What is Little Red and how did it get started in the first place?
Little Red’s founder, Alice Telford, was inspired after riding the Cinderella Classic Ride in Alameda County, CA. It was fun on 2 wheels and Alice began thinking how she could put together something similar back in her home state of Utah.
While out riding one day with a friend through beautiful Cache Valley, with its quiet small towns and lush farmlands, Alice decided she’d found the perfect spot for a new women’s ride. With her fellow Bonneville Cycling Club members, Alice and 25 women created and rode the first ever Little Red. The ride continued year after year, growing slowly but steadily to about 185 riders by 1999. In some of those early years the men also included a ride called The Big Bad Wolf. The women rode on Saturday with the men providing support, and on Sunday the men rode the course ‘backwards’ while the women supported them.
Over the years, the Bonneville Cycling Club has grown, along with the sport of cycling. And as women’s cycling events took off, so did Little Red. It’s our 30th year now and Little Red is bigger and better than ever.
The ride has grown to become a much loved event, with a new theme each year, a Friday night party and celebration, live music, vendors, great food, a costume contest, over-the-top decorations, a finish line celebration, ice cream bar and nonstop fun. With 3500+ riders and hundreds of volunteers, Little Red is truly a one of a kind event, second to none.
Little Red’s popularity continues to grow, and since 2005 we’ve included custom jerseys. These are colorful, fun and completely collectbile! Our themes have grown more elaborate, our numbers bigger. But in the end, Little Red is still a ride for women, out having a great time. Here’s a look back at some of our great themes and jerseys, starting with 2005.
2005 ….. the year we first rolled out LRRH jerseys. By this year, Little Red had grown to 800 riders. What inspired the jerseys? It was the first year the ride had custom Little Red artwork and we wanted to flaunt it!
2006 ….. a 1930’s inspired Little Red… sexy and sassy….with the wolf lurking in the background. We really played up the male volunteers as big and bad and Little Red was in drag. We had 1,000 riders and our first costume contest.
2007…. In this year the wolf was in a tux on the front of the tandem serving our Little Red. We dressed the wolf up in a tux and served sparkling cider in champagne glasses at the finish line to our 1,700 riders. We held our first Friday night dinner and expo. This was the first year we started the silent auction and raffled off bikes to make more money for cancer research.
2008 …. Howdy! LRRH went with a Wild West theme in 2008. We wanted to expand our ride and welcome women from other parts of the country to the WILD ‘RED’ WEST. Little Red was all dressed up in country attire with the wolf tied up on the back of the bike. Entertainment included a western band at the Friday night ‘Round Up and BBQ’ and we grew yet again to 2,400 riders.
2009 …. ALOHA! Our Hawaiian/Luau themed ride. We capped the ride at 2,600 riders and filled up by April. The Friday night dinner was a Hawaiian Luau. We had a Hawaiian show including male fire dancers. The food tables were adorned with grass skirts and big bad wolves lounging in the sand drinking pina coladas. All the volunteers wore Hawaiian shirts and the finish line included tropical drinks with decorative straws and hot pink leis.
2010 …. Our Super Red/Super Hero theme! We capped the ride at a whopping 3,000 and filled up in just 29 days. We moved the entire Event to Lewiston and enjoyed the new, expanded location. The Saliva Sisters were on hand for the Friday night entertainment. We put the big bad wolf in a super wolf costume and Little Red was in a Super girl costume. The volunteers were our Super Heroes and together we raised nearly $60,000 to donate towards cancer research.
2011…. Once again, we capped the ride at 3,000 women and filled up in a record 23 HOURS. Our weekend included a 1950’s theme including meals at The ‘Little Red Diner’ (complete with a couple of roller skating car hops). The Big and Bad Wolf himself was dressed in a black leather jacket and other bad boy 1950’s attire. A 1950’s pink Cadillac drove our wolf around the course during the ride. A 1950’s style ice cream parlor delighted everyone after the ride. And a live band played great Rock and Roll music!
2012 …. Our 25the Year Celebration! We expanded our numbers once more and busted all records by registering 3500 riders in less than an hour. Little Red’s popularity was overwhelming and the number of volunteers had grown to nearly 500 to pull off this event. LOVE, PEACE, RIDE was our theme. We celebrated with a far out, groovy, psychedelicious-tie-dye soaked weekend.
2013…A Bollywood themed weekend, filled with the rich, vibrant luxurious colors, textures and fun of Bollywood. Little Red style, of course! Our dinner was catered by Tandoori Oven a local favorite for great Indian food, from Logan, Utah. Bollywood music kept us dancing long after the cycing was over.
2014… O Samba it’s Brazilian Carnival! Last year’s event was an extravaganza of colors, sights and sounds. Our carnival theme included a delicious Brazilian feast catered by Gaucho Grill from Logan, Utah. Their staff was dressed in traditional Brazilian apparel. And Brazilian dancers and a Samba band kept our party lively and fun. Did we mention the perfect weather as well?