June 29th brought us Seattle’s third annual Girls of Summer, an all-female alleycat put together by Monica and the other riders and organizers over at Menstrual Monday. Go Means Go was on hand to run a stop and snap some photos of all the fun.
The race started at Gasworks this year, where over fifty riders assembled before being let loose on a challenging course of six stops to do be done in any order before arriving at the finish line / after party at the Twilight Exit in the CD. The stop list went something like this:
Our stop was at Marginal Way Skatepark, where had riders leave their mark in spray paint on some boards that will eventually be reused to form the underlying structure of the park. Other stops required racers to change a flat tire, enjoy a refreshing beverage, decorate their bikes and more in exchange for a painted fingernail proving they’d been to the stop.
In the end, 2012’s top female in both the Resurrection and Tour de Watertower – Marcy Sutton – got first place, taking home a complete bike donate by Raleigh. The prizes went deep though, with many girls taking home awesome stuff, from gift cards to Recycled Cycles, to awesome local hand-made cat trees, to local beer and so much more. Thanks to the women at Menstrual Monday for having us out on the course!
Menstrual Monday is a women-only, no-drop group ride on the first Monday of each month for riders of all skill levels. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more info.