July 20: Rapha Women’s 100 / Tour de Cahaba

10364019_10152855294161982_8892968855899206976_nJoin MC3 on July 20th for a must-do road ride that combines two of the best cycling events of the summer: the Rapha Women’s 100 and the Tour de Cahaba. We’ll be posting specific meet-up details within a week or two of the event (but plan for an 7 a.m. start, if not earlier to beat the heat). We’ll post updates here and on our Facebook page, and also on Twitter and Instagram @RideMC3.

What is the Rapha Women’s 100?
Rapha, a London-based maker of elegant road-riding apparel, is encouraging the growth of women’s cycling by organizing the second annual Rapha Women’s 100. On Sunday 20th July 2014, thousands of women around the world will ride 100km in hundreds of local rides. Last year, 4,000 women participated, and this year we aim to double that. Bring a friend and share your love of the sport!

What is the Tour de Cahaba?
Also on July 20th, the annual Tour de Cahaba is a fun social ride with 20-mile, 50-mile, and 70-mile routes and great rest stops at Cahaba Cycles shops around Birmingham. Here is the link to the Cahaba cycles page where they list the details about the ride. Cahaba charges a mere $10, a portion of which will be donated to tornado relief. MC3 will be doing the full 70-mile route as a group. Anna Carrigan will be leading this ride-within-a-ride. No woman left behind!

Sounds fun! How do I sign up? 

  • Register on the official Rapha Women’s 100 page.
  • Please RSVP on the MC3 Facebook event page so we will have an idea of how many ladies will be joining us.
  • Bring $10 to register on the day of the event.
  • Stay tuned for updates on the MC3 Facebook event page and follow MC3 on Twitter and Instagram:@RideMC3

What should I bring? 

  • Wear your MC3 jersey or Cahaba Cycles jersey
  • Helmet mandatory
  • Two water bottles filled with a sports drink (there will be refill stops along the way)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen highly recommended
  • Spare tube

What if I can’t hang?
The point of this ride is a social ride, a celebration of women riding together. No woman will be left behind. The group, especially if it is big, may split up into sub-groups that ride at different speeds. That’s fine! But there will be a ride leader accompanying the most casually-paced group, so no chix will be left behind. If you’ve never ridden a metric century before, you couldn’t ask for a more supportive (and supported) environment.

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May 31st: Specialized Women’s Ride Day


This Saturday women across the nation will be gathering for a ride to celebrate women in cycling. With two different rides you can be sure to find a group that is right for you whether you are an experienced biker or you just want to get out and go for a fun ride with friends, we hope you will join us for a special ride and reception.  

Who: Ladies only! (ages 13 and up)

When: May 31st

10 a.m. Intermediate Ride 
Join a group of women f
or 25-30 miles at a frisky-yet-friendly pace (15-18 mph), with frequent      regrouping spots so no one gets dropped. Expect a not-too-hilly route with a few moderate climbs. Helmets mandatory, of course (we know you know what you’re doing!). 

10:30 a.m. Beginner Ride
Whether you ride a road bike, mountain bike, cruiser, or hybrid, join us for 10 miles or so at an easy, casual pace (10-15 mph) led by an encouraging female who will make sure no woman gets left behind. If you don’t have a bike, come early and we will loan you a demo for free! (Bring your license and credit card for us to hold while you borrow the bike.) We can loan you a helmet, too!

Where: Bob’s Bikes1944 28th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209; (205) 879-2258

Cost: Free (no strings attached!) Bob’s is treating us to lunch after the ride, catered by Homewood Gourmet! (Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available, but tell us in advance if you have any allergies.) And no, you don’t need to ride a Specialized bike to join the fun. 

Note: Please RSVP by joining the event on Facebook here and select “join” at the top of the page . If you’re not on Facebook, RSVP by adding a comment below, so we can make sure to have enough food!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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May 11: CycloFemme – Le Tour de Ham (Ladies’ Edition)


Sunday, May 11 is not only Mother’s day but CycloFemme, a global women’s cycling day, with rides taking place around the world. For our local ride, we’ve asked local artist and cyclist Véronique Vanblaere to lead a ladies-only version of Le Tour de Ham, a no-Spandex-required social cruise through Birmingham.

Tour de Ham

Photo: Courtesy Veronique Vanblaere

The ride will start at 4 p.m. in front of Silvertron Cafe and will conclude at 5 p.m. with a happy hour at Naked Art Gallery. Vero has generously offered to donate 10% of the proceeds of any art sales during our event to MC3. If for whatever reason you cannot join the ride, you’re still welcome at the reception.

Read about CycloFemme, started by Girl Bike Love founder (and satellite MC3 member) Sarai Snyder, who is based in Boulder and shares our passion for getting more women on bikes. @cyclofemme @girlbikelove 

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May 24-26: Advanced MTB Clinic Series


Photo: Courtesy Lindsey Voreis

UPDATE: Registration Open! See links below.

Want to own Blood Rock? Clean Jekyll & Hyde without flinching? Catch air on Coldwater Mountain’s DH or clean Monte Sano’s rock gardens? Tackle technical drops and gnarly features with courage and grace? Then this clinic is for you. Earn your B.A. in Shredcuation with our latest addition to MC3 U: the 3-clinic advanced MTB series.

Photo: Corie Spruill. Courtesy Lindsey Voreis

Photo: Corie Spruill. Courtesy Lindsey Voreis

We’re bringing in Beti AllRide head coach Lindsey Voreis, a Portland-based dirt diva who travels the world empowering women with mountain bike mojo. A skilled XC, DH, and Enduro racer, Lindsey teamed up with her husband, pro mountain biker Kirt Voreis, to create the co-ed AllRide tour in 2003, teaching clinics and promoting mountain biking around North America. Lindsey now has cornered her niche in coaching women’s clinics, from XC to DH. She is passionate about getting women stoked on the sport that changed her life. (And if she looks awfully familiar, you might recognize her face from the cover of MountainBike Action. Or Hooked on the Outdoors. Or the cover of TV guide when she was a hot contender on Survivor Africa!)


Instead of a weekend-long blowout with all the fancy extras, this year we’re trying a streamlined approach: a three-part series of one-day clinics. You can sign up for one, two, or three days (based on availability). The per-day fee covers instruction only—you’re responsible for bringing your own food and hydration. It’s all about on-site instruction in three of Alabama’s best single-track destinations:

Saturday, May 24: Coldwater Mountain in Anniston  REGISTER HERE

Sunday, May 25: Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville  REGISTER HERE

Monday, May 26: Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham  REGISTER HERE

Space is limited to 14 students per day. This is to ensure an ideal student-to-instructor ratio and keep the group manageable on the trails. (Lindsey will be assisted by local IMBA-certified coaches.)

Course Fee:
$85 (MC3 members)
$100 (non-members)

Registration will open in three rounds: 

First round (Wednesday, 8 a.m.) MC3 Ride Leaders and Board Members 
Members who have invested some sweat equity in our community will be given a priority 24-hour window to sign up for one (1) day of instruction. If there are remaining slots available after the second and third rounds of registration, we’ll open them up via lottery system (see below about how to put your name in the hat for additional slots).

Second round (Thursday, 8 a.m.) MC3 Members
If you’ve joined MC3 on BigTent and paid your $25 membership fee, this means you. We’ll email all paid members the registration link and give a 24-hour window to sign up for (1) day of instruction, and if there are remaining slots after round three, we’ll open up the lottery.

Third round (Friday, 8 a.m.) General (skirt-wearing) Public
We’ll post the registration link on Facebook, Twitter, and this website on Friday, as well as other women’s groups with whom we have ties. Again, if you fall into this category, you may initially sign up for one (1) day of instruction. Same lottery option.

But I want to sign up for all three days!
We’re trying to make Lindsey’s coaching available to as many women as possible without spreading her too thin. We don’t feel we can offer the same quality of instruction and personal attention on the trail with 60 women and one head coach, so that’s why we’re limiting our slots this year. If you let us know you want more of this type of clinic, we’ll plan more such events in the future!

How to I enter the lottery for a second (or third) day of instruction?
After 24 hours of round three registration, we will fill any remaining slots in the same order of priority. First lottery will be drawn from MC3 Ride Leaders and Board Members. Second lottery will be drawn from MC3 members. Third lottery will be drawn from general public. If you want to put your name in the lottery system for additional day(s) of instruction, email kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com and let her know.



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April 26: Tour de Blue

1107-Magic-City-Cycle-Chix-womens-road-rideJoin 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!


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April 27: MC3 U Class 1-2 — Bike-body separation & cornering


What: MC3 U Class 1-2 — Bike-body separation & cornering

When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 27

Where: Meet at the BUMP shed (South Trailhead) at Oak Mountain State Park ($3 park admission)

How much: FREE for MC3 paid members. $20 for non-members. (Memberships are $25; sign up here.)

What to bring: Mountain bike, helmet (mandatory), water, printed and signed waiver (download it when you sign up on BikeReg)

How to sign up: Spaces are limited. Advanced registration is MANDATORY. No day-of or on-site registration. Register here.

IMBA ICP Instructors: Maaike Everts and Nat Smith


Why MC3 U? Instruction for women, by women makes a difference. Improving your skills does wonders for your confidence. And mountain biking, like life, is all about confidence. There will be obstacles in your path. If you believe you can get over them, you can. 

A little technique goes a long way in this sport. But so many elements of good technique are not intuitive. In fact, they feel downright counter-intuitive. That’s why MC3 created the region’s first team of certified mountain-bike instructors who’ve been trained to coach clinics. 

This season-long series runs April-October. Each 2-hour class focuses on one skill at a time, in a deliberate progression that builds upon itself through the weeks. You can take an a-la-carte approach, focusing on the skills you need to work on most (e.g. drops or wheel-lifts), but we encourage beginners to take the whole series. Even advanced riders learn new subtle techniques that improve their riding. (Our instructors did!)

The first half-hour to hour will be taught in a flat, grassy field where instructors break each skill down into basic steps, demonstrate proper form, and provide feedback to riders as they practice it. The setting is designed to build skill and confidence in a non-intimidating, non-competitive environment. Once everyone feels confident, we’ll take it to the trail, stopping to “session” at certain spots. You don’t need a high level of fitness for this, as it’s more about skills drills than a workout.

Because women feel less intimidated in an all-female environment, this class is intended for women only. However, we will make exceptions for beginner males who need the same skills and come without disrupting the estrogen. (Fair warning: If a guy treats this class as a “target-rich environment,” we will promptly begin detailed discussions of menstruation.) If you are a dude and wish to attend this class, you must get pre-approval. Also: Because our instructor team has only three females, you may on occasion have a female instructor teamed up with a male instructor. Beginner-friendly. Appropriate for riders ages 12 and up. Questions? Email at kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com.

MC3: Building courage, confidence, and community…two wheels at a time.

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Monthly Cycle – NEW indoor MC3 “margarita ride” (Weds 4/16)


Finally – a social ride for all abilities, fitness levels, and cycling disciplines! (You don’t even need to own a bike.)

Join MC3 this Wednesday, April 16 for a 45-minute indoor cycling class at Sweat and Gears studio in Homewood, followed by free hors d’oeuvres (compliments of MC3) at Little Donkey. This ride is for MC3 members (join here), but feel free to bring a female friend.

We wanted to create an event that would bring MC3 members together for a fun ride where everyone can participate at their own speed/level and still enjoy the camaraderie of riding with a group. No matter how fast, slow, fit, or aspiring you are, you can ride your own ride and get a GREAT workout in, catch up with friends, and enjoy a little post-ride treat.

What: A 45-minute indoor cycling class — women only — that’s a great workout regardless of fitness or riding experience

Who: Any woman who wants to pedal, sweat, and “earn” her post-ride treat. No indoor or outdoor cycling necessary. Beginners welcome. (For indoor cycling newbies: You control the difficulty of your ride, so it can be as easy or hard as you want.)

When: 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 (class starts at 6). After class, free hors d’oeuvres at Little Donkey (buy-your-own drinks)

Where: Sweat & Gears Studio, 2809 Central Ave., Homewood (located in the former Iron Tribe Fitness gym)

Why: Um, what woman doesn’t need a mid-week workout to blow off steam, see friends, and have a happy hour?!

How to sign up: YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE HERE. No fee this week (future classes will be half price). Create an account, choose a bike (if you’ve come here before, it will be adjusted in advance for you!), and fill out the “MY STATS” page. (Your workout details will be emails to you after each class.

What to bring:

  • Running shoes OR bike shoes with SPD cleats. (Mountain bikers – please clean the mud off your cleats before class)
  • Water bottle
  • Heart-rate monitor (optional). If you have an ANT+ heart rate strap, you can pair it with the S&G computer once and it will “recognize” you on future rides, so your heart rate stats can be emailed to you after the class.
  • Clean clothes to change in to if you plan to join the after-party at Little Donkey

Note: Bring a friend and help us make this first event a success. If there’s enough demand, we may make this a regular thing, with half-price classes (courtesy S&G) and free margaritas (courtesy MC3). First class is on us, compliments Sweat & Gears. If you love the idea but can’t make the date, let us know how Sunday afternoon/evenings would work for future rides.

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