Have you raced in Babes In Bikeland before? Yes.
If so, how many times? Once last year – 2015.
Do you plan to race this year? Yes! I’m planning to ride my second Babes this year!
Why does Babes In Bikeland excite you?
Babes in Bikeland excited me because it is a race by WTFs for WTFs. Babes is a safer space for WTFs to choose their own adventure on how they’d like to ride the event. Whether, folks choose to ride competitively or slow roll it’s all about having fun with other WTFs. LOVE.
Describe your bike (or favorite bike)! What makes it special to you?
My Clockwork bike is my favorite! It’s a custom build, so it was made for my stubby legs and longer torso. It’s my commuter and touring bike, so it’s a workhorse. It also helped me to heal from the heartbreak of my stolen blue Dawes bike that I brought back from Australia. We had so many adventures, but now my Clockwork and I are having so many adventures!
What was the BEST day of biking you’ve ever had?
I don’t think I have one particular day, but I loved my solo bike tour along the East Coast of Tasmania. It was beautiful, challenging, and such an adventure! Wait, I lied. One of my best days of biking was when I biked to Stillwater Tree Farm to chop down my Christmas tree. It took all day, 60 miles total, one bike trailer, two bahn mi mock duck sandwiches, and I ended up with a gorgeous Fraser Fir that I decorated right when I got back home.
What does your typical commute look like? Do you consider yourself an avid biker? What about biking in Minneapolis is special to you?
My typical commute is along the Mississippi River on West River Parkway. It’s lovely. Some mornings I see bald eagles soaring and once I think I saw a fox or coyote. I consider myself an avid biker – I bike almost everyday. I love biking in Minneapolis because it feels like home – I get to experience the trails, neighborhoods, people, and businesses up-close and at street level. When I’m biking around the city, I’m able to stop at interesting nooks and crannies that I may have never discovered or accidentally come upon some bike friends and we stop to hang out or I join their fun.
Oh! I can’t believe I forgot one of my favorite things about biking in Minneapolis: Grease Rag & Wrench – this group of amazing WTFs makes my world go round. It’s awesome that they offer participation at all levels – it’s a choose your own adventure – from being an observer on the Facebook group to leading a bike tour, it’s great that you can choose your level of involvement. Whether it’s online or in real life, Grease Rag folks are supportive and helpful. I’m so lucky to be able to be a part of this wonderful WTF community.
How does biking intersect with the rest of your identity or person?
My bike is a tool for me: to get to point A to B; to meet new friends; to challenge myself; to be healthier; to have tough discussions; to experience the world; to help people.
Anna Bongiovanni is a local cartoonist and avid Babes supporter who, based on written interviews and thanks to the generous sponsorship of Perennial Cycles, has created a collection of fabulous portraits of local Babe powerhouses in the Minneapolis area. We will be featuring one or two new portraits per week until race day, so keep coming back to see which local Babe will be featured next. To learn more about Anna and their creative ventures, visit their website and say hi!