Thinking about spring

McKenzie Pass Ride

Generally in May, Sorellas gather for a car-free ride on McKenzie Pass. The mountain pass in the Cascade Range in central Oregon. It is located at the border of Linn and Deschutes counties, approximately 20 miles from Bend.


Meet the Team Ride

Bakery PNG LogoWe are holding a Meet the Team ride for women only from St. Honore Bakery’s Division street location on May 14.

Two rides – a shorter ride and a longer ride. This ride is free.

Both rides will leave St. Honore Bakery’s Division street location and swing by River City Bikes to meet that group ride at 9 a.m. Then we’ll ride to the St. Honore Bakery located on Thurman street.

From there, the longer ride will head toward toward the Lake Oswego St. Honore Bakery location, while the shorter ride will take another route. Both rides will swing by River City Bikes at the end of their ride.

When: Saturday, May 14
Where: Meet at 3333 SE Division St, Portland
When: Ride leaves at 8:45 a.m.

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McKenzie Pass Ride

Saturday May 28, 2016

McKenzie Pass Illustration(433W)Ride one of Oregon’s most scenic mountain pass roadways while it is closed to cars.

The women of the Sorella Forte Cycling Club invite all of our cycling sisters to join us for an out-and-back, recreation-paced group ride up to the McKenzie Pass Observatory. Help us fill the road with dozens of women riders!

Our goals:
Promote women’s cycling
Strengthen relationships among women’s cycling clubs and teams
Build awareness of leadership and mentoring opportunities

Ride Details
Ride Start: The Sister’s Coffee House
Start Time: Arrive at 9:30 a.m. and start to ride at 10 a.m.
Post Ride: Stay in Sisters to have lunch and participate with the Sister’s Stampede cross-country mountain bike race and events. Travel to Bend for the Bend Don’t Brake Road Race.
For further information call Heather: 503-302-6524
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Ride and Unwind on the Joyride

A Cycle Oregon Event for Women

Joyride in Willamette Valley

Joyride. Stoller Family Estates(650)Grab your friends, daughters, sisters, and moms and escape to the countryside! Whether you’re a newbie or veteran rider, we hope you’ll join us for Cycle Oregon’s first annual one-day event celebrating women on bikes.

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Mountain bike skills clinics

Spring is here and it’s mountain bike time!

Coach Elaine Bothe demonstrates proper form on the trail.

Coach Elaine Bothe demonstrates proper form on the trail.

Sorella Forte president and Wenzel coach Elaine Bothe and associate coach Rhonda Morin team up to lead a series of mountain bike clinics starting in March.

March 19, 2016 – Advanced clinic, Sandy Ridge Trail System, Brightwood, Oregon

March 26, 2016 – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced clinics, Cascade Locks EasyCLIMB Trail System, Cascade Locks, Oregon

April 2, 2016 –   Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced clinics, Sandy Ridge Trail System, Brightwood, Oregon

Click here for details

Club Meeting

Our annual meeting is on Jan 31, 2016, at The Lumberyard Bike Park.

Sorella ClubRiding and lessons hosted by Elaine in the afternoon starting around 3:00 p.m. with a total newbie orientation walking tour and riding skills at 4 p.m. Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

This will not be a full potluck this year. Depending on attendance, we will provide some pizza both regular and gluten-free and hummus and veggies. Feel free to bring a sweet snack to share. Additional pizza, salads, mac-n-cheese and other yumminess, as well as soft drinks, beer, cider and wine will be available for purchase.

Bike parking is allowed inside, if someone wants to lead a road ride prior. Feel free to park at The Lumberyard and ride from there.

Elections: We have a board of 8 members, each term is 2 years and we alternate years depending on the position so we are never turning over the entire board in the same year. Our current board includes:

Elaine Bothe, President
Susan Koonce, Treasurer
Linda Watts, Volunteer Coordinator
Aleson McFarlane, Secretary
Sarah Brown, Club Captain
Trish Jilot, Membership Coordinator
Elsa Bro, Member at Large
Heather Simmons, Member at Large

The positions of treasurer, volunteer coordinator, secretary and member at large are up for re-election this year. Each is a two-year term.

Susan, Linda and Aleson are excited about re-running for their positions. Also, Sheri “Cyclenoodle” and Patti are interested in running for Member at Large position. If you want to be involved, know that our board meets four times a year and all members are welcome. Plus, we can always use board helpers, so let us know your interest. Being a helper is a great way to get fulfill your member in good standing (MIG) requirement.

Got old gear? Want new old gear?

Bring yours to trade at the meeting. Leftovers will be donated to Community Cycling Center.

Pactimo Fit Kit will also be available for members to try on during the meeting.

Cyclocross Highlights from 2015

There was dust and hot temps in the early ‘cross season that changed to rain, then sticky mud, then everybody’s favorite: PIR’s peanut butter mud! 2015 was a fun season. Come on out and join us in 2016!

Bonnie pushing through the peanut butter at PIR, Nov. 2015.

Bonnie pushing through the peanut butter at PIR, Nov. 2015.

Bonnie, Kim and Susan enjoy mixing mud with afternoon sun for a beautiful complexion.

Bonnie, Kim and Susan enjoy mixing mud with afternoon sun for a beautiful complexion.

Bonnie's first podium!

Bonnie’s first podium!

Rhonda feeling the pain at a Grand Prix CX race in 2015.

Rhonda feeling the pain at a Grand Prix CX race in 2015.

Rhonda packs  like a Pro for cyclocross.

Rhonda packs like a Pro for cyclocross.


State Champs CX Race

Oregon State Champs! November 21, 2015, was a clear and cold day and ripe for winning. The Singlespeed contest was the last race of the day this time, which meant I had to live with butterflies in my belly all day. The race was in Boring – a mere 10 miles from my house, so I got to ride the Springwater Trail to the venue for once. The course had lots of fast flats with just enough up hill to make my legs scream. A wooden fly-over that was steeper than the photo makes it appear (looking far forward took away some of the fear) and a separate set of stairs on the other side of the course. And cornfields! Deep, but sticky mud the twisted along the corn rows. A hint: riding on the corn stalks helped with traction. I lined up with a modest field, none of whom I recall seeing in other races, so it was an unknown. The whistle blew and we were off. I tucked behind another to start at a moderate speed and on the first hill she had a pedal problem, so I came around her and took the lead from there on.

I kept the pace reasonable, enjoyed the couple of steep descents off the fly-over and another spot and wrapped up the race in 5 laps. State Champ baby! First SS championship for me. A fine end to a fun and satisfying season. This SS racing is a blast.

~ Coach Rhonda Morin

CX Clinic Highlights

Thanks to all the Sorellas who helped with this year’s CX clinic at Vancouver Lake Park and PIR. What fun we had in the mud, sand and grass! Photos by Colleen McClenahan.



Cyclocross Skills Clinic Series

WC Barrier & Coach RhondaCyclocross Skills Clinic Series 2015 coming  August 16 and 23. Time to sign up while there’s still room. New this year – two, 3-hour clinics packed with skills and drills.

Sign up today!