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Revolve Cycling Club Newsletter

Revolve Cycling Club Newsletter

It wouldn't be green in Wellington without all this rain! A huge congrats to all the councilours (heaps of new greeny faces!) and welcome back to Celia Wade Brown. There was a huge effort by the Love Cycling Campagin...and it looks like it really paid off. Bring it on! Spring is here, and we have heaps happening on the Revolve front....only 2 weeks till the end of the Revolve Spring Challenge (see more details below).

Last Weekend's rides (fun!):
Road ride with Lou: Great ride today Roadies. Awesome effort up to the Wind Turbine - everyone worked hard climbing the hills and then we had a speedy 6 who led the way around the Bays as a fairly slick Revolve peloton. We had a few peel off along the way but the majority did the full 50km.

Road skills course: 3 hr course attended by 4 beginner(ish) riders & 1 Camp Mum. Skills learned in the car park then around the peninsula to put it into practice incl. negotiating busy Kilbirnie intersections. Fab course & morning, thanks Marilyn.

PNP MTB Makara round - awesome effort by the ladies, a muddy fun course :)

Nicole's MTB excursion -9 riders in all (including 1 newbie) wallowed in the mud and enjoyed the spectacular sunshine. We enjoyed the sights from Wright's Hill lookout before circumnavigating the Sanctuary. All riders completed the circuit. Lovely day out! Next excursion planned for Sunday Nov. 17th.

Let's Ride!

Thursday's night MTB ride - fortnightly*
THIS Thursday 17 October, 6pm at Makara Peak
Join Camp Mum Anna for THE LAST MTB night ride adventures of the season! The plan is to do the grand loop and if there are enough coco's there might also be a lower loop option. This ride is aimed at intermediate - advanced riders. Please make sure you still bring your night lights (even though it's staying light for longer), and some warm layers. Meet at the main carpark on Sth Karori Rd for a 6pm start.
*The fortnightly Thursday night rides will become weekly again from the end of October!

Saturday's Weekly Road Ride

19 October, 8am at On Yer BIke
Join camp mums Ros & Karen for the luxury of again 2 ride options leading up to Taupo!
-Ride A: Camp mum Rosalind will take you for a spin around the bays. This 40km-ish ride that will take between 2.5-3 hours including a coffee stop at Scortchorama is aimed at beginners and/or newbees!
-Ribe B: Camp mum Karen will put you ladies through a challenge doing a double(!) Makara Loop (of course there's the optional once for those who prefer). This Makara loop is also about 40km but is a lot more challenging with lots of hills, and is aimed at intermediate-advanced riders.
For both rides, meet at On Yer Bike at 8am.

Ladies only MTB PreRide (of PNP series)
NEXT pre-ride: Sunday 27 October, 9am - Wainui MTB Park
Revolve is organising pre-rides of each of the PNP MTB Series. These fantastic races are super fun and really social. Each race has 3 great courses to choose from (1hr-2.5hr) and we're gonna check them out; beginner- advanced options! Even if you're not keen to race at the actual event, this is a chance to just go for a MTB with Revolve on the weekend.
Join camp mums Agnes and Anna for the next pre-ride of the Wainui round, on Sunday 27 Oct. Meet at the main Wainui Park carpark (Waiu Str), for a 9am start. Any questions, please email Agnes at
After that there will be one more pre-ride at Makara Peak on 10 Nov for the last round's pre-ride.

The Very First Revolve Spring Challenge!
Ending 31 October
Come along to 3 Revolve rides during September and/or October, you're in the draw to win a morning of style and a Revolve membership (if you aren't one already)! The lovely Trudi from Wardrobe Flair has put together 2 options for you to choose from:
1. Personal Stylist- A Colour, Shape & Wardrobe Session for the winner at their home with a friend along for moral support (2 hours)
2. Colour & Shape Party for 4 - All the goodies for2 hours
Both sessions include personal colours done with the official draping method, a shape analysis and colour card. The 'personal stylist' option is our most popular and also includes, notes, shopping list, wardrobe audit and info on shoes and accessories.
Here's how it works: the Camp Mum will write down your name at each ride, and once you've come to 3 rides, you're in the draw to win... easy! The Winner will be announced on 1 November on the Revolve Facebook page and via personal email.
Other Revolve Fun...

2014 Revolve Calendar time!
Entries due by 1 November

It's calendar time again!! And the awesome entries are already streaming in, yay! Send in your best riding pics of the year and you could be a Revolve 2014 calendar girl! Christmas shopping sorted! We'll aim to get the fund-raiser printed and into bike shops by December. So get out clicking and send your best couple of images through to Lou Hunt - by November 1st. We'll start another facebook album and share the entries. We're after beautiful riding pics that feature Revolve members.

Women's only Turns & Berms MTB skills course
Saturday 2 November, Makara Peak, 9am-noon

Join Anna & MJ (Ash is off on a Cambodia Cycle Guide tour!!) on this intermediate course for women who are comfortable with the basics (ie. confident on Koru, Lazy Fern), but would like help with cornering. We'll review the basics, and then jump into nailing those corners, and getting our flow on!
To book your spot email us on, and please specify whether you're a revolve member or not. Course limited to 10 ladies. Costs: $100pp or $85 for Revolve Cycling members.
*There will be more course dates to follow throughout Summer, including the new 'rough stuff' and 'hops and drops' courses (more info about these here).

2013 Women of Dirt - 6hr MTB event!

Saturday 9 November - just under a Month away!
For the 4th year running, this revolutionary Women of Dirt 6 hr MTB event is back, wahoo! "We’re not like other girls; we like brown more than pink, camelbaks better than handbags, and would choose a chain ring over a diamond ring any day… We are the Women of Dirt! Let’s get ready to dig deep and get dirty with Wellington’s women’s only 6 hour mountain bike feast!"
Register online HERE, and also check out the Facebook Event page. You'll be able to order a sweet Women of Dirt t-shirt in 2 brand new 2013 colour options as part of your online rego's or if you're not racing but would love a t-shirt by emailing us your colour preference and size. Find out more info on the Revolve website here.
*Volunteers wanted! If your partner/friend/family is keen to help out marshaling for this fun event please send us an email at; lots of women on bikes, yummy home baked goodies, and muddy fun times!*

2013 Bitumen Babes Peaks Challenge - 6hr Road event!

Saturday 9 November
Following the inaugural Bitumen Babes – Peaks Challenge, which was part of the NZ Women’s Cycling Festival in 2012, Revolve brings you the next rendition of this 6-hour road Peaks Challenge in 2013!! Taking place on the same day as Women of Dirt, this will be a sisterhood celebration with something for both the MTBers and the roadies! So calling out to all roadies: join in for the Bitumen Babes - Peaks Challenge to conquer as many peaks as you wish in six hours. Ride together for fun or go hard and get competitive. Unlike for the Women of Dirt event, there won't be an online registration process, BUT we’d love to get an idea of how many keen beans there are for this event, so please ‘Join’ the Facebook Event Page - or if Facebook isn’t your thing email to let us know. And this year there are brand new Bitumen Babes t-shirts - if you want one just email with your size & colour preference. We need a minimum of 10 to get this order underway. More details, including a fancy FAQ page, on the website event page.

Revolve goes Taupo - road trip! (deadine 21 October)
Taupo Challenge weekend (Event on 30 November)
Revolve is getting ready for the famous annual Taupo Challenge! Grab your favourite dude or gal pal and sign up for the MTB or ROAD option (team or solo)! Revolve will meet up on the Saturday night post race for yummy celebratory dinner in Taupo and for a social post ride Sunday morning. You’ll have to find your own way to Taupo (though we strongly reccommend carpooling of course - just post a call out on the Revolve facebook page!), and Shailie (the crew Wild Card) has organised accommodation that sleeps up to 8, which will be first come first serve, so get on the blower! Cost will depend on how many people go.

When you’ve registered for the event (and make sure you put down you're part of the Revolve Cycling club when you do) and are keen to join in for some Revolve fun while up there, please confirm you attendance to by 21 October. Lastly, don't forget to wear the Revolve colours for all the Taupo fun - if you haven't got a kit yet, new kit order is on its way - see merchandise details below :)

Revolve getting ready for Taupo...
Wairarapa road cycling events pre-Taupo
Mother Road Hen Leonie has done some research into what road rides/events are coming up in the hood as perfect build up to the Taupo Challenge.
Here's what she reccommends - and again, make sure you wear your Revolve colours!

Where? Martinborough, South Wairarapa
When? Sunday 3 November 2013
How far? 48 km / 115 km
How much? $65 (Entries restricted to 1000. Online entries open)

Where? Masterton, Wairarapa
When? Sunday 17 November 2013
How far? 50 km / 115 km scenic rural course around Northern Wairarapa
How much? $60 (Online entries open)

Of course there are plenty of other organised rides/races out there, and if you're planning on doing another and would like some company, hook up with other Revolvettes, just put a call out on the Revolve Facebook page!

WORD- Youth MTB term programme!
Starting 21 October
Registrations are now open for the WORD
Spring Term Programme! These will be open to kids of all MTB skill abilities. Each afternoon from 4-6pm, we will split into groups based on ability. WORD coaches will be with small groups (1:6 ratio). There will be a different skill to focus on each week as we go for a ride.
$175 per term, and include a WORD shirt (if you don't have the brown and mint one yet), sweet! For bookings and more info head to the
Bike Wellington website.
Mondays 7-9 year olds
Tuesdays 10-12 year olds
Wednesdays 13-17 year olds (GIRLS only!)
Thursdays 13-7 year olds (Guys only!)

Yoga for Cyclists

Wednesdays, 7 to 8.15pm, 181 Willis Street, 3rd Floor
Yoga is a great way to improve your posture, balance and mental attitude. Each session differs so cyclists can get the opportunity to counter the stresses and strains of cycling. As the posture we use to ride is rather unnatural the spine, shoulders and neck needs a way in which to relax, hamstrings and achilles require a little lengthening. Through working in an intelligent way and carefully looking at what the body needs yoga can enhance the way you ride whether it be commuting, mountain biking or road riding. All postures are accompanied by the breath so awareness is increased of how your body and mind interacts. Calming the mind and body together is one of the best things you can do for your health. It may also help you to relax before competing or hurtling down a tricky track. Come along if you fancy a session, beginners are more than welcome. Cost $18 per session, concession with Revolve membership $15. Any questons contact Rebecca: 0210708300 or 9766389 or check out the Yoga for Cyclists facebook page.

Happy riding!
-The Revolve Crew
REVOLVE: Down to Earth Cycling Club for Women
'If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life'. ~Bill Watterson


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