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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Kudos to the majority of you

Kudos to the majority of you that are in support of Venus de Miles, and supporting women in the sport. Venus was founded on the principles of celebrating the spirit of sisterhood and giving back to a remarkable cause. With 200 volunteers needed (it's not too late to sign-up), and room for 25 Men in Drag, we offer plenty of opportunities to get involved in the event. In fact, we're looking for more Men in Drag, so if you are interested, please visit the benefits section of our website, fill out the application, and email it to Peter. Of course, you'll need to provide mechanical support to our riders in drag, but I think you'll all find riding with 1,500 women to be worthy of that. As the Founder of the event, I'm more than proud of what we've all created, and the fact that we're making a difference, one pedal stroke at a time.