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Despite the torrential downpour on the morning of Saturday June 23rd, fifty (omg, that’s a TON) of ladies showed up to the I-5 Colonnade for the Second Annual Menstrual Monday Girls of Summer Alleycat!

So many girls!

The riders were greeted warmly with energy drinks from Go Girl, and Ben and Julian from Back Alley Repair, who were on hand to provide tuneups to our rider’s bikes. Thanks guys!

Once our awesome boy volunteers had manned their stops around Seattle, and after the girls were registered, the race was on! Some girls meticulously chose the best routes. Others headed to the closest stops.

Ladies planning their route.


At each of the five stops on the manifest, the riders had to perform a feat of mental and physical ability. Only after this was completed would their nails be painted, proving their awesomeness.

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We’ve heard from a bunch of ladies who are hesitant to ride on Saturday because they’ve never done an alleycat and racing sounds scary. Fear not ladies, Alleycats are fun!!! Below is a primer of what to expect on the funnest day of the year.

Rae Anne at the Rocker Chick stop, Girls of Summer 2011

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Ok, it may be Seattle’s only all night scavenger hunt, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. You will go places you have never been and procure stuff you could never imagine. I did this for the first time last year and had a blast. It was easier to stay up then I thought. The adrenaline of the scavenger hunt is way more powerful then caffeine. I never thought I could feel such a sense of exhilaration from finding things like a photo of Gary Coleman or an Alaska t-shirt from the 90s. Plus the Go Means Go boys do a great job of periodically spacing out meet ups to break up the night and fuel you up for a another few hours till the next meet up. Telling yourself you just need to make it to the next meet up instead of 5am makes it a lot easier.  At the end while I was grubbing on the delicious provided breakfast I felt a sense of accomplishment that I rode all night, even hit a different town while getting to know my team mates better. It made the pain of sunday totally worth it.

While you can definitely ride it solo, it is one of the only chances for us non-racers to work as a team so try to make new friends at the start or bring your own! Check-in starts at 8pm Wednesday at Gasworks park, and preregistration is encouraged (but not required). Check out Go Means Go for more info.


Yesterday I dropped by Pinup Salon, one of our fab sponsors for the Girls of Summer race to pick up the amazing gift certificate they donated. I wont tell you how much they donated. You have to come to the race to find out, but it will say some lucky lady is going to look amazing.

This was the first time I had been to their West Seattle location, they also have one in Ravenna, and it was so cute yet felt comfortable immediately. It was like going to your stylish best friends house.

There are only two chairs in the space to give you an intimate and personalized experience. This is not your mother’s beauty salon chain with a million stylists and clients herded in and out. They really focus on the client and take pride in really listening to the their needs.

While I was there Jen, the owner, was performing a color on a client always making sure they were the center of her attention. I know next time my roots show….. I mean roots… what roots, just getting a cut I will be heading down to Pinup.

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday. It was great to see all the guys and gals who support the race. We drank some beer, chatted and had a few drawings. Gave away two knog gloves, a t-shirt, and a cycling cap.

Check out some pics that Greg of GoMeansGo (who is also putting on the 9to5) took.

Incase you missed your chance to grab some flyers, here is a 4up PNG that you can print out at home. Remember if you take a pic of you putting the flyer up somewhere or handing it to a lady then post it on our twitter or facebook you get entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate from Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Last night we also announced our awesome grand prize for the race. BOOSH
Raleigh was incredibly generous and donated a Capri 2.0 road bike. The bike will be delivered to fit the winners size. If you don’t think you’ll be first girl don’t worry we will have LOTs and LOTS of other rad prizes.

Of course come to the race. June 23rd at the I-5 colonnade. Registration is at 2. Race starts at 3 sharp.

Help us get the word out about the second annual spectacular Girls of Summer alleycat!

We’ll be in the Red Velvet Lounge at the Rendezvous on 2nd and Bell in Belltown from 6pm – 9pm on Wednesday June 6th.

Pick up some flyers, maybe a poster or two, and start spreading the word. We’ll have a volunteer signup sheet, and will provide a few pitchers of beer in gratitude.

Both boys and girls are welcome, and there will be no talk that would exclude you from racing.

Everyone who attends will be entered in to a drawing for a prize at the event! And like last year, there will be a prize for street team all stars, a $50 gift certificate to Naked City Brewing!

Come for merriment, fun times, beer, and the best thing ever, girls on bikes!

See you there.

May’s ride was super fun, who are we kidding they all are, but this one was its own special snowflake as we pushed it a farther than what we have done in the past. We rode down to the Dog and Pony in Renton to enjoy the food, beer, and of course their patio, we are all about patios.  All in all we did 33 miles. A good amount for a monday. Yay ladies. A great group of smart, funny, friendly women to spend those miles with.

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We are super excited to announce that we have partnered up with The Bikery to put on a Lady Bike Maintenance Class and Wrench party!

The Bikery is a non-profit community bike workspace that you can read about it in our site visit last week. We will have use of their tools and benches, but most importantly, we will have access to their super knowledgeable friendly female and pro-female mechanics. We can be split into groups depending on skill level or what people want to learn. This is a great chance to learn the basics, add-on to the skills you have, learn the solution to a problem that has been stumping you, or mentor other women. This will be hands on, so be prepared to get dirty! The atmosphere is super casual, non-intimidating, ultra supportive so bring all those questions you have been afraid to ask or knowledge you want to share!

To thank The Bikery and their volunteer mechanics for opening up special hours for us, we would like to ask a suggested donation of $5 (feel free to give more if you can) for the class to benefit The Bikery. Winter is their hardest season financially, and they can really use every bit of support.

Let us know if you have anything in particular you would like to learn!

As always, the ride meets at Seattle Center at 6:30pm and departs at 7:00pm to head up to The Bikery. If your bike is down or can’t make the riding part feel free to come to The Bikery.  If you have meant to come out to a ride this is a great chance to check out The Bikery and spend time with some great bike ladies.

Back when I first started biking, I went to The Bikery to learn more about bike maintenance. I was greeted by a friendly volunteer who helped demystify upkeep of my bike.  This was back when they were operating out of a Central District community center. The Bikery has since grown and now operate out of a dedicated location nestled between the Central District and the International District. I decided it was time to revisit and see if I could pay it forward. I went down to The Bikery’s Volunteer Orientation this past Sunday to learn more about this awesome space and spend time with Bex, one of the great female mechanics there.

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