With the mountain bike season well underway, Ride Like a Girl is pleased to announce our five young athletes that have been selected for the 2015 program. This year’s athletes include Stephanie Denroche and Georgia Astle for downhill, Emilly Johnston and Emily Handford for cross-country, and Bailey Goldstone for freeriding. The athletes were selected based on a range of criteria including their race experience, results, and goals, their community involvement, and their aspirations for the upcoming season.
Pictured above: Georgia Astle dropping in on a rock face in Whistler, BC.
"It was an honour to be a part of the selection committee and to learn about all the talented young athletes and aspiring athletes that are out there. It was very close among many of the applications but a few definitely rose to the top. We feel really great about the selections we've made and hope everyone involved or looking in can be inspired by the girls we chose to represent this year's Ride Like A Girl Program.
" - Kelli Sherbinin, owner of Endless Biking, racer of DH, XC, FR, END, BCBR, 4X, Dual, BMX
Each athlete is matched for the 2015 season with a pro rider in their discipline as a mentor, and is the recipient of a bursary of up to $500.
Photo: Stephanie Denroche (right) and her mentor pro athlete Jaime Hill during the recent Whistler Go Fest Enduro.
Stephanie Denroche, 16 yrs old, from Whistler, BC is a downhill athlete who has her sights set on qualifying for the U19 World DH Championships category, and making the podium at Provincial and National level races, as well as qualifying for the Western Canada Summer Games. Stephanie is a member of Cycling BC's High Performance Team and notably was the U17 National DH Champion and won the U18 DH race at Crankworx in 2014. She was also awarded the Lumpy Liedel Award for Whistler’s top Junior Cyclist in 2014, and had several 1st place xc results.
Photo: Stephanie Denroche during the recent Go Fest Enduro in Whistler, BC. Stephanie is riding for Norco, Ryders Eyewear and Cross Country Connection for 2015.
Georgia Astle, 17 yrs old (pictured below
), also from Whistler, BC was selected as a DH athlete for the 2015 program. In 2014, Georgia was on the podium numerous times in the pro-elite category in DH and Enduro events, including placing 4th at the Canadian Nationals in pro. In addition to her racing goals, Georgia coaches youth summer programs in Whistler and actively volunteers at trail days and mountain bike events in her community. Georgia is matched with well known local Pro Katrina Strand, and has sponsorship support from Juliana Bicycles, Race Face and AFD racing.
Photo: Georgia Astle post Enduro race in North Vancouver.
"I am really excited to be matched with Katrina and have the opportunity to learn from her. My goal is to race the World Championships as a Junior and make a podium in elite at a Canada Cup event, and be a great ambassador for the sport. I can learn a lot from being matched with an accomplished rider like Katrina,
" Astle said
For freeriding, Ride Like a Girl is proud to be supporting 12 year old Bailey Goldstone of Squamish, BC. Bailey is focused on improving her technical skills including mastering challenging terrain features, improving her jumping skills, and she will even be competing in some DH and BMX races. Bailey Goldstone is matched with pro rider Katie Holden (pictured below
). Bailey's sponsors include KORE Components, 5.10 shoes and Royal Racing Clothing.
This year’s XC athletes are Emilly Johnston, 13 yrs old, of Comox, BC and Emily Handford, 17 yrs old, of West Vancouver, BC. Emilly Johnston is focused on racing Island Cup XC and Enduro races, and Provincial Championships. Already this season Emilly won the overall title for women of all ages at the Cumberland Coal Town Classic 30 km race - taking the lead on 11 other women (all of whom were older than her
). Emily placed 2nd overall in 2014 in the Intermediate Category for XC in the Island Cup Series, and placed 4th at Crankworx, Whistler in the XC in the 13 to 18 year old category.
Emilly (pictured below
) organized Cumberland’s first ever Tuesday twoonie races, and was responsible for selecting and flagging the courses, organizing sponsors and promoting the events. Emilly is supported by Trail Bicycles and matched with pro-rider Mical Dyck.
Emily Handford (pictured below)
is a Cycling BC High Performance Team rider, who is focused on doing well at the XC Nationals and qualifying for the Western Canada Games. Emily is the 2014 BC Champion for XC in her age category, and won her age category in both the Test of Metal and GearJammer marathon XC races. She also raced Singletrack Six – a six day stage race in Alberta and BC. Emily is matched with pro rider Sandra Walter, and has grassroots support from Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
In addition to all of their racing, each of the Ride Like a Girl athletes will be spending some of their time this season volunteering and giving back to the riding community through coaching kids, helping at trail days, and organizing bike events. We wish each of the girls success this season! For more information on Ride Like a Girl visit: www.ridelikeagirl.ca