2017 marks the 8th year of the Tour de Ladies Women’s only ride. Members of the Colorado Riders Club thought hosting a women only event would offer a more welcoming option for women to ride in an organized event and have a great time. Not long after, Tour de Ladies was a reality.
The event has grown over the years through the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers, TDL proudly host hundreds of women in a top-notch bicycling experience through the countryside south of Denver, starting and finishing in Parker.
The goal is to empower women through pedal power – by empowering women to enjoy a bicycling event just for them and empowering women who have endured domestic abuse through contributions to the Crisis Center, the ride’s beneficiary.
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With a new race director at the helm this year, TDL has some great changes in place for this year’s ride.
- The 2017 tour will start and finish in Douglas County. This is an important transition for TDL as the beneficiary of the ride is the Douglas County Crisis Center, which helps victims of domestic violence and abuse. It also allows the event to start and finish in a great location that will provide access to an indoor, climate controlled, arena finish. You never can tell what the weather will be in July.
- A third loop will be available making ride options 13 miles, 30 miles and 62.5 miles – a metric century. By adding the 13 mile loop, organizers hope that women who are interested in cycling will give it a try and LOVE it. Women up for more of a challenge are invited to participate in the 30 or 62.5 mile loops. While they may sound not so challenging, check out the route maps and remember that Douglas county is beautiful and deceptively hilly. The day will include fully stocked aid stations, amazing course support, fun SAG in drag volunteers, pre-ride coffee and bagels, delicious catered lunch, relaxing massages, cool finishers gift.
- In addition to the new start/finish location and the added third loop, the event will offer team to team and peer to peer fundraising challenges. TDL raises funds to support the Douglas County Crisis Center and all the funds raised by the donations to riders go directly to the Crisis Center.