The Women’s Center’s Break the Cycle Event Returns Sept. 2022

Put the pedal to the metal to break the cycle of trauma, abuse and homelessness in the Triangle.

Need an excuse to get your bike out? Blow up those tires and hit the pavement for The Women’s Center’s Break the Cycle fundraising ride on Sept. 25 benefiting homeless women in the community. You, ahem, can’t say you’re two-tired to pedal to the metal when it’s for a good cause (!). 

After a successful inaugural event in 2021 that drew 203 bike riders, The Women’s Center—which works with Raleigh’s most at-risk, vulnerable women who face severe and persistent mental illness, sexual assault, trauma and violence—is excited to bring back Break the Cycle for a bigger and better sophomore year, says Brace Boone III, executive director of the West Street nonprofit. 

“We were so happy with the turnout; everyone had a great time,” says Boone of the first annual Break the Cycle ride.

This year, the shelter hopes to raise $50,000 for its programs, which include providing emergency shelter, meals, medical care, crisis assessment, enrichment classes and more to homeless women in Raleigh.

Riders can take part in three different rides during the Sunday morning event: a 30-mile ride, a 5-mile ride or a virtual ride. (Note to serious cycle-paths who love to ride long distances: The first 350 30-mile riders will get a medal!) Everyone who registers will support the shelter with the $55 registration fee, which also includes a T-shirt, and participants can earn more donations for their ride by sharing it across social.

“The purpose of Break the Cycle was to raise awareness and support, and garner partnerships for The Women’s Center and the critical work that we do,” says Boone. “It was also designed for our partners to have an enjoyable, positive experience while getting a little bit of exercise and having some community fellowship, again, to raise awareness about the very serious and unending need for the services that The Women’s Center provides.”

Post-ride, enjoy an afterparty with a DJ (who will also spin tunes as you spin wheels during the ride!), drinks from Trophy Brewing and food trucks. So even if biking isn’t your thing, you can still come out and support the riders and throw back a cold one during the afterparty festivities. Talk about a wheelie good time!

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