The first saturday in June brings our favorite organized bike ride, Little Red Riding Hood, in the beautiful Cache Valley in northern Utah. It’s become a tradition for Kalina and I to ride together. Three years ago, Kalina was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just 48 hours before our ride. As a worried mom, I though we should skip the ride so she could prepare to have two large tumors removed. Instead, she put on a brave face and helped me put on one too. We worked toward the finish line in our last hurrah before the reality of major surgery and months of chemotherapy set in.
Since then, we have only missed one ride. Now we ride to celebrate another year together. This year was no exception. We love getting out our road bikes and hitting the pavement.
Besides the fact that I get to ride with my daughter, I love Little Red for so many other reasons. It’s an all women’s ride. That means we don’t have fast guys zipping by making us feel intimidated. Also, it’s a non-competitive, fully supported ride which means no timing It also means lots of stops with food along the way and a ride shirt. We had the option of purchasing matching bike jerseys and we couldn’t resist the dark pink. Cute huh?
The terrain is awesome. The roads go through farmland and the small towns in Cache Valley Though there are some rolling hills and a steep climb after the lunch stop, much of the ride is flat. Good thing since I wasn’t as in good shape this year as I have been in the past.
As always, five different distance options from 27-100 miles make Little Red a ride even young riders or beginners can participate. We chose the 70 mile option. This gives us a challenge but still allows us to have fun without worrying we won’t make the time cut off for the more difficult 100 miler.
It’s always amusing to see the spread of food at the support stops. I think it’s the only ride I know where you could easily take in more calories than you burn out. I’ve learned to be conservative at the stops and concentrate on keeping hydrated and going for the fruit table instead of the cookies and licorice.
An amazing lunch catered by Subway® and supplemented with frozen treats from Creamies® helps riders fuel up for the most difficult hill climb of the day.
After the downhill, it’s a nice ride into Lewiston, Utah to finish the ride and celebrate with… what else? More food of course and entertainment while eating.
Best of all, Little Red is a fundraising ride for one of our favorite charities, the Huntsman Cancer Institute. All of the proceeds raised through fund raising efforts of the Huntsman Hometown Heroes goes toward cancer research for women’s cancers which includes breast and ovarian. I’m hoping someday for a cure.
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