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Archive for January, 2017

Kicking off the 2017 season with team camp in Monte Rio

Last weekend, in between rain storms, the Folsom Bike/Trek women’s elite team headed up to beautiful Sonoma county to kick off the season with a two day training camp. We were missing Aliya, who is currently based in Tucson training with the Homestretch Foundation, and Illi, who is training for British National Track Championships.

On Saturday, we rode out to King’s Ridge, where the elusive California sunshine greeted us. After a solid day of training, rockstar Diane treated us all to an amazing chicken curry dinner. On Sunday, we headed south to the coast in search of pastries. With visits to Tomales and Wild Flour bakeries, it was mission accomplished and more solid training miles in the bank.

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Does it get any better than this?

After a weekend filled with good training, amazing food, and lots of laughs, we are ready to hit the ground running, err cycling, with the first races just around the corner.

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But wait…there’s more

FE1I0277Who’s ready for a bonus round? We’re not saying that we don’t believe her, but this next very special individual seems to have a knack for keeping us in constant suspense by saying every race is going to be her last. Now in “semi-retirement,” Judy Wexler is one speedy sprint ninja.

judywexler2017Judy Wexler started racing in 2005, representing Tufts University in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. She’s since raced in New England, the DC Metro Area, the Pacific Northwest, and the NCNCA. Judy is mostly retired for the 2017 season, as she’s focused on finishing her PhD in evolutionary genetics and entomology at UC Davis. However, you may still see her reppin’ the Folsom pink and black in her favorite discipline — the criterium! Highlights of her career include basically the entire 2014 season, which saw her snag 2nd place at collegiate crit nationals, 4th place in the collegiate nationals road race and 3rd in the omnium in addition to 4th place at the Sea Otter circuit race. Her favorite NCNCA victories include Snelling in 2015 and winning the crowd prime at the 2014 Davis 4th of July crit.

Say what you want Judy, but we know you are going to ride your bike just as much during your “semi-retirement” and crush every “occasional” race you enter. Folsom Bike would not be the same without you!


Roster Rollout: Melanie Wong

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To say this little lady is #PROUDTORIDELIKEAGIRL is an understatement. Rounding out the squad and returning for her second season with  the Folsom Bike team is Melanie Wong. In her own words…

65755563-img_1001“Hi there – my name is Melanie and I am a jack-of-all-trades that is one part cycling fiend, one part tech professional and one part crazy cat lover. After growing up as a competitive gymnast, swimmer and diver, I found cycling five years ago and haven’t looked back since. I love the game behind team strategy and to me there is nothing more fun than “playing bikes.” In the other half of my life I am a project manager at LinkedIn where – very much like cycling – I organize software teams to collaborate, communicate and get shit done. I believe that athletes make the best employees and enjoy how one passion feeds the other. My spirit animal is my black kitty, named Chirpcat, who prefers to make ‘chirrup’ noises rather than ‘meow’. I have no idea why. Much like her mom, she is very agile, sometimes finicky and loves to curl up and be warm. I always wear tall, hot pink socks with my kit so if you see a short, long-haired girl rolling around with obnoxiously bright socks, come say hello.”

An energetic and devoted teammate, Melanie completes our fantastic roster of talented ladies. See you at the races!


Roster Rollout: Liz Otto Hamel

liz_toni_gauthierIt’s been a little rainy outside, but we’ve got another rider announcement to help brighten your day. Liz’s positive, can-do attitude and hard work ethic makes us smile, even in the gloomiest of circumstances.

Liz is an all-arounder who will be starting her third season of bike racing this year. She’s a recent PhD graduate who found bike racing in grad school. Liz has always loved endurance sports of all kinds. She raced track and cross country for four years in high school and has been cross country and alpine skiing with her active family since she was small. She feels exceptionally fortunate to have stumbled upon the recreational biking and bike racing communities in Norcal. When not on her bike, she loves cooking, art, reading, and spending time with her husband, Blaise.

Thanks for being our ray of sunshine Liz! Looking forward to 2017.


Roster Rollout: Fanny Bourdais de Charbonnière

fannybourdaisdecharbonniere2017We’re back in action after a little hiatus that involved lots of cookies, gifts and champagne. So without further ado, we are pleased to introduce Ms. Fanny Bourdais de Charbonnière to the Folsom Bike family.

Fanny grew up in France playing tennis, skiing and horseback riding before focusing 200% on her studies and career. After graduating from HEC in Paris, she was hired by an investment bank in New York where she survived 10 years before moving to Sacramento last year to work in the private markets arm of CalPERS (infrastructure, energy and real estate investments). She bought her first road bike 4 years ago to get back in shape and “train for a triathlon” but quickly realized she would not make it out of the water alive and instead jumped head first into bike racing while barely knowing how to clip in. Waking up at 4am to race in Central Park, endless off-the-bike winters and 28h work days were getting old so she did not hesitate when she got an offer to move to the best coast and had a blast during her first Western racing season in 2016. She is very excited to join the Folsom Bike Women’s racing team and to work for such a great squad in 2017.

We’re excited to have you join us Fanny! Looking forward to a great season.

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