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MSO kicks off cycling club for women

SUMMIT COUNTY – Women wanting to take a step toward biking now have nothing to fear thanks to the new women’s cycling club in Summit County.

Mountain Sports Outlet (MSO) is teaming up with a couple of its Divas racing team riders to organize a free women-only cycling club for riders of all ages and ability levels.

“It’s a great excuse for women to ride together and get out of the house,” said Keystone mountain bike instructor, Divas racer and mother, Annie Black. “We have been talking about it for a couple years, and it’s finally happening. Our goals are mostly to get people together to have friends to ride with. I’m usually out riding by myself, but I prefer to ride with other women. We wanted something that included everybody – absolute beginners to experienced riders. It’s about nice people meeting more nice people, going out and having fun.”



The first women’s cycling club ride is June 25 on the Oro Grande trail in Dillon. The club will not just offer rides, however, but will include mechanical tips, clinics, training lectures, bike fits, appetizer socials and guest appearances by individuals such as women on the national Specialized bike team.

“It’s a women’s social club,” said Don Maneth, marketing manager for Mountain Sports Outlet and club organizer. “It’s a thing for women to meet and get to know each other. I see lots of women out riding who don’t have other women to ride with. A lot of these women are beginners with old bikes, and we’d like to help them make sure their bikes are the right size and get them more interested in riding. It’s comfortable because it’s all women. Maybe we’ll see a big influx in women racers. It’s intimidating being a guy getting into racing; I can’t imagine how the women feel. This just gives them a safe environment to ride at their own level, improve their skills and meet new people.”



A club name is still up in the air, but Black and fellow organizer Mary Scheifley, who is a personal trainer and a former Keystone bike instructor, want the title to be all-encompassing.

“I was thinking about calling it The CATS – Chicks, Appetizers and Tire Society – but I don’t want anyone to think we’re catty,” Black said. “When (the race team) became the MSO Divas, they said that divas are women who dominate and Greek goddesses, and I’m not sure we all fit into that.”

The MSO women’s cycling club will customize its group rides to the skills of individuals who turn up. Some women might need to spend some time on the grass getting accustomed to clipless pedals, while other, experienced riders might head out for a longer ride.

A few years ago, former Summit County resident Kathleen McDonell headed up the WOMBATS – Women On Mountain Bikes Tea Society – and the MSO women’s cycling club is hoping to resurrect a similar outlet for women’s cyclists.

“It’s really for everybody,” Black said. “Moms can bring their daughters. We can invite all our friends … I’m expecting huge numbers. It’s an event; we’ll have training workshops, have appetizers at Ti Amo. MSO is going to offer a $10 rental for women who want to try a new bike … It’s women hanging with women, and yeah, we’re going to ride a little bit too.”

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.

Mountain Sports Outlet women’s cycling club ride dates

June 25: Meet at MSO at 5 p.m., ride the Oro Grande trail in Dillon

July 2: Tentative clinic with women from the Specialized team

July 17: Ride to be determined, drinks and hors d’oeuvres will follow at Ti Amo

July 30: Ride in Keystone area, meet in River Run

Aug. 13: Ride in Breckenridge area

Aug. 24: Last ride of the year, long ride with location TBA followed by a barbecue.

For more information on the women’s cycling club, call Danielle at MSO at (970) 262-2836.


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