Today marks the 10th anniversary of the very-first Velo Girls ride. Technically, it was the second ride on our schedule (the first getting rained out on March 10th). When I launched Velo Girls in 2002, there was no Facebook, no Meetup, and no other sites designed to bring groups of like-minded individuals (in this case women cyclists in northern California) together. Instead, I built a website, planned a very conservative calendar (2 rides a month) and flooded Craig's List and various newsgroups with the news of this brand new cycling club for women. Our tagline in 2002 was "Fitness, Friendship, and Fun!" To my amazement, 46 women showed up for that very-first ride. The rest is history.
In honor of our birthday, I'm sharing some images of the original "girls in pink." Which of these do you own? Do you still wear it? Which is your favorite?
Happy 10th Birthday to Velo Girls! May we continue to ride + celebrate 20 years of women's cycling in 2022.
|2002 Velo Girls club jersey designed by Lorri Lee Lown|
|2004 Velo Girls club jersey designed by Voler Team Apparel|
|2005 Velo Girls club jersey designed by Laura-Anne Sammarco|
|2008 Velo Girls club jersey designed by Lorri Lee Lown|
|2009 Velo Girls club jersey designed by Tanya MacNeill|