Yeti and Bigfoot Sponsor 1st Women-Only MTB Event
Yeti Cycles and Bigfoot Productions have teamed up as sponsors for the Beti Bike Bash, the first-ever mountain bike event for women only. Team Yeti Beti will be hosting the event, which will be held on June 12.
The Beti Bike Bash will feature a variety of races for women of all ages and skill levels. One of these will include a 3-woman relay race, plus racing at the 5-mile singletrack loop at Bear Creek Lake Park, with the beginners and sport-level riders racing two and three laps, respectively. Those belonging to the Open/Pro category can let it all out with four laps.
The MTB event will be held in Colorado, which fits perfectly, considering that the state has had a long and legendary history with the sport. The first-ever UCI MTB World Championships was held here in Durango back in 1990, with two local riders, Ned Overend and Juli Furtado, winning the gold in their respective events. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Crested Butte, and top-notch riders from all over the world go to compete in the Leadville 100, known as one of the most demanding MTB events in the United States.
Amy Thomas of Team Yeti Beti says that Chris Conroy (Yeti president) had given the green signal for total support of the event. There were already plans for hosting the Bike Bash way back in 2007, but Thomas explains that they just “didn’t have the resources” to make it happen, until now.
Sarah Rawley, PR for Bigfoot Productions, says that one of the main goals for sponsoring the Beti Bike Bash is to “break down the barriers” that often prevent women from mountain biking. These include the steep climbs, high altitude rides, and rocky downhill runs. The trails at Bear Creek makes for a great venue, says Rawley, for hosting an event like the Beti Bike Bash.