Words by Lynn Kennedy
This season of the SoCal Fixed Series, was the best season I have had racing the series. I was able to accomplish my race goals of placing in the top 3 overall of the series and Win the final race. I was also able to overcome mental blocks, work on improving my weaknesses, and learned how to communicate and work with my teammate.
Most of the season I was racing with self-doubt. I would see who I was racing against and automatically box myself into "I am not going to place well today because these other racers are stronger than me." I also would psych myself out by getting nervous about the things I knew I was not good at.
Towards the last few races I was sick of not doing as well as I wanted to. I started pushing myself harder mentally and physically in the races and started to see an improvement. Then I decided to practice on skills that I was not as strong in. We naturally want to stick with things we are good at. It is often scary to work on things we are not confident in. The only way to get better is to work on improving the things that make us uncomfortable.
Last but not least I want to thank my teammate Ana. In the last race Ana helped me get 1st place. I know if she did not race that day I could not have done it without her. #fuckyeahwomenracebikes
She Wolf Attrack Team Crit Killer Lynn Kennedy had a camera onboard during last months Zaluda Crit. Peep the Edit below. Featuring all your favorite SoCal crushers.
Looking forward to Sundays Crit!
The first WTF Clinic of 2017 at Encino was a ton of fun and a huge success. Shout out to Encino Velodrome for giving us a space to grow and to the rad womxn of Smog City Bomb Squad for leading May's clinic.
Photos by Julio Hernandez
After a 40 lap warm up paceline we worked on riding closely with some bumping and leaning drills, followed by a rotating game of follow the leader to work on handling and comfort up and down the track.
Don't miss the next WTF Clinic, June 18th at Encino Velodrome!!!
Pre-sale is open now for our newest Club Kit!
The DIRTFOO WOLFMODE Fan Club Kit is a remix of our 2016 CX Team Skinsuit with some nods to our OG club kit. Look good and feel good supporting SWAT CX by ordering yours today. PRE-SALE ENDS 4/15. Don't snooze on this limited edition kit.
Designed by SWAT. Made in California by Voler. Available in womens, mens, youth, club and race cuts. http://www.voler.com/custom/ordering/li/16851
We're so stoked to have Thomas Forsyth Bicycle Attorney as a presenting sponsor this season. Thank you thank you thank you for supporting us.
We'd also like to thank the awesome 1st Impression Scorpions Squad for joining our impromptu shoot and Jennifer Caballero for taking the photos.
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1. The Handups
2. The People
3. The Dogs
4. The bikes
Interested in racing CX this fall with SWAT? We are currently accepting applications for new race team members CLICK HERE to apply!
Join us Saturday for the 2nd annual SWAT x Angel City fundraising event supporting our She Wolf ALC riders! Eat, Drink, Race, and Raffle for a great cause.
There will be multiple food trucks to feed your hunger, Zwift Sprint Races. locally crafted beer and a rad raffle! For those that don't know, ALC (Aids Life Cycle) is a 545 mile, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. All proceeds go directly to the life saving services at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Check out the FACEBOOK EVENT for more info & sign up to race!
We ride to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors, and the general public. We ride because—in the current economy—our agencies need these funds more than ever. Ultimately, we ride so that someday, we won’t have to.
AIDS is not over. In California alone there are 151,000 people living with HIV. Nationally, 70 percent of all new infections occur in communities of color and people under the age of 25 are increasingly affected.
The work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center is vital. These agencies continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community.
The costs associated with medical care and treatment for a person with HIV are about $20,000 per year. Access to life-saving drugs, clinical trials and state-of-the-art treatment helps those with the disease live a longer and better quality of life. AIDS/LifeCycle will help those living with HIV/AIDS gain greater independence and get the treatment and care they need. Prevention services geared towards high-risk populations will ensure that future generations will not experience the same level of loss that we have faced in the last two decades.
Learn more about ALC http://aidslifecycle.org/
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She Wolf A tTrack Team Club Team is recruiting a few new members this season! Are you interested in joining our TRACK team for 2017? Do you have the Wolf Spirit in you??? Applicants must be certifed at Encino Velodrome by Feb 1st (check Encino calendar for cert dates: http://www.encinovelodrome.org/calendar.html), and be able to commit to track training sessions, & team training. Applications are due Feb 1st.
#shewolfattrackteam #fuckyeahwomenracebikes #soswat
NEW YEAR. NEW KITS. NEW SPONSORS. HERE IN SWATLANDIA 2017 IS THE YEAR OF THE WOLF! AWOOO!!! WE'RE SO EXCITED TO BE WORKING WITH WABI CYCLES THIS SEASON! PEEP OUR NEW TRACK TEAM SKINSUITS DESIGNED BY TRACK CAPTAIN ANA "ROTY WOLF" MARIA AND STAY TUNED FOR MORE SPONSOR ANNOUNCEMENTS..
Overall SWAT placed 8th in the SoCalCross Prestige Series, pretty impressive for a small grassroots womxns team don't ya think? If the officials gave bonus points for spirit, style, and sportsmanship we'd have won for sure (sorry Montrose).
With a smaller team this season and only a few vetran racers we worked hard to stay in the top 10 rankings surrounded by large powerhouse co-ed teams.
Diana and Susie lead the team in points this season podiuming week after week. Diana won an impressive 7 races and the overall series in the B field. Susie placed 2nd in both B's and Single Speed in the series with 6 2nd place finishes and 1 win! We're looking forward to watching both of these shredders race with the elites in 2017.
We had a number of new racers come out a give CX a try in the C field. Arin and Kerstin started out in the C field but cat'd up quickly to B's mid season. They also raced masters collecting points for the team and getting stronger with each race. Meg and Lee caught the CX bug, racing when work allowed and came in 2nd and 3rd in the C field. It will be fun to see all of these womxn racing in the B field together in 2017.
How do you feel about your CX season?
Diana: Best season yet! Racing in the B's this year helped me gain a greater self-confidence and learn to trust in my own abilities. I've improved a lot since last year and I know I have a lot more learning to do. The best part of the season was being able to share it along side my teammates, friends, and Greg. It was so great to be apart of SWAT this year, to hear cheers and give hugs and high fives.
Lynn: I felt pretty good about my cx season. I learned that the skills acquired from last season were still there once getting back into cx racing this season. The best part was being able to make it on the podium in 4th place my first race back. This season was a bit different than last season due to school and work I was not able to attend every race of the season. Not being able to race the entire series and not being able to be with teammates was the worst part.
Susie: I’m really happy with this CX season. Sharing the podium with Diana week after week and getting to know our competitors was awesome. The B field was an amazing group of womxn. Everyone was super supportive and each week was a battle.
Arin: Happy and sad the season is over! Cross is hard as fuck & fun as fuck. Coming out of the season, I feel I learned a new skill set with handling my cx bike, overcoming sketch and scary turns, jumps, and drops. Having a greater sense for this sport and the wonderful people I surrounded myself with this past season, I look forward to the next. Cross has an amazing community and the very few douchbag bros can't even damper it.
Did you go into this season with any goals? Did you achieve them?
Diana: My goal going into the season was to try to get on the podium at least once. I achieved that during the first race when I took the win and so I decided to raise the standard I had set for myself. My new goal became to stay in the leader's jersey for the entire season...Goal Accomplished.
Lynn: My goals were to do well and have fun. Definitely achieved both goals.
Arin: I didn't have any pre-season goals other then to show up. I feel there's a level of commitment you give to your team to succeed overall. As the season progressed I was able to focus on my capabilities and strive to improve (in most races, handups are too fun to pass up tho).
Susie: My goals were to podium for the overall series in both my fields which I did (2nd & 2nd!!!) And for SWAT to place in the top 10, which we did!
What was your favorite race? Best Heckle? Favorite thing/part of this season?
Arin: SoCal Cross puts together exciting and kooky courses, and each race has its own challenges, sweet spots, and people cheering for you around every corner. Some days I would go into the race with more determination, and other days more so with having a good time riding my bike, being outside in a park, and hanging out with friends. The comradery (emphasis on "rad") was the best. With S.W.A.T., Team Tres Leches, EPBP, and Best Friends Forever CC, we made the heckle-handups-high five zone a spectacle, and I'm so fortunate to be friends with these kick-ass individuals.
Lynn: My favorite race was Turkey Trot, because we got to race in the rain and mud and had a sweet jump section to get air on the back end of the course. The best heckle was "bunny hop and dance." My favorite part of this season was taking most of the hand ups!
Diana: My favorite race was Anza. That was such a fun and fast course with hills, Kyla Birthday EZ-UP, and a SWAT pool party.
Susie: So many good courses this season, I can't pick just one. Casitias because of course side camping and a fun all dirt course, Spooky Cross because of the costumes and rain on day 2, Anza with the fast hills and ice pool, and Verdugo because that course/crowd is always super fun and morning rain made it really fast. Our new Space Tent was really a rad addition this season, #noboringtents and watching our new racers fall in love with the sport always makes me happy.
Goals for next season?
Diana: Continue to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. Podiums would also be nice.
Lynn: To do as many cx races as possible.
Susie: To not get discouraged racing with the elites and enjoy it.
Arin: Training? Maybe. Try a SS race? No less than 2 races a day. Don't stop smiling while racing.