Press Release: Ride Like a Girl
Ride Like a Girl is now accepting applications from BC athletes for the 2020 mentorship program. This season, up to eleven female mountain bike athletes between the ages of 12 to 20 years old will have the opportunity to be matched with pro-athletes in their cycling discipline.
Athletes selected for the program will have the opportunity to receive guidance, racing advice and have an opportunity to meet and ride with a professional athlete in their discipline. Among Ride Like a Girl’s 2020 mentors are well-known mountain bike athletes Jaime Hill, Deb Mackillop and Kelli Sherbinin for downhill, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau for enduro, and for cross-country Sandra Walter, Katie Button, Carey Mark, Tanya Allen, Julia Long and Zoe Dawson as well as several other pros. Each of the 2020 mentors are accomplished athletes with many years’ experience in the mountain bike industry and racing backgrounds ranging from racing world cups to national and provincial level events.
“I had a lot of fun last season with my athlete Geza Rodgers and it’s been awesome watching her progress. One really amazing aspect of the season was sharing the elite women’s podium at a couple of cyclocross races with her. She chose to race up in elite after winning an intermediate race in order to get more of a challenge. I think that’s brave and shows a lot of maturity. She recognized that in order to keep improving and learning, she needed to step it up. What a champ!” says Sandra Walter, pro cross-country racer, and eleven time Canadian national team member.
Sandra Walter giving it her all during a xc race last season.
“The best part of the 2019 season for me was when my mentor and I pre-rode the very challenging and technical Whistler Canada Cup course and then I had one of my best races of the season. The Ride Like a Girl program has helped me to increase my confidence on and off the bike, and my amazing mentor Trish Sinclair helped me to significantly improve my technical skills,” said Maddi Pollock, a 2019 cross-country athlete in the Ride Like a Girl Program.
Maddi Pollock took a silver medal at the Whistler Canada Cup XCO this season.
“I was super happy to be paired up with Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, a professional Endro mountain bike racer who was top 3 in the world this past season on the Enduro World Series! ALN encouraged me non-stop throughout the season really helping me to improve for racing and riding in general,” said Bella Caswell, a 2019 downhill and enduro athlete in the program.
Bella Caswell dropping in at Whistler.
“I loved having the opportunity to share my skills and love for riding with a talented young athlete. Helping her progress her skills and confidence throughout the season was fantastic,” says Tanya Allen, a cross-country mentor and professional coach.
Ride Like a Girl mentor Tanya Allen is all smiles when she's on her bike.
Jaime Hill's great attitude and fun-loving personality make her a fantastic mentor and coach.
"This year Ride Like A Girl added new mentors to the roster, some of which had been a part of the mentorship program in their early racing careers. I believe this is a perfect example why programs like this are so valuable – Developing strong female role models who in turn want to continue to give back to help elevate, not only the level of riding, but the emotional intelligence and feeling of community for up and coming generations of female shredders," says Jaime Hill.
Jaime Hill and Ayla Edgar at a 2019 SORCA youth race in Squamish.
Jaime Hill on a bike adventure in Norway.
Ride Like a Girl is accepting applications until February 14, 2020. Interested athletes must be between the ages of 12 to 20 years old, live in British Columbia, and have some racing/freeriding experience. Community involvement including coaching, trail building, helping with races and events, and other volunteer pursuits are an asset for applicants.
For more info and to apply, please visit ridelikeagirl.ca
Media contact: Amber Zirnhelt, Chair – 250-203-0248 or email: email@example.com