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Time to Gear up Girls for this years ladies only event
It is Adelaide's biggest and only bike ride for women with a specific aim to encourage more women to cycle. Known as Gear Up Girl, there are 3 different rides to suit women of all cycling abilities. Whether you are a regular in lycra, or a not so experienced cyclist then this is the perfect occasion to discover Adelaide by bike in a fun, safe and supported environment with Bike SA.
Gear up Girl
If you're an experienced cyclist (definition - wears lycra to bed !), then this is your chance to help get more bums on bikes. Encourage all your friends, families and colleagues to gear up and get on their bike for a great day of cycling and camaraderie. It's a great way to help spread the cycling bug, keep fit and to enjoy life.
Gear up Girl
River Ride - 15km
The 15km River Ride is a circular route along the River Torrens from Elder Park to Marden and return.
The River Ride is a mix of predominantly shared-use bike paths and relatively quiet roads, including small sections with bike lanes. This ride is suitable for all levels of ability with speed not being a consideration.
The Beach Ride follows the new Greenway bike corridor from Bowden to Port Adelaide, using a mix of quiet roads and shared use paths. After stopping for refreshments at the newly re-developed Harts Mill precinct, the ride heads west to the coast near Semaphore and then follows the beach south via Grange and Henley Beach to the mouth of the River Torrens at Henley Beach South before heading back to Elder Park via the Linear Path.
The Beach Ride distance is suitable for all riders with moderate fitness levels and capabilities.
Ladies on the Linear Path
Hills Ride - 50km
And for those who wear lycra more frequently than pyjamas the Hills Ride takes riders through the City and up to the South Eastern Freeway, and along the bike track past Eagle on the Hill enroute to Crafers and the Mt Lofty Summit. A drinks station at the Summit provides some welcome refreshments, before setting off again past Cleland and Woods Hill to Norton Summit before descending down to Magill Road. After a few zig-zags through the Eastern suburbs, the ride finishes at Elder Park.
The Hill Ride includes the Police escort as far as the bottom of the Freeway, sections along suburban roads with bike lanes, major roads with bike lanes, plus the bike path up to Crafers. It is suitable for reasonably fit riders keen for a challenge.
Ladies in lycra
Entry fees are $20, $30 and $40 respectively for each ride, with start times being from 9:00am at Elder Park. Registration commences from 7:45am. Coffee vendors will be onsite prior to the ride, with food outlets, coffee and other drinks also available after the rides.
Further details are available from the BikeSA website. This year Bike SA are aiming to exceed 1,000 female cyclists for the first time, so come on down and enjoy the fun.