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The Venus de Miles Women’s Bike Club is a recreational cycling club in Boulder, Colorado. We are non-competitive, open to women of all skill levels, and ride in the spirit of sisterhood. We’re here to learn from and support each other, give back to the community, and best of all, have an awesome time riding our bikes!
Volunteer for the club! This club would not exist if it weren’t for our amazing volunteers. Our greatest need is ride leads and sweeps, and you don’t need to be a pro to do this! Ride volunteers get $5 in Full Cycle bucks for each ride. Email Karli (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details!
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About the Club
This club isn't just about riding – it's about sisterhood, supporting each other, and growing, emotionally and physically, into the strong, beautiful women we imagine ourselves to be when we close our eyes ... it's about creating the next best version of ourselves and then the next one after that... it's about having fun, feeling JOY and achieving" This has never been more true then this year. I witnessed many of you become the next best version of yourself. Whether that was riding more miles, riding faster or just feeling better on your bike. I witnessed many of you support others in our group with encouragement, tips on cycling and being friends. I am constantly touched by how deeply we care for one another. We are truly special and I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you who make this club thrive! – Karli
Now, for those you you who have emailed or called and said... "I am not sure I fit", "I joined but never made a ride", "what if my gear is not good enough"... to you I say here for everyone to read... COME OUT, start with us. Take that first step, commit now that you will be at the kick-off party for 2017 and that you will try to ride. I promise you will not regret any event (ride or social time) that you spend with this group!! I know I never have!
The Venus Bike Club kicked off in the spring of 2009, and has been growing ever since. Each year we have over 200 members to ride, learn, and have fun with! The Club is headed up by Karli Gronholm at Full Cycle on Pearl Street with the help of our local cycling friends. Whether you are new to cycling and want to improve your skills, are trying to get in better shape, or just want a group of great women to ride with, this Club is for you!
Group Rides and More
Our group rides start in mid-March, and there is so much more happening as we get ready to kick off our 8th season.
Our weekend group rides are open to all members, and nonmembers may ride with us once to try it out. Our weekend rides alternate Saturdays and Sundays. In the early season rides start at 10am and they get earlier each month all the way to a staggered start time ranging from 7am to 8:30am, depending on the route and the heat for that day. We stagger the start times since we can have up to 80+ women and the bathroom line gets CRAZY!
In the beginning of the season we start with 3 groups and work up to about 7 or 8 groups (depending on the turnout). We try not to have more then 12-15 women per group. Once we are in full swing, we split up among 3 lengths and several pace groups. Each ride has a lead and a sweep, except for the fastest, longest group. Here is how the groups usually break out:
Short route: Early season 10-12 miles at a 10-12 mph average pace. Over the season we increase to about 25 miles with a 12 mph average page
Medium route: Early season 18-25 miles at a 14mph average pace. Over the season this route increases to 25-45 miles and splits into two or three pace groups at 13, 14, and 15 mph+ average pace.
Long route: Early season 30-40 miles at a 15+ mph average pace. Over the season this route increases to a mid season 45-80 miles at a 15+ mph pave and, if needed a super fast group. The super fast group will become a drop ride with check in and check out at Full Cycle.
The real value of the club is not only the rides, but also our amazing clinics! They are free to paid club members and most of these coaches are $90-$125/hr if you hired them alone.
Venus Bike Club Membership
Membership Annual Fee: $65
2017 Venus Membership Benefits*:
Members can ride in ALL Club rides
Discounted fee for any club clinics or coached training rides
10% off any regularly priced items and service (except bikes) at all times for member and immediate family.
An Extra 5% off on sale priced items at Full Cycle – except for bikes).
20% off bike fits.
Members can ride in ALL Club rides
Discounted pricing on club jerseys
Access to special sales/group discounts with vendors throughout the year
Invitation to special sales/group discounts with local partners
A portion of the membership fee goes to support to Greenhouse Scholars, a local non-profit
Discount on registration for the VdM rides in Boulder and Chicago
* All benefits are subject to change at any time throughout the year.
How to Join Three easy ways to sign up:
Call the shop and ask to join the Venus de Miles Club and you can pay over the phone with your credit card. 303-440-1002.
Club Activities for Non-Members Non-members may ride with the club one time at no charge. After that, you must be a club member to ride with the group. Club clinics and workshops may be available to non-members, if space is available, for a fee (usually $5 to $20)