Ready to SoulCycle? We are— but, the original way. On real bikes, in the outdoors, wind rushing through our hair, adventure pulsing through our fingertips...
I am lucky enough to have been chosen to be apart of this year's 'Women Ride For Change Campaign', sponsored by Girl Bike Love and GT Bicycles. In exchange for new bikes and some other pretty sweet cycling gear, me and 11 other American and Canadian women are serving as role models to encourage more women to get out and bike—for recreation, competitive sport and/or as active transportation.
I look forward to sharing about the 2016 WR4C crew and our journeys throughout the coming months. In the meantime, here's a little road inspiration from a few of my fellow riders:
"The women ride for change campaign empowers me to experience and share the feeling of freedom and accomplishment mountain biking gives. The feeling of accomplishment after overcoming your fears on the trails is incomparable, and I would like to pass this on to fellow female riders who might doubt their skills and abilities, or simply feel they don't belong on dirt and gravel roads. Just like in life, in mountain biking, there is no trail too hard to be conquered eventually." ~Jasmin Welter
"For me, a bike is more than just a vehicle to get me from point A to point B. It's a vehicle for self discovery, smelling the seasons, living right in the moment and having the wind being the only thing that pushes you back. I had my first child in January and I'm dedicating this bike to rediscover who I am as a woman and a mother (with the cutest little biker in tow)." ~Kayley Fesko
"I'm hopeful that being a part of this project will give me an opportunity to help my community continue to grow and evolve into a true bicycle friendly space. I'm taking my GT Grade with me to the League of American Bicyclists seminar in two weeks to become a League Certified Instructor. This bike will help me teach traffic skills classes and increase bicycle education at many levels." ~Jade Kelsey
"I've struggled with anxiety and biking has helped me to relax. I'm trying to overcome my tendency to be in control all the time, and instead take what life throws at me. I want to use mountain biking in particular to help me deal with real bumps in the path and gain confidence from moving over those obstacles." ~Beth Pickhard
"I feel very lucky to be part of the Women Ride for Change campaign. As I recently started my Masters in Community Development, I've realized how much of an important community this is and what great potential it has to grow!" ~Jenna Dutton
"The winter of 2012 I retired from the saddle after completing a 2-year solo tour around Asia and for the past four years, I've continued to write and share my experiences of those days. The Women Ride for Change campaign has gifted me with an amazing bicycle to get pedaling again to simply remind me of my purpose in life. To continue to encourage and be a catalyst for other women to find a meaningful path in their life. Cycling is more than finding new trails and destinations, it's about the journey of discovering the beauty and love within yourself. A bicycle can make every woman a warrior and goddess in her own unique and beautiful light." ~Eleanor Moseman