Registration opens for the May 8th, 2016 CycloFemme
As the 2016 CycloFemme celebration of women in cycling nears, registration opens with rides in seven countries. Entering its fifth year, CycloFemme continues to touch the hearts of female cyclists worldwide.
As registration gets under way for CycloFemme the May 8, 2016 Global Women’s Cycling Day, long time riders and supporters are gearing up for the annual celebration.
Among those planning CycloFemme rides are local cycling advocacy organizations, cycling teams and clubs, and individuals who have been inspired by the mission to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Empower the Future of Women in Cycling.
“It is impossible to communicate the impact that CycloFemme has had on female cyclists around the world. It has become an annual ride, a mantra, a sisterhood, and for some, a permanent tattoo.” Said Sarai Snyder, Co-Founder of CycloFemme.
“Every year it becomes more evident, that this movement extends way beyond one ride on one day. It’s an incredible feeling to know that we are not alone, that whenever we ride, we ride together, if only in spirit.”
In it’s fifth year, CycloFemme has become the not-to-be-missed event for women who ride bikes. Whether racing, participating in local group rides, or riding casually, CycloFemme has been celebrated in over forty countries worldwide.
“Our beautiful island is made a little brighter on this certain day, where people of all ages, ethnicities, and bicycle (and tricycle) preference come out to rejoice in the joy of cycling. We hosted our first CycloFemme ride in 2015 with more than forty riders.” said Malia Harunaga of the non-profit Hawaii Bicycling League. “There were cruisers, mountain bikes, road bikes, tri-bikes, recumbent tricycles, and an even more diverse group of human beings. I’ve never seen such a broad community ride together. It was beautiful! We want to spread the joy that riding a bicycle brings, and CycloFemme helped to do just that.”
CycloFemme is celebrated annually on the US Mother’s Day. While other ride days have emerged to encourage the growing women’s ridership, CycloFemme remains distinctive in that it welcomes riders of all levels. The event is open to all, and has a unique ability to unite cyclists regardless of gender, age, or bicycle preference, encouraging a more inclusive bicycle culture.
With the statement “We Ride Together”, the goal of CycloFemme is to create a unified voice for women’s cycling by building a tribe of riders who recognize the need to empower one another and build a supportive community.
Planning and registering a CycloFemme ride is simple. Marketing materials and general ride suggestions are available for download on the website (cyclofemme.com).
The bicycle is recognized as a long-time tool for women’s empowerment. In the age where gender discrimination is at the forefront, it is fitting that this ride continues to gain momentum every year.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” – Susan B. Anthony
Presented by Girl Bike Love and Language Dept., CycloFemme is a global celebration to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Empower the Future of Women in Cycling. The mission states “Teach women to ride, and they will change the world.”