The Venus de Miles is a cycling event created solely for women. The event holders say that this event is not a race, but rather a ride to the finish, with frequent stops along the way. In addition to this event being an opportunity to connect with other females who enjoy riding their bikes, it's also an opportunity to raise funds for a student scholarship program. The program they support is Greenhouse Scholars, which benefits students who are high performing, but under resourced college students. Sounds like a win-win opportunity to me.
The ride itself also sounds fascinating. Participants have a choice of registering for one of three rides: a 67 mile , a 51 mile, or a 33 mile ride through the Longmont area, starting and ending in Prospect (one of the coolest places in town, outside of Old Town). The event promises several rest stops along the way, "helpers" (supplied by two local bike shops: Full Cycle in Boulder and Wheat Ridge Cyclery) to assist with flats or other minor repairs along the way, as well as food/drink, massages, acupuncture, and make up lessons at the end of the event.
I am considering the 33 mile ride, if I am able to get the Hillborne up and functioning by that time, and if I think I can endure that sort of ride length (since my longest trip on the Hooptie has been about 8 miles total). When I look at the map for the 33 mile ride, it appears that they are timing the event, even though they claim it isn't a race. While I do ride the Pashley more regularly and have ridden it for longer stints, I'm curious as to whether or not this sort of event would kill me (or even feel as though it's killing me). Also, I just received notice from one of the organizers that the ride is not timed (other than everyone must be done by 3:30p, which would give me about 7 hours to finish... and, I'm thinking since that's about how long it took me to run 26.2 miles, I could handle a slightly longer distance on a bike).
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I see spandex!
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I see MORE spandex!
Definitely, I am looking forward to learning more about this event though, and seeing if I can convince a few people to tag along for the ride.