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THE 2012 WOMEN'S TOUR

In what we believe will be a first for women’s cycling, a team of six amateur women will take on the ultimate road cycling challenge of a complete grand tour. Starting in Liège one day ahead of the pro peloton our riders will complete the entire parcours of the 2012 Tour de France arriving in Paris on the 21st of July. In the process they’ll prove to themselves, other female cyclists, and women thinking about taking up the sport, that any bicycle dream is possible.

In true Rêve fashion they’ll stay in the same spartan hotels and endure the unrelenting grind of daily transfers that define the annual three-week test of heart, mind and legs. This adventure would not have been possible without the committed support of our sponsors listed in the side bar. Each of these companies recognizes the increasing importance of the women’s market and they’ve responded by outfitting the team with the best collection of women’s-specific products available. Through team camps in Portland (April) and Santa Rosa (May) the women and men behind these brands have been with us every step of the way, leaving no detail or advantage to chance. We have the best bikes, the best components, clothing, hydration, nutrition, recovery products, skin care and luggage. All that’s left now is to ride and document the journey.

Donate to Bikes Belong

Finally the Rêve project hopes to make a difference in one more important way by riding on behalf of Bikes Belong. Bikes Belong is a non-profit cycling advocacy organization dedicated to putting more people on bikes more often. Our goal is to raise $60K for the foundation. If you want to support the team please make a small donation to Bikes Belong.

Peloton Magazine - fuel for the ride

FOLLOW US

Strava AmbassadorInterested in the amount of training the team is doing for Rêve, check out the team page on Strava. Each team member has been designated a Strava Ambassador, signified by the laurel crest. The team uploads ride data into their premium accounts almost everyday so that you can review the power data coming from their Quarq RED power meters.

And tune in to pelotonmagazine.com where regular contributor and Rêve team member Heidi Swift will share the story with daily updates from the road. Swift has a whole section devoted to Rêve at Peloton. When the Tour is over Heidi will pen a major feature for the September issue of the magazine illustrated with VeloDramatic photography.

For sponsorship or media information contact Michael Robertson, robertson(at)velodramatic.com

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SPONSORS

  • Bill, David, Lauren and Cindy thanks. The new women's SuperSix bike will get rave reviews.
  • Unqualified support and advice from day one. Great magazine, great people, thanks.
  • Adriana, Cipressa, Bacio and Modena Donna... CAPO have given the team almost the complete women's line plus custom team kits. Gary, Rob, Ming and Nate, thanks!
  • RED 2012 with the new Quarq power meter. Fantastic ergonomics, shifting and braking plus the option of WiFli gearing. Alex, Troy thanks for the perfect lead out.
  • We've trained on bombproof ZIPP 101s but it's rumored that some super-light-weight 202s will drop our bike weight by 1 lb in time for France.
  • We're riding the light comfortable Aeon helmet in two colors and women's specific Factress shoe thanks to Eric 'the helmet whisperer'
  • FSA SL-K carbon bars and seatposts plus the reliability and light weight of OS-99 stems. Fletch, Rick appreciate your assistance getting fit dialed in.
  • Stacy Sim's peer-reviewed hydration science and unique understanding of female physiology makes Osmo the perfect solution for our bottles. Preload, Active, Acute Recovery and Goodnight Recovery.
  • The saddle is a make or break component for the Tour. Suzette, thanks for working so hard to get everyone comfortable on their fiziks.
  • With so much gear to travel with, Alpinestars gigantic XL Excursion Roller and Hub Pack have carried the day (and Kym). Thanks Nic.
  • Westone was a great surprise outfitting us with their audiophile-quality, custom-molded headphones and ear plugs for travel. Thanks David.
  • Sportique has so many good products it's tough to choose what to take with us but Century Riding and Get Going Creams are top of the list.
  • Real food supplemented with great products from CLIFbar (Mojo, Crunch, & Shot Blocks) will fill the tank in France. Thanks Dylan.
  • That Spy Optic backflip ad caught everyone's attention. We're stoked to be riding in Spy Alphas which go great with the Aeon helmet.
  • Superb Ultremo ZX tires and Schwalbe tubes. Zero flats during two team camps.
  • 110% compression tights will be the first thing the team pulls on at the end of every stage. Recovery is everything to this challenge.
  • Zacuto products turn DSLRs into real film making tools. We'll head to France with this augmented Zwiss cage rig.
  • SmallHD's DP6 field monitor is an invaluable piece of kit to compose and capture sharp video of the team. Thanks Chris.