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All cyclists are awesome! During Women’s History Month we give a special salute to trailblazers like Kittie Knox, Edith Shuler, and Janesville-raised Frances Willard who broke barriers that led the way for women cyclists, and recognize those who are making an impact now for an even brighter future


Women-Owned +/or Co-Owned Bike Shops Helping Everyone Enjoy a Great Ride

  • Wheel & Sprocket, 9 locations*
  • Smith’s Bike Shop, La Crosse*
  • Appleton Bike Shop, Appleton*
  • Avant Cycle Cafe, La Grange and Lake Geneva*
  • Bay City Cycles, Ashland*
  • BicycleWise & Sport Fitness, Whitewater
  • Chain Reaction Cyclery, Appleton
  • Coontail Adventures, Arbor Vitae
  • Extreme Ski & Bike, Thiensville
  • Hostel Shoppe, Stevens Point
  • Playtri, Middleton
  • Recyclist Bicycle Co., Kaukana
  • River Trail Cycles, Onalaska

Bike Clubs for Women Cyclists

  • Black Girls Do Bike, Milwaukee and Washington County
  • Cadence, Milwaukee*
  • Chippewa Valley Girls Cycling Club, Altoona*
  • Fearless Ladies of Cycling, Neenah
  • Girls on Gravel, Stevens Point
  • GriT – Girls Riding Together (NICA)
  • Madison Women’s Cycling Club, Madison
  • Pedal Revolution, Milwaukee
  • TriBabesWI, Waukesha

*Wisconsin Bike Fed organizational members

Wisconsin Bike Fed Leadership

The Bike Fed has an inspiring Executive Director and an engaged Board of Directors to govern the organization’s mission benefitting all Wisconsin cyclists. We are grateful for their contributions, with special recognition during Women’s History Month for the following: 

  • Executive Director: Kirsten Finn, Milwaukee
  • Board Chair: Amelia Kegel, Milwaukee
  • Santana El-Amin, Milwaukee
  • Margot Higgins, La Crosse
  • Linsey Kriete, Wauwatosa
  • Randi Pueschner, La Crosse
  • Melissa Putzer, West Bend

Wisconsin Bike Fed FTW Staff

  • Barb Blick, Safe Routes Instructor
  • Alora Correa, Milwaukee High School Education Manager
  • Gui Gregory, Education Coordinator
  • Grace Labinski, Office Manager and Bookkeeper
  • Angie Livermore, Safe Routes Instructor
  • Laura Mandella, Membership and Communications Manager
  • Marybeth McGinnis, MilWALKee Walks Program Manager
  • Heather Rainer, Events Manager
  • Leilani Robertson-Hoyt, Membership Specialist
  • Natalie Schad, Dane Co Youth Education Program Manager
  • Linda Soltis-Schroeder, Cycling Without Age Educator – Northwest

More 2024 Women’s History Month Insight and Inspiration:

Feature photo courtesy of GRiT :

GRiT – Girls Riding Together is a program associated with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).  The program is designed to recruit and retain more girls and female coaches in NICA programs and to simply get more girls on bikes. Nationally, girls represent 20% of NICA’s student athlete participation, and in Wisconsin in 2023, 23% of athletes were female.  Mentor and Ambassador roles in the program help build a strong community within their team and around the state. There is nothing more powerful than attempting a feature or an uphill climb with a group of girls standing by to cheer each other on and build confidence!