Catching up with Les Femmes-Hitting the Road part 3 of 3

“CycloFemme-Honor the past, Celebrate the present and empower the Future”. The creator of Cyclo Femme day is Sarai Snyder of “Girl Bike Love” blogger fame and Tanya Quick, a NYC businesswoman and bike commuter. All this was created with the goal to celebrate, empower and inspire women through cycling.http://cyclofemme.com.

Sunday May 13th, Mary and I participated in two events that linked up quite nicely with each other. The Cyclo Femme training ride with local female racers, and Sunday Parkways, a monthly event in the summer months that closes off streets to cars so families can get out and enjoy their neighborhoods by bike and not have to worry about traffic on a scenic 7-8 mile loop. The Cyclo Femme group  had tents set up at Sunday Parkways at two of the parks on the route, with guest speakers and huge cake waiting for us at Woodlawn park in NE Portland. They handed out blue balloons and sashes that said Women On Wheels for all of the fabulous females participating in Sunday Parkways.

CycloFemme day is an event that was celebrated in 14 countries with a total of 163 rides planned to get ladies out for a ride and tell their stories about why they started riding their bikes and who inspired them.

The portland women’s racers ride was led by local racer Cindy Lewellen, leaving from Northwest Portland at 8am. We were blessed with a sunny and warm day for this outing. After applying our faux tattoos, our route took us out Hwy 30, up Saltzman through Forest Park, out Skyline to Rock Creek. Racers from  Ironclad, Sorella Forte, Upper Echelon and Ladies Auxiliary as well as some other enthusiastic women were ready to cruise. While this was a training ride, a few of us pushed the pace into a mock road race. Not naming any names but I will say I had a really good workout. Needing to get across town to the start of Sunday Parkways, we returned to hwy 30 from Germantown road and  made it to the start of Sunday Parkways by 11 AM.

After we heard from the youngest riders in the bunch and a woman that found cycling late in life, Jennifer Cree of Upper Echelon talked about her upcoming Tour de France adventure where she will attempt, with five other riders, to ride the entire Tour de France route, one day head of the pros. Now that is inspiring.

Mary and I finished our day riding Sunday Parkways with my husband Shane and my dear friend Melissa under the hot sun. I have to say, it was a pretty great day for us ladies.

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