The Fort Follies were founded by two long time cyclist racers Christi Leong and Whitney Shultz. They created the group in hopes of promoting the empowerment of women in the FoCo area to be active and impactful members of our cycling community through riding, racing and philanthropy.
“We strongly believe in a positive, supportive, and inclusive team, suited for women of all abilities and disciplines,” said Leong.
“Folly is defined as lacking good sense or an act of foolishness, and when thinking about our team name, we thought — really, what’s more foolish or lacking sense than five hour rides in the dead of winter, hucking your mountain bike off a big drop, or racing a criterium at 30 miles per hour. You bet we’re lacking some sense to outsiders, but we have a ton of fun doing it together,” Leong said.
This group will be putting on a fundraiser that will surely match their spirit. Their “Sadie Hawkin’s Dance” is ‘40s and ‘50s themed and will rock around the clock with a live band, competitions, prizes, food and beer.
HWY 287, who will be performing live at Road 34, is sure to make this crossroads one to remember. The four piece collaboration has members from well-known bands all across Fort Collins.
“This Americana-country band is sure to get you swinging around the dance floor,” said Leong. This band will play both original and cover songs.
“We already play a couple cover songs from the rock era,” said guitarist Dee Tyler. “We are just always try to play good dancing music so that everyone can join in.”
Some of the friendly competitions will include best tan line (both jersey and short), best costume and a track stand competition.
The grand prize is a bike frameset from Aluboo bikes; other prizes include a wide range of goodies from gift certificates to everyone’s favorite cupcakery Buttercream, jerseys from local breweries Odell’s and New Belgium, all the way to a steamboat condo for a night.
Road 34, as the host of this event, will be providing all beer and food. Food and beer is not included in price of admission, however, which is $6 if you come by car and $5 if you come by bike.
The Road 34 bike bar has been a supportive backbone to the Fort Follies ever since their group was born.
“We have been working with the Fort Follies since their inception,” said Greg McDaniel, bartender at Road 34. “They have been coming in after rides to cool off and have meetings for quite some time now.”
One hundred percent of all proceeds from the door will go to the Fort Follies. This funding will go towards the Follies’ races they are hosting this upcoming summer.
The Fort Follies and HWY 287 will be sure to host a swinging event, so spin whatever wheels you’ve got down to Road 34 for the Sadie Hawkins dance event.
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