Hello and welcome to the home of the 2017 le Tour de Femme event! Hosted by Grab My Wheel, the 12th annual women’s only cycling event will be Saturday, October 14, 2017. Together, we will fight cancer, encourage more women to explore cycling and have fun!
le Tour de Femme is a women's only full-metric century, half-metric century and fifteen-mile bicycle ride October 14th, 2017 in Cary, N.C. The Grab My Wheel event benefits two local charities, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the Rex Heathcare Foundation's Angel Fund
The mission of our all women's ride is to raise awareness and funding for cancer research and survivorship programs, plus encourage and support women to explore the sport of cycling.
The people of le Tour de Femme
New this year is an incredible gift from an incredibly talented le Tour de Femme participant and photographer, Catherine Davis. She has offered to help us spotlight fellow participants, volunteers or supporters throughout the year. We love to share the stories of the women and people who make this event special and hope you’ll enjoy meeting some of them and hearing a bit more about their stories.
It all started in the checkout line at Target. The ladies in front of her were talking about how sore their backsides were after finishing a bike ride. (Sound familiar?) New to the sport herself, she joined in to share her discoveries about bike shorts and chamois butter, and the conversation turned to why they were riding. The ladies were training for le Tour de Femme, and Emily was excited and challenged at the prospect of it.
On the way home, she talked with her husband about the ride and the cause. As they talked about cancer, they realized how many people in their lives who had battled cancer. So many... too many. At that point, Emily's mission to ride 62 miles as a personal physical challenge became so much more - she wanted to raise money to honor all the people in her life with cancer. (It's no surprise that Emily has been one of our top fundraisers for five years running!)
Wanting to acknowledge each person she would be riding for, Emily noticed a bracelet kit and got the idea to make a bracelet with the name of each person, so that she could take them on the ride. The symbolism goes further, each cancer has a color, and she wears survivors on one arm and tributes on the other. The rainbows on her arms are a literal representation that "in the ride against cancer, no one rides alone."
What keeps Emily motivated year after year to ride and fundraise is that she has seen the benefits of the money raised, and sadly, she always has new bracelets to make. This year, she is particularly thinking about a friend, Kim, who passed away from cancer.
To read more of Emily's story, visit Catherine Davis' blog. Catherine is the talented and generous photographer who helped capture and share Emily story.
Avid cyclist. Dedicated volunteer. Fierce cancer fighter. Bada** grandma.
Sandy has been part of the le Tour de Femme family since the beginning. Not only has she never missed the ride, she’s one of the first ones to the shop on Friday and Saturday of the event ready to help with packet pick up – or whatever else is needed. Not only does Sandy volunteer, but her whole family does. We’ve had the joy of watching Sandy’s grandkids grow up with le Tour de Femme. They’ve ridden. They’ve volunteered. And, now two are sweepers. Sandy has also witnessed the impact of the Rex Angel Fund firsthand and shares our love for what they do every day for people who are fighting what is often the biggest battles of their lives.
The talented and generous Catherine Davis took these pictures, captured and edited video and shared more of Sandy’s story on her blog. Check out Sandy’s story of “why she rides.”
He never thought he’d ride a bike… and now you can’t get him off of it.
He never thought he’d ride a bike… and now you can’t get him off of it. Meet Tom Bland. One of our sponsors and dedicated volunteers – plus the host of our VERY popular Rest Stop One. (More cowbell, please!) You can also find Tom every Wednesday at the le Tour de Femme women’s only training ride encouraging others to join the sport that he has come to love.
Why did he finally get on a bike? It’s actually the same reason that le Tour de Femme was born – in memory of a very special woman, Nancy Bland. We miss Nancy every day, and like Tom, are thankful for the army of le Tour de Femme riders, volunteers and supporters who are helping others fight their battles with cancer.
Thank you, Tom and your beautiful bride Beth, for all you do for our event. You’re a dear friend and generous volunteer.
The talented and generous Catherine Davis took these pictures, captured and edited video and shared more of Tom's story on her blog. Check out Tom's story of “why he volunteers.”
|1) Cynthia Cochran||$2,001.00|
|2) Jennifer Casperson||$1,650.00|
|3) Jena Miller||$1,230.00|
|4) Erika Gulley||$1,000.00|
|5) Jennifer Ward||$875.00|
|6) Ellen Chappell||$800.00|
|7) Susan Gover||$755.00|
|8) Sharon Wilson||$545.00|
|9) Lauren Tepper||$520.00|
|10) Emily Lesko||$500.00|
|11) Julynn Washington||$495.00|
|12) Carla Fisher||$430.00|
|13) Dionne Evans||$395.00|
|14) Natalie Lew||$380.00|
|15) Carol Lenhardt||$275.00|
|16) Rita Tatum||$220.00|
|17) Jeanne Frost||$210.00|
|18) Anne Bari||$175.00|
|19) Marcia Toms||$150.00|
|20) Kathleen Laughlin||$140.00|
|21) Sarah Ablang||$125.00|
2017 le Tour de Femme Jerseys
Short Sleeved Jersey
The 2017 le Tour de Femme short sleeve jersey is available for order! For the 2017 event, we are excited to announce that the le Tour de Femme jersey is being made by Pearl Izumi's custom jersey group (same fit as the 2015 and 2016 jersey). The jersey is a semi-form fit jersey with a USA Sizing grade. Order yours today or, raise $1,000.00 and it's free!
We are excited to announce that the 2017 le Tour de Femme jersey will be available in a sleeveless cut! The sleeveless jerseys is available ONLINE ONLY DURING PRE-SALE. Unlike the short sleeve, where we order extras to sell at the event, we are NOT planning on ordering extras of the sleeveless jersey at this time.
le Tour de Femme Beneficiaries
All of the proceeds from le tour de Femme are donated to two local organizations that share Grab My Wheel's mission. Grab My Wheel is proud to support the Rex Healthcare Foundation's Angel Fund and The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Both organizations work hard in the local community to improve the lives of those fighting cancer. We invite you to learn more about how each organization is making a difference.
Rex Hospital Angel Fund
The Angel Fund is a special fund designed to serve those individuals with unique financial needs as they cope with the hardships associated with their cancer treatment. The goal of this program includes increased access to treatment related needs and improved quality of life.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising funds for scientific research, assisting the under served, and unifying people for a common cause.