On Saturday 8th March, over 850 women celebrated International Women’s Day in true style by getting together on their bikes and taking part in the inaugural Gear up Girl Challenge.
The aim of Gear up Girl is to get women of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes, together on their bikes. It has long been the dream of Event Director, Donna Little to provide a women’s-only cycling event where women, many of whom are novice or lapsed cyclists, can join together in a non-threatening environment and achieve what they never thought was possible. And on Saturday 8 March this dream became a reality!
The day got off to a great start with almost 850 women setting off from Cronulla on the 55km ride to Sydney Olympic Park, which took them over the Captain Cook Bridge, along the waterfront to Brighton-Le-Sands and then along the Cooks River to Homebush.
All 850 women crossed the finish line at Blaxland Riverside Park where they were able to celebrate their achievements under the beautiful summer sun, rest their weary legs, enjoy a relaxing massage and most importantly replenish their energy supplies at the delicious food stalls!
It was fantastic to see so many women riding together and having so much fun doing so. As one of the riders said, ”it was very special just to be among so many women enjoying themselves, going at a nice leisurely pace.”
Gear up Girl has proudly been supporting the Oncology Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit children’s charity dedicated to helping sick and critically ill children suffering from cancer, leukemia, and other cancer-related illnesses, and so far over $11,000 has been raised through Gear up Girl.
Next year’s Gear up Girl Challenge will be on Saturday 7 March 2009 – get the date in your diary girls!