As I sit here watching the olympic mens road race, it is acutally tomorrow morning that I am most excited about....WOMEN'S CYCLING!!! ON NBC!!! Praise athena-I can't believe it. I have never actually seen a women's profesional race on television! Yes - technically this isn't a "professional" race, but it's good enough for me. I adore women's cycling. I eat up the footage I can find on the web. I follow the riders on STRAVA (yes - I am stalking you Clara and Ina). And now I am just so excited to see them ride through the English countryside. They inspire me. They make me want to be a better rider. And that's saying a lot.
My favorite story on the American side is Evelyn Stevens. An investment banker in NYC - she took to cycling after riding an old beater bike in central park. Fellow riders started noticing how fast this girl was and encouraged her to pursue her God-given talents. She eventually quit her "real" job in order to become a professional cyclist. And that was only 4 years ago. No cycling background, no professional coaching and BAM she was on HTC highroad. I can't wait to cheer her on.
So please - watch the women's road race tomorrow and then encourage your daughters to get on their bikes. Help the junior programs at their local bike shop. Give your old bike to a young lady you think has talent. You never know - you might just get a thank you from an olympic podium one day.