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Introducing The Café Ride conversation series

By Reese Ruland

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There are various reasons to pick up a sport or hobby like cycling, but one of the biggest reasons we stay (or leave) is the community that surrounds us. The cycling community has its ups and downs, but I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people either through the industry or just out on rides. Through cycling, I’ve met some of my closest friends, made some of my favorite memories, and learned so much about myself and others. This is why it’s so hard not seeing my people or meeting new cyclists during this time of social distancing.

What I wouldn't give to go on a casual ride, stop at a cafe, get some coffee and snacks, and catch up with people! 

Enter The Café Ride, an Instagram Live conversation series dedicated to telling the stories of amazing women, building community, and educating and inspiring fellow cyclists. This bi-weekly conversation series, starting March 17 at 10 a.m. mountain time, will feature women from various aspects of the cycling community. You’ll meet and hear stories from women who are recreational athletes, product developers, nutrition experts, or professional cyclists. The goal is to inspire, educate, and connect women from all over the world.

How to join the conversation:

Every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. MST, you can catch us on Instagram (@theproscloset). Instagram has some helpful tips about joining the conversation, you can find them here. The full schedule is below. 

The Café Ride schedule 

March 17: Tina Ooley, using mountain biking to discover yourself and cope with loss. Watch the replay.

March 31: Sarah Swallow, authentically embracing an alternative lifestyle. Watch the replay

April 14: Erin Nelson, struggling with PTSD and identity post car/bike accident. Watch the replay

April 28: Cassondra Spring, women’s cycling community. Watch the replay.

May 12: Lillian Outten, learning to train for a race that might not happen 

May 26: Hillary Allen, a professional ultra runner finds cycling 

June 9: Maria Benson, learn how a Cervelo bike is developed 

June 23: Isabel Rodriguez, equity in Cycling 

July 7: Laura King, navigating pregnancy and motherhood, while still making time for yourself. 

July 21: Jane Nussli, balancing career and personal fulfillment with professional racing

August 4: Tamara Gorman, a rising triathlete star with big aspirations 

August 18: Lindsey Richter, how and why Ladies All Ride was founded and where it's going

September 1: Kate Quay, pudendal neuralgia and cycling 

September 15: Janel Spillker, pro road racer discusses the transition to community builder and coach

September 29: Rachel Voyles, massage therapist and former pro soigneur talks about relieving all kinds of stress 

October 13: Sofia Bermudez, why being a beginner, not an expert, is the goal. 


2 comments


  • Sandy,

    Yes! The recorded interviews can be found on our IGTV channel here: https://www.instagram.com/theproscloset/channel/

    The Pro's Closet on

  • I live in South Africa. Time difference makes joining the livestream impossible. Are these recorded and available afterwards?

    Sandy on


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