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Happy International Women’s Day!

1. World Bicycle Relief: “Saturday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Change.” Join us this year in celebrating Women in Motion changing their world and share with your friends.”

Here’s one amazing story, go to their page to read more.

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Charity Msendo

Charity Msendo, a 27-year-old single mother in Zimbabwe, has built a thriving business on the back of her bike and she’s just getting started. In June 2013, after saving for more than a year and traveling in excess of 80 miles to make the purchase, Charity invested in her own Buffalo Bicycle. She uses her bike to grow her produce business and has become part of our spare parts distribution network by providing access to spare parts for her village. Always eager to move ahead, Charity is saving much of her earnings for her childrens’ college education.

2. From GranFondo:

“In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8,we would like to celebrate women in sport – rejoice in their achievements & revel in some inspiration.

International Women’s Day

For the first time in Olympic competition, women competed in ski jumping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. And most would agree, the women’s gold medal hockey game was the most entertaining, serving to further lift the profile of women in hockey. This year will see the return of women in the Tour de France, after a 25 year absence, with the addition of a one-day women’s stage.

Inspirational Spirit

But one doesn’t have to look far to find amazing women to be inspired by. Kathie Leitch of Vancouver, BC is celebrating her 80th birthday this year by riding both the RBC GranFondo Banff and the RBC GranFondo Whistler with friends and family. At 19, she was inspired by Florence Chadwick, a long distance swimmer, and became the first person to swim 18 miles across Lake Winnipeg. By age 50, she decided to take up cycling to train and compete in an Ironman and she continues to ride today to stay fit and young at heart. When asked what does cycling mean, she says “Pain pain pain and fun fun fun.”

Be Great. Go the Distance. “

 

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