and Female Partners with the Canadian Cycling Association,
the Fédération Québécoise
des Sports Cyclistes and Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau
to Inspire Girls on Bikes
Gatineau, QC (April 20, 2012)- Fast and Female
is branching out to run the first-ever road cycling
event on May 20, 2012. In exactly one month, girls ages
9-19 who are interested in road racing and cycling in
general will join Fast and Female ambassadors for a
morning of inspiration, fun and activity on two wheels.
Piggy-backed with the Gatineau Grand Prix, the Fast
and Female Road Cycling event will run from 9 am to
noon and will include a group ride, inspirational talks
with ambassadors, dancing and stretching, and finish
off with autograph signing. Activities will kick off
at the Centre La Génération at 35 Rue
Davies in Gatineau.
Ambassadors for this event include National Cycling
Team's Denise Ramsden, Leah Kirchmann, Joëlle Numainville,
and Leah Guloien. "We hope that this event will
help young girls to see how much fun riding a bike can
be and inspire them to stay in sport," said Ramsden.
"This event is a great opportunity for us to give
back to a sport that has given us so much."
The Gatineau Grand Prix is in its third year as a UCI
event. Started as a replacement for cancelled races,
the race has grown in participation every year and spawned
many other events surrounding the races.
For this Olympic year, the GP Cycliste Gatineau
Hydro-Québec and the ChronoGatineau
- the only two races sanctioned by the Union Cycliste
Internationale in Canada - will take place on May 18
to 21 and provide one of the last chances to earn points
to qualify for the Games. Thus, these two races will
be critically important to the world of women's cycling.
Which is why we made the route longer and tougher, in
an effort to make it closer to the one in London. More
information on the event is available at http://www.grandprixcyclistegatineau.com.
Kirchmann of Winnipeg, MB, came in fourth in last year's
Grand Prix and is hoping to inspire the girls to pursue
their own dreams. "I had a lot of opportunities
growing up so I want to try and give other girls the
chances I had to lead an active lifestyle and be involved
Guloien of Port Moody, BC, comes from a running and
rowing background and hopes to share her love of sport
with others. "Sport has always been a positive
and healthy influence, helping me keep a balance with
school and other activities."
Young female cyclists of all abilities are invited to
attend the event with their own road or mountain bikes.
"The Canadian Cycling Association is happy to be
supporting this activity which encourages physical activity
and healthy habits amongst female youth," said
Mathieu Boucher, Director, Development for Canada's
governing body in cycling. "We are aware that in
addition to offering outstanding performances, our Canadian
athletes are a great source of inspiration and motivation
for girls," he added.
This event will cost $20 and will include a snack, a
technical Fast and Female t-shirt by Karbon ($40 value)
and a Fast and Female Buff (multifunctional headwear
valued at $23). Participants can learn more by visiting
and sign up at http://ffmay20gatineau.eventbrite.com/.
Online registration will close on May 19 at noon. On-site
registration will be possible at a fee of $25.
Fast and Female would like to thank all event partners
including the Gatineau Grand Prix, the Canadian Cycling
Association, the Fédération Québecoise
des Sports Cyclistes, as well as Fast and Female's national
partners Best Buy Canada, Clarins Canada, Cold-FX, Buff
Canada, Sportchek, Globo Shoes, Karbon, Champion System,
Lululemon Athletica, LUNA Bars, LIT Glitter, SAUCE Headwear.
ABOUT FAST AND FEMALE
Fast and Female is a not-for-profit society started
in 2005 by Chandra Crawford, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist
in cross-country skiing. The organization's mission
is to support, motivate, inspire, and empower girls
to stick to sports and the healthy lifestyle. Fast and
Female fulfills its mission of "Empowerment Through
Sport" by hosting fun-filled, non-competitive initiatives
all across North-America aimed at exposing young female
athletes to inspiring female Olympians and elite level
athletes. The young girls who attend Fast and Female
events today will lead it in the future, may it be as
athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents, and community
leaders. For more information about Fast and Female,
ABOUT THE CANADIAN CYCLING ASSOCIATION
The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) is the governing
body for competitive cycling in Canada. Founded in 1882,
the CCA aims to create and sustain an effective system
that develops talented Canadian cyclists to achieve
Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medal performances.
With the vision to be a leading competitive cycling
nation by 2020 celebrating enhanced international success,
increased a participation and world class event hosting,
the CCA manages the National teams, hosts national and
international events, and administers community programs
to promote Cycling in Canada.