La Grimpeuse, The Giro Rosa and Mara Abbott…


Photo credit, WiggleHigh5 Team

Recently, I was asked to become a contributor for the Indoor Cycling Association. I’m very excited about this as I’ve been a member of ICA since it’s inception and a follower of its creator, Jennifer Sage for many years.  It was her enthusiasm for the Tour de France – and her amazing profiles of the gloried race – that put me on the path to writing my women’s fiction/romance/sports novel, Wheeler.

I’m excited that my first contribution, an indoor cycling profile of Stage 5 of the 2016 Giro Rosa called ‘La Grimpeuse‘, will be featured this weekend. The profile honors American climber Mara Abbott’s incredible ride up the famed Mortirolo: her break out of the peloton, catching and passing fellow climber, Emma Pooley and going on to win the stage to wear the maglia rosa in Stage 6.

I’ve led my class through this profile a few times – only my Thursday night class as the profile is an hour –  which features 45 minutes of climbing at various intensities. Eventually I will post it to my blog, but I’ll give you a taste of the songs I used to add to the drama of the climb.

Black Sun, James Dooley (feat. Celldweller)
Friction, Imagine Dragons
The Secret is Momentum, Kerretta
1777, Russian Circles

I fully encourage you to check out ICA’s website if you are an instructor or a fan of indoor cycling.

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