Saturday, February 5, 2011

Little Red Through the Years...In Jerseys

Here at Little Red the excitement is growing! Getting ready and rolling out the new look for 2011 has brought back many positive remarks and remembrances of all the fun we've had over the years. One of the most exciting aspects of LRRH is the collectible jersey we design for each year's ride. The idea to make custom jerseys for Little Red grew as the ride itself grew, evolved and blossomed into the event we know and love today. Here is a short trip down memory lane, starting with 2005 when the LRRH jerseys were first introduced. How many of the collectible jerseys do YOU own? Do you have a favorite? We'd love to hear from YOU so let us know!

2005...the year the jerseys started. Little Red grew from 400 riders the previous year to 800 riders for the first time. What inspired the jerseys? It was the first year the ride had custom Little Red artwork and we thought it would make a great jersey!

2006.....Was 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 version 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. This was really the first year for a true themed ride. We held our first Friday night dinner and expo before the ride. We had 1,700 riders for 2007! This was the first year we started the silent auction and raffled off bikes to make more money for cancer research.

2008....Howdy there little ladies! 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 in this year and we 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 last year was a huge success! 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 (in drag) was in a Super girl costume. The volunteers were our SuperHeros. Which of course they are!! We saw plenty of 'Wonder Women' in costume up on stage and raised nearly $60,000 to donate towards cancer research. It was our biggest, reddest, strongest and most successful Little Red to date>>>>> of course, that is until 2011 LRRH comes to town!

2011- Just in case you've been living under a rock for the past few months and haven't heard, take a look at what we've got planned for 2011! A 1950's Theme complete with:
Meals at The Little Red Diner (complete with a couple of roller skating car hops).
The Big and Bad Wolf himself dressed in a black leather jacket and other bad boy 1950’s attire.
A 1950’s pink Cadillac to drive our wolf around the course during the ride.
A 1950’s style ice cream parlor for the finish line party
A live band with great Rock and Roll music! OOOHHHH baby, that's what we like!!
And plenty more so get ready for LRRH 2011 and be sure to order YOUR beautiful, collectible jersey for this year's better than ever Little Red Riding Hood!

1 comment:

  1. I vote 2009 as the BEST jersey! It has the best cut-open sleeves and open hem. I can't stand elastic cutting off my circulation when I'm doing 80-100 miles.
    Plus it has a cute HOT pink theme, which makes for good visibility on the road.