PRESS RELEASE: Norco Bicycles
Elevating rider experience beyond the race itself, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) launched its Fiver series a while back, and it’s quickly become a staple of the North Shore riding scene thanks to its quality, and apres-race social time. With races held every other Summer Thursday, and the renewed excitement around fun and community, participation has been blossoming. However, the number of women out on the course remains relatively small.
Norco Women’s Ambassador Mel Schumacher noticed this and, as an active member of the North Vancouver riding community, she set out on a mission to get more women out to the events.
Her hope is to help women elevate their skills and enthusiasm on a bike through grassroots rides and events. She saw the participation number at Fiver events as an indicator of how much work could be done to encourage more women.
Recalling her first ever Fiver, Schumacher added some insight into why some riders are shying away from such events.
After seeing other riding hotspots develop their own female-centered events to introduce a racing environment while reducing the intimidation factor, she decided it was time the North Shore did something too.
The NSMBA jumped on board, and with Schumacher’s help, are hosting their first ever women’s-only Fiver race on Thursday, August 29, 2019
– with the support of Norco Bicycles and Capilano University, and après race festivities at Norco John Henry.
Taking a front seat on the planning and execution of the event, Mel has organized the race, après and has led the charge on course selection - including some classic descents on Mt Fromme that focus on intermediate terrain to attract and challenge as many riders as possible (to a max of 200). It’s worth noting, also, that the only timed parts of the race are the descents themselves – so suffering on the climbs is totally optional. EVENT DETAILS - NSMBA’s Womxn’s* Fiver DATE:
Thursday, August 29, 2019
- Registration opens from 5:45-6:45 pm (There isn’t a “mass start”)
- Après is at Norco John Henry
- Plant-based food by Capilano University
Let the NSMBA know you’re coming and learn more about the event here
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*Organizers put the “x” in "womxn's" for inclusivity: the race is reserved for people who identify as Womxn. The inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” welcomes trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.