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Women's Corner - December 2018 Winter Riding

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Women's Corner - December 2018

Winter Riding
by Robin Sparer, Women's Ride Coordinator
 
 

This has been a interesting year of cycling. I paid for 5 local events, 4 were rained and rode one in the rain. I’m sure we are all looking at our annual stats and thinking they were a bit short. But the point is that we were out there doing our best. We have nothing to prove and really the competition is within ourselves.

So what is your plan for the winter? Whatever it is, stay active. Don’t let your hard work go wasted. Rejoin your gym or try out a new one. Take a spin class. Join some on-line cycling groups, go skiing (cross country or downhill), hiking or snowshoeing, just keep moving.

But be prepared. Wear layers (not cotton) and keep your head, head and fingers warm; most of all stay hydrated!! Finally, check out these great sites that support Women for winter riding and other Activities.

 

12/16/2018  -7th Annual Hains Point 100-http://www.hainspoint100.com: supports WABA Women and Bikes

 

 

Washington Women Outdoors: http://washingtonwomenoutdoors.org/



Lastly, I am stepping down as the official coordinator. Anyone can post a Women’s Only (WO) ride on the website as you would any other ride. Some of your long time leaders will continue to offer rides and we will post other WO rides and events as they come available. Please Volunteer!!!

Women's Corner - August 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I like to bike alone. Yes, I realize that Potomac Pedalers’ motto is “Why bike alone?” But I like to bike alone. Don’t get me wrong, I like to bike in groups, too. In reality, I simply like to bike. I know it makes a certain number of people uncomfortable when I say I like to bike alone. Their big worry is the safety factor. I’ve heard from women that they won’t bike alone. I’ve heard women discuss the threatening and harassing behavior they’ve endured on their bikes. I’ve seen the same type of issues discussed on the Women and Bicycle Facebook page.

Women's Corner - July 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A group of us women were talking about the Back Road century. One of us mentioned the new jersey. Oh. What did it look like? What animals were on it this year? The cows are my favorite. Oh boy! Yep, definitely Oh boy! – no women on that jersey. Seriously. It’s 2017 and no one thought to include anyone but males on the jersey? Did no one question that decision? I can easily see the design team wanting to put some cyclists on the jersey and then not thinking about the ramifications of what the people on the jersey represent. They represent our club and that’s the best we can do? Three males?

Women's Corner - May 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There is lots going on for the Women of Potomac Pedalers (and also for men, but I’m not covering that here). We have several training groups going for women who want to ride the Back Roads Century this year. We’ll train together and maybe even ride together at the BRC. Feel free to join a group at any time. Check the ride listing for women’s rides. Some of these rides may pop up at the last minute, so check back often.

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