2018 Fort Follies Registration Open

Fort Follies 2017

It’s time to start thinking about 2018, and we’re hoping you see polka dots in your future! Registration to the Fort Follies team in 2018 is open NOW and closes on January 15, 2018. Registration is open to women of all abilities, ages, and cycling disciplines. Head on over to the 2018 Registration page and fill out the form, pay a few dollars, and get ready to meet your amazing teammates, have fun, and ride your bike!

If you’ve seen some awesome ladies riding around in polka dots and have been wondering, “Who are the Fort Follies? And can I be part of that rad team?”, your answers are right here. Yes, we’d love for you to join the Follies. We are a group that seeks to empower women in the Fort Collins 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.

Check out some of the things we accomplished in 2017:

  • Fort Follies is a team of 78 strong women!
  • Follies raced 54 times in local road races including: YGR Horsetooth Time Trials, YGR Taft Hill TT, City Streets Crits, and YGR Double Dams TT
  • MTB Follies raced 127 times in grassroots races including: New Belgium Short Track, Laramie Mountain Bike Series, and New Belgium Cyclocross
  • Local race fees for Follies were sponsored by the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
  • Volunteered with Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House for Bike to Work Day
  • Volunteered at Cross of the North
  • Partnered with Source Endurance Training Center of the Rockies for weekly Follies only nights and a spring training camp
  • Logged over 70,000 miles on Strava (add a few thousand more for all those non-Strava riders too!)

Cinnamon Roller

Remember the Cinnamon Roller ride a few weeks ago? One of the Follies, Michelle DeWaard, recounts the adventure for the rest of us that didn’t make it on the ride.


On February 21, 2016 the Winter Ralleye Cycling Series promised a 50 mile ride with Cinnamon Rolls along the route. Of course the Follies were ready to roll for rolls! Betsy Farris, Theresa Rose Adams and myself set out on this cold (32 degrees) but sunny morning from Bean Cycle Roasters along with approximately 30 other riders on mountain bikes, road bikes and single speeds towards the historic Forks Restaurant in Livermore, CO. By mile 8 the road turned to gravel and dirt as we followed along County Road 1, E County Road 62 and N County Rd 11 where we stopped to regroup and load up on refreshments if you packed some.

From there we continued along the dirt and gravel on E County Road 70 to N County Road 17 where we again stopped to regroup before beginning the last leg of the route to The Forks where warm cinnamon rolls awaited. There was a lot of chatter at this stop regarding the last few miles which included an impressive climb around the infamous “pain in the ass pass” along W County Road 80.

Somewhere along here we lost (Mother) Theresa (the Saint) as she stopped to help a fellow cyclist with a flat. Thankfully this was a no drop ride and she was able find her way with the other cyclists to The Forks.

After sharing a beer, fruit snacks and smashed potato chips that Betsy had hidden in her fanny pack, we headed up the dirt and gravel climb on W County Road 80. It lived up to its name, but as we summited “pain in the ass pass” we had spectacular views in every direction.

With the snow capped mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park as a backdrop, we settled into a nice pace as we took in the majestic northern Colorado landscape. We rode along grassland meadows with flowing streams and rock outcroppings and mesa’s. It was breathtaking to say the least, but we were 34 miles in to this route and hungry, so we hightailed it down the last mile along Highway 287 to The Forks for those famous warm cinnamon rolls.

12318308_196488404042536_573897806_oThe Forks was prepared for our arrival with burgers and brats on the grill in addition to their tasty rolls. After our much deserved siesta and refuel, we started on the last leg of this route along highway 287 to Owl Canyon – W County Road 72.

Within minutes of our departure we had headwinds and wind gusts that made us feel even heavier than the burgers and rolls sitting in our bellies. Betsy lead the pack and kept us grinding at a decent pace along N County Road 19 and I pulled a short segment along Taft Hill Road to LaPorte where the ride ended at Swing Station honkey tonk.

The stats looked like this: Total miles 55, ascent 1564 feet, descent 1359 feet and over half of this route was dirt/gravel on my Trek Silque road bike. This was by far the best ride I’ve done since moving to Colorado. The people, food and views on this ride were the best yet… Really fantastic. I will be looking forward to doing it again next year.


Deadline to join or renew your Fort Follies membership – December 30

follies trainer night

Wednesday December 30 is the deadline to join the Follies! If you’re undecided, check out all of the amazing benefits of joining the Fort Follies here, and know we’d love to have you on the team! If you’re already sure you want to join, don’t put it off any longer and fill out the Member Form. We’re excited to see you out on the bike in 2016!

Meet n’ Greet at Wolverine Publick House 12/9 at 7pm

2015 Team

Join current and future Follies for a fun evening at Wolverine Publick House (316 Willow St., Fort Collins, CO 80524) Wednesday December 9th at 7pm. Stop by, grab a drink and meet some fun fellow cyclists!

Just a little Road Trip to Fruita

The Follies like to party and play on the weekends and what better way to spend it than in Fruita, CO on some of the best mountain biking trails in the country!  These babes tore it up!2015Follies Weekend