Registration will be up and running in September for the Girls Gone Riding All-women's bike ride on Saturday, February 21, 2009.
More info to come...
I like the theme of this Girls Gone Riding ride. Here in the Detroit area, even though I'm gender compromised, I started a women's ride on Monday evenings which serves well as a cool down/recovery ride for the racer types and a nice "learn to" ride for some newer riders or riders with a recreational bent. 6:30 pm start times from Barnum Park in Birmingham, MI is a convenient location for many. We go about 16 to 23 miles depending on weather and sunset times and with some newspaper coverage in the Detroit Free Press we've had up to 60 riders join in. I suggest this in other communities as there has been a great demand for this ride. Many women don't know where to go and need some first time instruction and support. We usually do a modest clinic at the start and a yoga/stretch cool down at the finish.
In addition we created a yahoo group, o2WomensRide@yahoogroups.com, which has served well for the participants to send out notices of other rides they are doing at local parks or women's bikes for sale and so on!
www.riders4research.com for more info.
Temporary Ride Leader!
Thank you for the post. I have been riding for three years and it has changed my life...I feel other mid-life women could also have the social, health, exercise, and on and on benefits if they could just get past the intimidation that cycling can bring. It is my dream to have this become a movement...but one has to start somewhere right?
I think it's awesome that you are helping out. There's another group of women here called the Ladies who have a weekly ride and they have a gender-challenged ride leader too. He is very strong and can help out with mechanics for the newbies who cannot yet change a tire. Thank you for doing your part...
I did a women's century in Utah in June--there were 2600 women! There were also different routes. What a powerful day to ride with so many women and be supported by a men's cycling club. I want to see that happen here. I bet Michigan would also do well with something similar. I think there are five all-women century rides around the county. I'd love to see that grow so i can have new rides to visit in other places. Please send any other ideas you may have.
PS I posted a pic...that's me on the left at Little Red Riding Hood ride in Utah.