“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling.
It has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.
It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance,
the moment she takes her seat… and away she goes…
the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
–Susan B. Anthony
Equal Rights Activist
February 2, 1896
These words continue to inspire the CyclingMadeReal (CMR) movement, which began in 1995 when a few dozen women saw the potential to grow the sport of women’s cycling by encouraging more beginner and intermediate women riders to participate.
CyclingMadeReal is a grassroots women’s cycling organization offering a network of points series and skills clinics for beginner and intermediate women cyclists and triathletes. Since 1995, the program has grown from a handful of races and a few dozen women to include ten regional series and over 8,000 women riders from 26 states.
The CyclingMadeReal mission is twofold: 1) Grow the number of women cyclists to break the cycle of too few races, with too few participants, by supporting regional points series for beginner and intermediate women. 2) Break down barriers to participation and improvement by offering cycling skills clinics, lead by experienced women cyclists, in a novice-friendly environment.