Spinderella bike ride draws large group from Canada
By Shelbie Harris/Idaho State Journal
More than 1,300 riders participated in the fifth annual Spinderella bicycle fun ride for women and girls on Saturday, including 17 women who trekked 10 hours from Alberta, Canada.
Of the group, a 72-year-old Linda Evans completed a 70-mile ride, Sharon Walburger completed her first organized ride, also of 70 miles, and another, Lorna Uibel completed a 50-mile ride with her three daughters.
“This ride was absolutely fantastic,” Uibel said. “There’s nothing better. I’m signing up for next year the day I get back home.”
As the group of women stretched and refueled their exhausted muscles with an after-ride lunch provided by the Sand Trap, they exuberantly mused over their individual rides through the scenic Portneuf Valley.
Uibel said she was so exhausted on the way back she began to wonder if she would be able to finish. She came upon a group of drumming gentleman cheering on passing riders and was overcome with support.
“The volunteers were over the top,” Walburger said. “I saw so many people out here helping, including high school kids which is amazing.”
Throughout the rides — which range from 10 to 100 miles — volunteers work at water stations called “party stops” where riders can stop for a breather or refill their water bottles.
Additional volunteers serve as riders’ personal “Prince Charmings” and are there to offer support for anyone in distress.
“One of us got a flat tire along the way, and we barely had to wait at all,” Uibel said. “The support guys were there in minutes to help her out.”
All riders were able to purchase a special Spinderella riding shirt before hitting the road. Because she had never participated in an organized ride before, Walburger hesitated to buy one stating that she didn’t deserve it.
“Right after the race, I walked over and bought one,” she said. “I was exhausted, and it felt so good.”
After hearing the names of four other people who were unable to claim their prize, Carrie Chiles of Canada who currently lives in Taiwan, was the winner of a Raleigh bike courtesy of Barrie’s Ski and Sports.
“After I put on the racks for our two bikes, I said we should put on a third one just in case I win,” she said. “And I did.”
Five years ago, DaNae Young, the Spinderella president, had a vision for a women’s-only ride in Pocatello after she couldn’t register for the Little Red Riding Hood event in Utah.
The event caters to beginner riders and was designed in a manner that provided women with a fun event that is challenging while also providing a safe environment, Young said.
“Men can be super competitive, so I wanted to create a women’s-only ride to let women feel safe while also having a good time,” she said.
A core group of 13 volunteers including Young orchestrates the event and prides themselves on operating at a 100 percent volunteer capacity.
Each year, the event donates to different foundations or charities, and with the help of sponsors and registration fees, they raised $32,500 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation last year.
This year’s charities include the Compassion and Hope Pregnancy Center, Cancer Patient Assistants Fund and Shannon Potter Fun Fund, in addition to one Make-a-Wish Foundation donation.
“We like to give back to the community we live in,” Young said. “Nowadays it seems like people have forgotten how to give back, but we haven’t.”