The Monthly Cycle - a St Louis area ride by women, for women | Terrain Magazine

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Cyclists Courtney Cushard and Maggie Strauss were frustrated. Once a year they’d meet tons of like-minded women during social biking events like the Tour de Donut, but then they’d be the only two ladies at weekly group rides around town.

“For most women that are starting out, showing up to a shop that you’ve never been to, with a bunch of people you don’t know that wear spandex and are faster than you, is really intimidating,” said Cushard. “You never know what’s going to happen — if you’re going to get left behind, if you’re going to embarrass yourself, if they might make fun of you for something.”

Cushard and Strauss’ solution: The Monthly Cycle, which they founded in July 2013. It’s a riding group by women, for women, without the intimidation and expectations of other cycling troupes.