Our original GrassMoots racer Kelly Boniface races at the PRO level during the season and right along with the challenges of training, being a mom and dividing up her time volunteering at pretty much any event in Steamboat, she guides a group of young ladies called “IT’S A GIRL THING”. This past weekend she rounded up 5 of them and set off for the front range of Colorado and the BETI BIKE BASH. She writes in with how it went……
Sunday was the 5th annual Beti Bike Bash. www.betibikebash.com if you want more info on the race. Colorado’s first and only all female mountain bike race.
I brought 5 of my girls from the SSWSC Cycling Club (ages 12 and 13) for the Juniors Race. Our cycling program doesn’t start until the end of June and most of the girls have only ridden their bikes to and from school and soccer so far this spring. But, I sent out an email to the girls that I coached last year and these brave girls decided to give it a go. There were 3 options in the Juniors Races to pick from: 1, 2 or 3 laps. Of course, I signed all my girls up for the 3 laps. If we are going to drive all the way down to Denver, we are going to race three laps!
This was the biggest Juniors field that the Beti’s had hosted thus far. There were almost 40 girls in the 3 lap race alone. The girls were extremely anxious about getting to the front of the start line. It was hilarious to watch them jockeying for position, but they got themselves to the front. I love the picture from the start line where they are intensely focused. I wish I’d gotten some action shots during the race, but I was too busy cheering them on and dumping water on them as they rode by (these girls hadn’t seen temps like that in a long time!)
They rode like champs…4 in the top 10 (but most importantly, they had a blast!) They got to meet a lot of the women in the Pro field, had fun stopping by all the purveyor tents, and of course, chatting it up with Larry Grossman on the mic. He gave us (the girls, me, Steamboat, Moots) tons of props as I’m sure you can imagine.
4th place, Maddie Heydon
6th place, Isabelle Boniface
7th place, Riley Hodges
10th place, Annika Malacinski
23rd place, Caitlin Smith
Not one mechanical (amazing since I’m sure a couple of those bikes had just been pulled out from last summer), crash, nor tear was shed.
After a stop for burritos and ice cream, it was back up the hill to Steamboat. I expected a tired and quiet trip home, but instead they were so fired up. They tortured Siri with important questions like “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?” and sang to the Pop Hits XM station (which plays the same 5 songs over and over again) If I ever hear said 5 songs again, it will be too soon. However, I wouldn’t change a thing about the day. We all agreed we’re going to do it again next year!