Meet the team!
Becki - ride director: Becki has ridden the Bike MS event a dozen times, as well as a few other bicycling events. She currently owns three bikes - two road bikes (one is for commuting) and a mountain bike.
Lisa S. - route goddess: Lisa is a veteran of multiple Ride the Rockies tours, Elephant Rock and several California bicycling events. She recently bought a new road bike, which has reignited her passion for cycling. She might get a mountain bike next ...
Rachel B. - sponsor chair: Rachel is an avid cyclist and a new mom! She's so committed to Tour de Ladies that even though she could not ride in 2015, she volunteered to be sponsor chair for 2016.
Christine - social media and guerrilla marketing maven: Christine is a recovering bicycle racer who also often rides for pleasure. She's put in countless hours on the saddle and loves helping other women get into bicycling.
Sharon - post-ride celebration chair: Sharon loves to get out on her bike and will ride just about anywhere. She uses her coaching skills to help fellow riders, as well as runners.
Stacey - girlie goodies chair: Stacey loves to enjoy Colorado's beauty from the seat of her bike, whether it's road riding through Douglas County and beyond, or mountain biking with her boys.
Don - Tour de Ladies co-founder: Don has ridden all over the world, including portions of the Tour de France route. When he's not traveling for work (and sometimes when he is), you'll probably find him on a bike. He's also very active in Colorado Riders Club, of which he has served as chair. He also organized the Black Forest Classic Gran Fondo and chaired the American Diabetes Association ride in Colorado.
Martyn - Tour de Ladies co-founder: Martyn has shared many cycling adventures with Don and other Colorado Riders Club members. If you want advice on buying a new bike, he's an awesome resource.
Tour de Ladies started in 2010 by Don Leyn and Martyn Wright who, after riding the Denver Century and having a beer (or two), observed that not many women participated in bicycling events. They thought hosting a women only event would offer a more welcoming option for women to ride in an organized event and have a great time.
Don and Martyn brought the idea to their fellow Colorado Riders Club members, and Tour de Ladies became a reality.
The event has grown over the years through the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers, and we proudly host hundreds of women in a top-notch bicycling experience through the countryside south of Denver, starting and finishing in Parker.
Our goal is to empower women through pedal power - by empowering women to enjoy a bicycling event just for them and empowering women who have endured domestic abuse through our contribution to the Crisis Center, our ride's beneficiary.
The organizing committee is made up of mostly women (we let the guys help a little), many of whom have full time jobs, some of whom have children, and all of whom love to encourage women to ride bicycles!
We take a "divide and conquer" approach to organizing the event - from designing the route and securing permits, to ordering the port-o-potties, to doing the Costco run for food, to organizing volunteers, to designing the jersey and socks, to marketing and more. We've learned a lot about organizing a bicycling event over the years - and have a new level of respect for other ride organizers!
With everything we do, we strive to make Tour de Ladies the event WE would want to ride (and no, we don't actually get to ride in it - we need to make sure our riders enjoy it!). Among us we have ridden in dozens, if not hundreds, of bicycling events and tours. We aim to take the best of those and include as much as we can, while keeping the event affordable and raising money for the Crisis Center.
Thanks for your interest - if you want to know more, have a question, or just want to drop us a line, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you.
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