So I began my investigation into this team of ladies wearing pink. In the shop, they knew that they were called the Rosebandits. I went home and googled like crazy. I googled everything from women’s cycling Miami, women’s cycling racing Miami, Florida women’s road bike racing, and now, Rosebandits. I first got the name of some obscure scary rock band in Helsinki….that wasn’t what I was looking for….
My search finally yielded the Rosebandit Women’s Cycling Team website. OK! There they were! In pink, looking pretty fierce, and, not sure I mentioned this–their kits are PINK!!!!! Surprisingly, pink cycling kits are very hard to come by in the cycling word unless you want to purchase a mens Maglia rosa imitation kit from the Giro d’Italia
or the extremely recreational looking jersey with not-so-matching shorts.
I couldn’t believe it, I would pay whatever the membership dues were, I wanted in! I also wanted to race. I rode my bike “a lot” the first week I had her. I say “a lot” because, my standards for mucho riding in a week was more like twice a week “back then.” (in 2010)
I emailed the team through their contact us on the website and waited…..and waited. While I waited, I continued to ride and by Easter weekend decided I was ready to give the Pinecrest Ride a try. To my surprise, I hung in the big peleton. I hung in over the bridge, into the head wind, and only lost the group on the way to do the big bridge again. I couldn’t believe it! Was I really able to do THE ride??? On this ride, I met another girl rider. She said she had seen me out (apparently Rizzo stands out in a sea of black, red, white and blue bikes), and had seen me in the ride, and thought that I should join her team– the Rosebandits. She was a racer. I said I wanted to race, and she encouraged the idea. This response was MUCH different from the reaction I got from members of the local try group when I said I wanted to race to win the bike split at the Miami Man (they told me to start on their “beginner ride” before I tried anything faster. Instead, I was being encouraged to ride fast and race!!!!
A few days later, I ended up hearing from the girl in charge of the team via email. She asked me my background in cycling and what my goals were. I told Boom (good nickname right?) that I was interested in racing and told her my triathlon “background” (I embellished a little as I recall, but did mention that I was a lifelong athlete). She said I was welcome to join their team Friday ride. I was petrified and excited. I had heard more from others about how good these women area, and I felt that I was going to be dropped on the bridge, if not sooner…..I took Thursday off from riding so I was rested and ready to ride….I didn’t know if this was a try out or what, but I was going to be ready!!……