Dani Lassiter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is my name and biking is my game.;) About 5 years ago I fell down my basement stairs and destroyed my ankle. 3 plates and 15 screws later, my physical therapist strongly recommended cycling as a way to keep myself and my ankle in good shape. My ankle is doing great. Me, not so much.:). I started riding on my cruiser, then my husband’s hybrid, and found I really did enjoy it, especially when riding with friends! I started begging all of my friends, sisters, even my own mother to ride with me. I am lucky to live in Utah which boasts one of the biggest women’s only rides, Little Red Riding Hood. It was my first event and even though it was a women only ride, I was nervous. Nervous about my equipment, clothing, technique, rules, shifting, hydration…everything.
Little Red inspired me to create a ride that could be everyone’s first… their first cycling event, the first time they rode 30, 60, or 100 miles. Somewhere you could feel comfortable showing up on a crusier, your husband’s mountain bike, or your old road bike from college. Everyone should have a place to start, to make friends, and get advice about the sport. A place where you can learn shifting, drafting, hand signals, etc. I was lucky to have my husband to teach me. If a woman has a place where she can feel comfortable, she will quickly learn what I have learned, that those ugly shorts that only look good on models, really do help! Clip in shoes, gloves, jerseys… the people who designed all this equipment really knew what they were doing.
In less than a year, I went from 3 miles in yoga pants on my Electra cruiser to clipping in on a road bike for a 40 mile ride around the valley. I recently completed my third century this summer and can’t wait to try it again. The longest distance you ride at a Goldilocks event may not be 100 miles, but I promise you will feel like you accomplished something amazing. Goldilocks is an experience every woman should have. Delicious food, darling t-shirts, beautiful routes, a fun party, and tons of support and friendship. I hope to see you at the ride!