In case you haven’t heard, I’m on a new quest. This summer 2019, I’ll be pedaling across the USA and building a personal brand to go along with it.
Here’s a press release about it:
“Little Miss Bike Tour” to Pedal Across USA
Denver woman will cycle over 4000 miles, solo and self-supported
Denver, Colorado, May 2, 2019 — 35-year-old Cynthia Ord has norm-defying plans for the summer of 2019. The Denver-born travel marketing professional and cycling enthusiast will muscle-power her way across the United States on bicycle. The solo journey will cover over 4,000 miles of paved road, with almost 220,000 feet of vertical gain. Ord will be carrying her own gear, provisions, and tools — adding about 40 lbs of load.
The halfway point of the route is Pueblo, Colorado, which Ord expects to reach in early August.
Riding The TransAmerica Trail
As a maiden route, Ord chose the classic TransAmerica Trail. It begins in Astoria, OR and traverses ten states before ending in Yorktown, VA.
Rich in history, the route was founded in 1976 as a celebration of the Bicentennial. Thousands of people joined the cross-country ride, which they named Bikecentennial. The movement morphed into the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), which still advocates for safe bicycle travel and maintains detailed maps of the TransAmerica Route — and many more — to this day.
The ACA estimates that 1,000 to 1,100 cyclists attempt the crossing each summer season, based on the number of riders who check in at their headquarters in Missoula, MT.
Showing Women We Can
Bicycle sports tend to be a male-dominated sphere in general, and road bike touring is no exception. According to data from the ACA, around 76% of cyclists who tour the TransAmerica Route identify as male.
Of females who tour by bicycle, the majority are coupled with male partners or with groups. Solo female riders are a rare occurrence en route. “I want to change that,” says Cynthia on her decision to go solo. “Muscle-powered travel is doable for women too. We just don’t see enough examples or hear that message very often.”
Change is afoot. This year, the Olympic-qualifying race known as the Colorado Classic has announced that it will go all-female. Cynthia will be on the road during the races on August 22 – 25, but she encourages all Denverites to spectate and cheer on the women athletes in her stead.
Raising Funds for Children’s Hospital
Closer to home, Cynthia will also miss the Courage Classic — the flagship fundraiser ride for Children’s Hospital. After participating in 2014 and 2018 — on July 20 – 21. Cynthia will join her team as a virtual rider to raise funds for Children’s Hospital. Her brothers, Tom and Phil, benefit continually from the hospital’s Sie Center for Down Syndrome and Neuromuscular Program. Visit her fundraising page here.
Little Miss Bike Tour is the influencer brand founded by Cynthia Ord. The newly-launched media platform showcases “a solo girl’s spin on travel by bicycle”. Targeted audience is female adventure travelers, endurance athletes, bicycle enthusiasts, and active lifestyle advocates.
If you would like more information on this project, or to schedule an interview, please call Cynthia at 720-377-7801 and email email@example.com. Accompanying photos available.