There are so many themes to cover with Rosemary “Rosie” Hartman’s odyssey in the cycling world. So many poignant moments. So much significance on her road to ability and accomplishment.
On June 17, Bike Like a Girl ran a one-day camp for eleven foster girls associated with Lilliput Families of Citrus Heights, CA, which provides foster families with a variety of support services. In her thank you letter, one camper does a beautiful job expressing what the experience meant to her and capturing the essence of what Bike Like a Girl is all about.
At the core of Bike Like a Girl are our girls cycling camps. Since their launch in 2015, the camps have introduced the joy of cycling to 50+ girls ages 8 to 12 in three communities. For this, we owe a debt of gratitude to partner Kiwanis Bike Program (KBP), which has been instrumental in helping us get this program off the ground.
Here I went again, off on another adventure with my bike to meet up with dozens of women cyclists in the greater Sacramento area. As a recreational road rider, I log about 3,000 miles per year, but lately, I’ve wanted those to be social miles, too, with some pre- and post-ride camaraderie. Here was Bike Like a Girl (BLAG) putting on a ride for women that lured me like a beacon.
Part of Cyclofemme's "Empower the Girl. Ignite the Woman." global celebration of women on wheels, our Sacramento Mother's Day ride promised something for everyone. It did not disappoint. Moms with kids, preteens and grandparents, newbies to racing’s elite. They came on road bikes, mountain bikes, and everything in between. They came from halfway across town, halfway across the Sierras, and halfway across the country. They came to have fun while doing good.
Bike Like a Girl is thrilled to be a sponsor for Roseville, CA-based Woodcreek High School Cycling team, a club sport that races in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA.) Supported by a coaching staff of licensed volunteer ride leaders, a team trailer, loaner bikes, and a team mechanic, the high schoolers start training in October, and build up to an impressive 5 day per week regimen during the spring. This extensive training program prepares them to compete in challenging races of 10 to 30 (!) miles of single-track, cross country terrain.
Our Fall, 2016 Reno girls’ camp is underway in Reno at Rollan Melton Elementary school. Thanks to our friends at the Kiwanis Bike Program, we successfully taught another session focused on bike maintenance and repair, which is the foundation of every girls’ camp. The girls learned how to check their helmets and bikes for proper function and how to fix basic problems with their bikes.