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 Rocket City Cycle Belles held our annual fundraiser in January in support of the four local NICA teams! It was a great success featuring over 100 donated items, live music, and a great venue (Straight to Ale)!
Other RCCB Events/Rides Info.:
The Belles are currently looking for ride leaders and a Ride Coordinator to help us plan and lead rides on the roads and trails around Madison County. All people interested should be members in good standing with SCCC and RCCB. Please contact Grace Ragland, or any of the RCCB Board Members if you are interested in leading the future of women’s cycling around the Rocket City
Clinics, Spin Classes, Socials, Etc.