Born and raised in Baltimore, I've bicycled, hiked, kayaked, and driven through Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, with friends and family. The Wild Goose Chase was one of the first organized rides I did with my cycling pals, the Sassy Sisters, and later it was one of my first vending events as the owner and founder of SassyCyclist. So naturally, I'm thrilled to create the ride jersey, my first made for a particular event.
The Wild Goose Chase Bicycle Ride is an all-women's ride in Dorchester County, an area rich in history and natural beauty. Started in 2008 by women's bicycling pioneer Georgena Terry, the entire weekend has a great, friendly female vibe. The Goose is organized by Friends of Blackwater with proceeds benefiting important conservation efforts there. This year, the WGC celebrates its 10th Anniversary the weekend of September 8-9th.
My plan was to create a bespoke jersey design with elegant imagery befitting the beautiful flora and fauna of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and at the same time, making sure that it's fun and lively like the WGC! I chose to use reed grasses in watercolors as the main motif since they’re the predominant plants growing in this brackish tidal marsh. The Refuge is a wetland sanctuary along the Atlantic flyway so an abundance of waterfowl makes the area a seasonal home. Given that, and the ride’s namesake, it was only right to include geese in the design. Gaggles of them on blue sky background form stripes along the sleeves and rear pockets.
Production of the custom jerseys is planned for late spring/ early summer. If you'd like to see the jersey upon completion, you can sign up to receive email notification in the box to the right.
JOIN THE CHASE!
If you live in the mid-Atlantic area, consider joining ~400 women in Dorchester County for a weekend of riding, outdoor activities, sightseeing, socializing, workshops, and more! Click here for more information regarding the Wild Goose Chase Bicycle Ride 2018. Registration is open.
RIDE ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES
Guided nature rides on the Blackwater NWR Wildlife Drive.
Workshop: Bike maintenance and knowing your way around your bike.
Workshop: Safety and how to prepare for a group ride.
Visit vendors at the Governors Hall at Sailwinds Visitor Center in Cambridge.
Cash bar reception at Governors Hall. Meet and greet Guest of Honor Georgena Terry.
Sunday Sept 9th Ride with four routes from 20 to 65 miles.
Post-ride lunch from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA
Kayaking adventure through Blackwater NWR with Blackwater Adventures.
Golf (special rate for participants and companions) at Hyatt River Marsh.
Tour historic High Street, Pine Street, and the Choptank River Lighthouse.
Self-guided ride through and around historic Cambridge.