Venus de Miles Colorado is more than just a bike ride. It’s more than just an all-women’s cycling event, too. It’s an organized party on wheels that supports our community’s up-and-coming youth. Venus de Miles is Colorado’s only all-women’s road cycling event and a fundraiser that supports the college education of high-performing and under-resourced students through Greenhouse Scholars. Greenhouse Scholars provides these students layered support, including mentorship, professional networking, peer support, internship, Summer Symposium, situational flex funding, and tuition scholarship.
The sixth-annual Colorado ride takes place on Sunday, September 29, 2013, starting and finishing in Longmont. Riders can select to cruise one of three different courses: 100-mile century ride, 65-mile ride, or a 28-mile ride. Here are five indisputable reasons why you should join me on this non-competitive bike ride!
1. Early Bird Discount
As of now, at least 581 riders are registered for the Colorado event. Join the pack! Registration is open and entries are available at an “early bird” price ($89) until September 1. The price increases to $99 on or by September 22 and $129 the day of the Sunday, September 29 event. In addition to this registration fee, participants are asked to fundraise $75 in support of Greenhouse Scholars.
2. Inspiring Cause
All of the money raised directly supports the organization’s Scholars. So, there’s no reason not to sign up now. Besides, it’ll give you more time to fundraise for this undeniably worthy cause and gather a group of girl friends to ride with you.
“Venus de Miles brings community members together in support of inspiring young leaders,” said Andra Pool, chief operating officer, Greenhouse Scholars, who recently announced the organization’s largest-ever class of Scholars (the Class of 2017). “At Greenhouse Scholars, we are committed to helping create real and lasting change in the lives of our Scholars and their communities.”
If positive change in your community isn’t reason enough to sign up, then you need to keep reading. Let’s talk about the post-ride celebration!
3. Fun On (And Off) Bikes
After the fun of the ride itself, all the Venus riders will congregate in Longmont’s Prospect Park for gourmet food, live music, craft beer, cocktails, and exhibitors with products and services gear toward active women like you.
4. Mechanical Support from Men in Drag
If you still aren’t compelled to sign up today, then the only logical other reasons must be that you’re afraid you’ll have a flat tire and not be able to repair it on the fly or that you only like rides in which men participate, too. Well, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but men actually do participate in Venus de Miles. And those who do are expected to help women who want a hand with a flat change or mechanical repair. Oh, and they must dress up. A costumed “Men in Drag” team, comprised of 20 male riders passionate about the cause, offers mechanical assistance along each of the three courses and general event support.
5. More Discounts
To further sway you, I’m offering a Women’s Adventure discount on Venus de Miles registration. Type in the code “bccojeno” on the registration page for $5 off your registration fee.
Event details and online registration are available at colorado.venusdemiles.com.
About Venus de Miles, Colorado
Venus de Miles is Colorado’s only all-women’s road bike ride. In 2012, the event attracted 1,250 riders and raised nearly $175,000. The first Venus de Miles took place in Colorado in 2008, and in 2009, it was voted Competitor magazine’s “Best Cycling Event” in Colorado.
About Greenhouse Scholars
Founded in 2005, Greenhouse Scholars is a Boulder, Colorado-based non-profit providing comprehensive support for high-performing and under-resourced students from Illinois and Colorado. Through its “Whole Person” approach of intellectual, academic, financial and professional support, Greenhouse Scholars is committed to cultivating the next generation of community leaders.
Becoming a Greenhouse Scholar is a highly selective process. The students are from the most under-resourced communities: 72 percent of Scholars are the first in their families to attend college, and 40 percent of their families live below the poverty line. Yet they demonstrate extraordinary potential: their college GPAs are typically 30 percent higher than their peers, and, with the support of the Greenhouse Scholars program, their chances of graduating from college are eight times higher than other low-income and first-generation students. Since 2005, Greenhouse Scholars has served nearly 125 students.