In late May, I got a summer-changing email. It came from the PR team for the Venus de Miles Century in Boulder County, Colorado. The email asked me if I would be a “connector” for Colorado’s only all-women century. It took me about half a second to reply, “I’m in. I’m so in.”
Interested in joining me and lots of other women on September 29th? Even if you don’t want to ride 100 miles, you can choose a 67 mile or a 33 mile course.
Visit Venus de Miles for more information and use this code, bccokristen, for $5 off the registration.
Venus de Miles – Colorado
In all fairness, I’m not coming quite off the couch. After a long ski season, and year-round running, my legs are in pretty good shape. But when it comes to my athletic pursuits, cycling is not number one.
It wasn’t always this way. When I was a teenager, the Coors Classic bike race, featuring the best male AND female riders in the world came through our town. Everyone caught cycling fever. A local race series was established to cash in on the enthusiasm, and all summer long, we’d race in time trials. I continued cycling through college, occasionally competing in a road race or criterium.
And then I burnt out. My much-loved aluminum TREK road bike gathered dust and before I knew it, I was pushing four-wheeled strollers and tooling around with a baby trailer hitched to my mountain bike.
This makes training for the Venus de Miles ride doubly sweet. With a big goal in mind, my enthusiasm for road biking is rekindled and wouldn’t you know, my bike crazy husband is thrilled every time I say, “Hey, wanna ride?”
So are my bike crazy girlfriends. After years of solitary trail running, I am off the couch and loving the social aspects of cycling.
ZOIC Jersey Giveaway
I recently picked up this ZOIC jersey at a silent auction. After one ride, I wanted to give one away to a BSM reader. Luckily, so does ZOIC!
Made of a crisp, breathable weave of nylon and polyester, the snap front Collins Plaid Jersey distinguishes itself by not looking like your average lycra half-zip bike shirt. Yet it performs just as well.
With a generous cut through the shoulders, bending over the handlebars is easy and the shirt never binds. A hidden back pocket holds keys, chapstick and a phone, and two airflow vents at the shoulders cool efficiently as you ride.
Best of all, when you get off your bike to grab a coffee, a beer or a slice of pizza with friends, you don’t look (or smell) like you’ve just hammered out 50 miles on the road or two hours on the dirt. Pair it with one of ZOIC’s cute cycling skirts and look chic on the fly.
If you’d like to own this awesome bike shirt, in your choice of color and size, please leave a comment below.
One winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, June 28th from all entries.
For a second entry, enter the Venus de Miles Century using this code: bccokristen.
Thank you to ZOIC for donating a Collins Plaid Jersey. Having purchased my shirt myself, I received nothing in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
- Classic Rides: The Colorado National Monument’s Tour of the Moon, August 18, 2011.
- Bicycling for a Cause: The 2011 Colorado MS 150, July 12, 2011.
- The 2012 Colorado MS 150, July 5, 2012.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Heather!
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