“ LaVerne has taught me so much about cycling, she gives her support and shares her knowledge, there are not enough words to express my gratitude to her. I am 64 years old, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 41 years. Thanks to LaVerne, cycling has given me better health, confidence and most of all, a wonderful and inspiring sense of freedom when riding. I feel younger and so very happy, age is just a number and being healthy is a goal. Now, I am looking at cross country cycling and I know with Laverne's training anything is possible.
“ I had always wanted to learn how to ride a bike so that I could participate in a triathlon, but I was far too scared of traffic and intimidated to try it on my own. I had no idea where to start and I was hesitant to join a group where I would quickly be dropped and find myself on my own, lost, in the middle of traffic. About 2 years ago, a friend told me about LaVerne...LaVerne is a patient teacher, devoted mentor, and an absolutely remarkable woman. LaVerne takes it upon herself to teach every aspect of cycling to new riders. From everything from shifting to proper hydration to changing a flat tire to safety, LaVerne ensures that each rider becomes comfortable and independent. She is equally welcoming to every type of rider, no matter what her experience, age, fitness level, or just comfort on a bike. Everyone is welcome and equally encouraged to accomplish great things both on and off the bike. LaVerne does much more than just teach women how to ride—she inspires women to improve themselves and support each other in all of their pursuits. When I expressed interest in attempting a triathalon, LaVerne was a great mentor to me. She shared everything she had learned about the sport, from her successes to the many lessons she had learned. There was nothing she held back; I felt like I could be comfortable asking her anything and trust that I would get an honest answer. On top of it all, LaVerne is an inspiration to me. She gives so much of herself and her time. LaVerne has not only shared her inspirational story and pushed me to be better, but she’s literally been there the entire time, training and during the event. LaVerne will give anything possible to help someone else succeed.
LaVerne is an amazing coach. Her skill, patience, and willingness to give of herself to help you become a better athlete is rare. She breaks down the essentials in a way that makes learning to cycle so much more tangible. I never felt overwhelmed or fearful of a cycling situation when LaVerne was in in charge. I knew she would balance challenging me as well as watching out for my safety. Most people considered me a confident person, however when it came to physical activities, I was anything but secure. On my first ride, LaVerne taught me about gears and guided me through 13 miles of riding. I couldn't believe I went that far. The next day I bought a better bicycle and from that point on, my minimum rides were at least 20 miles in length. The day I decided to go for 50 miles, there she was by my side coaching me well past that 50 mark. She is the reason I kept cycling. Now, two and a half years later, I am in the process of becoming a triathlete and as you might expect, she is still by my side coaching me through. I would never be at the point I am today if it hadn't been for LaVerne. 75 pounds lighter, proficient in cycling, swimming and running and ready to take on my first triathlon. She is an cycling angel with wings who will be by your side in whatever direction you decide to take on!Julie B.
"Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I was always involved in sports such as soccer, softball, basketball, etc. When college came around, I stopped playing sports and focused more on my studies. With this said, I began to gain weight. Over the years, I felt like I needed to do something about it. About three years ago, one of my colleagues told me about LaVerne. I was looking forward to join in the springtime, as it was a new sport to me and I thought it could help with my health. I was still a little hesitant, though, because I didn't know anything about cycling and wasn't sure if I could go fast enough to stay with the pack. In addition, I had never ridden in the bike lanes before with traffic, so needless to say, I was nervous the first few rides.
LaVerne instantly greeted me with a smile, and mentioned not to worry because it was truly a beginner-friendly group ride. Although the pack had members with all abilities and skill levels, everyone would be looking out for each other. LaVerne stayed with me for months at the back of the pack, always guiding, teaching, and motivating me on my bike. She never let me, or any other rider, fall back or be dropped. She is so patient; a few of us group members that are teachers would joke around how she must have been a teacher in her former life!
LaVerne teaches us new skills, hosting mini-clinics after rides throughout the year to show everything from changing flat tires, shifting, proper nutrition before and during the rides, to hydration. She welcomes all riders irregardless of age, weight, experience, or fitness level. Lately, as more riders have become more interested in running and swimming, she has invited more people to venture into this aspect of their fitness. She is an inspiration to all, supporting everyone in their fitness journeys. She offers so much of her own time, meeting people at the early hours in the morning or the late hours in the evening to accommodate their schedules.
LaVerne is an inspiration to me, and is a truly an amazing woman, mentor and teacher. She will do anything to help others thrive, and I feel very blessed that she came into my life."
I started biking with LaVerne about 2 years ago. I was overweight, out of shape and had not been on a bike since I was a kid! She made me feel welcome even though I felt very out of place that first day. Most importantly she believed in me when I did not believe in myself and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue on with my dream to do group rides. I now can participate in long rides and love riding with her &The Ladies every Saturday morning. LaVerne’s teaching style is relaxed and always peppered with fun and laughter. She is extremely knowledgeable and always encouraging. She never seems to get tired of helping me out with gear questions and can change a tire faster than anyone I have met. She is both inspiring as a woman and as an athlete. I give LaVerne my highest recommendation as a cycling instructor and as someone who will help you get out and MOVE!