Park 901 S. Lafrenz Rd Liberty MO 64068
Liv Women’s Road and Mountain Bike Demo 
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
-Liv’s 2015 mountain and road bikes will be available to demo.
Women’s No-Drop Mountain Bike Ride
-Liv will be leading a No Drop Group Mountain Bike Ride, if you are interested in trying a Liv 2015 bike for this ride please sign up at Wheel Cyclery and arrive early to be fitted on the bike.
GIANT Bicycles Road and Mountain Bike Demo
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
-Giant’s 2015 mountain and road bikes will be available to demo.
-Both road and mountain bike courses will be laid out
-Refreshments provided!
-Please bring your helmet, shoes, credit card and ID to ride a bike.
Check out the flyer for details, or for the most up to date info check out the event pages at The Wheel Cyclery on Facebook

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Wheel Cyclery and Hellcat Racing- Your Official Sponsors of Wyco's Revenge Night MTB Race

Summer is in full swing and this has been a very fun and exciting cycling season! If you haven’t had a chance to pick up your team jersey, don’t worry! There are still a few in stock, as well as shorts to match if you want to go full team-bling! People love seeing the jerseys and we’ve gotten quite a few compliments on them so thank you for representing and supporting our shop and teams. 
The Ladies at Hellcat Racing have had a lot of fun in our race training program, the girls have come such a long way. They hellcat truman cupare more comfortable and confident, stronger, faster, and handling their bikes better than ever. Toni and Heidi have done two races so far, and have done really well. Now we are looking at the late-season calendar to find their next target race. If you would like to try racing, don’t be shy! Let us know and we can help get you prepared and pick out an event. As we continue to grow this program we will continue looking for athletes that enjoy a challenge, are good ambassadors of the sport, and that are looking to learn and grow as cyclists. if you know of a woman (or young woman) who would be right for this program, please let us know!

For the last several years, The Wheel Cyclery has partnered with Cowtown Cycling to promote several of the area's best mountain bike races. These events help to bring cyclists to the Kansas City region, and draw great attention to the wonderful trail work that is being done here, especially at Wyandotte County Lake, where the Trail Masons are adding more beautiful new trails each year. As many of you know, these events are capable only through the hard work of many volunteers, devoted cyclists, and promoters committed to putting these events on. Volunteers mark the courses, help with registration, and scoring, and clean-up, and so much more behind-the-scenes  work that you might not notice if you've never volunteered for an event like this. Volunteers are the the smiling faces that answer your questions and help make sure your event goes smoothly, you get a snack to eat, and your results are recorded correctly! Next time you are at a race, thank the volunteers you see, and if you've never tried volunteering before, give it a try. It gives you a whole new appreciation for the events that you do.

Our final event for the 2015 mountain bike season is the Annual Wyco's Revenge, held at the beautiful Wyandotte County Lake Trails. What makes this event unique is the 6 pm start time, meaning that while the race starts in the daylight many racers will be racing into the night! There is a race option for most every level, as well as a team option. If you just want to enjoy the party we are still looking for a few good volunteers- contact the The Wheel Cyclery @ info@thewheelcyclery.com
The ladies of Hellcat Racing a very exciting opportunity next weekend (Saturday August 9th 5p-10p) to be one of the sponsors of Wyco’s Revenge Mountain Bike Race. As a registered club and race team, USACycling requires us to promote/sponsor at least one cycling event per year, whether that be WycosRev2013--245-X3a road race, mountain bike race, or charity ride. Doing so allows us to have our club events, rides and clinics insured, and any racers can have our team name on their license. We've arranged for The Hellcats to support the Wyco’s Revenge mountain bike race in cooperation with The Wheel Racing and another sponsor by providing food for the racers that evening! We’ll have a planning meeting after the Monday night ride (7:45p, Aug 4th) to discuss details and coordinate volunteers. We’d like to have a taco bar, so we need 2-3 people to man the food tent, Heather and I will cook the majority of the food beforehand. If you can’t attend the race you could still help by baking a big batch of brownies or cookies, or making guacamole, or something like that, just to give a few ideas.
This is a great opportunity to spread some awareness about our groups, reach out to more riders, and build our notoriety as a club- plus it will be a lot of fun- so I hope you will join us and help us with this fun event!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bone Bender Race Report

  Planning a race in the spring is always a risky prospect. As today's weather shows (SNOW) you never know what April weather can bring! After much deliberation the decision was made to move the 6th Annual Bone Bender from Sunday April 13th, to Saturday (thunderstorms very likely) to Saturday (sunny and 80 degrees). I'm so glad we did too, because Saturday morning the weather was showing every indication of bring a beautiful spring day. We got to Clinton Lake around 9 am to begin setting up registration and scoring areas, and there were already plenty of people out preparing the course, pre-riding, checking the road crossings and just making sure that race day goes off with out a hitch. Unless you have helped with a race before, you just don't realize how many man-hours (woman-hours?) it takes to get those wheels turning and keep everyone safe. We got the tents up and everything laid out and before too long the racers started to show up. One thing that I've noticed with bike races as opposed to runs is that many cyclists are old school. The last few years has shown in increase in pre-registration versus same day registration, where as many runs don't even allow same day registration. In fact, a lot of bigger runs don't have race-day packet pickup, and I've noticed that among cyclists only a small percentage utilize early packet pickup. It's a shame, because that is one less thing to worry about when you are trying to get ready for your race! With the surprisingly gorgeous weather that Saturday brought we had a lot of riders that I think decided relatively last minute to come out to race, so there were a lot of same-day registrants. I've done registration many times- but we really had a lot on Saturday! We tried to get everyone through the line as quickly as possible, but I think a lot of Cat 2 and 3 racers aren't used to having to purchase a license. If you race several times a year, buy a yearly license! It streamlines your race-day process and means that all of your results will be attached to your license too. It is $70 a year for a license that allows you to race road, mountain, cyclocross, track, downhill--whatever you like. If you just race a couple times a year, make sure you fill out the correct registration form for riders purchasing a one-day license.
My 2014 Giant Lust 1 - Jessica Rabbit
       Once registration was under control, Heather shooed me away to go start getting ready. I saw Tony looking ready to rock going through his final checks on his race steed. Tom had gone through my bike yesterday so I felt really confident about it. It was already riding really well, but I had him soften up the suspension a touch for the rocky Clinton Lake trails. I wasn't worried about the extra cush making the bike inefficient because my Lust 1 has Maestro suspension (very efficient platform) and a lock-out for the fire-road and doubletrack section of the trail. I ran about 30 psi in my tires, which for those Schwalbe's felt really pretty good. I haven't converted this bike to tubeless yet, or I might have ran a little bit lower. I really love the way those Schwalbe's grip the rocks, and the soft sidewalls corner like a dream but you have to have that air pressure dialed or it can twist and roll on you if you are really pushing the bike. Since my bike was rock solid I spent a little time with the kids, and harassed Mike, our Castelli rep who made the drive down from Chicago to race. Mike didn't have the benefit of a Tom to get his bike ready to go for him! I check on Andy, and say hi to Ivy and Renee- our Hellcat ladies who were racing as a duo in the Team event.

       Once it was time to roll out I made my way to the line and set up by Kelly Skinner right behind Karen Brocket. I knew that Karen knew the trails and wouldn't risk getting caught behind someone slow going in to the woods. When the air horn blew we were off! It's a short sprint to the trail entrance where things begin to bottleneck, and a guy squeezed in front of me at the last minute (grrrr) and the second we hit the rocks and roots he was on the ground, and I set a foot down (grrrrr) and next thing you know 15 people are around us. Damn it. I see a small gap and get going again, but now I'm caught behind some riders who were having trouble clearing some of the stuff, so I try to settle in, and squeeze past them one by one. We pop back out of the woods before you know it and head for bunker hill and I decide to snag a drink from my camelbak... and wouldn't you know? It's empty. The kids must have helped themselves to some refreshment while I was getting ready, and I hadn't noticed because I always squeeze the air out so the bladder doesn't slosh. The lead girls are long out of sight, so I accept it and move on- try not to think about it and just keep an eye out for a water stop in case there is one. The doubletrack winds through a field of Western Red Cedars (juniperus virginiana- I'm allergic!) and I try not to think about that either but my lungs are not pleased. I hit the lock-out and keep a steady tempo and aim for the couple of riders that I can see ahead of me. Finally we drop back in to trail and I'm hoping to start picking people off when the trail gets a little rougher. My pace is only mediocre on the smooth part of the trail, but every time we hit one of the MANY rocky climbs that
Popping out at the finish after the final climb-Yayyy!
Clinton is known for I catch another rider, and I try to get around as many as I can. I saw a few riders fixing flats here and there- pinch flats and thorns both- but I'm lucky and don't have any issues. My bike is performing perfectly actually so I try to just do what I can to be as fast and smooth as possible and keep my tempo to a point where I'm not thinking about water too much! I haven't seen too many women since the beginning except Rennae Weaver, who I keep passing back and forth. She's definitely seems more fit and finally comes around me with 3 or so miles to go when the trails smooth out and fitness trumps my willingness to he-man the hills and rocks. I spend the last couple miles focusing on the guys around me, trying to pass them one at a time. No, they aren't in my category so it definitely doesn't matter, but it gives me something to focus on and makes the last couple miles go faster! On a long course like this the race really has more of a mental component, you have to find a way to drive yourself, and that's one thing that works for me. Finally I could hear the finish at the top of the last climb and rolled through at 7th place out of 11 women.
         If you've never done a mountain bike race, the atmosphere after the race is by far my favorite part. The stress and nervousness has dissipated and you are left with a bunch of cool outdoorsy people who are really happy to be outside riding their bikes and enjoying some great trails. Lot's people sharing beer from their coolers, and Carolyn Locke brought in Jimmy Johns for all of the racers. It's great to relax and talk to everyone and see how their race went. Whether you are excited about your finish or wish you had done better, you can't help but be happy to be on great trails with cool people! There was a LOT of cool raffle prizes from Castelli, Hammer, and some great stuff we brought from The Wheel from Sugoi and BePresent and other cool brands. All in all, I saw a lot of smiling faces and happy racers, and I think the day was a great success. Thank you Heather Jordan @ The Wheel Cyclery and Chris Locke.

Results can be found here

Our next off-road adventure will be at God's Country on June 22nd- put it on your calendar now!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bone Bender Rescheduled to Saturday April 12th!!


As the race weekend approaches we have received many questions about a rain plan for Bone Bender. Of course the safety of our racers and volunteers is our number one priority, and preserving the quality of the trails follows at a close second, so we have been following the weather conditions very closely and weighing our options. I am sure we all agree that while rescheduling a race is never ideal, sometimes it is necessary, especially when the safety of our racers and the quality of the trails is placed in jeopardy. With that in mind we also want to be considerate of the many people who have taken time off for this event, and are traveling from out of town in order to compete in this great event.

After looking at many options, we have decided to change the date and time of the race to Saturday, April 12 @ 1pm. This way we will be able to run the race course as mapped and take advantage of the better weather, as well as hopefully working with the travel plans of as many racers as possible. For those of whom this is not an option, we understand, and you can request a full refund until Friday, April 11th @ 10pmContact- wheelforceone@gmail.com to request a refund.

The details:
Race Day- Saturday, April 12
11:00am to 12:30pm- Race Day registration and packet pickup
12:45pm- Marathon Rider meeting
1:00pm- Marathon Race Start (mass start)
1:05pm– Cross Country Rider Meeting
1:15pm- Cross Country Race Start (mass start)