Sturdy Bitch Racing is a small grass-roots race team supported by some great sponsors including Sturdy Bitch, Diamondback Bikes, MJD Racing, Georgetown Beer, Big Tree Bikes and Dumonde Tech. In addition to participating in races throughout the NW and Canada, Sturdy Bitch Racing also raises money for the Breast Cancer Fund, a 501(c )(3) non-profit that works to identify and advocate for the elimination of the environmental causes of breast cancer.
Sturdy Bitch also has a mission to increase women’s participation in mountain biking. We work with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to post women specific rides to our ride calendar. This provides women the opportunity to either learn a new sport or in the case of intermediate riders – just ride with the girls.
We also recommend joining Evergreen – they are your advocates for more trails, to keep trails open, and they run an extensive work party calendar to keep those trails buff and well maintained! If you’ve got the time – joining a work party is also highly recommended!
This year, SBR is offering a 3 ride women’s beginner series – participants can ride easier trails at slower speeds and if the group wants to, we can stop and work on technical features. If you are interested in the series – please check Evergreen’s website and sign up for a ride there. For additional information on local trails, what to bring, and for the listing of the rides – click HERE.
We are also working with our shop sponsor, Big Tree Bikes to hold two women's only bike maintenance clinics. Learn to fix a flat, broken chain and other common trail mishaps! Signups will be on Facebook. - please find our Facebook Group under Sturdy Bitch Racing and find the event links on our page. Thanks!
April 19, 7pm
May 16, 8pm
The second series we are offering is in preparation for our team’s big race, the BC Bike Race. The BCBR is a 7 day stage race that is held throughout British Columbia. Rides range in distance from 24-40 miles and 4000-7000’ of elevation so we’ve got a tough training schedule put together. With that in mind, we thought we’d make an offer to the local girls and see if they want to “be sturdy” right along with us.
Purely Custom has made one of a kind Sturdy Bitch headset caps with matching screws (in pink of course) with pink ribbons to declare our intent to participate in the fight against Breast Cancer. Currently there are only 10 of these in existence. We have their commitment to make us a few more if more ladies than that take up the challenge and meet the goal.
Interested in the challenge? Here are the requirements:
What do you get?
Still interested? Click HEREfor the complete details and a listing of the rides, their descriptions and dates/times. If you want in, drop us an email and go to the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance ride calendar and get signed up. You can also find us on Facebook under Sturdy Bitch Racing!
Huge thanks to all that participated in the 2013 Breast Cancer Fund Auction. We haven't quite gotten all the donations in yet but we are hoping to break the $4500 mark when we collect on a few more items where the winners weren't in attendance at the end.
This means that we’ll have been able to raise another $2250 for the Breast Cancer Fund so that they can continue their important work of identifying and advocating for the elimination of the environmental causes of breast cancer. To find out more about this worthy cause and to make a donation directly if you missed the auction, please find them at www.breastcancerfund.org.
We also want to thank the amazing companies that donated auction items. What a great group of companies. If you are in the market for new gear or some great stuff – please check out the auction page – you’ll see the logos of these companies and you can link directly to their pages to check out their products.
As always we are so grateful to our sponsors. We are so thankful to be so well supported with amazing Diamondback bikes, great Georgetown microbrews, a rad crew of bike mechanics from Big Tree, sweet clothes (and title sponsor name!) from Sturdy Bitch, and some great Dumonde Tech lube to keep our drivetrains moving smoothly. Lastly, hugely thankful to the support of MJD Racing – without whom we couldn’t afford to make it to the BC Bike Race in 2013.
And lest we forget, thanks so much to Jon Kennedy from Diamondback Bikes - as always, a stellar job with emceeing the event. Mucho obliged!!!
Thanks so much to all who donated and came out to buy! Looking forward to seeing everyone on the trails soon!
Thanks to Cardo Systems for donating a cardo BK-1 DUO to the Sturdy Bitch Breast Cancer Fund Auction!
The cardo BK-1 is the world's first Bluetooth communication/entertainment system that's custom-made for cyclists and attaches to your bike helmet. So you can ride, listen to music, take phone calls or even chat with multiple riders in its “intercom conferencing” mode. And it features voice command, so you don’t ever have to take your hands off the bars. Safety first! Think about it: you can talk team tactics or get the 411 on trail conditions on the fly from friends or teammates if they’re within 500 meters/1640.4 of you on the road or trail. The system also connects to GPS devices and MP3 players.
The cardo BK-1 DUO is one of many great products you can bid on at our silent auction in support of the Breast Cancer Fund and women's mountain biking.
Don't forget, the auction is on February 13th, 7 pm at St. Andrews Bar in Greenlake. See you there!
Well I can’t answer that but I can say what happened in September with Sturdy Bitch Racing. So let’s take a stab at that instead.
First off – the Seattle weather has been ridiculous. We’re a few days into October and we’re reveling in warm temps and dry days and nights. Sucks of course for the wild fires east of the mountains and we’re hoping those get a good dump of rain and that it rolls back to dry for another week or so. But at this point we’re on borrowed time awaiting the rainy days and nights of fall.
Race and event wise – here’s what we’ve been up to:
Jenn participated in the XTerra Triathlon. Virginia did the Capitol forest Enduro and got 1st in Sport. We also had Ady, Angela and Virginia participate in the first ever Tiger Enduro where Angela got 1st in Expert. Lastly Angela and I went down to Moab for the first ever Whole Enchilada Enduro where Angela got 3rd in the Amateur class.
Other than racing, the team hosted 4 women’s rides in September, two out at Duthie Hill, one on Tiger Mountain and another at Collonade. For October we have another ride for the ladies at Tiger under our belts with another at Duthie and Anacortes coming up. We also have our last official ride of the season (if this weather holds it could go longer!) on Halloween – costumes optional but highly recommended. Further details below.
I volunteered at the Tiger Enduro along with former teammate Kathy. Had a great time doing timing and being able to see every racer as they came through the last stage.
Jenn and Doug also headed out to the Iron Horse trail. This one isn’t single-track but there is a really cool daaaark and scary tunnel that goes on for a looooong long time and there are beautiful waterfalls and opportunities to watch rock climbers up close and personal on it.
Katie and I also headed out to Duthie Hill in early October to participate in the Take a Kid Mountain Biking event. Was great to see so many kids out there learning to ride or just being able to ride with other kids. There were 40 volunteers from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Cascade Bicycle Club. Our very own Kat Sweet of Sweetlines took the lead and organized an amazing event with a ton of little rippers.
A couple of hilites from the month:
The Tiger Mountain Enduro – first time ever that DNR allowed
a race on Tiger Mountain. Got a light
dusting of rain right before the racers were treated to not only a first race
on the mountain, but the opening of the newest section of trail at the top –
twisty, bermy (is that a word?), whoop di doos.
The 2nd first for this event? Julie's debut as a Sturdy Bitch Racing Team member - here's a pic of her ripping it up in her Sturdy Bitch DH jersey. Great job Julie! Pics courtesy of Brian Phillippe (link below to get yours!) - my camera his skill. Thanks Brian!
The 3rd first? New mountain bike trail on Tiger! Huge thanks to DNR and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the trail gnomes that put in the time. We are looking forward to even more trails that are in progress. For pics from the Enduro - donate to Evergreen - link here! For more information on the trails, Evergreen and opportunities to volunteer – please check out Evergreen’s webpage!
The Whole Enchilada Enduro – seriously – we are sooooo lucky this year. Angela and I rolled out to Moab from Seattle. About 16 hours which we did in a 5 hour stint and another 12 hour one there and back. And yes – that’s more than 16 hours – we had to stop a few times – not just to stretch our legs and take the oh so important pee break – but we also had to do a little shopping for “A Truck Stop Christmas”. That of course is another story….
We were also stoked to have Jen, whom I met through the NY Team LUNA Chix MTB team back in Marin a few years ago, meet us in Moab. We got to spend a few days riding and meeting her in-laws and her hubby before race day. Super fun to reconnect and home to get her back out here for some PNW singletrack!
The Big Mountain Enduro series put on the Whole Enchilada Enduro. This was another first time that a land management agency allowed a race like this on the Whole Enchilada trails. They were in attendance and allowed 150 racers to hit the starting line. We were treated to an hour ride up to 11,000’ to the top of Burro Pass by shuttles from Chile Pepper Bike Shop and in the lovely VW vans from Coyote Shuttles as well as every other shuttle van they could find. Fortunately by race day on Sunday, the mud from the rain/snow of Wednesday night had dried out pretty well and the freezing temps from our pre-ride on Friday had warmed to slightly less than frosty temps.
It was amazing to get to start out that high in very PNW like terrain – steep switchbacks, coniferous trees, cold temps, a few creek crossings, lots of roots and lots of loose rocks. Dropping down a couple of thousand feet we hit the line of aspens. With the cold temps up there the leaves were changing colors so there was a beautiful contrast between the white of the bark and the yellow of the leaves. We hit Warner Lake, climbed out of that and then ended up in an area they call Hazzard County.
Dropping through the high brushy area through swoopy berms with some baby head/loose rocks, we did have some extra obstacles. Not sure how many others ran into them but I did almost run straight into a cow. Came around a corner, grabbed a handful of brakes as I locked eyes with a very large cow in the middle of the single-track. He started, gave a little jump and bailed downhill off the trail. Continued on without incident and hit the road where the Kokepelli sign is. No problems until coming around the corner on the road and riding right into the middle a, yes, a herd of cows. Slowed down, talked nicely and they ignored me until one cow decided I made him nervous, he started the stampede and they all ran off the road – fortunately not taking me out in the process.
After all of that the rest was pretty anti-climactic. I made my usual slow progress through the rest of the race – which consisted of UPS and LPS. The race end was 4 miles prior to the official end of the ride – where the Porcupine Rim Trail begins and winds along the top of the Colorado River.
Race support was really good. It was nice to see lots of
folks along the trail in case of injuries and we got lots of encouragement from
the medical personnel and spectators. We
heard tales of a crash with a broken facial bone and a broken collar bone but
personally I didn’t see any major injuries beyond flat tires and broken chains. There were a few DNFs along the line but
overall it seemed like most made it through without incident. While Angela took 3rd in the
Amateur class with a 2 hour ride, it took me 2 hours and 41 minutes. To put that in perspective, the pro women
ripped it at 1:33 with the fastest man doing the entire thing from the top of
Burro Pass to the start of Porcupine Rim in 1 hour 20 minutes. Wow, just wow.
Angela rode her Diamondback Mission and I rode my Diamondback Sortie Black. Given that the up to Burro Pass wasn't timed and it was mostly down with just a few short climbs - I think the 6" travel and slightly more slack head angle might have been nice. Overall though - both bikes sucked up the bumps and the drops just fine. Yahoo Diamondback! Our bikes rock! Thanks!
Finished up the event with some awesome enchiladas from the Love Muffin Café (my fav place for breakfast in Moab) and we returned to our temporary mini-cabin lodgings at the Moab Valley RVResort. We did find another great breakfast place I’ll share – the Wake and Bake Café. Good food, great company and an amazing place. Looking forward to the next visit to Moab.
Oh and quick shout out to YeeHaw Pickles! That might be the highlight
– they were a sponsor and we all got a jar of spicy pickles. Yum! Might be best race schwag ever.
In the meantime – let’s enjoy this weather!
Here are the upcoming rides with Sturdy Bitch Racing. Hope to see you out there!!
October 10th – 6pm ride at Duthie Hill
October 14th – 10am - Anacortes
October 31st – Halloween Costume Ride - 6pm ride at Duthie Hill
Photo from our recent ladies ride at Tiger Mountain! Great job ladies! Had a great time riding with post-race refueling session!
The Pros and Cat 1 riders were sent down Slingshot Wookie, a fun track with lots of rocks, roots, and steep sections. Cats 2 and 3 were sent down Rock Crusher, the machine built intermediate jump trail which is out in the open with tons of bermed corners to rail. Since the park is new, both trails had brand new sections that needed some pounding in to make them shine, and after this past weekend, they are well on their way!
After pre-riding the trails a couple of weekend ago, I realized that my DH rig was overkill for the Cat 2 course, which has some significant pedaling on it. Luckily Diamondback’s Jon Kennedy hooked me up with a Scapegoat, their 7-inch freeride bike, which my teammate Katie has been killing it on all year. The Scapegoat was a blast- and I felt like it was absolutely the right choice of bike for the course. The bike railed the berms, but was stable enough to hold speed through the fast sections, while still being light enough to pedal through the flats.
Katie and I packed up the Truckhouse and headed out to Steven’s on Friday for some practice, and it was hot, dry, and dusty- a situation that only got more exacerbated throughout the weekend. The lift was super fast, which meant no lines and a cool breeze on the way up- a huge perk considering the 85+ degree heat. Saturday brought out more riders and the day ended with a chainless race down Rock Crusher, which Katie and I opted out of in favor of heckling- which we did in style!
Race day began with some blistering heat, which called for pre-race hose downs and people fighting for the little pockets of shade. I was able to see my husband, Jeff, come down the finish line to a 2nd place win- a feat after a weekend full of crashes and mechanicals. I’m so proud of him for rallying and giving it his all! Katie and I headed up for our race run, and we got in the race groove by having a Breezee One dance party, followed by some Madonna and Beastie Boys.
I managed to hit most of my lines and pedaled my little heart out to settle into 3rd place, less than a second off of 2nd place. Katie came in right behind with 4th. This secured our positions in the overall for the series- with Katie taking 1st overall and me 2nd. Ruth Thomas, who was also riding a DB Scapegoat placed 3rd overall, which gave it a Diamondback sweep for the overall series!
It was a fantastic end to a super fun series. A huge thank you to Scott and Casey from the NW Cup, Diamondback, and Rainier Beer.