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As you may have seen on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (where we are much more active BTW), we have rebranded ourselves from Menstrual Monday to Moxie Monday!

We’re still the same old, bicycle riding, fun loving group of folks, but we wanted a name that was reflective of our community values that is inclusive of all women, trans, femme, and non-binary riders. We hope that our new name represents that better!

We’ll have a new logo soon!

 

 

With the threat of thunderstorms looming in the forecast, we anxiously completed final preparations for the 2016 Girls of Summer All Women’s Alley Cat Race. Rain or Shine, this race was happening.

Despite the ominous clouds, 2016 turned out to be another year for the record books, as 103 racers and over 30 volunteers turned out for a glorious day of miles, smiles, and just a little bit of rain!

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When Monday night starts with a swim in Lake Union before you’ve even met up with most of the ladies you’re going to be riding bikes with for the evening, you know you’re in for a good night. And a good night it was!

May 2016 Menstrual Monday

 

The second Menstrual Monday ride of 2016 found nine of us pedaling northwest, in search of a perfect spot to catch the sunset. Departing from Seattle Center we quickly found the lovely waterfront trail and followed it through Myrtle Edwards Park. With spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the sun shining over the water, it’s a shame this trail doesn’t go on forever.

The group made a quick stop to help a fellow bike rider with a flat tire and rolled on through towards the locks. Heather led us through the “low route” to the Ballard Locks, a new way for many in the group which was pretty exciting to learn a new way to avoid a hill.

Ballard Locks Walk Through

 

After a detour to 7-11 for firewood, beverages, and s’mores supplies, we were back on our way to Golden Gardens and arrived just in time for sunset. Our arrival was heralded at the beaver pond however by none other than a posse of beavers! Nature was truly on display for May’s Menstrual Monday ride as 4 beavers, a turtle, and a bunch of ducks strutted their stuff for us as we made our way to North Beach for a fire and good conversation.

Rox helps carry wood and beverages for the fire.

 

Conversation flowed readily and easily around the warm fire that thankfully wasn’t especially needed. For the first time in recent memory for any of us, nobody was cold on the beach and we stayed in short sleeves until it was time to pedal home.

Beach vibes.

 

As the fire died down, we packed away the snacks, turned on bike lights, and made plans for next month. Thank you to all who came out- we look forward to seeing you next ride!

Excitement is high not only for next month’s Monday ride (Monday June 6th, meet at 6:30, ride at 7), but also, the Girls of Summer Alley Cat Race the following weekend, June 11th. Details will be coming out very soon!