June 18, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pittsburgh, PA
Velomuse won’t be hosting official group rides, skills clinics, film screenings or any other official events anytime in the foreseeable future.
Why? Since its inception in 2004, Velomuse has evolved to provide youth coaching, co-ed adult group rides, trail building, policy development and women’s group ride leadership. As its founder, I’ve enjoyed being along for the ride, often investing in training, certifications and insurance to support community needs because it seemed like the right thing to do. And it has been a satisfying decade!
Velomuse has made its contribution to the mountain bike community in both California and Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, each year our operating expenses increased with decreasing program options, and have now reached beyond our collective resources, as we offered a majority of our programs for no charge, being inclusive with those who might have barriers to entry in the sport. We’ve outgrown our niche! Today, there is a growing leadership base exploring advocacy in the women’s cycling and local mountain bike community that makes me confident that our sport will continue to grow and share these responsibilities still meeting the needs of all cross sections of the community and striving towards excellence. Of course, we will continue to ride and be supporters. I’m personally looking forward to exploring new trails and regions with my refreshed participant-perspective and trying my hand at other interests that have been on the back-burner for years.
Keep the rubber side down,
Founder and Mountain Bike Coach