Girls with Get Up and Go-Go!

Greasy Gears performing at Ride the Drive

There is a point in many girls’ lives when they dream of being a dancer. I was too caught up in cycling at a young age, so this bug didn’t bite me until high school. Since I couldn’t join anything that would interfere with cycling, I chose cheer leading. For those of you who know me, this is somewhat hysterical. You see, I grew up as a tom boy. I would only wear overalls and often times brought live critters (snakes, frogs, salamanders etc.) home in my pockets. Cheer leading allowed me to be “girly” and athletic all in one.

When I left high school, I tried every type of dance I could. Weekends consisted of Cajun two-step, salsa, swing, ballroom and African classes. It was so freeing! Being able to move in a non linear way balanced my life. Now, being so active in my job as a personal trainer and fitness instructor as well as cycling, I don’t have a ton of extra energy for dance, however, a certain group is calling my name. Meet the Greasy Gears–a female go-go dance group with a love for cycling. This amazing group of women (ages 11-59) came to be one evening a few years back after the Portland group, The Sprockettes, came through Madison. They meet for practice once a week and pop up at events around the city showing off their moves.

The Greasy Gears

There is no other word to use for this group than “FUN”. It’s not about getting the moves down perfectly or having a perfect body. Instead, it’s about empowering women to feel good about moving and being creative. I am by no means saying that these women don’t work hard. Their practices are 2.5 hours of sweating. They often times perform in blazing heat for hours…having to crawl and sometimes lay down on hot pavement during performances. Trust me, fish net stockings do not protect skin that much.

Some of their pop-up performances have been at Ride the Drive in Madison, Art Fair Off the Square, Atwood Summerfest, Bike the Barns and Madtown Maidens Alleycat. Part of the delight is no one really knows where they will be and what dance they will do. All you know is that if you see them, you’ll be captivated. They even got former Madison Mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, to get in on the fun.

You too can join the Greasy Gears. No experience is necessary, however, you must show up with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard. Just get onto their website to find out more information and then head on down to the Goodman Community Center on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-9pm. Still not sure if this is really “you”? Once you see this video…you’ll change your mind!

About Kierstin Kloeckner, Bike Fed Board Member

Kierstin is a personal trainer who lives and bikes in Madison and a board member for the Bike Fed. She writes guest posts for us here, but you can read more of her thoughts on how cycling fits into her life at her personal blog Two Wheels From Home

3 thoughts on “Girls with Get Up and Go-Go!

  1. Thrilled to read the bike-dance phenomenon has spread to Wisconsin. I’ll have to make my way down to Madison in hopes of catching a Greasy Gears performance someday.

    Mention of the Sprockettes brings back memories of my years living in Portland. They always drew a large and enthusiastic crowd at their tiny-bike dance performances around town. Of the things I miss from out there, the Sprockettes rank high up there with Voodoo Donuts and Powells Bookstore (the short list of where to go and what to see if you ever visit Portland).

    Spread the Bike Fun love, Greasy Gears!

    • Bob,
      You’re making me want to head back to Portland…at least for awhile. Voodoo donuts along with Top Pot donuts in Seattle make the perfect post ride recovery food!

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