MC3 will be charging membership dues in 2014. After three years as a grassroots organization, MC3 has filed for official 501c3 status. Insurance requires official membership dues, so we’ll be inviting you to join via BigTent.com. Membership is only $25 for a full year, and gets you access to the following members-only events and perks:
* Monthly Wine, Wenches & Wrenches mechanical seminars ($5/nonmembers)
* Weekly women’s road rides March through October
* MC3 U: Season-long series of FREE 2-hour MTB skills clinics (ladies only!)
* Seasonal parties, special events, and instruction FOR women, BY women
* 10% discount at participating bike shops
* Early-bird registration and discounts on paid clinics/events
* Opportunities to meet and ride with other women who love bikes
Click here to join MC3
Our group last year
Who: Alabama women road cyclists
What: Team GSMR and MC3 are kicking off the season with two women’s training races on low-traffic country roads. This event is NOT about competition. It is an opportunity to discover what road racing is about, learn about team strategy, and practice skills like riding in a pace line and using the power of the group to chase down a breakaway. All levels welcome. We will have female ride leaders there to explain, guide, and encourage.
When: 1:15 p.m. on March 2 and March 9
Where: Camp Sumatanga, located 50 miles northeast of Birmingham. The course is 20 miles — 2 laps of a 10-mile loop of gently rolling hills, with course marshals stationed at intersections.
How much: $20 USA Cycling license required (1-day license available at registration).
Directions: Take I-59 north from Birmingham to exit 166. Go north on Hwy 231. 3 miles turn right on Gallant Road. 4 miles, right on Sumatanga Road. Registration is 2 miles on your right.
Contact: Bill Seitz, 205-222-2663; email@example.com
***Proceeds benefit MC3!***
Join MC3 on the Tour de Blue, an organized charity ride that supports prostate cancer awareness. There are 50, 75, and 100-mile routes, and we’ve heard rumors of the addition of a shorter ride, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Whether this is your first long ride, your umpteenth century, or a good excuse for a long training day, you’ll be welcomed into an encouraging group led by MC3′s own Melissa Daniel, who is living proof of how fast you can learn this sport if you have enthusiasm and bike-savvy pals.
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
What: An MC3-led group of women joining a non-competitive social ride for a great cause: prostate cancer awareness.
Where: Moody, AL (outside Birmingham)
How far: 50, 75, or 100 mile routes (our route will be voted on by the group)
Cost: $50 for all distances ($40 with early-bird discount)
Details: Visit the Tour de Blue website for more details and updates on the event. Click here to register. Visit our MC3 Facebook page to get updates on the MC3 meet-up spot, or contact our ride leader, Melissa Daniel, at magiccitycyclechix (at) gmail (dot) com. Oh, and follow us at @RideMC3 for updates on women’s rides and other events!
What: This month’s Wine, Wenches & Wrenches will be at Bici Bicycle Cooperative, and we’ll be discussing the zen-like art of wheel truing! Wine and snacks will be provided by MC3. Please bring something to share with the group if you feel so inclined!
When: February 19, 2014. Snacking and socializing will begin at 6, and we’ll start the discussion around 6:30.
Where: Bici Bicycle Cooperative, 1211 28th Street South, G2, Birmingham 35205
Details: What is wheel truing? Basically, bike wheels are straight and round because of spoke tension. Normal riding causes certain spokes to losen, and in turn causes the rim to become “out of true.” This leads to less smooth riding and braking. The way to fix this is by tightening certain spokes where the wheel wobbles, and getting the wheel back in proper alignment. Wheel truing can also be used for rims that have gotten hit (like if you got hit by a car or got a bit too rad on the trials) or developed a site-specific hop. For more info, check out this article from Park Tool Co. Or watch this video:
What to bring: Feel free to bring a wheel that you feel needs truing, but we might not have time for everyone to work individually. Bici has plenty of wheels at the shop to practice on as well, which might be a wiser so you don’t mess up your own Also, we encourage you to bring something tasty to share if you can, but don’t worry about it if you don’t have time.
If you’re on Facebook, RSVP here so we have enough food. Otherwise, we’ll just see you there! Email us at magiccitycyclechix (at) gmail (dot) com if you have questions.
Free MC3 Event! Sweat & Gears Spin Class
THURSDAY DECEMBER 19
Join us next Thursday, December 19, as we sweat off the holiday stress with a FREE spin class at Birmingham’s new indoor cycling studio! Housed in the former Iron Tribe Homewood gym, Sweat & Gears features hi-tech spin bikes equipped with power meters and heart rate monitor sensors (BYO ANT+ chest strap). “Compete” with the class or lose yourself in the video of the open road unfolding before you on the big screen.
6 p.m. Mingling and snacks (changing rooms available)
6:30 p.m. Spin class begins (45-minutes. Bring water!)
7:15 Class ends. Change clothes and head next door for…
7:30-ish Apres-spin margaritas and dinner at Little Donkey (at your cost)
There are only 29 spots available for this class. The class is posted on the Sweat & Gears website, but if you want to attend you need to sign up to reserve your spot. The studio offers all first timers 3 free classes so you will not be charged. Sign up now via the link below!
Sign up for the Sweat & Gears MC3 Event
Sweat & Gears Studio, 2809 Central Ave., Homewood, AL 35209
You are cordially invited to the Magic City Cycle Chix Ladies’ Holiday Mixer! This is an opportunity to meet and drink with fellow cycling ladies at Cahaba Brewery, and try your hand at skeeball. We might even have a skeeball tournament! Cantina On Wheels will be on site for all of your dining needs.
Please consider joining the fabulous cycling chix, and Happy Holidays from MC3!