The second annual ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun Time Trail’, took place on Sunday, June 30th, in Bernillio county, NM. Hosted by New Mexico’s Women Riding Well (WRW) cycling organization, the course was a 10 mile, out and back, which included rolling terrain near the base of the Sandia Mountains. Maripat Glover, the race director from WRW, reports, ” The TT was an enormous success, with over 100 female racers attending this inclusive, supportive and insanely fun event. If you think that TT isn’t for beginners, you best talk to any of the 46 first time TT participants that have discovered the pains, joys and empowerment that comes with putting out 100%. “
For many of the participants, the event included the ‘first time’ experience of having a ‘standing start’ with an official holding their bike and maneuvering a hairpin ‘u-turn’ at the five mile mark, only then to have to finish the race into a blasting headwind, up a gradual, but significant climbing grade, to the finish line. Roadside supporters for the women racers included friends, family, and fellow cyclists from the community, at times, adding a little roadside distraction.
The top riders blasted through the finish line, starting with Terry Casey’s 24:44, Irrena Ossla’s 24:45, and Julie VanSomeren’s 24:50. New Mexico’s 2013 State Crit and Road Race Champion, Sarah Lough, put in a time of 25:31, afterward stating, “This was such a great event. It was so inspiring and amazing to see so many women out on their bikes and having fun and I’m so happy I could be involved. I hope that this event helps grow the sport. You guys (WRW) did a spectacular job.” Char Latham from the Spokettes Racing Team added, “I think I can comfortably speak for my wonderful teammates in saying we had a fantastic time today!”
The racing event included an awards ceremony and a guest speaker, Mindy Caruso, the 2011 Women’s National TT Champion (Masters 35-39). As a current member on the Scalo Veloce Cycling team and active supporter of New Mexico cycling events, Mindy was invited again to speak at the event, later stating, ”I didn’t know there were even 100 women who road a bike in Albuquerque, yet 100-some came out to race… this is awesome.”
“Women Riding Well believes in the power of women, the magic of a bicycle and the incredible chemistry that comes when women and bikes converge for a good cause… Through classes, coaching and education, WRW works to make women’s cycling, fun, safe and independent.”, stated Maripat. Including the annual TT, the organization sponsors a racing team, that raised over $56,000 for Multiple Sclerosis support, last year. Maripat added, “Our youngest racer, 11 year old Bridget Simpson, raced for the first time. Her mother has MS and the WRW met her through their efforts, supporting the MS150 ride in NM.”
The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun TT proved to be a success in it’s 2nd year, bringing together new and experienced riders in the cycling community, and once again, supporting women and their passion for riding.