The Venus Bike Club kicked off in Spring 2009 and celebrates its 12th season in 2020. This recreational, non-competitive, no-drop, women's cycling club is about sisterhood--supporting each other as we grow emotionally and physically into strong, beautiful women.
It's about having fun, feeling joy, and achieving more. It's about becoming stronger, more confident, road-aware cyclists and just feeling better on your bike. We support each other with encouragement and tips on cycling. This is a truly special bike club!
Each year, we have about 200 members of all levels and abilities riding, learning, and having fun! We have a dedicated committee of volunteers who help keep the club rolling and are ready to support you.
Our weekend group rides are designed for the recreational rider. Those looking for a competitive ride group may want to look into the Outdoor Divas.
If you've ever thought: “I'm not sure I'd fit,” “I joined before but never made it to a ride,” or “What if my gear isn't good enough?” take that first step, and come on a ride with us--non-members may ride with us once to give the club a try! You will not regret participating in any ride or social event with this group! Whether you’re new to cycling, want to improve your cycling skills, are trying to get in better shape, or just want to ride with a group of great women, this club is for you!
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Group Rides and More
Group rides start in early April, alternate Saturdays and Sundays, and start at 10 am at the beginning of the season. As the season progresses, so does the mileage. Start times also stagger, so those on the longer rides can get an earlier start on hot days. We break into groups of 12 to 15 women of matching abilities and speeds. We may have 5 or 6 groups going out on any given weekend.
Ride routes are designed according to a training plan to build endurance for 33-, 64-, and 100-mile events, such as the Venus de Miles in late August, the Buff Classic in September, and Tour of the Moon in late September. The routes are created with safety, scenery, and variety in mind.
- Short route: Early season, 12-15 miles at a 10-12 mph average pace. Over the season, mileage gradually increases to 35 miles and may split into casual (12 mph) and medium-paced (13-14 mph) groups.
- Medium route: Early season, 20-30 miles. Over the season, this route increases to about 60 miles and splits into two or three pace groups at 11-12 mph, 13-14 mph, and 15 mph+ average paces.
- Long route: Early season, 30-40 miles with two groups at a medium pace (13-14 mph) and faster pace (15+ mph). Over the season this route increases to about 75 miles.
We offer several destination weekends each year. In 2019, we went to:
- May - Poudre River Trail Day Ride
- June - Glenwood Springs Weekend
- July - Frisco Weekend
- September - Grand Junction Wine Weekend
Clinics and Events
One of the great benefits of a Venus Bike Club membership is access to amazing clinics.
Clinics for all riding abilities, from beginner to intermediate riding skills are planned throughout the season. Most of our clinics are women only and free to paid club members. A few clinics, facilitated by professional coaches, may be offered for a small, discounted fee.
From fix-a-flat sessions to learning about nutrition and hydration, you’ll want to maximize your membership and take advantage of our upcoming clinics. Our sponsor, Full Cycle, offers a variety of co-ed clinics and can assist you with any cycling questions or needs you may have.
Venus Membership Benefits*
Members can ride in ALL club rides
10% off any regularly priced items and service (except bikes) at all times for member and immediate family
An extra 5% off sale priced items at Full Cycle – except for bikes
20% off bike fits
10% off food and beverage at The Tune Up - Taproom and Espresso Bar
Venus members receive 1/2 off one drink on day of weekend club ride
One $5 coupon to Full Cycle Bikes or The Tune Up Taproom for leads & sweeps on day of weekend club ride
One free Tuneup drink with the referral of a new member (max one free drink per member)
Discount on registration for the Venus de Miles event in Colorado and Illinois
Small or no fee for any club clinics or coached training rides
Access to special sales/group discounts with vendors throughout the year
Invitation to special sales/group discounts with local partners
* For paid membership through December 31, 2020. All benefits are subject to change at any time throughout the year.
$65 Early season membership • October 13, 2019 - April 9, 2020
$75 Regular membership • April 10, 2020 - August 31, 2020
$20 Late season membership • September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Boulder Liv Ambassador Shelley Hartman
The Liv Ambassador Program is extended to women across the country seeking to develop the women’s cycling community through the Liv brand and their local Liv retailer. These women act as a liaison of the Liv brand in their region and will lead rides, give informational clinics and act as a go-to resource for Liv and general cycling related information. We are thrilled and privileged to have Shelley Hartman as our Liv ambassador for the second year running.