In case you missed it, a bunch of rad ladies got together in the lush Pacific Northwest woods last weekend for a jump competition like no other. This three day event is exclusive to women and girls six and older that have a wide variety of skill levels. Many of these ladies received coaching prior to the event, not only from Kat Sweet, but from her professional trainers. Incredible progression and personal accomplishments were made by many of the newer riders. All the little girls looked on in awe at what the pro ladies were doing, and realized that they too could accomplish things with hard work and dedication.
Little girls pushing up to hit the beginners jump line.
They were judged on style, steez, and cuteness.
These girls practiced so hard, but you never saw them show signs of being winded.
Riley Amesbury pedaling hard to get to the next feature.
The morning started off with a light rain that brought much needed moisture to a bone dry course.
Some of the more veteran ladies were hitting the 'Big Bad Wolf'.
Damp woodwork didn't deter this intrepid rider.
Not sure if Colette thought that wings would give her an advantage, but she may have earned a few creativity points.
Judges Stephanie Nychka and Courtney Knudson not only competed in the pro class, but volunteered to be trainers.
In the line up.
The 'mini meows' wanted mama Kat to jump over them.
An adorable little 'Sugar Cube' sending it with all she's got.
Event organizer Meg Valliant leading some Sugar Cubes.
Thank you Russell Sign Company for all these incredible banners.
The famous Angi Weston from Kona was on the mic again this year.
Tammy Donahugh coming in hot.
One of the more incredible moments came when Lauren Patterson, who worked all winter in the foam pit to nail a back flip, attempted her first one on dirt. Her first attempt came up short which sent her into the knuckle. She seemed fine albeit a little banged up and had a broken helmet, but we later found out that she had broken her arm. I asked if she would try it again. She told me she didn't know. But to all our surprise, she tried it again for her final run. This time it could not have been smoother. After finishing the flip, she threw a huge whip off the last table as everyone rushed down the trail to mob her with congratulations. The whole moment brought tears to more than one face. Everyone was so stoked. But the look that all the little girls had on their faces when they realized that girls can do that too, was priceless.
Moms and daughters.
Thank you Don Redmon, Joe Prisel of Prisel Parks, and Kelly Melvin for busting their asses and to make this beautiful new course a reality
And a special thanks goes out to out sponsors:
Presented by Fox
Iron Horse Brewery
Russell Sign Co
Race Fuel Z
Mt Si Team