Photos from the Panjshir Tour: The DC Challenge, Lorton, VA, October 3, 2010. Photo by Brian W. Knight.The following description is from The Bike Lane event page. For more info check out Mountain2Mountain or Panjshir Ride on Facebook. There will be an article about Shannon Galpin and her rides in Afghanistan and amazing initiative coming out in Outside magazine. Thanks to Anne Mader and The Bike Lane for helping make this one happen!
Last fall, Mountain2Mountain founder, Shannon Galpin, became the first woman to ride her mountain bike through the Panjshir Province of Afghanistan. On October 3, 2010 communities across the U.S. and Canada will simultaneously host community bike rides and events exactly one year since GalpinÕs initial groundbreaking ride. At the same time, Galpin and another female rider will embark on their own journey through the Panjshir Province.The Panjshir Tour DC will take place at the Lorton Workhouse Museum and Laurel Hill Trails, which have been built on the location of the former Lorton Reformatory. During the WomenÕs Suffrage Movement, approximately 168 women most from the National WomenÕs Party, were detained and mistreated at the facility in 1917. the Workhouse Museum has been established to bring these imprisoned women’s stories to light. Not only do Afghan women face similar inequalities that American women faced a hundred years ago, they are also still forbidden to ride bicycles. The mission of Mountain2Mountain is to create education and opportunity for women and girls throughout conflict regions. By riding our bikes on the same day that Shannon begins her ride the Panjshir Tour will link the communities that support M2M to the Panjshir communities that benefit from M2M project.