Fifth-Annual Venus de Miles, Colorado’s Only All-Women’s Road Cycling Event, Returns to Boulder County Sunday August 26, 2012

(BOULDER, COLORADO) -- Online registration is open for Venus de Miles, Colorado’s first and only organized all-women’s road bike ride, being held on Sunday August 26th 2012, in Boulder County.

Venus de Miles offers women of all ages and abilities an unforgettable day of cycling, socializing, and supporting Greenhouse Scholars, a Boulder based non-profit organization that provides mentoring and scholarship support to high-performing, under-resourced students.

Riders can choose from one of four fully supported courses, including the rolling 100-mile century ride, the calf-cramping 67-mile ride, the heart-pounding 51-mile ride, or the 33-mile jaunt through the scenic countryside. A post-ride celebration follows at Prospect Park in Longmont, featuring complimentary lunch fare from local food trucks, cocktails, spa services, bike demos by Trek Women, live music, and more.

Venus’s 2012 Dream Team, a group of inspiring community leaders and cycling celebrities, will be among the 1,700 anticipated participants at this year’s event. The 20-person “Men in Drag” support crew will also be on-hand providing mechanical assistance and general event support through out the day.

Starting August 1st, the cost to register is $99. In addition to this registration fee, participants are required to fundraise $75 for Greenhouse Scholars. Through this enhanced fundraising initiative, the 2012 Venus de Miles is on track to raise $225,000 for Greenhouse Scholars. Online registration and event details can be found at the Venus de Miles website.

The 2012 Venus de Miles ride is presented by Trek Women and WhiteWave Foods. Other major sponsors include LUNA, Clif Shot, Bicycling, Anthem Branding, and Greenhouse Partners.

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the issue is stupid. Some

the issue is stupid. Some knucklehead got his panties all in a wad because someone is promoting a non-competitive cycling event exclusively for women.

My guess is his momma didn't raise him right, or his daddy didn't hug him enough, or something...

What apparently is over your

What apparently is over your head is that this is an issue only to you. We're talking about an unsanctioned women-only bike ride and you think the promoters of this event have an obligation to include you.

Instead of accusing the majority of ducking the issue, why don't you lay out your argument as to how you are somehow being wronged by the promoters and how you have a right to inclusion in the event. You haven't done that, yet, do it would be interesting to see your thoughts.

Gotta disagree. I'm white,

Gotta disagree. I'm white, male, middle class, hetero, and you forgot to mention middle age, and I have NO sense of entitlement whatsoever. As a group, we tend to hate having what we've worked for taken by some who hasn't worked for it and who claims it as a right, but we are not the "entitlement generation" you hear about so much these days.

In my case, I fully support the Venus ride, Yeti Betti, and other rides like them. I don't feel threatened by them at all, and no one I know who's even remotely close to me demographically is against them, either.

Why do you assume I'm either

Why do you assume I'm either spoiled or privileged? If by privileged you mean growing up in a family without two nickels to rub together, putting myself through college and holding down a job every day of my adult life, working for what I have, yeah... I'm privileged.

Seems you're awfully biased against a group you know little about.

Given that the majority of

Given that the majority of cyclists are 1) white 2) male & 3) middle class, I can see where you would assume those that are complaining fall into that group. I'll give you that, BUT I wouldn't think it's middle age or older folks with an entitlement mentality. I'd guess mid-20s to maybe 40, same folks who want age-graded cat 4 races and who get all wigged out when their 28th place crit finish doesn't get posted online fast enough to suit them.

exclusive rides

When considering discrimination, a good question to ask is: "What would the sentiment be if we changed the words?" Let us take out women and use men only. Let us take out gender and use white only. They are obviously offensive and express discrimination.
I can't help but think of the Boston Marathon. Once upon a time, only men were allowed. I cheered when a brave woman gate crashed and was proud of the men who surrounded her and came to her defense. The physical demonstration and protest against discrimination was followed by pressure to change the rules. And the rules changed to include women in the race. The revolution I supported was for social justice and inclusion. I thought we were evolving into a progressive society blind to color and gender. You prove me wrong.

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