2022 Bike for Women race features plenty of camaraderie, charity and cool team names

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May 2—CHUGIAK — Nearly 800 women and girls participated in the 22nd annual Bike for Women on Sunday with around 700 taking part in person at Chugiak High School and around 100 virtually, according to the event's director, Joann Mitchell.

The race has served as one of the top precursors to the Gold Nugget Triathlon and other races and has doubled as a fundraiser for Let Every Woman Know — Alaska charity, which is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for women living with gynecological cancers.

"It is a great charity that needs to be supported," said Idamarie Piccard, who has participated in all but one year of the event's existence since its inception.

"It was there, it was an offering and it was a for-women event so I decided to do it," Piccard said.

The 83-year-old didn't pick up competitive biking until she was in her 60s. She participated in the race virtually for the first time this year because the hills on the course were too much for her but claims that her best time came when she was 63 and it was about 45 minutes. On Sunday, she was acting as a volunteer.

Piccard competed on a team with her daughter and granddaughter last year but was by herself for this year's event.

Like for Piccard and her family, The Bike for Women event has developed into a family affair for many. Amber Stull rode with her two daughters, who are 17 and 13. She was one of the top finishers in this year's event with a time of around 25 minutes.

Her oldest daughter's name — Cadence — was inspired by her and her husband's passion for cycling. Cadence is the number of revolutions per minute needed to keep a certain speed.

"I was pregnant with her and my husband was installing a cadence (monitor) on a bike and was like 'I think we should call her Cadence,' " Stull said. "I was like, 'Is that even a name?' "

Like Piccard, she doesn't think that it was her best performance to date but believes that she was pretty close to it. Stull has been competing in the event since the late 2000s. She was inspired to participate in this particular race because it brings women of all ages and athletic levels together for a good cause.

"The camaraderie of just all women of all sizes and all ages, all abilities, I just think it is awesome," Stull said.

Being able to compete with and along side her children is an added bonus that makes it even more special.

"That is the coolest thing about it," Stull said. "That's my most favorite part of the whole thing."

Bikes are the family business for the Stulls and "a huge part of our lives and lifestyle." She and her husband are the owners of Chain Reaction Cycles. They converted an old fire station into a bicycle shop that is located in South Anchorage off Huffman Road.

Biking is an activity she said her whole family enjoys and can do together.

"I am totally stoked and thrilled that all three of us have such a passion for it," Stull said. "We would support each other in whatever we wanted to do but it is very unique and awesome to have all three of us so excited for an event that we all like doing."

She says that participating in Bike for Women is so much fun because in addition to being a good charity, it allows women in the cycling community to establish and strengthen bonds with one another.

"When your friends are doing it, it's more exciting and motivating," Stull said. "It's good exercise but it's a social event too. A lot of women will come out and ride in groups and train together."

She compares the bonds that they form to being in a tribe.

"There's something really healthy about finding your tribe because it is a really good way to start if you don't know anybody," Stull said.

Some of the cyclist tribes that participated in the event with the most creative team names included Tour de Friends, the Estrogen Express, the Joy Riders and 'Whose Idea Was This?'

Mitchell used to compete in the race and first got involved with it because her daughter is a competitive cyclist who is now competing in college. Kelly Mitchell graduated from West Anchorage High School in 2019 and now attends Colorado Mesa University. She recently competed at the world championships for cyclo-cross which is a specific discipline of cycling and finished 18th out of 25 cyclists.

2022 Bike For Women results

Kinsey Loan, 23:19

Teresa Ulrich, 23:39

Kelsey Tranel, 24:26

Sheryl Loan, 24:27

Jennifer Schmidt, 24:56

Amber Stull, 24:58

Holly Martinson, 25:18

Katie Green, 25:19

Morgan Aldridge, 25:30

Jody Barton, 25:38

Katelyn Stearns, 25:44

Nicki Holmen, 26:24

Emily Schmieg, 26:32

KC Kent, 26:42

Victoria Summers, 26:47

Aimee Young, 26:51

Pamela Schamber, 26:54

Liane Nagata, 27:02

Rose Garner, 27:03

Bri Lowen, 27:09

Summer Ohlendorf, 27:10

Kristin Riall, 27:22

Sara Miller, 27:25

Jessica Feenstra, 27:25

Donna Wright, 27:27

Alejandra Legate, 27:35

Heather Onders, 27:38

Rebecca Noblin, 27:47

Erika Bennett, 27:47

Jennifer Henderson, 27:48

Deana Watson, 27:54

Karina Packer, 27:59

Jodi Harskamp, 28:01

Katra Wedeking, 28:01

Kelly Carson, 28:05

Carrie Setian, 28:07

Nancy Spence, 28:09

Danelle Winn, 28:24

Madison Clayton, 28:34

Holly Boston, 28:35

Mary Kay Sorich, 28:46

Jacqueline Klecka, 28:52

Dianne Prince, 28:58

Kristina McAuliffe, 29:13

Anna Cantrell, 29:13

Anne Keeling, 29:27

Sarah Bagron, 29:32

Fran Brink, 29:38

Tanya Kirk, 29:40

Sanjana Greenhill, 29:44

Ashley French, 29:45

Mona Bremont, 29:49

Keri Conrad, 29:49

Leah Legate, 29:49

Jodi McLaughlin, 29:50

Mikayla Savikko, 29:50

Hailey Stark, 29:51

Sarah Freistone, 29:51

Eileen McKean, 29:52

Katie Naylor, 29:58

Debora Summers, 30:01

Carol Halvorson, 30:01

Suzanne Armentrout, 30:07

Debbie Boots, 30:14

Cadence Stull, 30:19

Kadence Barnett, 30:21

Mary Krysinski, 30:24

Maggie Donnelly, 30:28

Rachelle M Kanady, 30:31

Aviana Sorich, 30:32

Melanie Briggs, 30:39

Genevieve Nolan, 30:42

Charisse Arce, 30:42

Brittany Keener, 30:45

Linda Barnack, 30:49

Julie Vogler, 30:51

Kalen Stamp, 30:52

Heather Poe, 30:53

Heidi Barnwell, 30:54

Kimberly Bush, 30:55

Holly Willman, 31:03

Mary Cox, 31:09

Carlene Van Tol, 31:18

Sara Warrick, 31:20

Sarah Johnson, 31:21

Amy Engeberg, 31:21

Amber Myers, 31:22

Chelsea Sternicki, 31:30

Trish Jenkins, 31:36

Linnea Gray, 31:37

Harper Willman, 31:39

Mary Thomas, 31:50

Sara Hadden, 31:51

Leslie Fleming, 31:52

Lindsey Knapton, 31:53

Jessica Jaroma, 31:58

Vivian Sweet, 32:01

Bronwyn Haynes, 32:01

Michelle Geidl, 32:04

Cara Fox, 32:05

Adeline Schlabaugh, 32:12

Anna Green, 32:13

Ruth Kroona, 32:24

Lauren Grippo, 32:26

Pam Tittle, 32:29

Dara Stull, 32:30

Dena Thomas, 32:30

Sue Sheard, 32:33

Jeanette Legenza, 32:35

Stacey Ledgerwood, 32:38

Valerie Goulet, 32:38

Karen Lewis, 32:42

Jessica Jule, 32:45

Frances DeBlare, 32:47

Tricia Perkins, 32:47

Claire Coppel, 32:49

Mady Lowen, 32:50

Heidi Stephan, 32:57

Ellie Cutting, 33:00

Sarah Mills, 33:01

Carrie Stanfield, 33:02

Johanna Alvarez, 33:05

Katriina Timm, 33:07

Kimberly Osburn, 33:08

Diane Ramey, 33:13

Jane Whitsett, 33:13

Elizabeth Calabro, 33:14

Debra Kinn, 33:17

Cindy Cooper, 33:18

Pamela Jurancich, 33:24

Jan Rogers, 33:33

Elisa Samuelson, 33:35

Jessica Willis, 33:35

Gabbie Lee, 33:35

Emma Haddix, 33:37

Megan Lundin, 33:38

Angela Santiago, 33:43

Maureen van Wagner, 33:44

Tami Graff, 33:45

Melissa Knight, 33:46

Robin Cope, 33:51

Roberta Graham, 33:53

Meadow Bailly, 33:56

Starrina Gianelloni, 34:00

Jeanine Huston, 34:00

Charity Conti, 34:03

Vivienne Damico, 34:03

Jenelle Brinkman, 34:06

Martie Mitchell, 34:10

Anita Johnson, 34:11

Megan McLaughlin, 34:15

Deborah Paine, 34:16

Esther Hayes, 34:22

Joan Darnell, 34:27

Cindy Freistone, 34:28

Kim Resheske, 34:30

Ria Hanson, 34:40

Diane Brewer, 34:42

Maggi Arend, 34:43

Sue Skvorc, 34:44

Christina Morgan, 34:45

Gretchen Wuttke, 34:50

Johnna Minemyer, 34:52

Kathleen Haslett, 34:55

Tui Stanbury, 34:57

Reine Soule, 35:05

Janet Jacob, 35:06

Jamey Reed, 35:07

Sami Glascott, 35:07

Megan Soule, 35:08

Jayne Applin, 35:09

Durelle Smith, 35:15

Kimberly Buskirk, 35:17

Martha Robinson, 35:17

Dana Espindola, 35:24

Teresa Sellers, 35:27

Mary DuHoux, 35:29

Bonnie Lind, 35:31

Melinda Bolton, 35:33

Rachel Hopkins, 35:36

Alana Lim, 35:36

Rachel Boudreau, 35:38

Bonnie Wanat, 35:48

Sarah Kleedehn, 35:53

Amy Brumbaugh, 35:59

Summer Cutting, 36:01

Gloria Menzel, 36:03

Wendy Lindberg, 36:06

Donna Newman, 36:08

Eleanor Mayo, 36:08

Mandy Andersen, 36:09

Ruby Willman, 36:26

Maureen Haggblom, 36:29

Alexa Blakey, 36:30

Liz Rawlins, 36:31

Phillipia Holness, 36:32

Lia Keller, 36:32

Karen Divelbiss, 36:32

Lena Lawhead, 36:34

Pauline Tise, 36:47

Tania Dennis, 36:47

Kaitlyn OBrien, 36:49

Charlotte Weston, 36:51

Staci Fieser, 36:51

Lisa Ramstad, 36:54

Catherine Coon, 36:54

Linda Smith, 36:55

Keena Bennett, 36:59

Alexandra Caldelas, 37:00

Lisa Tibbo, 37:05

Mari Rueter, 37:05

Victoria Souchik, 37:05

Kelly Parsons, 37:08

Alyssa Sweet, 37:09

Alayna Naylor, 37:10

Stephanie Kesler, 37:13

Talia Smith, 37:15

Lisa An, 37:19

Nada Boyer, 37:28

Christina Eldridge, 37:28

Bev Lewanski, 37:31

Kathie Steele, 37:33

Sally Coburn, 37:35

Alison McCarrey, 37:35

Deann Denter, 37:37

Tunde Breg, 37:45

Linda Ireland, 37:52

Judy Thompson, 37:52

Kim Ruechel, 37:55

Jennifer Smith, 37:55

Ann Erickson, 37:58

Brenda Bowles, 38:02

Karen Loeffler, 38:04

Celia Rozen, 38:05

Nena Wendzel, 38:11

Kathryn Jacques, 38:16

Alicia Vernon, 38:17

Robby Bear, 38:18

Rosemary Hill, 38:22

Andrea Chang, 38:27

Sheila Swanson, 38:27

Siri Erickson, 38:28

Addison Eldridge, 38:29

Brittany Occhipinti, 38:31

Kerry Clark, 38:31

Diane Mohwinkel, 38:31

Christina Lam, 38:33

Marietta Hall, 38:34

Barb Ashton, 38:35

Kristen Bell, 38:39

Harriet Levine, 38:41

Jilleen Charette, 38:45

Elizabeth Drewes-Todd, 38:48

Lisa Gray, 39:07

Mollee Raney, 39:08

Jyll Green, 39:16

Molly Estes, 39:17

Kelly Bigelow, 39:20

Mallary Lyon, 39:20

Denise Lutton, 39:21

Mira Franz, 39:24

Sarah Lindsey, 39:25

Katherine O'Grady, 39:30

Suzanna Caldwell, 39:30

Kathy Keck, 39:35

Haley Huff, 39:44

Jessy Hilliard, 39:46

Tina Tomsen, 39:46

Kathie Lawson, 39:46

Liv Kullberg, 39:47

Barbara Melcher, 39:49

Kristen Bearden, 39:50

Karla Kolash, 39:51

Nina Wladkowski, 39:52

Jennifer Meyer, 39:53

Jessie Ford, 39:58

Aven Gray, 40:01

Angel Boga, 40:10

Michelle Olds, 40:14

Sarah Gerken, 40:15

Olivia Sims, 40:15

Patricia O'Gorman, 40:15

Tana Stone, 40:22

Guadalupe Mendoza, 40:24

Brandy Stepetin, 40:27

Hannah Stepetin, 40:29

Leann Stubblefield, 40:30

Joelle Hall, 40:33

Kathryn Duder, 40:34

Cassandra Barsalou, 40:39

Elizabeth Gresham, 40:39

Lesley Lyman, 40:39

Jill Rogers, 40:41

Tiffany Briggs, 40:41

Rachel Penney, 40:42

Kristine Johnson, 40:42

Christine White, 40:48

caye moberg, 40:59

Jeanne Fischer, 40:59

Audrey Alstrom, 41:03

Leah Parks, 41:05

Carla Erickson, 41:06

Heather White, 41:10

Justine Kersten, 41:11

christina young, 41:15

Wren Mowery, 41:23

Rhoda Baines, 41:29

Christine Mattingley, 41:36

Katrina Moss, 41:39

Patricia Neptune, 41:40

kathy faryniarz, 41:51

Wendy Boyd, 42:00

Millie Spezialy, 42:08

Katie Gamez, 42:11

Sandra Lowther, 42:15

Lorinda Jensen, 42:17

Samantha Langlie, 42:22

Joanne Ackerman, 42:22

Hayley Neptune, 42:30

Gail Heineman, 42:30

Yvonne Oren, 42:38

Geesnell Lim, 42:41

Liane Ryan, 42:41

Janeece Higgins, 42:42

Meg Kurtagh, 42:44

paula birmingham, 42:48

Estelle Maurits, 42:50

Mary Portlock, 42:54

Kristine Bollinger, 42:58

Michelle Lim, 43:00

Grace Allen, 43:03

Terry Slaven, 43:07

Lisa Pekich, 43:11

Sharon Holland, 43:11

Lisa Saperstein, 43:14

Cyndi Reeves, 43:14

Barbara Kagerer, 43:16

Stacy Dayley, 43:24

Victoria Hillwig, 43:26

Hailee Stepetin, 43:29

Katerina Wessels, 43:30

Kristina Kagerer, 43:34

Vera Hershey, 43:35

Gail Mai, 43:49

Carrie Gray, 43:54

Julie Tisdale, 44:01

Mariah Schmidt, 44:04

Trudy Keller, 44:10

Lesli Ellis-Wouters, 44:10

Keri Miller, 44:30

Cassie Collins, 44:32

Kim Groat, 44:36

Debbi Heinen, 44:43

Mary Hacker, 44:45

Alissa Engelby, 44:46

Alex Miller, 44:49

Alexis Collins, 44:51

Christa Osterkamp, 44:54

Wendy Wiltfong, 45:08

Denise Wright, 45:10

Julia Watkins, 45:11

Autumn Smith, 45:15

Carol Silva, 45:16

Liesl Carter, 45:16

Karen La May, 45:17

Alexandria Myers, 45:19

Andrea Dittrich, 45:21

Jean Keckhut, 45:27

Emma Watkins, 45:31

Esme Carter, 45:31

Brook Burgess, 45:35

Adalyn Brown, 45:36

Camille Ulrich, 45:37

Karen McCreary, 45:40

Michelle Bernstine, 45:42

Amie Condon, 45:43

Michelle Garner, 45:44

Robyn Langlie, 45:48

Michelle Schwenn, 45:59

T Scott, 46:08

Gail Hoefler, 46:14

Angele Bell, 46:18

Hannah Veltkamp, 46:18

Jeanine Firmin, 46:25

Krystle Penaflor, 46:32

Megan Doucet, 46:38

Jamie Weeks, 46:39

Mary Hensel, 46:48

Addie McEwen, 46:50

Adrianna Lewis, 46:50

Anna Bryant, 46:53

Judy Krier, 46:54

Lee Miller, 47:03

Shelby Fields, 47:04

Kristi Brown, 47:06

Keira Trotter, 47:09

Lisa Robinette, 47:11

Helen Bohn, 47:22

Jessica Crisp, 47:26

Bella Bohn, 47:30

Shirley Tiongson, 47:32

Meredith Behrens, 47:38

Cassie Ostrander, 47:39

Lisa Eyler, 47:42

Lynne Farrington, 47:47

Mei Yueh Lim, 47:48

Kaylin Kirkham, 47:58

Tina Walter, 48:00

Kate Dueber, 48:01

Julia Timm, 48:03

Sophia Lyon, 48:05

Abby O'Malley, 48:07

Kelly Taylor-Lee, 48:17

Julie Leonard, 48:20

Patricia Geitz, 48:29

Laura Stoddard, 48:34

Marie Westphal, 48:34

Sherri Roberds, 48:41

Abby Tiedemann, 48:42

Adele Fetter, 48:55

Annika Schmidt, 49:01

Sherri Douglas, 49:02

Elly Mayo, 49:08

Jolene Hotho, 49:14

Kelly Clark, 49:22

Linda Hehl, 49:41

Andrea Jones, 49:59

Susan Bury, 49:59

Tami Trotter, 50:04

Laura McLaughlin, 50:09

Magdalena Acevedo de Yordy, 50:26

Kelli Shew, 50:34

Lexy Willis, 50:34

Lorelei Hass, 50:39

Janet Shelley, 50:41

Rachel Sutton, 50:45

Merlyn Savikko, 50:46

Hali Willis, 50:52

Allyson Youngblood, 51:09

Veronica Griffith, 51:14

Laura Luebke, 51:15

Tammy Sterrett, 51:16

Gayle Martin, 51:18

Robin E Turk, 51:21

Terri Hazlewood, 51:28

Deanna McCreary, 51:30

Brynn Luebke, 51:34

Annette Hewitt, 51:41

Beth Walker, 51:47

Cynthia Kirkham, 51:51

Katrina Green, 52:00

Sheila King, 52:01

Shelley Biss, 52:05

Amy Kohlhase, 52:07

Alexis Smith, 52:16

Jonel Schenk, 52:22

Anika Biss, 52:24

Kimberly Chaitoff, 52:25

Grace Volmer, 52:25

Kirsten Roos, 52:26

Marta Mueller, 52:34

Sarah Shoffstall-Cone, 52:34

Rebecca Koford, 52:34

Gianna Lewis, 52:37

Madison Chaitoff, 52:43

Katherine Cone, 52:53

Stacey Dougherty, 53:06

Genevieve Maurits, 53:10

Jessica Cederberg, 53:19

Kyla Fairbanks, 53:27

Debra Mihelich, 53:30

Marion Maurits, 53:49

An Phan, 53:57

Danette Castillo, 54:16

Julia Dunlap, 54:27

Bonnie Dorman, 55:07

Nicole Scherer, 55:10

Tanya Hutchison, 55:16

June Richardson, 55:18

Alice Stacey, 55:27

Victoria Scherer, 55:29

Amanda Dunlap, 55:31

Faye Fraze, 55:35

Elizabeth Redmond, 55:36

Alex Bury, 55:42

meyoung wolfe, 55:51

Kaydence Giroux, 55:56

Ezra wolfe, 56:10

Rebecca Tucker, 56:20

Janna Shaw, 56:26

Rene Goentzel, 56:30

Andrea Armstrong, 56:37

Pheng Scott, 56:59

Keira Armstrong, 57:00

Adria Myers, 57:08

Natalia Sears, 57:18

Christina Taylor, 57:33

Valentina Sears, 57:37

Olivia Taylor, 57:53

Rebecca Agalawatta, 58:09

Sonali Agalawatta, 58:27

Mandy Curry, 58:33

Cindi Parsons, 58:39

Brielle Curry, 58:52

Jaylee Brendel, 59:02

Lorelle Myers, 59:57

Sandra Volmer, 1:00:20

Kimberly Sledgister, 1:00:24

Eileen Myers, 1:00:25

Carlota Sledgister-Rodriguez, 1:00:26

Deanna March, 1:00:30

Amber Chung, 1:00:33

Linda Mcalister, 1:01:12

Tina Thomas, 1:01:29

Penny Furnish, 1:01:37

Jennifer Dobson, 1:02:49

Tricia West, 1:03:08

Astrid Albertson, 1:03:12

Tamar Ben-Yosef, 1:03:34

Carmen Wenger, 1:03:49

Crystal Imperato, 1:05:59

Brook Pester, 1:06:08

Kathryn Stewart, 1:06:24

Claire Pester, 1:06:25

Bonnie Bailey, 1:07:22

Heather Wilson, 1:07:32

Madeleine (Maddy) Bausch, 1:07:41

Teal Flint, 1:07:52

Eva Anderson, 1:08

Cathy Watkins, 1:12:20

Dorothy Interest-Simpson, 1:12:37

Marcia Louise Franklin, 1:12:58

Julianne Tibbe, 1:13:16

Naomi Tibbe, 1:13:35

Winter Giroux, 1:16:51

Holly Kennedy, 1:18:09

Ila Kennedy, 1:18:27

Katarzyna Michon, 1:33:30

Anna Bjornsdottir, 1:33:50