Sunday, September 14, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Farina + Women’s Cycling Association + Davis Bike Club = new opportunities

By
From page B1 | August 07, 2014 |

0807BikeWomen30W

Robin Farina is a pro rider who has helped form the Women's Cycling Assiocation and works with the Davis Bike Club and U.S. Hall of Fame. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Robin Farina ran a bike shop in Charlotte, N.C.

Business was good. Word was out that this world-class cyclist knew her stuff. She had won the 2011 National Road Race, was a U.S. Olympic long team member and was sought after by riders-in-training.

She had sponsors. She rode for NOW and Novartis for MS. By others’ standards, things were good in the world of women’s cycling for Robin Farina.

But Farina saw a bigger picture. Maybe thanks to her successes, she discovered that women’s cycling was background music to the men’s events.

She knew the women’s purses were minuscule. She’d won her share and that money didn’t go far. She knew women’s opportunities were limited in all kinds of racing, and in turn, she discovered that associations and clubs weren’t doing enough to draw women to cycling.

Farina switched gears.

In moving west to Smartsville (near Grass Valley), Farina found she had more chances to train up-and-coming riders. Meanwhile, she and a group of top-notch female cyclists formed the Women’s Cycling Association — and then she stumbled upon the Davis Bike Club.

It was a busy but rewarding year, says the 37-year-old champion who has put her riding career on hold while trying to foster WCA growth, working with the Davis Bike Club as women’s race team coordinator and accepting a seat on the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame board of directors.

“I didn’t know anybody in Davis after I first moved here,” said Farina, who ran into DBC’s Jason Eisenrich at Fourth of July races in downtown Davis during 2013. “Jason is the guy who really got me in (to Davis Bike Club).”

Now she’s in, with both feet… And Farina believes having DBC and the USBHOF just down the hill from her new home can only be good for both her and the new Women’s Cycling Association.

“For the WCA, the goal is to elevate the sport at the pro level while growing it from the grassroots level so we can have a support system,” Farina explains. “Without more women riding bikes, there’s never going to be growth in our sport.”

Enter the DBC and its female race team.

“It used to be very competitive. And now I’ve found a group of really strong women in the Davis Bike Club,” Farina continues. “We have three-fold goals with DBC …

“1) We want more women just getting on bikes; a healthy lifestyle, enjoying cycling. 2) Be able to offer education about cycling — if someone wanted to do a race, if someone wanted to do a group ride, then there’s an avenue for you to feel confident and educated and feel like there’s a group for (your ability level). 3) Build a strong race team in NorCal for Davis again.”

Farina thinks things are on track. Ask new team member Makenzie Delaughder …

“My twin (Peyton) rides,” the former Davis High soccer player told The Enterprise. “It looked like fun, but you have to develop skills before you jump into racing.”

Farina says Delaughder, 19, is perfect for the road.

“It takes a certain personality to race. You have to be competitive … you have to be driven. And just the way she is on a bike, she’s a natural.”

Delaughder is expected to ride her first competitive outing at Saturday’s Dunning Hills Road Race.

“When you have very good coaching, it’s very encouraging,” says Delaughder, looking straight at mentor Farina. “For me it was ‘Wow, these guys are fast!’ I didn’t know if I could keep up with them.”

Now she knows.

For the WCA and its DBC relationship, it seems to be working out.

A well-attended spring showing of a women’s cycling documentary, “Half the Road,” was following by a June biking clinic in Davis. Another clinic is planned later this month or in early September.

Farina says female club members are up (maybe 20 percent of the 600-member DBC).

The WCA already is working on a global basis.

Farina spent time in Paris this month to work with other groups to provide heavy-duty bicycles to women in Third World countries. Farina hopes the new transportation will enable the women to go to work or school.

On the home front, the organization is presenting the Tour de Cure in the fall (both in Santa Barbara and San Francisco) to raise money to fight diabetes.

“WCA at its core wants to see the sport grow,” Farina adds. “We want things to be on par with men’s cycling. We train just as hard, we compete just as hard.

“The more we talk to promoters, it’s about communication and having companies and organizations look at women as a viable marketing opportunity.

“It’s not as hard as I originally thought it was going to be. For the most part, everyone wants to see us succeed and do well.”

While it’s not exactly downhill from here, the WCA might soon level the roadway.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-320-4456.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

.

News

Snyder pleads no contest in UCD explosives case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
Psychologist casts doubt on Marsh insanity defense

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Looking for a few good residents

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Well levels drop around the county as drought presses on

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Sign up now for free Community Yard Sale

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
Friday night robbery leads to arrests, dog bite

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A2

Bob Dunning: Now the weather nut is all grown up

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

 
Video shows slaying of British aid worker

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Try yoga, meditation at Holistic Health Center

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

 
West Nile virus holds strong in Davis area

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Davis Neighbors’ Night Out brings residents together

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Saylor meets constituents at Peet’s

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Hawaiian Luau set at Covell Gardens

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Portuguese breakfast set in Woodland

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Youths can learn from DHS cheerleaders

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Fourth annual Capay Crush celebrates farm life

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Climate change rally planned in Central Park

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Downtown history tour planned in October

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Gibson House hosts plant sale and workshop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Farmers Market sets Fall Festival

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Memorial playground approaches goal

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

Logos plans four events for October

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
White, Gaard will lead Yolo Superior Court in 2015-16

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Day of the Dead altar makers sought

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
MCCC will present justice awards at luncheon

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

New class offers parenting strategies

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Renée Thompson to discuss her novel for Woodland Reads project

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Genealogy club presents virtual tour of local resource

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
University Farm Circle reaches out to newcomers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Garden doctor: Our trees are getting thirsty

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Public invited to 2014 Yolo Aging Summit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

.

Forum

She’s getting all the blame

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
The sacrificial lamb on the altar of denial

By Debra DeAngelo | From Page: A5

They don’t want him around

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A5

 
Unexpected treasures from the summer

By Marion Franck | From Page: A5

Preventing RSV infections in our kids

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Bob Englehart cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

Davis has options on innovation

By Our View | From Page: A12

 
Archer has worked hard for us

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

Is history repeating itself?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Time for a progressive PD

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

A bad vote for our water

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Bloggers, beware: They might be out to get you

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A12

 
Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

.

Sports

DHS boys get a nice win with two big games looming

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Vintage pounds DHS on the ground

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Aggie offense is there, but UCD can’t stop Rams

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Unlikely hero powers Republic in playoff opener

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

No more FBS, but UCD’s tough schedule continues

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
JV Blue Devils drop a high-scoring affair

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B3

UCD roundup: Dons do just enough to edge Aggie women

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Baseball roundup: A’s get a much-needed win in Seattle

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Sports briefs: Blue Devils net a tournament win at home

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

Apply now for Davis Community Idol

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Business

Nugget Markets’ cheese specialists achieve certified professional status

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Talks continue for proposed Old Soul site

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A9

 
Doby Fleeman: The opportunity is ours

By Doby Fleeman | From Page: A14

University lights way for hospital energy savings

By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A14 | Gallery

 
Davis leaders celebrate Engage3′s advances

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

Virnelle Triebsch

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, September 14, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8