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We’re kicking off the 2019 Stoked Spoke Season with something a little different, and especially powerful. Please join us for an evening with Tessa Hulls, lifetime creator, seeker and adventurer, as she takes us on an adventure through the history of Women, Trans and Femme vanguards in cycling. Tessa shares her research through a delightfully crafted narrative and artistically dynamic timeline, it’s a real gift for our communities!

 

 

WTF’s In Early Cycling History

WTF’s have been using bicycles as tools for both adventure and social liberation for well over a century, but their stories are largely missing from the record. Using a combination of historical photographs and hand-drawn illustrations, this talk dives into the feminist history of cycling and shines a light on a cohort of adventurers who took to their bikes to knock down gender barriers in the late 1800’s.

From stunt cyclists clearing 45-foot jumps in 1903 to proto-bikepackers crossing the Swiss alps in proper Victorian dress, the individuals highlighted in this talk accomplished incredible feats on two wheels. But beyond that, they used the freedom they found through cycling to fight for the expansion of gender rights. These pioneering cyclists were also state senators, aviators, doctors, mechanics, and sportswriters in an era when women weren’t even allowed to vote or own property.

These indomitable adventurers forged their own paths and paved the way—largely before paved roads existed— for the current generation of women, trans, femme, and gender nonbinary cyclists who are using bicycles to push for broader horizons.

 

About the presenter

Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/researcher/adventurer who is equally likely to disappear into a library or the wilderness. Tessa became hopelessly addicted to bicycle travel on a 2011 solo tour from southern California to Maine, and her two-wheeled wanderings have led her all over the continental US, plus swaths of Alaska, Ghana, Cuba, and Mexico. She fuses her love of bike exploration with her creative practice as a freelance specialist on the deep history of rugged femininity, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Rumpus, and Atlas Obscura’s Kickass Women series. She has received grants from The Washington Artist Trust, The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, and 4Culture, and has been awarded residencies at Caldera Arts, Ucross Foundation, PLAYA, and others. When not bicycling alone across countries or presenting illustrated lectures about the exploits of female adventurers in the early 1900’s, she is working on a nonfiction graphic novel about her journalist grandmother, Sun Yi.

It’s time for another amazing Stoked Spoke season!  In observance of these dark, wet, Pacific Northwest winter days I am happy to announce that Stoked Spoke is back again for a 5th season of celebrating being outside and seeking adventures by bicycle. Interested in sharing a route, read on to the bottom for a link to submitting your route.

Stoked Spoke is a winter series of bicycling adventure presentations!

Each evening highlights four to six self supported bike camping routes complete with maps, slideshow and planning tips. This year the trip reports will be 5-10 minutes long. Once all of the presentations are finished, each presenter will host an information table where they will answer individual questions and have maps of region they explored.

This is a three-part series that highlights the best bike camping destinations in Cascadia and beyond.

Stoked Spoke is being graciously hosted by the Rhino Room once again (click for map), a full bar equipped with a rad set-up for screening Stoked Spoke and booths that are perfectly laid out for you to check out maps and learn more. Rhino Room is opening its doors just for us! (21+ only)

We’ll be publishing a summary of each Stoked Spoke event on our blog, including route summaries and digital maps.

Rhino Room (+21)

Doors open at 6:30pm

Presentations 7pm-9pm

This seasons dates are: 

January 30th

February 27th

March 27th

Tickets:

$5 a person. Sold at the door!

Interested in sharing your routes. Please apply, click the link to get information on presenting and to fill out the presentation profile.

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