Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simmons Family, parasite-free in 2012

O-Cup #1 this morning.  And, just like everyone else posting on Facebook,  I am NERVOUS.  To calm myself down, I always try to think about what is making me the most anxious and focus on how I can control whatever that is.  Today, it is that after a season away from racing, I'm not really sure where to stand in the start pen.  I'm nervous that after a winter of training, I'm still not back to where I want to be.

But, then I looked in the mirror while getting ready and saw a completely different girl than the one who stared back at me last year.  I'm about 10 pounds heavier, and in my humble opinion, those 10 pounds look good.  My eyes and skin look brighter and I don't have to slather on make-up to erase the dark circles under my eyes.  So, wherever I end up this morning I will know that I have reached the goal that Jeremy set out for me last year:  Simmons Family, parasite-free in 2012.

Monday, April 9, 2012

4th annual Wine, Cheese and Women

Calling all women out there who like to ride bicycles (or would like to ride bicycles).  We are hosting a Wine and Cheese night at the Trek Store Barrie on Monday, April 16th from 6:30 - 8pm.  This will be a great chance to meet other female cyclists and find out more about the Trek Women program: volunteer-led cycling instruction by women for women.

For more info, visit: Trek Women of Barrie and Toronto or call (705) 733-0027

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mountain Biking Basics: a 2 day workshop and overnight retreat, just for women

Mountain Biking Basics: 
a 2 day workshop and overnight retreat, just for women 

Friday, June 15- Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Sudbury, ON 
Attracted to mountain biking, but kind of scared off by the fear factor?   Treat yourself this spring with quality instruction and coaching, to set yourself up for a full summer of riding more confidently. This workshop will take absolute beginners as well as novice female riders the next step to enjoy trail riding and nail down all the basics!  As a women-only clinic, the atmosphere and teaching style will be fun, encouraging, and maybe slightly outrageous once we all get more comfortable "in the saddle." 
All meals from Wine and Cheese on arrival Friday night to Sunday Lunch are provided as well as Friday and Saturday night accommodation at a rustic retreat with cabins.  After a day on the trails, enjoy the facilities at the retreat which include 400 waterfront acres with wood burning sauna, access to canoes and swimming. 

The clinic will be taught by Tammy Simmons, a Level 1 NCCP Mountain Bike Instructor who has instructed for Wild Women, Hardwood Ski and Bike and runs popular Women's Only clinics for the Trek Store of Barrie and Toronto. 

Cost: $399 (early bird rate of $379 – sign up by April 30th ) + hst 
All participants will receive a complementary membership to the Trek Women program.  This program allows members to attend (for no additional cost) road and mountain bike clinics throughout the 2012 season offered in the Barrie and Toronto area ($40 value).  For more information visit 

Sign - up: contact Tammy Simmons (tammyjrobinson "at" hotmail "dot" com)

Note: All participants must bring a mountain bike in good working order and wear a helmet.  If you are interested in joining the clinic, but do not have a mountain bike please contact us.  Depending on availability, a bike may be arranged. 

Women’s Weekend Itinerary 

Arrive in Nairn Centre on Friday evening and start the weekend off right with a glass of wine and snacks and a chance to meet your fellow course mates and instructor.  On Saturday morning, after a good breakfast you will be taught the basics of mountain biking.  You will learn body-bike separation, proper braking, pedalling and gearing, and how to ride over and around small obstacles.  After lunch, we will head to the Naughton Trails for the first trail ride of the weekend, where you will put your new skills to use.  Head back to the cabins after a fun-filled day to enjoy a hearty and well earned dinner, relax in the wood burning sauna, swim in the lake to cool off, take out a canoe or just put your feet up. 

On Sunday, we will head back to the Naughton Trails to further add to your biking skills.  Lunch will be provided at the trails and then we will say our goodbyes, but not before our infamous awards ceremony and final competition for the Nairn Cup.  What’s the Nairn Cup you may be asking… join us on June 15-17th  to find out. 

More About your instructor… 

Tammy Simmons first started Mountain Biking in 1999 and learned to ride on Vancouver’s infamous North Shore trails.  She vividly remembers her first trail biking experience as a scary one in which her friends led her down Grouse Mountain’s steep trails.  She spent the afternoon doing much more hike-a-bike than riding. 

Today, Tammy enjoys teaching others to Mountain Bike.  But unlike her own first experience, she believes that learning to Mountain Bike should not be a scary one and enjoys seeing her participants push their boundaries while learning new skills in a supportive environment.  Tammy has instructed for Wild Women, Hardwood Ski and Bike and runs popular Women’s Only clinics for the Trek Store of Barrie and Toronto.  Tammy also races in the Master Expert Category at Canada and Ontario Cups.  Her race highlights have included first in age category at Paris to Ancaster and completing TransRockies, a 7-day race through the Rocky Mountains.