The all-woman Beti Bike Bash will be back for its second year in Colorado this weekend.
Last year’s inaugural event at Bear Creek Lake Park in the foothills west of Denver saw a field nearly 200 women with 90 beginner females. The 2011 event will be on Sunday, June 12.
“The success of last year’s event proved to us that women indeed want to race”, says Amy Thomas from team YetiBeti. “Our goal is to continue to build on this momentum and make this a marquee women’s event. It’s great to see the support.”
As far as support, new sponsorship from Stan’s NoTubes will afford a cash purse that will pay 10 deep, with $1,000 for first place. The total pro purse is $3,000.
“We are pleased to support this one-of-a-kind event for women,” said Cindy Koziatek, co-owner of NoTubes and wife of Stan Koziatek. ”Promoting mountain biking for women who want to compete in this sport will provide an invaluable experience for female competitors. Stan’s NoTubes is all about a fresh approach and going in new directions.”
The event will offer something for all ages and abilities. The course at Bear Creek is a 4-mile, non-technical and fast singletrack loop with views of surrounding Red Rocks Park. Beginners (category 3) will ride two laps, with the sport (category 2) riders racing three laps, and the Open/Pro/Singlespeed race featuring four fast laps.
On Saturday June 11, racers can pre-ride the course with two-time Leadville Trail 100 winner and course record holder Rebecca Rusch. Rusch will be available to discuss race tactics, technique, nutrition, hydration, and race preparation. Additionally, she will also host a screening of the Race Across the Sky 2010 documentary on Friday evening. All the proceeds benefit the Colorado Off Road Mountain Bike Association and IMBA and Mountain 2 Mountain. The screening will be held at Starz Film Center, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver. Cocktails start at 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., a Q&A with Rusch from 7:45 to 8:15 and movie from 8:15to 9:45. Tickets are $15 and are available here.
A portion of this year’s race proceeds will also support Mountain2Moutain, a non-profit organization based out of Denver, Colorado. The organization’s work is focused in Afghanistan, where women’s rights are among the worst in the world, empowering and enabling women through education, training, and job creation, explained Shannon Galpin, Mountain2Mountain’s founder and executive director.