By Giordana Andretta, VeloNews Editorial Intern
The Commercial Color U.S. Women’s Open will take place June 8 in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. The event will attract professional women riders from all over the world, and will also kick off the Women’s Health and Fitness Weekend at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome, which will pay tribute to Nicole Reinhart, who died last September after a crash during a race in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Friday night the “Spirit of Nicole” award, $3000 in scholarship money and prizes, will be presented to the rider who exudes the qualities which Reinhart exemplified during her everyday life and through her cycling. Along with the “Spirit of Nicole” award, an Albert Eisentraut bicycle frame will be awarded to the best up-and-coming new rider.
On Saturday The Spirit of Women Ride for Cancer will take place, benefiting women’s cancer programs at Lehigh Valley’s John and Dorthy Morgan Cancer Center. Reinhart and her mother Pam were extremely active in the fight against cancer. Pam, along will 225 pre-registered women ranging from 10 to 73 years of age, will participate in the 10-mile loop ride. Even a 69-year-old, 20-year ovarian cancer survivor showed up for a Monday night training ride on her three-speed Schwinn.
In addition to the ride a health and fitness expo will take place in the velodrome’s plaza. All participants will receive two tickets to the Commercial Colors U.S. Women’s Open, a free T-shirt, food, drink and a post ride massage. Registration forms are available by calling 610-402-CARE.