Here is a reminder to get out and pedal this Mother’s Day — each of the women is a mother to at least one child, and they’ve also made it a priority to make cycling or cycling related causes a huge part of their lives while being a mom. What a great example for their children to grow up healthy, happy and giving back!

Kristen Armstrong

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After giving birth in 2010 Kristen successfully defended her Olympic title in the individual time trial at the 2012 Olympics in London and became the oldest rider to win an Olympic time trial, and finished 35th in the Women’s road race.

Shannon Galpin

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Shannon Galpin founded Mountain2Mountain in November 2006. A rape survivor and mother, she realized she couldn’t just stand on the sidelines, watching women and girls routinely raped, oppressed and denied basic human rights. An avid mountain biker continually focused on breaking gender barriers, in 2009, she became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. Shannon was recognized for her work by National Geographic in November 2012 as one as their 2013 Adventurers of the Year.

Jamie Whitmore

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Jamie was stricken with cancer at the age of 31 after becoming one of XTERRA’s most winningest pro’s ever with 37 career victories. Uncertain about her future, she was told by doctors that she would not be able to race again.  Now a Mom to twin boys she has her eyes on the Paralympics in Rio in 2016 after already mounting a comeback at the Leadville 100 and other races. “You never know where you will be at any point in life so enjoy the ride!”

Sari Anderson

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Cyclist, runner, skier and adventure racer describes Sari Anderson. In June of 2007, less than five months after giving birth, Sari was back to racing with a second place finish at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. She went on to win the Winter Xterra World Championship in March and then the US Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in July. In the spring of 2010, Sari had another baby, just six months later, Sari claimed another national championship, this time as part of a mixed duo team at the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race. Sari hopes to be an inspiration to other women, proving moms can race at the highest levels while successfully balancing a family and a job.

Emily Finch

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Finch is a modern day urban pedal hero. She’s not hipster or bike messenger out to look cool on two wheels. She’s an average middle-class mom who made a dramatic, shift away from her SUV and into a cargo bike to transport herself and her six children. And she is not just pedaling down the street, Emily averages 16 miles a day on her bike with the kids! “In the end, my bike just brings me happiness.”

Of course you don’t have to be a pedal hero to enjoy a ride this Mother’s Day or any day. For more inspiration head over to the Inspiring Moms page at Pedal Adventures. Looking for a ride or ride partner? Check out over 250 registered rides over at CycloFemme.
By Jennifer Charrette - creator of pedaladventures.com and is focusing on new adventures after 15 years in the corporate world. She lives under the San Juan mountains of Colorado, with her husband, son and baby on the way. Her family is also dedicated to getting young kids interested in biking and health through their non-profit, axelproject.com
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