Master the Mountains for MS Series!

Many women who live around here in the Los Angeles area find the Santa Monica Mountains quite intimidating; unfriendly traffic does not always help the matter. Instead of going it alone, sign up for the “Master the Mountains for MS Series”, from Cycle Maven!
We’ll work in two groups of five women at a time, over 8 sessions, gradually learning to conquer any of those fears and frustrations you’ve had with mountains.
You can:
Join the Series, AND the CYCLE MAVEN TEAM (Jerseys will be available for the Tour)
Join the Series (just to learn)
OR Just Donate to me and the Team (just because you care!)

I’ve selected progressive routes that aim in preparing you for the Bike MS Tour (which I will be doing), the California Coast Classic, and other September events. It is also a great way to just “learn the hills” for the first time.

The GROUP A will be the first five women who sign up for the Intermediate to Advanced group. This group is for women who have done hills before, but have specific troubles such as feeling nervous about steep descent, or for those who have trouble getting over steep or long hills. I’ll talk about things that are very specific to the charity rides as well, so that your multi-day events are as prepared and pleasant as possible. This group starts on July 26th, with “How to Climb and Descend Properly”.
GROUP A ride Sessions are on Saturday Mornings, sometimes into the afternoon, depending upon your specific charity ride distance. If you join the mid-morning session as well (A’s and B’s Together), you’ll have a chance to take a break at Cycle Maven’s. You can pick out either of the **A** afternoon sessions, or take both if you are training for the long distances.

The GROUP B is for beginners. This group starts out one week earlier than GROUP A, just to get used to riding in a group, doing turns, and learning the basics of hill climbing and descent. We gradually work our way up to a few long rides with all sorts of hills.
GROUP B will usually meet on Saturdays at mid-morning and will usually go to early afternoon (see schedule below).

The last few sessions will have both groups together, conquering the climbs and descents. September 6th will be dedicated to a practice “supported ride” (Cycle Maven will provide lunch), and ending on Sept 13th with a Taper ride by the beach, and a stop for breakfast!

Weeks 3-8 start and end in Topanga, at Cycle Maven’s. Access to a shower, and wind down time (tea n talk in the gazebo).
We will be doing progressively more challenging routes, hills and mountains. Each session will consist of a lecture, then hill format. The keen eye of Cycle Maven will be upon you to discover how you can improve your form, climbing descending, and on turns.
Each session 2-3 hours, (tea ‘n talk is afterwards, as well as shopping in the boutique).

The cost for each session is $20.00, for 8 sessions, so $160.00. Half of that goes to My Number as a rider in the Bike MS Tour. BUT, if you sign up to ride on the Cycle Maven Team, that $80.00 goes to YOUR number instead!
If this sounds appealing to you, or if you know of a gal who like to learn the mountains with a certified coach and other supportive women by her side, sign up for the
“Master the Mountains for MS Series”.

How do you sign up? If you want to do the 8 week clinic AND become a member of TEAM Cycle Maven, reserve your spot by visiting HERE, and click on “Join the Team”. If you are doing the series AND joining TEAM CYCLE MAVEN, donate $80.00 to yourself in the “self-pledge” space, then email to reserve for A Group or B Group. If you just want to do the series, donate $80.00 HERE, and contact , to reserve your spot in Group A or B.
You don’t have to join the team to do the series, but I’d LOVE to have you on board!
Or just support the team HERE!

Each team member is responsible for raising a minimum of $350.00, regardless of whether they ride the 30 miler, or the full 175 miles. I think it would be fun to have a TEAM CYCLE MAVEN Fundraiser, but I’ve no clue how to do it, (nor do I have much time) so if you’ve done that kind of thing before, and you’d like to help me “throw a paarty” then let’s talk!

(either an extra session on Saturday afternoon, or a Saturday in October).

Saturday, AUGUST 2nd
Session 1
Learn to Climb and Descend Properly
A group – Morning – 8:00AM-10:00AM
B group Mid-Morning 11:00AM-1:00PM

No Sessions on August 9th and August 16th

Saturday, August 23rd
Session 2
Climbing the Steeps / Descending the Steeps
A group – Morning – 8:00AM-10:00AM
B group Mid-Morning – 11:00AM-1:00PM
Saturday, August 23rd

Session 3
Full on ride – Long Hot Hills and Mountains
A group – Morning – 8:00AM-10:00AM
B group Mid-Morning 11:00AM-1:00PM **A** tags along

Saturday, August 30th
Session 4
Less Steep / More Miles
Same loop for both groups
A group – Morning – 8:00AM- 2:00PM **A** should do morning and afternoon session with one hour break
B Mid-Morning 11:00AM-2:00PM

Saturday, Sept 6th – 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Sessions 5 & 6
Morning Session then supported break at lunchtime, then late morning into afternoon session – A and B groups together
(SAG back for B group gals who are doing the shorter distance charity rides, or races).
Supported Ride – Practice

Saturday, Sept 13 – 8:00AM -???
Session 7 A and B groups together
Taper Ride by the beach, with stop for breakfast!

(Reserve soon as space is very limited).
C’mon gals, let’s Master the Mountains AND RAISE Money for the National MS Society!


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