If you’re in the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area (and even if you’re not but you want to fly in)– I hope you will think about signing up for the Venus de Miles coming this September (don’t say I didn’t give you enough notice).
This is a local bike event that starts and stops in my town of Longmont every year. Here’s why this is a good event for you:
- It’s all women. This should mean no hairy backs, less testosterone and porta potties without pee on the seat. (But I will admit sometimes women will surprise you with hair. My back is not hairy, but you should see my pits).
- You have your choice of distances – 33 miles, 67 miles or 100 miles. I am doing the century ride just for the hell of it and because I guess I need to be able to ride that far if I am going to do an Ironman a month later. Yikes. Did I just say that? Pinch me.
- It’s for a great cause, supporting the Greenhouse Scholars. This group provides personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students.
- The post race festival is not your run of the mill bagels and bottles of water. Enjoy mini-facials (but only if you have a very small face), massages and acupuncture. There will also be a gourmet lunch (I’ll be lucky if I’m there in time for dinner let alone lunch, but maybe that will make me go faster), and the bestest (<if that’s not a word it should be. That is how I referred to all of my friends in the 7th grade) part of all enjoy wine, mojitos and cosmos or beer from Left Hand Brewery. This is all included in your registration price!!!
- I am riding it and would like some company (<self serving part of why you should sign up).
I think it’s going to be a blast. September is my favorite weather month in Colorado because it is usually crisp and cool in the mornings and warm and sunny throughout the day (watch it be snowing and 25 degrees. You can punch me in the face then).
This course promises lots of great scenery (these guys tried to sneak in, but they were too hairy. There is NOTHING sexier than a man in a kilt with a hairy belly button. I wonder if he has anything on under that kilt? You’re not supposed to):
If you are looking for not just a physical challenge, but an entire experience gather your friends and sign up. I’ll see you there. Oh, and use the code “bccobeth” at registration and you will get $5 off. Register HERE or by clicking on the tab in my sidebar.
Have you ever done a long distance bike ride event (not including tris)? Yes. Believe it or not, when I was 10, I did my first 25 mile fundraiser ride (this was my pre-pubescent Ironman training). Back in those days, the language used was very different. It was called “Ride a Bike for the Retarded” (<makes me wince to type that, but that’s what it was called), and I raised quite a bit of money for the cause. I did my one and only century ride about 20 years ago. I also did Ride the Rockies and the MS 150.