Women’s bicycling is growing, there’s no doubt about that. Such advocacy organizations as the League of American Bicyclists and the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle are pushing to get more women involved in all aspects of riding — especially commuting and recreation.
One aspect of that has been the growth of women-only bicycle rides.
While some, such as the Cinderella Classic in the San Francisco Bay Area, have been around for years, a whole crop of one-day, women-only bike rides are sprouting up across the U.S.
Some are just for fun, but most are charity rides that raise money for a whole host of women’s issues.
The founders of a women’s cycling apparel firm on Whidbey Island, Tonik Cycling, looked around at all the women-only bike rides and chose their favorites. Mary Dettrich and Lisa McDermott said they chose these based on scenery, attendance and the overall vibe of the event.
Their list is mostly from the western US. Here it is:
Seniorita Century, Del Mar, CA — March 2, 2014
Cinderalla Classic, Pleasanton, CA — April 18, 2015
Living the Dream Ride, Snohomish, WA – May 10, 2014
Goldilocks, Salt Lake City, UT – May 10, 2014
Little Red Riding Hood, Logan, UT – June 7, 2014
Gorge-us Gals Ride, The Dalles, OR – June 8, 2014
Spinderella, Pocatello, ID – June 21, 2014
Goldilocks, Boise, ID – July 12, 2014
Tour de Ladies, Denver, CO – July 12, 2014
Beach Babe Cycling, Long Beach, CA – July 13, 2014
Wine, Women & Wheels, Sherwood, OR — Aug. 3, 2014
Venus de Miles, Lake Forest, IL – Aug. 9, 2014
Wildflower Pedal Fest, Mountain Green, UT – Aug. 16, 2014
Venus de Miles, Boulder, CO – Aug. 23, 2014
Cycle the Wave, Issaquah, WA – Sept. 14, 2014
Princess Promenade, Sacramento, CA — Oct. 5, 2014
Tour de Femme, Cary, NC – Oct. 11, 2014
Goldilocks, Las Vegas, NV – Oct. 11, 2014
Valley Girls Ride, Clovis, CA — Oct. 18, 2014
Spokes for Hope, St. George, UT – Nov. 8, 2014
Meanwhile, WomanTours has been presenting women-only overnight and multiple-day bike tours since 1995.
The providers of this list, Dettrich and McDermott, discovered their love of cycling on Whidbey Island. They founded the Tonik Cycling line of bicycle apparel for women after realizing that the off-the-shelf cycling attire didn’t really fit most women’s bodies.