We are the Bikergang- Eldrine Soriano



As soon as you walk into our doors, and spin those feet, you’re a part of the #YYCBikergang. The Bikergang is made up of all kinds of inspiring riders. Each one of you with different goals and journeys, coming together to elevate each other to become stronger than you were yesterday. This week we wanted to ask one of our inspiring YYCBikergang riders, Eldrine, who’s hustling hard in and out of YYC CYCLE.

Take it away Eldrine…..

Being introduced to the YYC team and motivators has been a blessing for me and my body. As a Muay Thai fighter, your body goes through a constant beating, each and every training session in the gym. The preparation for a fight, is the most important aspect, both physically and importantly mentally, it is more challenging than the actual fight itself. 

Having started spin with YYC CYCLE a few months ago, has definitely increased my cardio and endurance for the gym and in the ring, I have #roundzfordayz. I have even gotten stronger mentally, wanting to push myself past my comfort zone each moment. I credit my IKF Silver Medal, that I received fighting in Orlando, to the YYC CYCLE #motivators for pushing me past my own limits, bettering my cardio and endurance, and all around confidence. 

I am a new breed of fighter, that looks for the upper hand and edge on my competition, and by supplementing spin into my training, I'm able to do more and train harder at the right times. It's all about training smarter not necessarily harder. 

The atmosphere at YYC CYCLE is unreal! It's all fun work. From the very first race, to the very last track. What's so great about it, is that only YOU can push yourself. The energy is so positive that your willing to push yourself that much more for the person next to you! Each #motivator brings their own swag and excitement. There is a feeling of self fulfillment and accomplishment once completing a class, you gain more self confidence and are ready to take on anything. 

For anyone looking to get into shape, or are hesitant about trying spin.. Don't be! Spin is for everyone. Come with an open mind, be a part of something special and have fun doing your very best! Everything will take care of itself. 

Thank-you to all of the awesome #motivators for your time and energy with each ride! Straight up: YYC CYCLE is THE BEST! 

"To be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best."

'Easy E' Eldrine Soriano 

Twitter: EasyE_Soriano
Instagram: easye_soriano

YYC MIX 3.0




Mix Produced by: Sierra Steinback

YYC MIX 3.0 hits you hard with tracks from David Guetta, Prodigy, Kid Kudi and even throw back from Eric Prydz.

Sierra is a bikini competitor, Fitness Enthusiast, Student, YYC Motivator, RYT Certified Yoga Instructor and will make your head spin on the bike. Her classes are high energy, heaving hitting, and you're guaranteed to get stronger than your last class!

Sierra rocks the pedals Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays at 9:15am.

Download the mix at www.8tracks.com/yyccycle

Click HERE to sign up for a ride with Sierra!



Pedal For Purple- Raising Awareness for Pancreatic Cancer


On Valentine's Day one year ago, I drove home with my dad from the lululemon on 4th street after he purchased a pair of shorts for really no other reason than to support my place of employment. He already owned at least 10 pairs of lululemon shorts for cycling, running and hiking. He didn't care; he wanted my colleagues and me to know he supported whatever I did, which was to elevate one another from mediocrity to greatness. He also gave me one rose. We spent that night just the two of us; me, his first born of four, and him - our family was in Montana visiting our cabin. I gave him a hug because I knew what he was going to say. We found out together on Valentine's Day that he had stage IV metastatic pancreatic cancer. The prognosis was terminal.


Almost 6 months later, on July 22nd, 2013, my dad left us.


Not by coincidence, I begun my spin 'career' only weeks before my dad's diagnosis. I had always been intimidated by spin and was so nervous to go; lululemon had finished interviewing me the night of my first class...and my dad was thrilled I was returning to a company that enriched my life so thoroughly, and was over the moon to hear I was 100% addicted to spin. I went 5 days in a row and have not missed 1 week since I started. 


Spin became an outlet for me throughout my dad's illness. I needed a way to channel my frustrations, fears and sadness that kept me balanced and healthy. I wasn't a quitter. My crew at lululemon was endlessly supportive and my friends were always there, but spin became the shoulder I needed. For 50 minutes, I could dedicate my entirety to my dad or I was freed from it all for a short period of time. It was the closest to spiritual I have felt. Spin brought me closer to healing, and helps me every time I clip in. It isn't about spin class - it's about happiness. It's about strength. I was able to grow during such a difficult time because of the leadership and energy that the instructor (and other riders) lent to me. It also lead me to YYC CYCLE, which has become a part of my identity. 


Now, spin is how I connect with my dad. Every time I race and ask the Bikergang to see the finish line or dedicate their ride to someone or something, I feel him. I challenge the biker gang to connect with every pedal stroke, finding purpose in it, and gaining strength - physically and mentally. I encourage everyone to be open with their motivators and to recognize that the person beside you might be fighting a battle. There were several times I was brought close to tears during a 45 second race - a moment of pure bliss and relief. It is simply an honor to lead amazing people every week and see changes, challenges and strength. I am more than thrilled to announce I will be teaching the 2nd annual Pedal for Purple on August 17th at 6:00PM. 


Pedal for Purple is an effort to raise awareness around Pancreatic Cancer, often referred to as the 'silent killer' for it is aggressive and quick. The past 40 years have seen little advances, which are due to a number of reasons, but mainly because the research efforts have less funding. Last year, Pedal for Purple raised over $2,500 and we are going to crush that number. This year, the donations will go directly into the community at Agape Hospice, located only blocks from YYC CYCLE. A center run on donations, the impact of our generosity will be felt immediately and immensely.


We are not in the business of spin classes. We pedal with purpose. We pedal for purple.


If you can't make it, but still want to donate please click HERE.

 

Thank you,

 

Kelsay Gault