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Old 03-20-09, 10:31 AM   #1
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Girls With Gears!

I always feel a little awkward registering for this ride, but once again I'm participating in Girls With Gears, a cycling event in Limerick, PA presented by local charity Carol For Heart and my bike shop. This year it's on Sunday, April 19, at 7:00 AM. I signed up for the metric century, but since Limerick is hills, hills, and more hills, I might ride a shorter route. So much for impressing the ladies with my stamina and strength.

Here's me two years ago at the event, when I rode the 5 mile course:



And people gathering at the start:

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Old 03-20-09, 02:43 PM   #2
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Why feel funny about the ride? Ride whatever keeps you riding. If it's riding with girls, for girls, then do it! If it takes busting a lung to enjoy riding, then do it! If it takes stopping to take pics, then do it! Just ride the dern bike! I dunno but I say go the distance and impress the girls!...You may get lucky and find one to match your speed and ability. Then you'll be riding centuries together.!...If you can stop the smooching long enough to ride!

See the guy in the yellow jacket, center screen? I think you can kick his arse if you put your mind to it!
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Old 03-20-09, 06:07 PM   #3
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Hey, good luck neal. I was planning to ride 65 tomorrow, but the wind is suppose to be 20 mph tomorrow so it might be shorter, but if I pass the point of no return, then it will be a 65 miler.
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Old 03-20-09, 10:46 PM   #4
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Why feel funny about the ride? Ride whatever keeps you riding. If it's riding with girls, for girls, then do it! If it takes busting a lung to enjoy riding, then do it! If it takes stopping to take pics, then do it! Just ride the dern bike! I dunno but I say go the distance and impress the girls!...You may get lucky and find one to match your speed and ability. Then you'll be riding centuries together.!...If you can stop the smooching long enough to ride!

See the guy in the yellow jacket, center screen? I think you can kick his arse if you put your mind to it!
Perhaps. I had to walk hills on the five mile course in 2007. It didn't help that the entire group of novice riders took a wrong turn down a very steep hill.
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You mean there are rides where I can sign up to follow ladies around on my bike all day and they won't file a restraining order?! Sign me up!

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Never feel awkward contributing to a charity sir (unless it's "Satan's baby-slaying freaks for anarchy" or something like that, you be the judge)! Have a wonderful ride. Wish I could be there to go with you! It's 65 degrees and the birds are singing outside right now, so I have to get off this computer and go ride myself!
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Old 03-21-09, 12:02 PM   #7
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More photos from the 2007 event:

Bike Forums poster "Uncadan", the fellow who is probably responsible for making me a cyclist. Forgive him, please:



The 40 mile group heads out:



... followed shortly by Uncadan:



The next wave of riders begins to gather....



Anyone want to ride the Cobi?

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Old 03-21-09, 01:10 PM   #8
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I always feel a little awkward registering for this ride..........

Here's me two years ago at the event, when I rode the 5 mile course:


This was not what I was expecting when I read the thread title
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Old 03-21-09, 02:02 PM   #9
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I too was a little diappointed after reading the title......

Ride Neal! I wish they had more charity rides around here.

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Ride on!

Who cares, you are doing it for a cause. Just like the men who do the Komen 3-day walk.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:26 PM   #11
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you often look confused in your pictures neil....are you checking out the ladies?
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