Aside from all the excitement and fun of watching people race bikes, as a race promoter, the really neat thing is on occasion you do get to meet some really special people. I've been lucky and this past year I've met more than a few.
Recently I had the opportunity to discuss the really cool stuff that Tracey Pearson has created and is with Prissy Tomboy (link) "Our mission is to create a lifestyle brand that promotes athleticism and a place for girls to feel empowered, recognized, and supported through sports. "
Yup, that's pretty cool in our books. Getting young minds off of the couch and disconnect from technology and reconnect with, well being a kid! -Rings true as aren't we all big kids playing on bikes?
The Prissy Tomboy Ambassador program was created by Tracey Pearson to actually breathe some life into her mission statement:
The Prissy Tomboy Ambassador mentoring program educates young athletes on the importance of staying in sports to fulfill their potential and strengths. We share stories of female athletes to inspire and give recognition to their accomplishments with the goal of establishing new healthy role models for girls to aspire to.
Which leads us to this exciting announcement, with a little history for context. The other person who has become especially dear to us is little Ms. Eleanor Israel, or "Little E" as we affectionately refer to her.
Long story short - sometime before the 2013 Cedar Hill, our event team had invited folks from the cycling community to join us for an open course day, hot laps at the park if you will. No one really showed-up that day except for Little E and her Dad.
E (9 years old at the time) asked if she could tag along as she was new to cycling but had in fact completed a couple of junior triathlons. We immediately fell in love with this little girl's passion and were thrilled when she did in fact complete the 2013 Cedar Hill Criterium, racing for Trace Bikes, as her first competitive road event.
Fast-forward - since then Little E has gone on to get "curved" handle-bars for her road bike (she did Cedar Hill w/bar ends), fully embracing the sport and completing more than #35 events for 2013!
We're awful proud of Little E and see bright things in her future as a young lady, who knows, maybe a great sports doctor one day, or even the next President of the United States. We're convinced she can do whatever she wants if she puts her mind to it. The sky's the limit for this young lady and there is no doubt that if she keeps racing bikes, she'll be great at that too!
Eleanor Israel is Nashville's #1 Prissy Tomboy Ambassador!
Here's her recent interview with Prissy Tomboy!
In partnership with USA Cycling, Volkswagen of Cool Springs & Cedar Hill Criterium are excited to announce a new contest that gives cycling fans a chance to be VIP guests at the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships, slated for May 24-26, in Chattanooga.
The VW Test Drive Promotion will award five pairs of VIP passes to lucky fans, giving them exclusive VIP access to the road race on May 26th. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes at this premier annual event where national champions are crowned in both the road race and time trial disciplines.
The 5 winners and their guests will enjoy access to the VIP area at the road race with complimentary food, beverage and priority seating at the finish line. The VIP guest winners will also experience the excitement of the race right alongside the cyclists, as they drive the course in a VIP Volkswagen pace car with a professional driver, and witness the attacks, sprints and grueling hill climbs from this unique vantage point. After the race, the VIP guests will have a front-row seat to see the medals presented to the winners at the awards plaza. Each of the five winners and their guests will complete their exciting day by receiving replica jersey signed by the race winners.
Here's how it works.
More opportunities to get in on the The VW / USA Cycling Pro Deal
Get a new VW for $500 under dealer invoice pricing. BOOM!
Don’t forget, as a member of USA Cycling, you are eligible to benefit from special discount pricing in the VWoA / USA Cycling Pro Deal. This Volkswagen Partner Program benefit entitles you to an exclusive savings of $500 off the invoice price of a new Volkswagen!*
Your $500 purchase price deduction is in addition to any other incentive or promotion you may receive from your local participating dealer. In other words, you can get your USA Cycling discount while also benefitting from current retail incentives such as special lease and APR offers.
How do I get my discount?
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See you Sunday, March 30th, at the Cedar Hill Criterium!!!!
GP Homestay is a Boston-based educational services provider, specializing in bringing quality international student homestay and boarding components to private high schools across the U.S. GP Homestay
We're happy to announce that GP Homestay will be hosting a table with a bunch of swag and water to hand out. Stop by and say hello and learn more about how you can "Bring the world to your home by hosting an international student!"
Speaking of hosting. There will be an area at the Cedar Hill Criterium where you can donate old cycling gear such as kit, shoes, gloves, bike parts etc. Many of these kids are just getting into the sport and anything helps (and I know some of ya'll have mounds of stuff in a garage or closet that you're not using!) - don't throw that stuff away! DONATE to a kid who can really use it!
Also - if you have a high school kiddo with tons of energy who is interested in mountain biking, bring him or her over, we'd love to get them involved for the coming season!
Special Events Calendar
Race 1: August 10 | AEDC, Tullahoma
Race 2: Sept 21 | Lock 4, Gallatin
Race 3: October 12 | Herb Parsons, Memphis
Race 4: November 2 | Sewanee
You can learn more about this great new initiative for high school kids at http://www.tennesseemtb.org
5-day conditions look favorable!
Intro. to Racing Skills Clinic
Who: Anyone who rides but has not raced
When: Sat. Mar. 29th 2-5pm
Where: Cedar Hill Park, Madison, TN
How much: FREE
Led by: USA Cycling Southeast Regional Coordinator & Harpeth Bicycle Club
*cat 5 men/cat 4 women/USAC upgrade points eligible
WHAT WILL WE COVER:
The afternoon will be focused on introducing bike riders and folks new to racing general bike handling and race skills needed for riding in a group, drafting, going around turns in a group, safety, and energy conservation. We will also be covering some of the basic information needed for racing with Q & A and a few other basics as they relate to the skills. The main goal of this event is to cover topics regarding on the bike skills and knowledge needed for being comfortable, being energy efficient in a group of riders and maintaining safety for both the rider and the group while covering as many of the bike skills and topics as possible. Be sure to bring your bike and cycling apparel needed for a ride. You will be riding your bike outside in whatever weather conditions are present.
Free pizza following the skills clinic
1. Participants who have never raced before will be registered for Sunday morning's beginners race (2-laps) at the Cedar Hill Criterium. You'll have in-race mentoring from seasoned racing TBRA veterans - FREE
2. Participants who complete the beginners race and your legs still want more, we'll get you in one of the official TBRA (TN Bicycle Racing Associations) events for beginners, either the Men's Category 5 or the Women's Cat. 4 race, FOR FREE too! (you will have to purchase a $15 USA Cycling 1-day license though).
3. Post-race reviews following your race(s). Free podium photos for all beginners race finishers
then grab some grub from one of our great food vendors, walk around and meet some of the great TBRA teams that are warming-up/cooling-down for their respective races, and just enjoy the day, races all day long! (and if you have kiddos we have a free race (noon) for them also!)
Our goal is to get some of you folks who've been riding for awhile, but for whatever reason, just haven't tried the competitive side of the sport. C'mon out - it's safe, it's fun and it's FREE!
Email us if you are interested in attending we're limited to #40 and currently at #28!
VOLKSWAGEN OF COOL SPRINGS
The 2014 Title Sponsor for Cedar Hill Criterium!
We're stoked to announce Volkswagen of Cool Springs as our partner with the 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium! WHOA!
We're also equally humbled that Volkswagen Corporate & USA Cycling have asked for the 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium to participate in an event that helps DRIVE cyclists to the
2014 USA Cycling National Championships, May 24th-26th, Chattanooga, TN
HA! What does this mean, you're wondering?! Well, shoot, let's get to that.
CLEAN DIESEL, ALMOST AS CLEAN AS RIDING A BIKE!
1. Volkswagen of Cool Springs is going to be showcasing vehicles at the 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium. There will be VW Sales Professionals at the Cedar Hill Criterium to discuss the Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel line-up with the following vehicles on-site!
VW Jetta and Sportwagen are your official lead and follow vehicles for the 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium!
3. 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium podium presentations will be book-ended by official race vehicles provided by Volkswagen of Cool Springs. Official podium presentations will include a professional photograph capturing the celebrations. Be sure to wear your team kit! We'll also have flowers, champagne bruts and beautiful podium presentation ladies to make this celebration with Volkswagen of Cool Springs the best!
VW of Cool Springs & The U.S. PRO Test Drive Contest!!
Anyone who takes a ride in one of the Volkswagen of Cool Springs TDI vehicles, either on race day or at their dealership, that person will be automatically entered into a special drawing to win one of five pairs of Official VIP Passes at this year's 2014 US Pro Championships in Chattanooga, TN!!!!
*details on the prizes can be found under the USPRO tab on this website.
Also, you don't have to race a bike to win - just take a ride and drive in one of these really cool Volkswagens and you're automatically entered into the drawing! EASY!
Please join us in welcoming Volkswagen of Cool Springs and please check out their great vehicles at their beautiful showroom located at:
620 Bakers Bridge Ave
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone number(615) 236-3200
Business website hallmarkvwcoolsprings.com
Last year's races had a total of #28 women toe the line at the Cedar Hill Criterium.
A goal of ours for this year - make the women's race better! So we recruited some really awesome sponsors and some uber-cool ladies to help us improve. This is what we've come up with:
28 Reasons we think the ladies should race the '14 Cedar Hill Criterium
$1500 Equal Cash Payouts.
Elite 123 - $1000. 10 deep.
Winners of each category also get Hearing Planet earbuds ($239 value)
Elite 123 Women. (4) $100 equal cash primes!
Cat. 4 Women. (4) $25 equal cash primes! Thank You, Kim Betty Abode Realty!
4th place finishers get Sufferfest training videos.
Thistle Farms gift basket for Elite 123 & 4's race, Thank you, Emily Magli!
12 Women's Cycling Association tees as prizes!
Gift bags from Prissy Tomboy! Thank you, Tracey Pearson!
OS Performance Nutrition drink packs for podium finishers!
(5) Growlers & Race pint glass for Lanterne Rouge finishers!!
Post-race massages from Affinity Acupuncture Thank you, Cassie Alexander !
Sanctuary Yoga lake side Yoga/Stretching on race day, 1pm. We love you, Daphne Larkin!
RB's Cyclery of Franklin is providing race support & great SWAG from Giro. Ogio. Powerbar.
Junior women RACE FREE -TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. and Treehouse Racing
Women who have never raced before - free skills clinic/free beginners race! -courtesy of Treehouse Racing Harpeth Bike Club and USA Cycling
Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Massey, THANK YOU!
Podium Celebrations including photography flowers and champagne
Safe, wide roads. Fast challenging course.
women specific portolets
Host housing available.
Discounted hotel rates less than 3 miles from course
A stone's throw from I-65. Easy in. Easy out.
Great food. Music. Drinks. Free kids race. Free Juniors race.
This is a true double-race weekend!
Hell of the South is on Sat. Mar. 29th in nearby Berlin, TN
Hmm, that's actually a lot more than #28 reasons, but you get the point. We hope that you'll join us on Sunday, March 30th.
and graciously thank you for sharing our event.
Bombs of Smashville race weekend, is gonna leave your legs and body wrecked come Monday, March 31st!
That's why we're excited to announce that Affinity Acupuncture will be onsite during the 2014 Cedar Hill Criterium helping the racers start their recovery process once their race is finished!
Affinity Acupuncture on Acupuncture & Fitness
Acupuncture is just as important to your fitness lifestyle as diet and exercise. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) improve sleep, decrease recovery time after injury, boost metabolism, reduce inflammation and help increase your athletic performance. These ancient practices do so naturally, helping your body achieve balance and optimum health. Athletes commit to training their bodies to an elite level. Acupuncturists commit to caring for bodies at an elite level. When combined the results are significant.
Here's a really neat read on acupuncture from a world class runner
If you're interested in learning more about how Affinity Acupuncture can help you, check out their website and for regular health and wellness tips please follow them @AffinityAcupunc and on Facebook.
If you're ready to give those legs a little TLC after Bombs over Smashville, then call Affinity Acupuncture today and schedule an appointment at (615) 939-2787. Located near Maryland Farms in Brentwood, TN, just off the Old Hickory exit off of I-65 - a short drive from Nashville at:
Affinity Acupuncture, 750 Old Hickory Blvd #150, Brentwood, TN 37027
Obviously we were stoked when Prissy Tomboy contacted us about getting involved with the Cedar Hill Criterium. The passion and confidence was oozing - to create a brand/initiative that helps get girls dis-connected, off the phone/computer and back outside into sport - yeah, that's pretty legit and very very inspiring! Prissy Tomboy even sponsors young ladies that want to get involved with the new GA High School Mtb League! #WHOOP!
@Cedarhillcrit is stoked that there are good people on this ball of dirt trying to get kids off the couch and out on a bike (or sport in general) and we're excited to announce that Prissy Tomboy is providing some great gifts/prizes for all the Juniors(F) and Women's registrants! We're asking you take a moment to learn a little more about the exciting work Prissy Tomboy is doing by reading the following:
"As the founder of Prissy Tomboy Athletics, I would like to share my story and why I chose to pursue this initiative. As both a mother and sport enthusiast, I have noticed that preteen to teen girls are dropping out of sports at an alarming rate. Physical education budgets have been decreasing and there are less athletic opportunities offered through schools, especially for girls. I have spoken to many girls on why they would rather spend hours on their phones or computer screens instead of breaking a sweat outside and have an adventure, and the overall answer is that playing outside is boring.
Girls have found another way to connect through technology and social media rather than playing a sport or just meeting outside to hang out. With the pressures from peers and media they have fostered a fear of not being good enough or not wearing the right clothes. We live in a culture that gives less attention to healthy, athletic women and more to superficial standards and ideals. With the lack of sports or attention to health, we now see more childhood obesity, bullying, eating disorders, suicide, low self-confidence and overall unhappiness of young girls.
This is when I decided take a stance and created Prissy Tomboy Athletics. Our mission is to create a lifestyle brand that promotes athleticism and a place for girls to feel empowered, recognized, and supported through sports. We...." Hit this link to read on!
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