This blog documents the racing, training, & riding experiences of the participants of PWP

Pedaling with a Purpose

My name is Kristen Meshberg and I am a former category 1 bike racer. I competed nationally in both road and track. I am a USA Cycling Coach, and help individuals develop plans to achieve their goals. To survive the Chicago winter, I developed an indoor workout program called "Pedaling with a Purpose."

I now have various locations across the United States. To find out more about Pedaling with a Purpose or Coaching, email Kristen at: kmesh.pwp@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Chicago PWP Participant John Cline is Mr. August in this year's TyK Caledar

The Thought You Knew Calendar features real Chicago cyclists and supports the Chicago Women's Health Center. TyK now features an 80's themed "gents" calendar of which John is Mr. August.

Here's an excerpt from the TyK website: "John crashed his first bike in an attempt to Evel Knieval off a jump and over a garbage can. That stunt may have landed him a trip to the hospital, but he was back on the bike for another attempt the next day. Now, as well as being a year round commuter and track racer, John throws himself just as hard into volunteering. He heads up Half Acre Cyclng's track team, works with Yojimbo's Track Cats and sits on the Northbrook Velodrome Track Committee. Somehow he also finds time to play in a couple of bands."

John has worked out with PWP for two winters now and has this to say about the program, "I have two podiums already and feel pretty good about my condition and it's only March. I can really seethis being kind of an institution for racers in Chicago."

Congrats John! I look forward to watching your results for the rest of the year!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Chicago PWP participant Katie Tomarelli is Miss November in this year's TyK calendar. Buy one and support the Chicago Women's Health Center.

This photo of Katie is featured in Bike Fancy Blog!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A note from Mike

It's notes like this that keep me running this program every year:

Hi Kristen,

Today the weather was nice enough to get out and ride so I went for a ride on one of my regular local loops. This loop has a couple of climbs and one short but steep climb that always gets my attention. Though not a really hard climb, I always use this steep section as a milestone in my ride because it takes more effort than most to get up.

I'm riding along and I begin to get myself mentally ready for this effort when I realized I had passed over the climb a few minutes back! Thinking back, I flew up that climb without a thought and hardly noticed the others! That may say something about my mental health, but it definitely is a marked improvement in my riding ability. It is a small thing, but it is well known to me and it was such a dramatic difference that it made a real impression on me. I know this improvement is a direct result of attending PWP. Can't wait to compare my performances to some of the more challenging rides.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I'm very happy and just wanted to let you know.

Looking for other milestones,


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fixed Gear Classic Promo Video

Look for the PWP socks at 1:53

Congratulations Aaron!

Current framebuilder and Former PWP participant Aaron Dykstra wins again at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show last weekend in Austin, TX.

Last year Aaron won "Rookie of the year" and this year he won "best track bike". To learn more about Aaron and his 611 bikes, check out his website: sixelevenbicycleco.com