Tahoe LUNA Chix roll into 2011 season | SierraSun.com

Tahoe LUNA Chix roll into 2011 season

Wendy Lautner
Special to the Sun
Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comTahoe LUNA Chix, an all-womenand#8217;s cycling and mountain biking team, are ready to roll into the 2011 season with social rides and serious training.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Itand#8217;s that time of year again and#8212; cycle time. Itand#8217;s time to dust off that lonely bike hanging in the garage, pump up the tires, and lube the chain because on Tuesday, April 26 the Tahoe LUNA Chix plan to kick off the 2011 season with an after-work road ride on Hirschdale Road at Boca Reservoir starting at 5:45 p.m.

The Tahoe LUNA Chix is an all-womenand#8217;s cycling and mountain biking team. The team provides regularly scheduled, free group rides to women of all ages and abilities in the Truckee-Tahoe area, as well as a handful of skills clinics and additional events that help the team raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. The ride atmosphere is based on the idea of support and camaraderie. All of the LUNA rides are no-drop rides and are meant to encourage and empower women through outdoor activity.

While staying true to those commitments, this season the Tahoe LUNA team is planning to step it up a notch and mix it up a bit. Through the end of April and May the team will host two group road rides at Boca Reservoir, a special Pre-Amgen Tour Road Ride starting at Donner Memorial Park on Saturday, May 14, and two mountain bike rides on the Emigrant Trail weather permitting.

Starting in June, the team will alternate and#8220;trainingand#8221; rides one week with and#8220;socialand#8221; rides the next week. Training rides will be designed to help participants really push their physical fitness (whatever level that may be), while social rides will be at a more casual pace. and#8220;The level of rider in the Truckee-Tahoe area is often more than just beginner,and#8221; says Team Leader Kim Larson. and#8220;We want our rides to appeal to everyone and#8212; from the most beginner rider to the most advanced. We want to provide a group riding environment that encourages and supports every woman rider and her riding goals.and#8221;

Another way the Tahoe LUNA team will be helping to support women with their training goals will be through hosting the popular and#8220;Womenand#8217;s Only Triathlon Clinicand#8221; Sunday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at West End Beach at Donner Lake. The focus of the Clinic will be to help women transition into their first or 50th Donner Lake Triathlon, a Big Blue Adventure production that will be held July 17, 2011.

To keep up with the Tahoe LUNA Chix, visit teamlunachix.com/tahoe_mountain_bike or better yet and#8211; find us on Facebook and watch the Sierra Sun for event calendar listings. For more information, you can also e-mail tahoelunachix@gmail.com.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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