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 Belles are hosting an event on Tues, Feb 27 for any and all ladies interested in leading rides this year! Look for our Facebook event for more details!
We have also adopted Family Trail on Monte Sano Mountain this year for trail maintenance. Greg Foster of SORBA will be teaching anyone interested with a two-hour hands-on experience on March 18th. Look for a Facebook event in the near future.
Clinics, Spin Classes, Socials, Etc.
At our annual NICA Silent Auction Fundraiser, We collected over $9000 worth of stuff; About 100 items, to earn < $3,000 in the Auction. The highest bid items were:
$660 for the Bicycle Cove : Litespeed Pinhoti hardtail Mtn Bike frame
$500 for the Cashiers, NC, 3-day Weekend Vacation Home
$200 for the Blevins Bicycle Co.: Schwinn Deliveri Cruiser Bike
$130 for the Mulberry Gap Lodge Mountain Biking Get-a-Way
$100 for Melissa’s Raleigh Sport Atomic 13 SL Road bike, lightly used
The items generating the most bids were:
18 bids for the Blevins Bicycle Co.: Schwinn Deliveri Cruiser Bike
17 bids for a crazy piece of Framed Art of a Bird
14 bids for the Bicycle Cove : Litespeed Pinhoti hardtail Mtn Bike frame
12 bids for another piece of Framed Art of a Green swirl
17 bids for TWO Cloud Nine I hr In-home Massages
16 bids for TWO YMCA $300 Memberships
10 bids for the $100 Alabama Outdoors gift card