Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria
The Tailwinds Bicycle Club is a group of sociable cyclists with a variety of rides. Our rides are no-drop rides with food and drink stops. We have rides for every fitness level from flat rides around town to longer, more challenging rides.
If you are looking for a way to improve your health and fitness and want to have a lot of fun doing it; we are the club for you.
We welcome Guest riders!
Please join us for our rides on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. To find out where and when we meet, check the Ride Calendar.
Listen to Diana's Radio Spot about the club and the Windmill Century on KSMX AM 1240
Bicycle Safety and Giveaway Program
Each year the Club invites three to four local Elementary schools to participate in a bicycle safety essay contest. The school can select four winning essays from grades Three through Six. Teachers at the participating schools select the winners and a general assembly is held at which time the names of the winners are announced.
Tailwinds Bicycle Club members attend the assembly, give a talk on the importance of riding safely and always wearing a helmet. The winners are then presented their new bikes, helmets, and locks. The essay contests are well received by both students and staff.
The Tailwinds Bicycle Club also contributes to other bicycle related charities such as: efforts to prevent distracted driving; bikes to the local Good Samaritan shelter enabling clients to bike to and from job interviews and/or work; Marian Medical Center’s “Ride to Work” program and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition.Please help support this program. Join us for our annual fundraising event, the Windmill Century.
The Wheelin’ Warriors are a group comprised of 11 athletes with special needs aged 17 to 57 who formerly competed in cycling as members of North Santa Barbara County Special Olympics. The team overcame a few big hurdles before becoming members of the Tailwinds Bicycle Club. In September 2008, days before a major competition of the Special Olympics Cycling Team’s regular season, the athletes’ bikes and equipment were stolen out of a locked trailer.The response from individual donors and organizations was overwhelming and allowed for the replacement of the stolen equipment and for a new cargo trailer.
At the same time, the team learned that the Southern CA Special Olympics Organization had decided to cancel several sponsored sports for 2009, including Cycling. Upon learning that Special Olympics Cycling had also been canceled, several donors then directed their support to the formation of a cycling club for athletes with special needs to ensure the athletes could still participate in cycling and to allow for the expansion of the team.
The head coach of the Special Olympics Cycling team, Cheryl Dettrick, sought to organize a year round opportunity for these athletes and formed the Wheelin’ Warriors Club. With this, we secured a new trailer, uniforms, supplies, and monthly transportation for the athletes to various ride locations. To formally establish the Wheelin’ Warriors as a non-profit club, the Wheelin’ Warriors approached Tailwinds Bicycle Club to discuss opportunities for the athletes and families to join as members. In January 2009 the Warriors became an official part of the Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria.
For more info contact Cheryl Dettrick
Cell: (805) 459-0608