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Are you a strong and resourceful cyclist who likes to have fun and take on new challenges? Have you ever wanted to learn how to race bikes?

WBPHL Racing, which is open to cyclists who identify as women, transgender, or nonbinary, currently has applications open for two cohorts, road and mountain bike. But don’t delay, as applications close Friday, January 3rd at 11:59pm.

The goals of this program are to:
1. Develop safe, prepared, skilled, thoughtful riders and spark competitive spirit through the sport of cycling.
2. Introduce concepts & skills in a progressive way to maintain a level of challenge appropriate to the riders in a positive learning environment.
3. Showcase road and trail riding unique to the Philadelphia region.
4. Have riders compete in 4-5 sanctioned beginner level races.
5. Foster team mentality of support, encouragement, and positive peer pressure.

More details can be found here. And if the program sounds like a good fit for you, go ahead and apply now!

Ashley Vogel


After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ashley moved to Philadelphia to work in nonprofit development and communications as a Philly Fellow. She was introduced to the Bicycle Coalition’s work in her first week of the fellowship through an Urban Riding Basics class. She did not take up bicycling in the city until getting involved with the Women Bike PHL community, which catalyzed her to shed her fear of riding in traffic and get on a bike. Ashley’s bike has served as a powerful tool, and she is excited to share the healing and empowering nature of bicycling with others. You can find Ashley riding her blue Breezer to the Headhouse farmer’s market, or her Fuji Sportif when she’s road racing as an alum of the Women Bike PHL Racing Development program.

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