One week from today, I will be reviewing my Twin Cities bike map, putting the finishing touches on my costume, and getting ready to ride bikes with the coolest women in Minneapolis at Babes in Bikeland 7.
Babes in Bikeland is the largest women-and-trans-only alleycat race in the country. It’s also a whole lot of fun. If you have a bike and are in the Twin Cities next weekend, you should do this race (read about my rookie experience last year right here). Personally, I have my sights set on the best costume category, but I welcome competition. There are also prize categories for fastest overall and fastest rookie, and everyone who finishes will be entered in a drawing to win a new bike courtesy of Penn Cycle and Big Shot Bikes.
A lot of people ride with friends, and a lot of people make new friends through this race. If you don’t know who to ride with, show up on Friday for the Pre-Babes Wanderabout Ride hosted by Grease Rag Ride and Wrench. This friendly, no-drop ride has a history of introducing people to their new riding partners and besties. Grease Rag riders will also be sharing tips for the race the next day.
P.S. The list of sponsors looks pretty awesome. I would love this race even if there was no chance of me winning a sweet messenger bag, but it sure doesn’t hurt.