Femmes Gravel 100

Femmes Gravel 100

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Location

Bentonville

Category

Gravel Biking
Women

Organization

Femmes Gravel 100

Program Overview

Embark on a transformative journey with our comprehensive training program for women like you! Spanning 10 Saturday rides, starting on February 10th through April 27th, you'll experience a gradual progression in distance, building your endurance from 33 to 70 miles. This structured approach ensures that you'll be well-prepared for the ultimate challenge that awaits you.

In addition to the Saturday rides, we're excited to offer six Rosie Up sessions dedicated to Paceline progression training sessions on select Sundays, starting January 7th. These sessions will focus on refining your cycling skills and techniques in a supportive and encouraging environment.

We've scheduled five or more Q&A sessions/off-bike clinics on Thursdays to complement your on-bike training. These sessions will cover various topics, including nutrition, bike maintenance, and mental preparation, providing you with a well-rounded education to enhance your overall cycling experience.

The culmination of your hard work and dedication will be celebrated at the grand finale of our training program – a 100-mile all-women gravel century ride on Saturday, May 11th, coinciding with Mother's Day weekend. This event is not just a ride; it's a celebration of your achievements and the community of strong, empowered women you've become a part of.

Our mission is to provide you with the tools and resources necessary to explore and conquer your gravel endurance goals. By fostering confidence and empowering you with knowledge and skills, we hope to inspire you to embark on even more cycling adventures beyond the program.

Join us on this exciting journey, where every pedal stroke brings you closer to your triumphs and the joy of discovering the incredible potential within you. 

Is This Challenge Right for You?

  1. Do you identify as FTWN-B?
  2. Are you active for at least 3 days a week?
  3. Do you ride at least 3 times a week, including virtual rides such as Zwift?
  4. Can you comfortably ride 30 miles at a minimum average pace of 10 mph on flat gravel terrain?
  5. Do you have a well-maintained gravel bike or plan to acquire one?
  6. Can you commit to weekly training, attending a minimum of 5 group training rides?

Understanding the commitment and time required is crucial for successfully preparing for a century ride in just three months. If you find that you meet these criteria and are ready to dedicate yourself to the program, then this challenge may be the perfect opportunity for you to push your limits, build endurance, and achieve your gravel cycling goals.

Remember, this journey is not only about reaching the 100-mile mark but also about personal growth, camaraderie, and celebrating your achievements along the way.

Group Training Dynamics 

Understanding the dynamics of our group training program is key to ensuring a positive and supportive experience for all participants. Our goal is to foster a sense of community, challenge each other to improve, and celebrate the collective achievements of the entire group.

What You Need to Know

Weekly Route Focus:

  • Our group training program centers around one designated weekly route. This provides a consistent and familiar environment for participants to track progress and challenge themselves.

Pace Groups:

  • We offer three pace groups to accommodate a variety of fitness levels and riding experiences:
    • A Group: 13-15 mph average
    • B Group: 12-13 mph average
    • C Group: 10-12 mph average

Leadership and Support:

  • Each pace group is led by a ride leader and sweep. These experienced individuals will guide the group, maintain the designated pace, and offer support throughout the ride.

Regrouping and Wait Time:

  • While these rides may not be classified as "no-drop," we understand the importance of regrouping. Planned regrouping points with set wait times will be incorporated into the ride.

Selecting the Right Pace Group:

  • It's crucial to choose a pace group that aligns with your fitness level and riding experience. This selection promotes a positive and comfortable riding environment for everyone. If you're unsure, consider starting in a group that matches your current capabilities and adjusting as you progress.

Group Ride Requirements

  • GPS device and downloaded route
  • Well-maintained, ride-ready, gravel-appropriate bike
  • Adequate food and hydration
  • Weather-appropriate attire, closed-toe shoes, and a helmet
  • Complete flat repair kit with a spare tube and multi-tool
  • Emergency contact availability
  • Be ready for the pre-ride meeting 15 minutes before the start time
  • Adhere to rules of the road and safety guidelines
  • Support and follow your designated ride leader
  • Ride together as a team

By adhering to these requirements, you contribute to the overall safety and success of our group rides. 

Femmes Gravel Century Day

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with Femmes Gravel Century Day, scheduled for May 11th.

Event Details:

  • Date and Time: May 11th, starting at 7:30 am.
  • Location: TBA

Key Highlights:

  • Three Led Pace Groups:
    • Participate in the century ride alongside three led pace groups, each catering to different riding speeds and preferences. Choose the group that aligns with your pace and enjoy the journey with fellow cyclists.
  • Sponsored Support Stops:
    • Along the route, sponsored support stops will be strategically placed to provide participants with refreshments, snacks, and any necessary assistance. Take advantage of these stops to recharge and enjoy the support from our sponsors.
  • Finish Line Celebration:
    • The culmination of your three months of hard work and dedication will be celebrated at the finish line. Join us for a well-deserved celebration, including refreshments, music, and a sense of accomplishment.
  • Event-Day Requirements:
    • All standard group ride requirements apply on the event day. Ensure you have your GPS device, downloaded route, a well-maintained bike, adequate food and hydration, weather-appropriate attire, a flat repair kit, emergency contact information, and be ready for the pre-event meeting.

Additional Tips:

  • Check-In: Arrive early to check in, receive event details, and connect with fellow participants.
  • Photography: Capture and share your journey on social media using event hashtags. We'd love to see your memories!
  • Support Each Other: Embrace the spirit of camaraderie. Support your fellow riders and celebrate their achievements as well.

Note:

Please stay tuned for any updates or specific instructions that may be provided closer to the event date.

No Refunds Policy:

Your registration fees are crucial in supporting the overall success of the training program and the Century Day event. Every contribution plays a significant role in providing resources, support, and an exceptional experience for all participants.

Century Day is not just about crossing the 100-mile mark; it's a celebration of your dedication, perseverance, and the bonds formed throughout the training program. We look forward to sharing this incredible day with you and making it a memorable experience for everyone involved!