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Slow ride, take it easy

It was a slow ride and the ladies of Critical Lass were certainly taking it easy yesterday as they rode through Old Strathcona streets.

Critical Lass is a seasonal bike ride for women, and occasionally the odd Dapper Dan, that is focused on having a nice, leisurely bike ride with like-minded people.

About a dozen ladies showed up in their summer finest to take part in the event on a beautiful Edmonton day.

Riders rolled to Ritchie school to take in a bike polo match, they rode to the End of the Rail Park and snapped some pictures and finished with a cup of coffee along 109 Street.

Angel Allin is the organizer of Critical Lass. She said she was just looking for a way to ride with other women.

“We decided that instead of making it about speed or anything like that, we’d call it a slow ride,” said the stay-at-home mother of two. “Nice bikes and nice clothes, we’re just doing it to have fun.”

Allin said despite the name, Critical Lass isn’t only for the ladies.

“It’s not girls only, but it is to encourage girls to come out,” she said. “A lot of times they get outnumbered by men in spandex so we’re trying to say you don’t have to bike ride in spandex and sportswear to enjoy it.”

Sarah Chan is one of the riders who took part in Sunday’s event. She said she wouldn’t have missed the sunny Sunday bike ride.

“There’s a bunch of girls around the city who wanted to ride together,” she said. “So here we are.”

Critical Lass is a seasonal ride. The next one will take place some time this summer.

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