Scholarships provide cycling gear, bikes for various applicants

J. Eric Eckard

WEST LAFAYETTE – When Carolyn McLaughlin and Ana Gomez-Sierra started riding bicycles around the streets and roads of Tippecanoe County, it took them back to their childhoods.

Although they grew up in different parts of the globe – McLaughlin in a small Illinois town and Gomez-Sierra in Cartagena, Colombia – those nostalgic look backs were pretty similar.

“I grew up riding bikes down country roads,” the 29-year-old McLaughlin said. “It brought back feelings of being young and having fun again.”

Gomez-Sierra, 28, said she remembered amazing rides as a young girl around her neighborhood until she moved, and increased traffic made it too dangerous for youngsters to ride. And like most teenagers, both women traded in their two-wheelers for video games, swimming and hanging out with friends.

But their paths led the women to Lafayette, Ind., Where they found the Wabash River Cycle Club. Different friends told them about the club’s Monday night Women’s Ride, and they decided to try it out.

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