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Women-only bike rides gain popularity; 20 listed here

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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.

Pink headgear not required - but appreciated - at Cinderella Classic

Pink headgear not required – but appreciated – at Cinderella Classic

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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/11/women-only-bike-rides-gain-popularity-20-listed-here/

3 comments

  1. Ken

    Cinderalla Classic was last week, April 5. The April 18 date is for next year.

    1. Gene Bisbee

      Thanks, Ken. Duly noted and changed.

  2. Loren Humphrey

    No events for men only.

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