Friday, December 7, 2007

Tour of Marin Report

The Tour of Marin on October 29, 2006 was an invitational ride through Marin with some of America's most accomplished riders in the pro peloton including Levi Leipheimer, the Webcor Women’s Team and many more. Team Swift members Tyler Brandt, Ethan Weiss, Lindsay Myers and Ryan Eastman had the opportunity to attend the event with Coach Laura to meet and ride with these top Professionals.

Many other members of Team Swift met the same day in Marin for our All Team Ride. These riders lead by Coach Julia Violich and parents rode the Paradise Island loop. We coordinated the All Team Ride to finish at the same time as the Tour of Marin so we were all able to go to the lunch and hang out together. Lot's of fun!
The Marin Country Day School invited Team Swift to join their ride on October 20, 2007. Due to the success of their fund raising activities the school donors have made a contribution in support of Team Swift for $500. Thanks MCDS!

Great riding gang!
Coach Laura

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

All-Team Ride this Saturday

December 8 "All Team Ride" in Santa Rosa

*WEATHER UPDATES: Between 6:45-7AM there will be an update posted at The forecast is calling for clear skies both Saturday and Sunday. If it is raining at 6:30AM coach Laura will post it on the website and we will reschedule the ride. It will be sunny though and we'll see you there!!!
*If you need any specific clothing or equipment be sure to email so we can have it for you at the ride.
*Come meet the Norcal Sport Cycling Team!!!

Team Swift All-Team-Ride Details

Parents and friends are invited to join the ride and all youth under the age of 12 are required to have a participating parent or guardian in attendance. For those not current registered members of Team Swift you need to bring a signed waiver and release to join the ride which can be found at Be sure to read the Team Swift Riding Rules below so you come prepared.

1. All Team Ride:
· All Team Ride is December 8, 2007
· 9 AM at NorCal Bike Sport
· Ride Leaders: Coach Laura and Coach Jonathan. Parents are invited to join the ride and must abide by the Team Swift Ride Rules.
· Skill Level: All levels invited. Riders under 12 years old must have a riding parent in attendance.
· The ride will be between 2-2.5 hours.
· Heavy Rain will cancel the ride but not if it is just light rain.

The All-Team Ride is a chance for all levels of riders to learn cycling skills and start a ride together. Team Swift Alumni members, rider assistants, are also often on these rides which gives upcoming riders a chance to learn from their experience. Parents and supporters of Team Swift are welcome to join as well. We will start together and then break into different groups depending on skill level. There will be a coach and/or parent with each group. The ride will be approximately 2.0-2.5 hours depending on skill level and age.

Start Location:
NorCal Bike Sport
425 College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 573-0112

Team Swift Contacts:
Coach Laura Charameda: or
P.O. Box 103
Fulton, CA 95439

Team Swift Riding Rules:
*Helmets are mandatory.
*If you are not a current Team Swift member you will need to sign a waiver and release. These will be available before the start of the ride and are also downloadable from the Team Swift website. If you are under 18 years of age you will need a parent or guardian signature. Everyone on the ride will need to sign a release. Parents are welcome to join the ride.
*Carry 2 spare tubes, tire irons, money, water, energy bars, ID with an emergency phone number, and enough warm clothing.
*Your bike needs to be clean for each group and team ride.
*Pre Ride Safety Check: look at your tires to make sure you don’t have glass in them and check the quick-release skewers on your hubs to make sure they are totally secure. Ask for help at the shop prier to departure.
*Always ride to the right side of the road and in the bike lanes if available.
*Respect all traffic laws.
*Coaches or ride leaders are on the road for your safety. Listen closely for their advice in the group. This is a major safety issue especially when there are a lot of riders and traffic on the roads. A quick response may be necessary.