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CycloFemme Prescott Report

If you’ve been keeping up with the WoCAA Facebook page, you probably have an idea of what CycloFemme Day is all about. It’s about women. It’s about bikes. When you put two and two together, you have women on bikes, which is a beautiful thing worth celebrating. WoCAA hosted a ride in Tucson which included 50 women and was a huge success. Their ride was well organized, had a route map, ride leaders, a raffle, snacks and even a destination (Tucson’s Loop Bike Shop). They even posted a blog update about the ride on CycloFemme Day!

Since I’ve been hanging out in Prescott, Arizona lately, I knew I wouldn’t be in Tucson for CycloFemme. A little bummed out to miss the event (should we call it Arizona’s largest women’s group ride?), I lamented that I wasn’t connected enough in Prescott to organize an event of my own. About a week out from the big day, I called up High Gear Bike Shop on a whim and pitched them the idea for the ride. They loved it and assured me that they’d be there and bring some of their friends. Perfect.

After a quick chat with Cindy (one of the owners of High Gear) we decided to convene the CycloFemme ride at Method Coffee and use the small nearby trail network at Pioneer Park. Method Coffee has some of the best coffee in Prescott and is very close to some beginner-friendly trails. Pioneer Park is also relatively enclosed so (theoretically) it’s hard to get lost.

I messaged Method Coffee through their Facebook page to purchase a pot of coffee for the ride. The owner responded and offered to donate coffee for our ride and thanked us for choosing their café as a meeting spot—now that’s a bicycle-friendly business! It turns out Method Coffee has some loyal followers in the Prescott cycling community. There were more chamois-clad customers hanging around than not.

So with High Gear Bike Shop and Method Coffee on board, our ride was set. The only question is how many women would show up? How many had heard about the ride? As I pulled into Method Coffee on the morning of the ride, I was pretty excited to see lots of women and lots of bikes. It turns out we had 13 women come out to pedal bikes. It was an incredibly diverse group as well. We had two who were going on their first mountain bike ride ever. We had three girls from middle and high school and a college student. We had a grandma (Cindy, who can ride a bike!) and a handful of Mom’s enjoying a morning off for Mother’s Day. Plus, a couple racers and a Canadian ☺. And we all had a great time.

Thank you CycloFemme for the occasion. Thank you to High Gear Bike Shop and especially the women who work there for being such great ambassadors for cycling in Prescott. And a huge thanks to everyone who came out to ride.

Pedal on.

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1 Cindy { 05.14.13 at 9:07 pm }

I look forward to next year! more Women on Bikes!!!!!!!I will do a better job getting the word out!

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