I am proud to announce that Spoke Haven has joined forces with Ladies’ Revolution of Milwaukee and the Bell Joy Ride- Madison to offer up a unique, women-trans-femme friendly riding experience for CycloFemme 2016.Participants will have the opportunity to try an overnight bike camping ride with the support of experienced ride leaders from the local cycling community.
Bike camping, sub 24 hour (S24O) outings, and bicycle touring have become more prominent in the past few years with the development and marketing of adventure geared bikes. There’s an increasing demand by women and men alike to find ways to use their bicycles as a vehicle to explore natural areas and enjoy the great outdoors.
The Madison and Milwaukee CycloFemme rides will take place on the packed gravel, Glacial Drumlin state trail. Milwaukee riders will have long distance, 65 mile (one way) route option or can opt to start at another location along the route for a shorter ride option. Madison area riders will have a roughly 30 mile ride option leaving from Revolution Cycles Madison or a shorter 17 mile route option starting from the Glacial Drumlin Trail head in Cottage Grove, WI. Madison area riders will also have the option to forego camping for an out and back ride to and from the trail head.
Ladies’ Revolution, Spoke Haven, and Bell Joy Ride- Madison riders will arrive at a group camp site at Sandhill Station in Lake Mills, WI. The ride itself is FREE to participants, but there is a $5 daily or $25 annual trail use fee for Glacial Drumlin. There is also a $10 fee for anyone opting to camp to help cover expenses of the site.
It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update. Our summer has been jam packed with cycling events around Madison. Everything from Cyclofemme to Fix A Flat Clinics to Sunday morning brunch rides has kept us busy!
We’re still in the planning process of trying to get an awesome and unique women’s only shop in Madison, but part of our planning is getting our name out to the world. Spoke Haven has been working with key partners such as the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Team Luna Chix, Wheels & Reels, the City of Madison, and other community leaders to make this all happen. So far we’ve received great feedback and support from every person we’ve worked with up to this point and it’s all very exciting.
Our goal is to continue to help not only offer fun cycling events for women in our community, but to also support others who want to help promote cycling for fun, for sport, and as a mode of transport. We want more butts on bikes and we can’t make that happen unless we all support one another.
Spoke Haven will continue to provide support and educational resources through the end of the year. We’ll continue with workshops through the winter, indoor training opportunities, and planning of events for next year’s riding season. We also plan on continue to change and mold our business plan to provide the best possible scenario for us to thrive. There’s still plans of running a crowd funding campaign to offer up fun and unique incentives for those who want to support us. We’re also selling our awesome jerseys (seen in the photos above) in our online store for those who want to show their support. They were made for us by Borah Teamware (aka Mt. Borah) right here in Wisconsin. Full zip, fully custom jerseys with a club cut for comfort. Men’s and women’s sizes available!
We’re looking into getting some other fun Spoke Haven branded gear made up that’s a little more pocket book friendly, but in the meantime continue to keep an eye on our online store and check us out on social media or Meetup.com for info on upcoming events.
Thank you to all of you who have been supportive and have come out to all of our events. We cannot express how amazing it feels to be able to provide women a place to be social, have fun, and ride bikes!
We’re hosting the 2nd annual CycloFemme Madison ride. The ride will start and end on Madison’s near east side from Chrysalis Hair & Body.Chrysalis is Madison’s only chemical free hair studio.
There will be water and possibly some coffee/sports drink available before the ride, but riders should make sure they’ve eaten before the event or bring along a snack that’s easy to eat on the bike.
We’ll be doing an extended Lake Monona Loop that takes us on a combination of bike paths and roads through some of Madison’s best lake front neighborhoods and parks.
This ride is very beginner friendly and we encourage everyone to bring a friend! We have a no rider left behind policy.
There will be a post ride gathering at Chrysalis where we’ll provide bike parking. There will be refreshments available to purchase supplied by the Froth House cafe. (pastries, veggies & hummus, and more)
Julia, the owner of Chrysalis will also be offering discounted salon services for all attendees. There will also be free use of the aqua massage table and some other pampering for after the ride, such as head massages with fresh herbs.
Qet Botanical Beauty’s full line of organic products will be on hand to demo.
A a raffle with items from Rapha, Yurbuds, Saris, Topeak, and some other fun businesses will also take place.
The ride itself is FREE, but you may want to bring some money for lunch if you stay for the festivities.
Parking is available on First Street, just up block from the building Chrysalis is based in (there’s a sign posted where the lot is located). There’s also extensive on street parking that will be FREE because the event is on a Sunday.
We’ll post more details as the event gets closer, but it should be a really fun time!
Rain or shine, we ride. No rider left behind. Bring a helmet, water bottle, and a lock!
We probably don’t need to remind you, but we will! Yurbuds was kind enough to send us some gift cards good for purchasing their products online. If you’d like to enter to win one of these cards, please head to our Facebook page and in the app tab click on the photo of the Yurbuds for our LIKE & WIN contest!
They also hooked us up with some cool items for us to use for our Madison CycloFemme event coming up in May. Stay tuned for more details, we’ve been collecting some really fantastic prizes 🙂