Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Karolyn Rides Mexibrai!

What? You have not heard of Mexibrai? Well, then you are missing the inaugural event!!

OK, so prior to now, it was just an idea in Karolyn's head. But as many things that start there, she is seeing it to fruition. Most folks would spend spring break in Mexico soaking up the sun and enjoying a frosty beverage. But not Pink's own Ms. Karolyn. She had decided to tour Mexico via bike....and what a fine ride she has acquired.

Watch for more details and photos to be posted.

Yours Roving Reporter,


PS Please do not think that riding excludes frosty beverages for Karolyn. She will find time for all of the Mexican pleasures!

Pink Fun To Support ICADV

What could beat a Sunday ride that runs from Mullett's to Mar's? Not much, replied Julie G, Lisa and Lee as they tackled the many miles this fundraising-ride presented. OK so it was only about 4 miles total with stops at The Royal Mile and Gusto Pizza. But it did raise much needed money for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Other pink friendly faces out on the ride included Heather M-D, Steve C and Steve F. The pizza rocked at Gusto, which is located on the Western edge of downtown. The ride concluded with one off-tour stop at Carl's place..............hey, is any ride complete without that?

Keep tuned to for more rides. You can find one to fit any one's appetite for riding.

Your Roving Ride Reporter,


Lee Takes Second at Iowa Spring Classic at Hills

The winds were howling just south of Iowa City for the second of the Iowa Spring Classic Series races. A continuous wind of 22 mph with almost constant gusts of 32 mph greeted the racers on Saturday. Not quite as many Pink women made the jaunt to the start line as the previous week for this very hilly race.

Why does it seem that the softest part of the course is always only up hill and against the strongest wind? Maybe it is Mother Nature's cruel sense of humor aimed at bicyclists! But you know it is windy when the cross winds about knock you and the bike over with a sudden chuckle.

Lee hopped aboard her newly customized cross bike and hung on to take second place. Yes, this year she actually beat a few other riders!

Your Roving Race Reporter,


Loren, Joann Lead Pink Romp at Colfax

The Pink Team made a big splash at the first Iowa Spring Classic Series race in Colfax. The very hilly course was a cruel reminder to many of all of the training that went awry over the winter. But that did not deter our awesome team.

Loren and Joann went 1-2 in the women's Cat 4 race. Janan and Julie G took 5th and 6th respectively. It is always a great race day when Pink takes 4 of the top 6 spots.

Great job to all that braved the brisk weather to tackle some gravel.

Your Roving Race Reporter,


Wednesday, March 2, 2011


With the 2010 biking season under wraps, the ladies and gents of VeloRosa gathered at team sponsor Orlando's for a celebration. The year was recapped. It include races, rides, pink day on RAGBRAI, laughter and planning for 2011.

The following links will take you to see all of the fun.

WARNING: this may make you laugh hysterically so if you are work, stay in control!

It looks like you may have to cut and paste...............but trust me it is worth the effort.

Remember, you too can join the team. See the link in the sidebar. Women, biking and fun. Is there a better way to spend your summer? All abilities welcome......we are a riding club with a little racing habit. Helping women ride bikes since 2007!

Your roving race reporter,


Ladies Night Tuesday, March 8

Come out for an evening a great women talking biking. Guys are welcome too!!!
Food, drink, give-aways, demos, test ride great bikes, seminars like how to change a flat!
Bike World West 6-8 p.m.

Pink Ride for Livestrong

Melinda R encouraged a team to participate in the Livestrong Ride at Jordan Creek. Melinda, Melissa Coffey (Melinda's sister), Tobin Bennett, Brenda Schwartztrauber, wearing the awesome CANCER SUCKS shirt, teamed up to ride for this worthy cause.

Laura K, who was moonlighting for DMOS, also joined in the fun.

This proves again that VeloRosa, ladies and gents, are more than just bike riders, but caring members of the community!

Your roving race reporter,



As the temps on February 26, 2011 hovered below 20 degrees and the snow turned to sleet, everything seemed to melt away around Loren Uscilowski who was riding for Pink Team! The roads were covered with fresh gravel, snow and ice but none of that mattered as she ripped through her METRIC in just over 5 hours.

The 62-mile course was exceptionally hilly, per Kent Carlson, one of the event coordinators. As if the self-supported ride was not challenging enough. That means one carries all food, water and repair supplies. There is a mid-point check in that has some water and cookies. Otherwise, it was just a peaceful ride through the Iowa country side.

Dee pushed Dave throughout the ride to become the first co-ed tandem to cross the line. They feared a new set of competitors whom were out to challenge them. However, years of experience paid off for two of our favorite Pink Riders!

Other members of the team joined Julie Goodman on the CIRREM shorty. Kim and Karolyn logged about 25 miles and managed to find a wild-game feed which provided some warmth and beverages during their journey. It seems like those two can find a gathering no matter where they go....a great testament to outstanding bikers!

Julie G and Lisa had a shorter version of this ride and were back in time to support the other riders as they returned to the Tap.

I started and made it just past the mid-point of the the Metric where good sense lead me back to the Cumming Tap for food and beverages. Really, I could not catch Loren and have absolutely no sense of direction. In my delirious state I said, "When did we go under I-35?" to which Kent answered, "You went over was that wide, paved road with all of the cars." Maybe I should stick to blogging and beer.

Prost! to all who attempted and those who conquered!

Your roving race reporter,