First Annual Women’s Cycling Clinic


Thank you being a part of our 2012 Higher Gear Women’s Cycling Clinic. We hope it was as much fun for all of you as it was for us. It was so rewarding to witness your “aha” moments and the smiles that accompanied your “I did it” achievements. My day with the Green Team was absolutely awesome. After listening to the tales from the other coaches, though, we all agree that everyone was great!

Remember, the learning doesn’t stop just because the clinic is over. Each time we head out to ride, we can make gains and continue to improve our confidence and skill on the bike. We’d like to share in your cycling success, so please be sure to join us for some of our weekly women’s rides. We’ll help to keep you on track with your goals and guide you along the way to becoming a more confident and skilled rider.

Cycling is our passion, so if there’s any way we can help you enjoy the sport as much as we do, just let us know.

Thanks again and hope to see you on the road soon!
Francine Haas, Sylvie Legere & the Higher Gear team


Women's Cycling Clinic Higher Gear


On April 22nd, Higher Gear hosted its first annual Women’s Cycling Clinic at the Highland Park High School. 50 women spent the day learning and practicing bicycle handling sills such as cornering, all to gain confidence on their bikes and to learn how to safely ride in a group. Participants ranged from new riders to racers, were grouped according to their comfort and skill level and participated in interactive sessions appropriate to their needs. Women learned tips about basic bicycle maintenance from our master mechanic and injury prevention from local Chiropractors and were treated to a delicious lunch provided by Cathy Corbett Catering and a fabulous goodie bag from Higher Gear.



Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the Clinic:

“It was a great day! Was able to meet new people to ride with.”
“Everyone was so supportive, very helpful! Goodie bag was very nice too – thank you.”
“Camaraderie was great. Fun to make new friends and learn new skills.”
“I enjoyed meeting other women cyclists, learning some new skills and becoming more confident in the skills I already had.”
“The instructors took time with everyone and helped them learn.”
“I was very impressed with the content and ability to try out what was discussed. The day was organized appropriately with time to cover each section. Well run and organized. Very impressive and knowledgeable group that ran the clinic.”
“[I enjoyed] the friendliness of instructors and participants…No one was patronizing or judgmental. I learned a ton…and have been using it.”
“Camaraderie among the other attendees and the coaches [was] fantastic. Maybe we should do a camp.”
“I found it to be very fun and informative. My instructors knew their stuff and taught it well. Nice goodie bags too!”
“It was the best time I ever had in the freezing cold.”


Due to its success and the positive feedback we’ve received, we’ll be running this event annually. If you missed it or if you’re ready to advance your cycling skills, don’t miss this event next year!

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Special thanks to Catherine, our official photographer for the day. For the full gallery of photographs from the Clinic, click here >>


Weekly Rides

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am from Wilmette – Women’s Ride – multiple options for a variety of women cyclists
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm from Highland Park – Women’s Ride – road bikes only, ride led by Francine and Brian Haas, focus is to learn group riding, average speed is 15-17mph.
Fridays, 5:30-7:00am from Wilmette – women’s ride, road bikes only, average speed is 17mph, focus on group riding.
Saturdays, 7:00-9:00am from Highland Park – a high-intensity interval ride
Sundays, 4:15-7:00pm from Wilmette – a 35-45 mile no-drop ride, 18-20mph, especially friendly for those new to group riding

See our Events page for a listing of all group rides, further details and an updated calendar or to pre-register.

How will the rides be organized?
Ideally, riders should commit to riding weekly for at least 6 weeks so we can all progress together and form riding groups that will go on through the summer or restart the first week of August when everyone is back from vacation.

What type of bike do I need?
For most group rides, you will need a road bike.
For our Tuesdays morning ride out of Wilmette, we will divide riders based on confidence level, speed and types of bikes.

Check our Events Page for all current rides and to let us know if you plan to attend a ride. If you are interested, please join our mailing list – click on Women’s Ride. We look forward to riding with you!

Need Help? Have Questions?

Highland Park | 847-433-2453
Wilmette | 847-256-2330

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