Kym Fant and Heidi Swift

This July, in partnership with peloton magazine and on behalf of Bikes Belong, we're going back to France with six female amateurs intent on writing a new chapter in the annals of women's cycling. The Rêve women's team will ride the complete 2012 Tour de France route, proving to themselves, other female cyclists, and women thinking about taking up the sport, that any bicycle dream is possible. In true Rêve fashion they'll ride one day ahead of the men's Tour, stay in the same spartan hotels and endure the unrelenting grind of daily transfers that define the three-week journey around France. Every training mile and every kilometer in France will be pedaled in support of Bikes Belong. Bikes Belong is a national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to make cycling safer and more accessible for women. We aim to make a significant contribution to that purpose.

In support of this effort they'll be equipped with the most advanced women's specific product available. They'll ride Cannondale's elite SuperSix Women's bicycles. The women's SuperSix shares the racing heritage of the SuperSix line that carried Team Liquigas/Cannondale to victory in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a'España. Light, responsive and comfortable, it's the ideal bike for this unprecedented Grand Tour attempt.

The Women's SuperSix will feature the advanced ergonomics of FSA components, the latest SRAM Red with Quarq power meters (we hope to share the data), and in the mountains, we'll have the advantage of SRAM's WiFLi climbing gearing (11-32 cassette and mid-cage derailleur). Understanding that no bike component is more important or personal than your choice of saddle the team will have the full benefit of Fizik women's-specific technology under them.

Giro will keep the team safe and cool in Aeon helmets and connected to the pedals with the high-performance Factress road shoe featuring Easton's EC90 carbon outsole. And on the biggest climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees the girls will appreciate the minimalist feel of Giro's new LTZ (Less Than Zero) glove.

With the support of Strava, you can follow the team every step of the way through their training and then analyze daily data feeds from every stage in France. We hope to announce more details soon on how you can support the team through Strava on our team page.

Kym Fant and Heidi Swift Kym and Heidi out training on Mt. Diablo Kym and Heidi out training on Mt. Diablo Kym and Heidi out training on Mt. Diablo Kym and Heidi out training on Mt. Diablo
Team Members Kym Fant and Heidi Swift train on the slopes of Mt. Diablo

The Team

Five of our six riders are selected and training. We expect the final spot to be filled before March 7th. In the weeks ahead we'll share the background stories and motivations of these six women but for now let's briefly introduce the two riders pictured above. Portland's Heidi Swift (dark kit) is a regular contributor to peloton magazine and a force to be reckoned with on and off the bike. It was her immediate enthusiasm for the Rêve project that set this women's adventure in motion. Heidi is a wonderful writer with a descriptive gift for uncovering the inner dialog between rider and bicycle but she never seems to miss the beauty of the landscape that surrounds her. Heidi passionately races cross and road in and around her hometown of Portland Oregon. Swift knows and is known by just about everyone pedaling there and often writes about the magical Sicilian kitchen of her boyfriend Sal's family. Expect this summer's story in the September issue of peloton to be something very special.

Kym Fant (white kit) is co-owner of Norcal Bike Sport and Bike Peddlar stores in Santa Rosa California with her husband Glenn. Though Kym's first love is mountain biking – she's competed in a number of 24-hour races as well as adventure racing in the Eco-Challenge – she's become an accomplished road rider who's no stranger to industry photo shoots (I can attest that she never seems to blink). My photo of Kym riding the Cannondale Women's SuperSix is on the cover of the March issue of Bicycling. Kym and Glenn have a young son fittingly named Axl, and somehow she's able to juggle family and riding with a busy career in Managed Markets for a major pharmaceutical company. Luckily her work regularly takes her to Portland where she can ride with teammates Heidi, and Jennifer. We'll have more to say about Jennifer and Susan in the next installment.

Kym riding the Cannondale Women's SuperSix

39 Responses to “Rêve 2012 – Six Women Ride the 3,479 kms of this year’s Tour”

  1. Martin says:

    Very cool! I’m glad Strava is on board, I love seeing the numbers!

  2. Lindsay says:

    Wow. I’d love that 6th spot on the team. Rock on, ladies!

  3. Ryzzie says:

    Ladies, this is amazing. I’ve always dreamed of doing this, I think it’s absurd that women are not allowed in the Tour. It’s actually something that I battle with when watching. I love to watch the race…but it pains me that not one woman is allowed to participate.

    I’d love to join a group that did this. This is truly inspiring.

  4. Jeanne Beko says:

    Choose me! Choose me! I am a teacher and have the time off!

  5. Kashy says:

    Way to rock it Kym! Wow.. Stoked for you all.

  6. [...] Rêve women’s team will ride the complete 2012 Tour de France route,” reads the official announcement released this morning, “proving to themselves, other female cyclists, and women thinking [...]

  7. Sheryl says:

    Way to go Kym! Your East Coast Fan club will be with you all the way!!

  8. Sandie Holland says:

    Congratulations Kym!This is such a momentous race.
    The Holland and Long families will be cheering for you!

  9. Alison says:

    Wonderful. Good luck and bon courage!

  10. Jen Curry says:

    Way to go Kym. You make all your sisters proud!!

  11. Samantha says:

    What an awsome once in a life time experience ladies, you are truley living my dream. I am a semi elite cyclist & it is dissapointing in this day & age that women athletes in general are constantly overlooked & not provided the same opportunities that our male athletes have available to them. Inspiring!

    • VeloDramatic says:

      Thanks Samantha,

      It’s about time women’s cycling got a little attention in July. The team is training hard to represent.

      ::M

    • VeloDramatic says:

      Thanks Samantha,

      The team will be giving this everything they’ve got in the hope it will inspire more “impossible” dreams.

  12. Chris R says:

    This is great news, and I am excited to follow this. Just earlier today, I was reflecting on the state of cycling and things that I wish could be improved. One of my top two was the status of women’s cycling. Not even an hour later, I stumbled across this story via 3GO and Peloton magazines online, and although this doesn’t solve everything, it’s a great step; it made me feel a lot better. I hope for all the best for the team!

  13. Margie says:

    I’m so excited for you Kym! We’ll be cheering you on from Tampa, Florida!

  14. Lisa R. says:

    Kymmie… You never cease to amaze me! I’m so proud of you! We’ll be cheering you incredible women on from LA! ….Live, Dream, Discover!

  15. Carla Cosentino says:

    You ladies are making history. You are making women proud, just like so many women who helped bring our abilities ABOVE the bar! I can’t wait to watch the Strava numbers and read your stories of suffering and prevailing energy. The mountains will embrace you and hold you up strong! Vai con forza!!!!!

  16. [...] Réve gibt es schon seit mind. 2 Jahren. Gerade lese ich den Bericht von Heidi Swift im Peloton Magazine: Sie und 5 weitere Frauen, Amateure bzw. Hobby-Rennradfahrerinnen, werden jede einzelne Etappe des bekanntesten Rennens des Rennradkalenders fahren. Jeden Kilometer. Alle 3.479. Und das immer einen Tag, bevor das Profi-Peloton die jeweilige Etappe bestreitet. [...]

  17. Bob & Marilyn Smith says:

    Awesome, Kym! We’ll be thinking about you! Good luck!
    Bob and Marilyn Smith

  18. Liz S says:

    THIS IS SO INSPIRATIONL!!!

    Please keep me on the list if they decide to do it in the future.

  19. [...] you heard about the Rêve Tour? Six women are riding the entire route of the 2012 Tour de France, one day in advance of the actual [...]

  20. I am SO incredibly excited for this. WAY TO GO!!!!!

  21. So all the planning, organisation nd the long nights are over and the sweaty bit starts. Good Luck with the race I know you’ll all do well. See you in Paris.

    Douglas

    • VeloDramatic says:

      Today was a real adventure but we’ll make it, hope to write at some point but this is going to be tougher schedule wise than 2010

      ::M

  22. Way to Go! What you are doing is so great. I have no doubt that you will ride into Paris having completed your goal.

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  24. Lori says:

    Keep it up ladies! You rock!

  25. [...] exact route.  With only 6, this is a monumental feat they are trying to do.  The team is called  Reve team. You can read more of their story  from the blog of one of the riders here.  Pretty amazing [...]

  26. [...] Six women are taking on the entire 2012 Tour De France route to inspire others. The Rêve women’s team will ride the complete 2012 Tour de France route, proving to themselves, other female cyclists, and women thinking about taking up the sport, that any bicycle dream is possible. They’ll ride one day ahead of the men’s Tour, stay in the same spartan hotels and endure the unrelenting grind of daily transfers that define the three-week journey around France. Every training mile and every kilometer in France will be pedaled in support of Bikes Belong. Bikes Belong is a national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers working to make cycling safer and more accessible for women.  Read the full story on Rêve. [...]

  27. Gregory Thomas says:

    You all have my admiration. Keep your spirits up. The guys are suffering today and I would like to know how you managed stage 16.

  28. Alison says:

    Fantastic! Go for it!

  29. Sue Willmott says:

    I love what you have been doing and have been following your story. Cycling is a very male dominated sport, so it is good to see women out there making a stance in the sport. Well done and all the best. Maybe next year!!!
    Kind regards
    Sue (who loves cycling)

  30. Maria says:

    Did the ladies made the journey? What has happened since the last blog post? We’d love to know!

  31. johnpritchard says:

    well now that the ladies have started the ball rolling & are going to ride the whole distance of the 2013 tdf what about the senior men having a go to i will put my hand up to give it a go iz there any one else out there in the cycling world care to join me ( you have to be over 65 ) so i can keep up with you !!! c ya jonty

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