MY FIRST BIKE GIRLS RIDE
After many months of preparation and training the date had arrived. It was October 8th and the Bike Girls ride in Miami was a reality. For many girls, it was our first 50-mile ride, for others one more day to pedal, to keep training and improving their level, but for all of us it was a challenge that we wanted to achieve as a team with our friends.
At 7:45 a.m. we met at the starting point, and at 8:00 a.m. the adventure began. That moment was magical; we threw our pink balloons to the sky, and we started this beautiful "Riding for you" Ride.
The road was umbelievable, the scenery beautiful; beach, breeze and sea. The weather was mild, then hot, burning, overheating, and scorching, scorching, scorching!
The first 25 miles were demanding, but as the minutes went by the heat was adding complexity. When we were at Las Olas-Fort Lauderdale many of us looked at each other's faces and we knew we were halfway and that we were already tired... but none dared say anything, we rather needed a "little push" ... when suddenly the moment arrived! It was a beautiful, giant Pink Ribbon on Fort Lauderdale beach. The 20-foot tall statue symbolized the importance of raising awareness and funding for breast cancer.
The last 10 miles were tough, but I still remember the people cheering us up when the "pink peloton" passed by, our friends giving us support to keep pedaling, because we had to meet the challenge ALL together. I could not feel my legs anymore, I saw how some of the girls helped each other and the nicest thing was that we did not leave anyone behind. I felt that we were all a TEAM and that the skill level did not matter.
Sum up, the Bike Girls ride was the perfect combination: excellent organization, spectacular scenery, lots of bikes, plenty of laughter and smiles, crazy heat, and many, many new friends.