CycleBar Culver City
A love of endurance sports and and philanthropy fuels new CycleBar Culver City independent franchise owner Steph Sklar-Mulcahy. Her experience includes triathlons (including two Ironman distance races), marathons supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and road cycling since her first AIDS/Lifecycle ride in 2005. Around eight years ago friend convinced her to try her first indoor cycling class at Body and Soul with Tevia Celli. While Steph continued to train outdoors, she says she never forgot about that class. Fast forward to when Steph woke up on her 40th birthday ready to make a change in her life after 20 years of a successful career in television and digital media. A search for her next passion led to attending CycleBar’s Discovery Day, reconnecting with Tevia, and now opening the Culver City CycleBar location.
Steph is a self-described indoor cycling convert. “I rave at the benefits of spin as cross-training. Why not spend time spinning before work versus stopping at a million stoplights in LA? I’m not saying road cyclists should only train indoors, I just think it adds strength.”
The 50 high-energy minute classes at CycleBar are held in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre® with 49 bikes. Riders track their performance on screens and data is emailed after class. Aromatherapy, fresh fruit, and enhanced water are available. Themed rides are on the schedule and CycleBar’s mission includes philanthropic partnerships.
By Felicia Tomasko