POCATELLO — DaNae Young isn’t a competitive cyclist but enjoys pedaling for fun and personal fitness.
For the past eight years, the event she founded, called Spinderella, has catered to like-minded women who have fun riding bikes but don’t invest a fortune in gear and aren’t out to best the competition.
Spinderella, a women-only bike tour scheduled to start Saturday morning at Ross Park, also typically raises more than $20,000 per year to support local charities.
“We wanted ladies to get out on their bikes and not feel any pressure to look a certain way or have expensive gear and to be able to do it with daughters and granddaughters and friends and be safe,” Young said. “It’s kind of to empower women that you don’t have to fit a cookie-cutter mold to ride a bike.”
Participants pay $75 to register onsite and $65 to register in advance. More information is available at https://spinderellaride.com/.
Young said the first ride covers 100 miles, heading all the way to Downey, and leaves from Ross Park at 6 a.m. Start times are staggered for additional rides that leave shortly thereafter, including 75-, 50-, 22- and 10-mile routes. Each rider receives a free meal after finishing and is handed a surprise gift by a “Prince Charming” at the finish line.
Participants will also be entered into a raffle for a bike, and there will be music in the park.
“We encourage families to come to the park to hang out,” Young said.
Young said the event draws women from throughout the world to participate. Every year, Spinderella contributes funds to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Distinguished Young Women, which is a scholarship program for area high school students. Spinderella sponsors the fitness scholarship category.
Other causes change each year. This year, Spinderella will also give to Wigs on Loan, the Enriching Lives and Family Foundation, and Communities Aligned in Prevention Efforts, which is a local program that fights child abuse.
Young said the courses are supported with water and aid stations, and all of the staff workers are volunteers. Young personally works on organizing Spinderella throughout the year.