Thursday, July 27, 2006

We met some chicks

while we were in Vancouver.

Check them ouoot. We hope to share more about this team soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Special Thanks for BC Super Week and Kona

I just wanted to send a special thanks to the people of Delta, White Rock, Vancouver, and Tsawwassen BC.

This past season Jamie Davidson and the folks of BC SuperWeek invited the Velo Bella-Kona team to attend the BC SuperWeek events and we were glad to have gone. Gastown was amazing, huge crowds so loud it was hard to here. You got to get there early to get the good spots! *read Jen Chapmans race report!

The support and crowds were some of the best in racing we have seen. The people in these areas were super gracious by letting us stay in their homes and supporting the huge community events. The gals went on a massive community ride with families where it ended in a fun BBQ and music.

The team and I would highly recommend this series of races to anyone who is interested in some tough but fun road races as the purses are pretty nice and the folks are some of the nicest we have met! Canadian cycling is alive an well, and should be looked at by anyone serious about racing that doesn't want to fly back East.

We also want to thank Kona bikes of Vancouver for the super BBQ, Matt hooked up a good one!

-Brent Chapman
Velo Bella - Kona Road Team

Monday, July 24, 2006

Bellas Survive NorCal Heat Wave

Bellas raced in record high Northern California temperatures this weekend. Nobody melted. Tough cookies.

Denise, Angela, Sabine and Soni were out there racing in the sweltering heat. Monica was out there too, mentoring the juniors on how to race your bike in triple digit temperatures.

Read about it here and here and here and here.

Friday, July 21, 2006

MTB National Photos Added

Sorry about the delay in getting these up.

But the Tour has been soooo distracting.

Pics of MTB Nationals in Sonoma have been added to the gallery here

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Wendy goes to Gastown

The VB-Kona road team is in BC for BC Superweek.

Wendy wanted to race, but dirt called. But the good little bella that she is, she wrote in a report with pics on the Canadian fun!

Story and pics here

Monday, July 17, 2006

MTB Nationals

Just some pics to tease you with...

reports and more pics soon!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Monica earns silver at Nationals

Monica stormed the tough, hilly, windy and wet time trial course and earned a silver medal yesterday at USA Cyling Masters National Championships at Seven Springs Pennsylvania. Other bellas competing in the time trial included Barb Grabowski and Liz Benishin.

Racing continues on Friday for the criterium and Sunday for the road race. The masters team will be joined by Lisa Samuelson and Diane Castor. More reports as we get them and I find a coffee shop to post them.

Full time trial results here

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bellas get super "toit" at Deer Valley

Wendy writes in about the team's latest adventures at the Deer Valley NORBA.

What happens to a cross country team when the downhiller invades their world?

Wendy's report here!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Whats up for the Velo Bella -Kona Road team for July?

Report from Bend Oregon.

This week starting Thursday the Bella gals will be racing the Cascade Classic stage race (the same one Lance used to springboard back after cancer!).

The weather is beautiful and the ladies are all excited about this race as this is one of the final races of the year for the team to travel to.
We will post more to the Velo Bella email aliases as the week progresses.

Right after Cascade is over we head straight to wonderful British Columbia Canada where the gals partake in the BC Superweek series. This is the first year for Velo Bella to attend so everyone is super excited as we hear that this race series is one of the best on the west coast. Be sure to check out the BC Superweek site!

First on the list is "Tour De White Rock" where the gals fresh off cascade will only be able to make the Criterium however flamingo flocker Sarah Kerlin might be sneaking up for an early bid at taking home some money on the Kona Queen Zing! Sarah might also be going to the newest edition to bcsuper week called "Giro di Burnaby". Looks like a blast! Go Sarah!

After that we head on over for "Tour De Gastown" the gals are worried about me having too much fun at this race because the smell coming from the back seat can be terrible when on the road! Just kidding. Gas Town is another Super Classic for the Canadian road scene that the ladies are bound to have a blast at.

Then we cruise over to "Tour De Delta".. man if you haven't had enough in 2 weeks straight of racing this is supposed to be the epic way to wrap it all up!
The gals will also be meeting up with another local group of ladies called the Dizzy Chicks for group ride and then a local event with the Mayor oh my!

Send out those Bella Beams to the chicas of the road.

VB-Kona Road Team Manager

Friday, July 07, 2006

Kiersten's North Carolina Adventures

Kiersten headed out to the North Carolina NORBA National in full flair style. Photos added here

Thursday, July 06, 2006

More and more race reports

Read about Tina's revenge, Lula's flipflops, and Angela's salsa in our just updated race reports.

And congratulations to Tina for coming back to a race and showing it who's boss with a win!