Group of Valley women bike 40 miles in New York City

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — May is National Bike Month and a lot of people in the Shenandoah Valley have been celebrating in different ways. A local group of all-women cyclists called the Cycling Sisters kicked off the month by doing a 40-mile bike ride around New York City.

The group is made of all women in the healthcare industry.

Cycling Sisters have been riding together for six years. They all met in the area and ride one or two times per week during the warm weather months. All of the Cycling Sisters are in the healthcare profession, and over 50 years old.

Colleen Conley, one of the Cycling Sisters, said this year was the 42nd annual bike ride in New York City. Roads are closed down and bikers have the area to themselves. The group took their training from the Valley to the streets of the concrete jungle.

"The 40-mile length of the ride for us was probably less of a big deal than it was for people who haven't prepared in fun places like this, and doing some hills and things like that," said Conley.

The group had an outpouring of support from Harrisonburg's local biking community, according to Lynne Eggert, who is another Cycling Sister.

"We felt incredible support from some of our local bike shops. With Ben Weis tuning up our bikes or the Rocktown Bike Shop," said Eggert.

The group endured poor weather but made the most of it.

"It was a 100% chance of rain and it really rained 100% of the time," said Conley.

The group rode through five different boroughs of the city and got to ride on five different bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge.

Another Cycling Sister, Kathie Long, said they completed their trek in just four hours. She said that the group is planning to look for more opportunities in other cities for rides like this one.