What fun we've had. That's why it brings me immense sadness to close Wisconsin Women Cycling. We have made so many friends and, together, enhanced the lives of many through our programs, clinics, and rides. I want to thank every volunteer, participant, partner, and sponsor. Because of you Wisconsin Women Cycling was sucessful.
Since my cycling accident in 2017, it has been so important to teach safe cycling... then in spring of 2020, we were dropped by our major sponsor due to COVID uncertainties... I have been struggling to manage all the requirements this business deserves so I had no choice but to close down.
I don't want to leave you in the dark so here are a couple of recommendations for you to find the cycling resource you may need to enjoy your ride.
For safe cycling and clinics, check with
your local bike shop/riding club
For kids, check out
NICA's Wisconsin Interscholastic Cycling League or
programs offered by local communities.
Group Ride Etiquette - a list I offer when conducting a ride or clinic.
For now, Take Care!
________ The original About Cindy _______________
I've been riding bikes my entire life. As a kid, I remember riding deer trials to meet up with friends at the Moon Crater on my Stingray (this was before the BMX or MTB). My first road bike was a Schwinn Varsity. Chris Kegel would often tell the story of how I would lead the paceline on beat-down rides riding that tank. In the late 70's, I was Wheel & Sprocket's first female mechanic, then gradually moved into sales. During that time I raced track for Wheel & Sprocket... and I still have my jersey! Between experiences like those and meeting so many great people, the love for biking was set in my bones.
With racing long behind me, biking was always my go-to sport but I often found myself riding alone. When I did meet other women they had the same story. So, I started Wisconsin Women Cycling to put on the first women's century ride in Wisconsin to help women meet other women cyclists.
A serious cycling accident in 2017 ignited my passion to teach safe cycling skills to as many individuals as possible. So we shifted gears slightly and used our LCI & CyclingSavvy training to add Safe Cycling Clinics into the schedule.
I love positive change and I love helping others, male or female, build confidence, set obtainable goals, and enjoy cycling.
I have to say, with all these cancelations at times I find it refreshing to have extra "me-time" on and off the bike. But I miss my friends, the riders, and the stories we share. This too will change for the better.
Be Smart. Be Safe. Ride On!
Wisconsin Women Cycling was founded in 2014 to organize the first women's century bike ride in Wisconsin. We've grown to three (3) century rides and several types of clinics. An avid cyclist herself, Cindy Petted is the founder of Wisconsin Women Cycling. She's also an LCI, CyclingSavvy, & Safe Cycling Instructor, and a Rotary International Cycling To Serve Fellow. On top of countless hours of volunteering and 14 years of corporate event planning experience, Cindy has been a ride director sanctioned under USA Cycling since 2015. Wisconsin Women Cycling officially closed on 12/31/2022.