FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tanja Wiant, Full Cycle
March 1, 2009
Venus de Miles Women's Bike Club Registration is Now Open
Boulder's only recreational bike club for women is quickly growing
BOULDER, COLO. - Women cyclists from throughout Boulder County are
welcoming a long-absent club from their mix - a club for beginner and
intermediate riders. Why is this unique, you ask? While Boulder is
known for its elite athletes, its amazing cycling, and its boundless
enthusiasm for outdoor sports, resources for recreational cyclists can
be hard to come by. The Venus de Miles Women's Bike Club, launched
this month by the locally-owned bike shop Full Cycle, is designed to
give beginner and intermediate women cyclists a place to develop their
cycling skills and have fun in a non-competitive, friendly group. The
Club opened its registration last week and is already seeing an
overwhelmingly positive response.
The Venus de Miles Club will bring women together to learn about
cycling and improve their fitness in a fun and supportive environment.
The Club offers weekly road rides, skills clinics, presentations on
nutrition and training, maintenance classes, social events like wine
and cheese nights, and theme rides like Sadie Hawkins, mountain bike,
and cruiser rides. Abilities of Club members range from women who have
never ridden on the road before to women who love to cycle but don't
want to ride with the more competitive women's clubs and teams in the
"A lot of women out there want to ride more because they know it's
fun, great exercise, but they don't know how to get started or who to
ride with," says Karli Gronholm, Club co-founder. "Riding on the road
can be scary, especially when you haven't mastered skills like looking
over your shoulder while maintaining a straight line. The Venus de
Miles Club aims to make women feel comfortable riding and excited
about the sport."
Interested women can register for the Club now, or they can
participate in a series of events leading up to the start of the
season before deciding whether or not to join. The Club Kick-off party
will be March 18th at Full Cycle's Pearl Street location, complete
with wine and food, drawings and contests, shopping discounts and
presentations. Any woman is welcome to attend the party to learn more
about the Club. Other events, such as free Spinning classes offered by
RallySport Health & Fitness Center, will lead up to the Club road
rides beginning in late March.
The Club is the brainchild of the organizers and participants of the
Venus de Miles Ride, which premiered last August as the first
women's-only bike ride in Colorado. Over 600 women participated in the
ride, and many expressed an interest in riding in such a fun and
non-competitive atmosphere year round. Karli Gronholm and Tanja Wiant,
two of the co-owners of Full Cycle, are leading the Club with the help
of volunteers from throughout the community.
Like the Venus de Miles Ride, the Club benefits Greenhouse Scholars, a
local non-profit that provides mentorship and scholarship support to
high-performing, under-resourced college-bound Colorado students. The
Club celebrates empowering both women and students to achieve their
goals, and will provide volunteer opportunities for its members to
give back to the community.
For more information, visit: fullcyclebikes.com/goto/venus.