Friday, September 7, 2012

Ladies on bikes! Babes in Bikeland 6! YES!

C.L.A.P. is super stoked to be co-sponsoring this year's Babes in Bikeland race! The race, which is the largest women/trans/femme alley cat race in the nation, is in its 6th year, and happens tomorrow at 6 pm! For all the details, you can check out the Facebook event page or the event website, but here are some highlights:

-While pre-registration is now closed, you can sign up the day of at 4 pm. It costs $5 to race, and an additional $10 if you want a Babes in Bikeland shirt. Top quantities are limited, so if you want a tank or t, be sure to get there early!

-The race is set up to be as inviting as possible to all levels of bikers. Those who want to push themselves can do it to compete, and those who just want to have a good time on bikes with awesome women can do that too! Those who complete the race will be entered into a drawing to win a complete BigShot singlespeed, donated by Penn Cycle, however, so it could very well be worth it! PUSH IT GIRL!

-Safety first! Bring your helmet, lights and bike safety skills! For those wanting to brush up on their biking safety, Lee Penn, last years Babes' champ, will be leading a workshop at 3:30 on executing your routes and will throw in some safety tips as well!

-The race starts at Powderhorn park, with the finish line/ awards ceremony/after party at Peacock Grove. We will have a table at the after party, so if you make it, be sure to say 'hi'! There are going to be prizes, free beer from New Belgium for all racers and jams. It is gonna rule!

-It looks like the race is going to be full of radical ladies tomorrow—twice as many racers pre-registered as they expected, so plan on showing up at 4 to register (for both day of registers and pre-registers) and they'll get the race started as close to 6 as possible. Cuz we got a party to get to!

BONUS: I co-wrote an article on WTF biking with C.L.A.P. contributor Sara Blair a couple of years ago for the Twin Cities Runoff and talked a bunch about Babes. You can check out the article here.

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