Last Saturday thirty-nine cyclists of the Ride Like A Girl Team gathered at each of the four starting lines: Portland, Newberg, Amity and Grand Rhonde, with a singular purpose: Reach the Beach! A long road with months of preparation and training: biking in spite of rain, learning to climb hills, facing ever-increasing and more challenging distances, monitoring food intake, gathering sponsors and managing a good dose Continue reading
Starting something new can be exciting, overwhelming or darn right terrifying. I find that many women would like to bike but face a myriad of hurdles including anxiety, fear of sharing the road with vehicles or simply not knowing where to begin. Fortunately, these very real challenges do not have to be show stoppers. With the right support, resources and strategies it is possible get off to a good (and safe) start. Here are a few tips that serve as cornerstones for Ride Like A Girl as we help women discover the joy of bicycling.
Invite a Girlfriend to Coffee. Finding a ride buddy is one of the greatest ways to overcome some of the hurdles to getting started because now you have a partner. You can support each other by planning, learning and discovering together. Biking with a friend can Continue reading
Stop what you’re doing! Click on this photo. Read, watch and go get your bike.
“The back is the new front!” according to RLAG girlfriend, Linda G.
- Meet Grace and some of the other ‘girls’ (you will need to scroll down the page)
- This Girl Can Campaign
- Full story at Bicycling.com
- Sport England (Sponsor of This Girl Can campaign)
How often do you stop and look back? It is a great exercise, especially for the purpose of celebrating progress. Last April, Ride Like A Girl launched its second season with a mostly-new group of forty women who wanted to try this biking thing. They dusted off their bikes buried deep inside their garages. They wheeled them into a neighborhood bike shop for inspection, adjustment and some minor repairs. They listened to Continue reading
In wrapping up the 2014 riding season for Ride Like A Girl here in Portland, I asked the women who participated to share how they have personally grown, what they learned, which barriers they overcame, or the goal they accomplished. This post is a simple list of their responses, Continue reading
We all want to be safe. So it was no surprise that among the eighty women I have surveyed since 2013, the first and foremost concern about starting to bike is related to the fear of getting hurt. Well, I have good news. There are many ways a cyclist can minimize the risk of injury and enjoy a safe ride. Continue reading
The journey of three women’s entrance into cycling.
Meet Evy, Linda, and Sheri, three women who entered the world of cycling through Ride Like A Girl. Until last April, not one of them had mounted the saddle of a bike in 3-10 years. They were cycling newbies and self-proclaimed “Nervous Nellies.” With their permission, I am sharing their stories in the form of a conversational interview we had over coffee at the Urban Grind in Northwest Portland. First, let me introduce them to you. Continue reading