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September 10, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
What is the Repro Ride?
When we pedal a bike, whether grinding up a relentless grade or flying down so fast your cheeks ripple, we are empowered and free to determine the route. We believe that the course of one’s own life should be the same way; empowered and free.
That all starts with the fundamental belief that every human being should have autonomy over their body, to create the life and pedal the path they choose.
About the Organizers
The event organizers are a group of friends and enthusiastic riders from Pomfret: Jordana “Jordie” Jusidman, Leah Skypeck, and Sarah Lauridsen, as well as a larger group of local volunteers.
On a drive to work last June, Leah listened to a radio segment about a community activist and the ways she stays motivated during time in this world that seems a bit overwhelming and perhaps a tad depressing. She encouraged listeners to take things that bring us joy, and turn them into opportunities to make a difference. Wondering how this could apply to Leah and her life and community, she called up Jordie and pitched the idea of a community bike ride to support an issue that at the moment feels deeply personal as a woman, healthcare provider, and mother; reproductive rights. From that phone call on a commute to work, they created “The Repro Ride.”
Our main objective is to raise awareness and generate support for Vermont’s Reproductive Liberty Amendment, previously Prop 5, now a ballot measure in Vermont’s 2022 General Election. If passed, it would amend Vermont’s constitution to protect every person’s right to make their own reproductive decisions, like whether and when to become pregnant, use temporary or permanent birth control, or seek abortion care.
This event will bring the community together to put our bodies in motion as a symbol of empowerment and self-determination. We want to demonstrate bodily autonomy through the freedom that comes from pedaling a bike and foster the conversation about how reproductive freedom is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course. Perhaps that mission will feel applicable in some manner next year. If so, we may try to do this again!
For this year, all proceeds will go directly to the Vermont Reproductive Liberty Ballot Committee, which is led by Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund, ACLU of Vermont, Alliance for a Better Vermont, and the League of Women Voters of Vermont.
Event Details and Movement Options
MOVEMENT: While we coined the name “Repro Ride,” in the spirit of inclusivity the event offers several modalities of movement: biking, running, and yoga.
Rides (Participants can choose from one of three bike routes)
the Full Monty: a 20-mile mountain bike adventure over single track, and class IV and dirt roads; including a downhill portion at Saskadena 6.
the Grind: a 25-mile gravel ride over class IV and dirt roads, with plenty of elevation.
the Quickie: a 20-mile ride for gravel and mountain bikes over dirt and class IV roads, follows the outer-loop of The Grind, but cuts out the final 5-mile inner-loop
Afternoon Delight: 8 mi dirt/class IV road loop. Grab a partner for relay or run it solo! Stretch:
For folks who prefer a gentler activity, join a 1-hour Svaroopa Yoga class. This quiet, user- friendly yoga releases core tensions from tail to top. This supportive, “spine centric” practice improves your body, uplifts your mind and opens you to a deeper knowing of your own Self.
PARTY ON THE HILL
Join us for the after party, officially kicking off at 3 pm. We will have *Live Music*. Food and beverage will be provided to all participants. Don’t want to ride, run, or stretch? Join us for the after-party and donate to a great cause. Please bring your own picnic and chairs.
9:30 am – 12:15 pm – rolling check-in 10:30 am – the Full Monty start
12:00 pm – the Grind and the Quickie start 12:30 pm – the Afternoon Delight start 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Stretch
3:00 – 8:00 pm– Party on the Hill