We’re huge fans of a new crop of rides that invite women around the globe to gather for a ride on a single day wherever they are. The second CycloFemme registered 229 rides in 31 countries on Mother’s Day, all in recognition of the rich heritage and bright future of women’s cycling.
Next up on Sunday, July 7, is the innaugural Rapha Women’s 100, sponsored by the British cycling apparel maker and clothing sponsor of Tour de France favorite Team Sky. This one invites women around the world to join in group rides of 100 kilometers (62 miles) in celebration of the Etape du Tour. That’s the the day on which amateur riders test themselves on a major mountain stage of the Tour de France. Rapha is sending 100 women to the Etape this year.
Find inspiration and community by joining in a ride or registering your own. Check the global listings here. Participation is free.
Two Rapha Women’s 100 rides are scheduled for NYC:
Brooklyn: Jen Nordhem and Hannah Trimble lead a ride that kicks off at 10 a.m. from
Champion Coffee, 1108 Manhattan Avenue (between Clay and Dupont) Ride Brooklyn, 50 North 7th (at Kent), Williamsburg. The route extends through Central Park, over the George Washington Bridge onto River Road and north to Nyack, then back to Manhattan, culminating with coffee in the East Village. The pace will be “conversational” and stops for restrooms, refreshment and water-bottle fill-ups are planned. Facebook event page.
Manhattan: Signature Cycles and Sarah Tombaugh host a ride that rolls at 8 a.m. from Manhattan’s Upper West Side and also travels over the George Washington Bridge into Rockland County, with a stop at Gypsy Donuts in Nyack. The ride finishes back in Manhattan with celebratory beers at a location to be determined. The pace is characterized as “medium to festive,” and familiarity with riding in a rotating pace line is a plus. Facebook event page.