Do you feel like cycling with others, but don’t know anyone to go with? Then we have something special for you! In the last few months, we have put together national cycling groups through our network that are explicitly aimed at FLINTA (women, lesbians, inter-, non-binary, trans and a-gender people). In this article, we introduce you to the platform and the participating groups and explain how you can network.
A platform for FLINTA cycling groups: On the bike with like-minded people
Transparency note: Contains advertising/ brand mentions. This project is supported by Komoot. We would like to thank Komoot for their support and could not have imagined a better partner for this project. We had already decided on Komoot as the platform for the FLINTA rides before the start of the collaboration, as the tool meets our requirements very well.
From the very beginning we had the desire to connect women, lesbians, inter-, non-binary-, trans- and a-gender people, who enjoy cycling, in “real life” as well. To ride together, share experiences, inspire each other or just have a good time together.
Then, when we came out publicly as “The Women all Ride”, we kept getting requests. “You have a lot of contacts. Do you know a women’s group in Hanover?” – “Do you know who I could ride with near Munich?”
The need to find protected spaces and just be among each other, to exchange ideas, was obviously great – too big to respond to all the requests individually. We decided that there was an urgent need for a platform that was accessible to everyone.
Our decision to work with Komoot as a tool was done quickly. Komoot is more focused on riding, experiencing and the community behind, which we find very suitable to address FLINTA with all possible riding styles and tempos. Komoot also allows us to show very easily what to expect from the participating groups. Each group creates their typical tour and shares important information like starting location, riding level and contact details in the comments.
After a final check, we include the tours in our “FLINTA-FAHRRADGRUPPEN” Komoot Collection. The collection provides an overview of who is represented at which location on the overall map and you can find all the information about the particular group via the details.
Komoot kindly provided us with an account, and we began to contact all the groups we already knew about.
“TWAR vernetzt, supported by Komoot” – almost a year after our first call, Komoot supports us again with our networking and community building idea and enables us to present the participating groups in detail. We are pleased that there are already sixteen of them and present all the groups here – across Germany and even as far as Switzerland!
If you are part of a group that would like to be included in our collection and in our FLINTA bike group campaign, please follow the instructions in the collection or contact us directly – we are happy about every new group!
FLINTA Rides in the North
FLINTA rides take place in Northern Germany on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In Hamburg you even have the choice between three rides. But where are cities like Lübeck, Rostock or Greifswald? If there are regular rides for FLINTA in your city in the North, write to us! We’ll be happy to add them here and on Komoot!
FCSP BALLER:INAS I&II
The cycling department of FC St. Pauli offers tours at a speed of 24 kmph in its Monday training for beginners and advanced FLINTAs. You will also gain technical knowledge – e.g. giving hand signals, riding in the drop bars, riding behaviour in bends. Registration via Doodle is mandatory, communication works via a Whatsapp group.
FCSP BALLER:INAS III
FC St. Pauli’s Wednesday training is aimed at ambitious FLINTA who already have experience and who want to prepare for races, brevets and ultra-endurance adventures. The prerequisite is, among other things, safe riding in a group at a speed of 28 kmph. Technical and theoretical content will also be taught. Registration works via Doodle.
Creating a safe space for FLINTA to try things out, test your limits and exchange ideas on topics related to cycling and beyond – that’s the aim of the Kandie Gang FLINTA Rides in Hamburg. Here you can ride at 24-29 kmph and practise riding in a row of two. The focus is on solidarity – and a lot of fun.
The RiotCatz from Hanover are on the road once a month on Sunday afternoons. The rides can be done on road bikes, gravel bikes or “fixed” bikes. The plan is to ride 35 – 40 relaxed kilometres, in summer also occasionally with a picnic break. Contact is via Instagram.
Since spring 2019, the RSG Hannover has been connecting women who love cycling and those who want to explore and start cycling, and introduces the endless possibilities of cycling. Everyone is welcome, from fair-weather cyclists to racers. In winter, there is also an alternative programme of roller and strength training. Please register by e-mail.
The Bikery describes itself as an amateur cycling community that unites “the love for cakes, bikes, adventures and each other”. The ride takes place early in the morning during the week at a speed of around 30 kmph. Interested people should already be able to ride in a group and be self-sufficient in an emergency.
FLINTA GRVL Ride Braunschweig
Long overdue. Finally, there is also a FLINTA Ride in Braunschweig. People who like to gravel can find access to the WhatsApp group via the Strava club “Gravel Braunschweig” or directly via DM on Bianca’s IG profile. So far, the rides are irregular and take place by arrangement.
FLINTA Rides in the Middle
There is also something for those who decide at short notice. In the centre of Germany, there are also loosely organized groups that ride by arrangement/announcement. Is your group still missing from this list? Then write to us so that we can include you!
Radel FLINTA*s Halle
To escape the Corona winter low, a FLINTA cycling Telegram group was founded last year in Halle/Saale. There are no fixed ride times or routes; you can simply write in the group if you feel like going for a ride together with others.
Speed and route are decided together. Fun, mutual motivation and fries are the main focus.
The anti-fascist cycling group RSL Feminista starts every Monday at 6 pm at Teichstraße 12 for a ride together. If people of the group are involved in care work or have to be home in time for breastfeeding, for example, the length of the route is adjusted in solidarity. The rules of group riding are explained before each ride.
If you have any questions, you can reach the RSL feministas by email or on Instagram.
BDO FLINTA Roadbike loop
Every Thursday at 6 pm, the road bike loop for FLINTA* people starts at the Bike Department Ost, Karl Liebknecht str. 31, in Leipzig. Together with Rebekka you will ride 45-60 km at an average speed of 23-25 kmph; you are also welcome to join us on a gravel bike.
You can find information on the BDO website, on Facebook, Instagram and Strava via BDO or directly via Rebekka on Komoot, Strava and Instagram.
DoitNau FLinta Social Ride
The DoitNau FLINTA Social Ride is all about having fun together on the bike. You gain experience in group riding and always find someone to talk bike nerd stuff with. The group is open to everyone or FLINTA on a weekly alternation – on Instagram you can see who’s on and what surface they’re riding on.
Ann-Kathrin (Triathlove) started the “Girlsrides” in Frankfurt in 2018. Once a month, 12-20 FLINTA go on a ride suitable for beginners – on the road or off-road, depending on the season. In addition, there are longer “specials”, regulars’ table meetings and workshop workshops. Motto: Spending a good time together is more important to us than speed! Please register by e-mail.
Kreissaal Ladies Club
Martina and Björn from Kreissaal Ladies Club offer a weekly ride that is also suitable for beginners. In between, there will be some acceleration, but in the end, everyone will arrive together – the focus is on having fun! In addition, there are individual tour arrangements via the Strava Club or the WhatsApp group. Don’t forget to bring some change for the “Radler” at the end of the tour.
R.V. Möwe MG
40 – 75 kilometres “relaxed on the road bike” awaits you at the Girls/Women Ride of the R.V. Möwe Mönchengladbach. The motto is “Ride together and arrive”. Club membership is not necessary, but registration in advance by e-mail is welcome.
FLINTA Rides in the South
In the South, the Stuttgarters regularly go on group rides. Otherwise, there is only the trip to Switzerland to the biZUGlistas – we think: there has to be more! Get in touch, if you organize FLINTA rides in the South of Germany!
The talking_legs are a small group of women in Stuttgart, who want to increase the number of road cyclists on moderate rides and are looking forward to new relaxed cyclists. We ride once a week so that conversations are easily possible, sometimes there are longer day trips. You should be able to ride 30-100 kilometres at about 20 kmph.
Janine Marty calls her group for cycling FLINTA #biZUGlista, for which she organizes regular rides in the summer months starting in the Swiss town of Zug. It’s all about connecting with each other, getting to know new routes and having fun. The weekly rides are occasionally complemented with technical training and workshops.
This is our overview of the groups that are already participating. We hope there is something for you – feel free to tell us about your experiences and send us feedback! If you want to be included with your FLINTA group, we would be happy to hear from you!
Text: Eva Ullrich, Marie Beulig
Editing: Johanna Jahnke
Edit & Layout: Stefanie Fritzen
Header photo: Franziska Evers
Photos: rights reserved by the cycling groups (except for placeholder pictures)