Babes in Bikeland is an all-female and transgender alley cat race in Minneapolis. In fact, it is the BIGGEST all-female and transgender race in the country! More than a race, Babes in Bikeland is a community event where you are surrounded by 400 people racing, riding, giving high fives and partying with you that identify as female/ transgender. It's an experience that you owe yourself! (Register in advance!)
If you're not quite sure what an alley cat is or you are on the fence about racing, maybe you should check out our...
Pre-Babes Wanderabout Ride
Grease Rag has been doing events in tandem with Babes in Bikeland since BiB4 in the hopes of maximizing the amount of awesome created by bringing together such a diverse and wonderful group of WTF cyclists. Last year was our first year doing a WTF-only Pre-Babes Wanderabout ride, and it went so well, we are doing it again! Join us!
Friday, September 13, 6p at Gold Medal Park to meet and greet, roll out at 6:45p- sharp!
Our route will take us to the Babes in Bikeland finish line, and then back to Matthews Park (9p) in Seward for a secret suprise and then an optional after-ride party at Bike Smut 7* (10p) at the Bedlam! --Click here to view a map--
*Bike Smut is a collection of erotic bicycle shorts made by cyclists, radicals, and queers from all over the world. This synthesis of transportation and sexuality is everything you could imagine it to be: creative, ethical, aware, explicit, tantalizing, candid, and silly! The Bike Smut Film Festival is now in its 7th year, and the only way to see it is to attend a screening and experience it with others.
Photo courtesy of Banji Lawal, of another fun Grease Rag ride!
Bike Smut has been moved to Ground Zero at 9:15p, so our ride will not be moving there. A splinter group has organized and will split off from the Casket Arts Building.
The ride is for women, transgender, and femme-identified cyclists ONLY!
However, we love to include our supportive allies in our events, and we would like to invite allies to join us after our ride in Matthews Park at 9p. What is an ally? We've talked about the concept abstractly here before, but for this ride we are asking our ally friends to support their racer friends by bringing snacks and beverages to share when they arrive at the park. Sharing is caring, and allies care! Thanks in advance, Friends!
What Should I Bring? What Can I Expect?
Please bring some way to carry a beverage (A backpack, pannier or messenger bag is perfect- We will have some drinks to share but please feel free to BYOB. Also, we will be stopping next door to a liquor store before Bike Smut!), cash for donation if you are planning on attending Bike Smut, and lights to get you home safely. And friends! Bring lots of those.
This ride is aimed at people that have never ridden an alley cat before, or people that might not know anyone else that is racing. If you have friends that are on the fence about racing, BRING THEM! We hope that you are able to use this ride as an excuse to walk up to someone new and say, "I like your bike," or, "Are you excited about the race tomorrow?" Because we can't promise you'll meet your BFF, but we can promise there will be cool Babes on bikes in attendance!
Your fearless Pre-Babes Wanderabout ride leaders, Ginny, Lauren, and myself, will give introductions on what an alley cat is all about, what you should bring to the race, and we are available to answer any questions you might have.
Topics of Interest
Lauren wrote a wonderful tip sheet for riding Babes in Bikeland on her blog.
Need some routing advice? Lee, winner of Babes in Bikeland 4, will be giving tips on routing, racing, and having a good time! 3p at Powderhorn Park near the registration tables.
A safe bike is a MUST! Do your ABC quick checks and get yourself to the Grease Rag. There are plenty of opportunities to get your ride in shape before the race!
We'll see you Friday at 6pm!
We can't wait to see your smiling faces!! This is going to be fun.
Low, Ginny, Lauren. Muggin'.
If you would like more information on Babes in Bikeland or the Pre-Babes Wanderabout ride, ArtCrank just published an interview with Kat, one of our Grease Rag facilitators and the organizer of BiB, and Ginny and myself. I made a mistake in not including Lauren on the email that contained our interview questions so, although she has done an equal amount of work in planning and organizing this ride, her voice is not included in the interview. My error!
Update: My Pre-Babes Wanderabout and Babes in Bikeland recap post is here!