Jen Keville, Martha Flynn, Sarah Castle, and friends (Members of our Twin Cities community) are passionate about increasing the participation of women and girls in cycling.
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100 Miles of Gravel Roads
From first-timers to seasoned grinders of gravel, members of our Twin Cities community are setting out to ride the infamous 6K+ feet of climbing and 100 miles of the Almanzo Gravel Race in Spring Valley, Minnesota. We’re raising funds to increase participation of women in the sport of biking and to get more young women on the trails in Minnesota and beyond.
Inspiring Adventure & Elevating Women
The 2017 Almanzo gravel grinder was a true challenge. We braved the slick roads, 20 mph wind, freezing rain, and a 28 degree windchill for nearly 50 miles. Rain soaked, covered in mud, and with numb fingers and toes, we decided the safe call was to bail on the race and ride back to Spring Valley. Though we didn’t complete the entire course, we were all proud of the miles we put in preparing for the day, that we pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones, and that we raised money to support The Cairn Project’s efforts to empower young women through outdoor adventure. Thank you to all who contributed to our fundraiser! Congrats to all who rode. We’ll get you next year Almanzo!
Sarah Castle grew up in a small mountain town west of Denver, Colorado, and has spent most of her adult life a stone’s throw away from the Rocky Mountains. Though she held a fascination for wild places at a young age, it wasn’t until late high school that she became captivated by the high elevations and unbeaten paths of the mountains in her backyard. Merging her love for both exploration and grit, Sarah pursued a career in soil science, studying the effects of global change and land use on natural and managed ecosystems. Currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, you’re likely to find her either trail running or logging one of many 70mi. weekend bike rides. Sarah holds B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Montana.