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North American Handmade Bicycle Show Will Host Inaugural Women’s Symposium

Next month’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) will host an inaugural Women’s Symposium, which will feature a three-part series presented by a panel of leading women steeped in the sport and industry of cycling. 

The series will commence on the show’s opening day, with two subsequent seminars scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

“We’re excited to add these seminars to the lineup, as they are great subject matters and give women a platform to share their expertise and to inspire others,” NAHBS founder and president Don Walker said. “We’re always looking for ways to grow the sport that we love, and for new opportunities to support all of the people that make up this great industry — including women.”

Cycling As Sport: How to prepare for your first competition

As a cyclist, it’s inevitable to be curious about competing. Your friends and riding partners might dabble in it or spend every weekend pinning a number to their jersey. You might be thinking “maybe just once, for fun”, but are hesitant to pull the trigger. From cyclocross and triathlons, to gravel events, and even the local Saturday morning club ride, competition is fun, social, and healthy. In this seminar, our panelists will discuss their personal experiences around competing and offer tips on how to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for your first competition.

Panelists Include:

Ellen Noble, Professional Cyclocross Racer for Aspire Racing, Professional Road Racer for Team Colavita-Bianchi
Lauren LeClaire, Professional Road Racer for Levine Law Group and a coach with Pedal Power Training Solutions
Emily Kachorek, Professional Cyclocross Racer for Squid Bikes

Careers in the Cycling Industry

From working in a bike shop to owning/operating your own business, the cycling industry is full of success stories. If you’re interested in how others have paved their paths and how you might be able to have a successful career in the bike industry, this seminar is for you.

Panelists include:

Joni Taylor, General Manager and National Sales for TEXmarket Cycling Apparel USA
Cait Dooley, Product Manager for GT Bicycles,
Emily Kachorek, Owner of Squid Bikes
Anne Hed, CEO of HED Cycling

Adding More Miles!

“Want to try a century this year?” That question can strike fear into even seasoned cyclists and for good reason! Often considered a rite of passage, the century ride or even just riding longer distances requires preparation; bike fit, clothing, route planning, and nutrition are just a few of the things you’ll need to consider. Our panel will discuss their techniques and tips for adding more miles to your cycling routine this season!

Panelists Include:

Ellen Noble, Professional Cyclocross Racer for Aspire Racing, Professional Road Racer for Team Colavita-Bianchi
Lauren LeClaire, Professional Road Racer for Levine Law Group and a coach with Pedal Power Training Solutions
Emily Kachorek, Professional Cyclocross Racer for Squid Bikes

NAHBS will also have a podcasting room that will be available free of charge to media interested in recording a podcast at this year’s show. The room will be available during show hours.

NAHBS is being held Feb. 16-18 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. For more information on seminars, exhibitors and sponsors, visit the NAHBS website.

 

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