I did participate in one supported ride last year and that was the Arlington 500 hosted the the Arlington Heights Bicycle Club in May. Don't worry that's only 500 furlongs not miles! It was such a treat to have a route already planned out in a different area plus a fully stocked aid station with fresh, cold water, treats and snacks. You know what is delicious when you are riding your bike in the heat? I'm glad you asked. Oreos. Much better than the Gu or Quaker Chewy bars I usually eat on the bike. Most supported bike rides also have a sag vehicle that drives the course and assists cyclists that are having problems like flat tires or other mechanical problems.
After the ride, I ate this delicious ice cream cone.
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Venus de Miles is a 61- or 25- mile all women's road ride through Lake County, Illinois. The ride takes place on Sunday, July, 28. Last year was the inaugural ride to support the Greenhouse Scholars. Greenhouse Scholars is "dedicated to helping high-performing, under-resourced students reach their full potential". Through their efforts, seven scholars have been selected for the program in 2013.
If you aren't a competitive cyclist, don't worry. Bike rides are not like races and have a very friendly atmosphere. There is no clock finish line and it is not a competition. Riders are encouraged to stop at aid stations and make new friends without the pressure to ride super fast. After the ride, riders are encouraged to stick around for the post-ride celebration.
Even if you don't have a road bike, you can still do this event on a mountain bike or any type of bike you have. If you don't have a bike, look into borrowing one from a friend or check out rental information from your local bike store. My local bike store rents out bikes for about $25 a day.
I look forward to sharing my training with you and I can't wait to meet people at the ride!
Disclaimer: I was selected to be an ambassador for Venus de Miles and am provided with a free entry into the ride.