I’ve realized that a theme for this week seems to be women in cycling (I know, such a shocking theme for me!). I’ve helped run a big women’s cycling clinic, and I’ve written a ton about women’s cycling, from racer-oriented interviews to advocacy. So, it only made sense to do a round-up post of sorts to put that all in one place!
15 Women’s Cycling Groups We Love at Bicycling Magazine: Celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting—or joining—one of these female-friendly bike advocacy organizations and causes. When I was at the National Bike Summit a couple weeks ago, I was amazed at how many organizations I had never heard of, despite being deeply entrenched in the cycling scene. It occurred to me that if I didn’t know about them, how would women who don’t live and breathe cycling as a hobby and a career? So Bicycling was awesome enough to let me make this massive list of some of the best women’s cycling advocacy organizations around the country—it’s mainly a national list, and there are a million incredible local efforts happening, but if you’re feeling lost in the cycling world, this list may help you find a great group to connect with! (I hope so, anyway.) There are a couple of great charities and foundations on there as well, including the one close to my heart, the Amy D. Foundation, and Mountain2Mountain. Definitely give it a look!
Retiring a Legend: Mo Bruno Roy has been in cyclocross as long as I can remember, and since discovering the sport, she’s been one of my heroes. The Boston-based vegan is consistently referred to as one of the nicest people in the sport, and that’s 100% accurate. She just announced her retirement from pro cyclocross, and I was the first one in line to interview her. She’s gone from hero to friend in the past few years (though still hero!) and I’m actually terrified that she’s not racing elite anymore, because that means she’ll be racing singlespeed and kicking my ass in that field instead, since that was my plan for the fall as well. But I’ll still be super psyched to see her! Best quote? “I didn’t half-ass race, and I’m not going to half-ass retire.” And that is why she’s my hero.
Get Ride Ready Women’s Cycling Clinic: Peter and I have been running women’s clinics for almost a year now, and last night was a really special one for us. He’s been working at a gym in Collingwood (where we actually find ourselves spending a lot of our time these days), and Active Life Conditioning was awesome enough to let us host a workshop there. We had Noelle Wansbrough of Pedal Pushers (she’s also the Terry saddle rep, a spin instructor at Active Life and on the board of the Collingwood Cycling Club—or C3 as it’s referred to) there as well as Laura Wilson, one of the earliest members of C3.
We were expecting a turnout of maybe eight or nine women, but over twenty actually showed up, which was incredible. Laura and I had met for coffee a couple of months ago and were complaining about how hard it is to meet other women to ride with, which is when we first started thinking about planning this workshop. The point wasn’t to spend the whole night talking to the women (though there was plenty of information, from an abbreviated version of my ‘lady parts’ talk to Peter showing three strength moves to Noelle explaining saddle choice to a massive flat changing party). The point was that we wanted women to get together and meet each other—every time Peter and I have done a clinic, we’ve spotted women exchanging phone numbers by the end and making plans to ride together, and for us, that’s the best part of what we do. So we were excited to see that happen locally.
The night was awesome, and the presenters were all fantastic—plus, I met some women I’d love to ride with! So, in all, major success. And I’m still not over my deep-rooted fear of public speaking, but I’m getting slightly less terrified.
Lastly, if you didn’t see it before, I wrote about how happy I am to be in the cycling scene because it’s allowed me to meet and work with so many amazing, strong women. I talked a lot about how shy I was as a kid and how hard it’s always been to make female friends until now, and I was so shocked that so many women a) read it, and b) felt the same. A+, cycling scene: making women make friends!