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Marianne Vos and the launch of La Course inspires global women's ride from Utrecht to Paris.

Marianne Vos and the launch of La Course inspires global women's ride from Utrecht to Paris.

Olympic and World Champion Marianne Vos has been a catalyst behind a major Roadtrip to Paris involving 40 women from 13 countries. The all-women peloton will set off from Utrecht in the Netherlands on July 23rd and cover more than 550km in four days to arrive in the French capital on July 26th. The following day they will take on the role of spectators, watching the launch of the professional women’s race La Course by le Tour de France as well as the last stage of the Tour de France. They will also meet and greet La Course contender Marianne Vos who, with a group of friends, instigated the Roadtrip to Paris initiative. As the organisation has progressed, the World Champion has kept in touch with the participants, giving them training and nutritional advice for their preparation. Roadtrip to Paris is the biggest international roadtrip of this kind for women cyclists and testament to the growing momentum of women's cycling.

HOW IT ALL STARTED

“The idea started in Spain, during Roadtrip Barcarola when we sat down with the girls and talked about La Course. Everybody was enthusiastic about La Course, wanted to cheer me on and thought it would be good to do this on the bike. In the Netherlands I discussed the idea with some friends and we decided to organise this Roadtrip. It was obvious that we would start this Roadtrip from Utrecht as it is the host city of the 2015 Grand Départ of the Tour de France. After one tweet and one post on Facebook, word spread and mailboxes exploded with women emailing and wanting to join the adventure. After the success of Roadtrip Barcarola, this Roadtrip is again overwhelming, confirmation that women’s cycling is alive. I can’t wait to meet the girls in Paris and hear all about their adventures. Of course after so much interest we will be aiming to organise another trip next year.” – Marianne Vos

40 GIRLS, 13 NATIONALITIES, 550KM

Initially designed for a small group of 25 riders the trip has grown due to the phenomenal level of demand and interest. Now with 40 women signed up, it is a truly multicultural and diverse group with riders coming from Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Poland, England, Ireland, America, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Taiwan, Korea and the Netherlands. Ages range from 24 to 50. In 4 days the women will ride over 550km and share some great adventures and experiences.