Founded in 2012 by Grace Ragland and Jana Payne, who have been friends since college and began mountain biking together around 2003, the Rocket City Cycle Belles (RCCB) is a grass-roots women-only group for women interested in anything bike. Whether you've been thinking about taking up cycling or you're a die-hard competitor, we encourage you to jump in and share the passion. Here's what our founders and members are saying:
"I would like to see our community safer. And when more people are involved, the need for bike lanes gets noticed. There's strength in numbers." -Grace Ragland, who despite having been diagnosed with muscular sclerosis as a teen, has excelled and become a nationally known mountain bike racer.
"One of our common bonds is our love for cycling, mountain and road. We recognized a need for an all-women's group. You know, we thought an all-women's group would present a presumably less intimidating and competitive atmosphere for women cyclists on all levels of the sport." -Jana Payne
"It's all women in all stages of cycling. Some are novices and some are pros, but it doesn't matter." -Melissa Wood
No top-of-the-line fancy equipment required - just the desire to ride your bike. We encourage you to share your knowledge on our Facebook page; ask questions, post group ride info, ANYTHING that has to do with biking! We would love to see cool articles, pictures, equipment for sale, or spin class info. Even if you just want to have coffee and talk bike, please join us. The purpose of this group is to offer a safe and encouraging environment for women in every phase of cycling.
RCCB offers weekly all-women road and mountain bike rides for riders of varying levels throughout the warmer months of the year, socials year-round, and spin classes/support during those frigid winter months when it’s a little daunting to get outside!
The RCCB and Friends team had a successful outing at the Bike MS ride this year. Check out our RCCB and Friends Bike MS Page!
Other RCCB Events/Rides Info.:
The 2018 ride calendar will be coming soon. The Belles have regular recurring rides for both road and mountain bikers of all levels. Please check the SCCC rides calendar and our Facebook page for more information soon!
Clinics, Spin Classes, Socials, Etc.
The Belles and SCCC are hosting our 4th annual Silent Auction Fundraiser benefiting the local NICA teams at Yellowhammer on Jan 19, 2018 at 6:00! See the event on Facebook for more information!