The Sweetlines Jr. Racing Girls Are Rad - Video

Jan 7, 2018
by Kat Sweet  
Views: 10,494    Faves: 45    Comments: 2


Two years ago Nyla Stevens (A-Nyla-Lator) and her dad came to me with the idea of expanding beyond coaching programs and taking the next step of promoting girls gravity riding, and so Sweetlines Junior Racing was born. We now have 14 girls ages 8 to 16 racing downhill, enduro, jumping bikes and spreading the love of shred.

Mak Attack showing the team how it s done

The girls did amazingly at the NW Cup series races with 26 podiums, 5 enduro podiums at CDC and Sturdy Dirty, 6 Sugar Showdown podiums with 2 competing with the Pro women, as well as bringing in 5 podiums at Crankworx, Kidsworx in Whistler.

The past two years have been full of progression, laughter, a few tears, and mostly the love of riding.

bigquotesBeing part of this team has taught me to break through stereotypes like that girls are delicate.Syd-Viscous, age 14

bigquotesThrough SJR I have learned how to handle hard things. At one of my races I thought the course looked too hard but I overcame my fear, and at the end of the race I went back for more laps.Slay-Air-Ah, age 9

We also have a big sisters program, partnering each girl with local Pro riders to have as a mentor for the season.

Molly Pop, age 8, says, “my big sister has helped me learn it is about more than winning. It is about doing your best and constantly improving.” Her big sister is pro rider Kaytlin Melvin, who also came up through Sweetlines programs.

I founded Sweetlines 5 years ago, focused on creating community, building confidence, and promoting stewardship for women and kids via mountain biking programs. We want to empower our athletes to rise to their full potential and to promote this exciting, growing sport. We can’t wait to see what the new year will bring, and we’re super excited for the future of women’s riding. Please check out Sweetlines for opportunities to join us on this adventure.

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Sweetlines Jr Racing



59 Comments

  • + 29
 That's awesome. I regularly take a group of high school girls out in seven week blocks as part of an enrichment afternoon program. Watching them progress from week to week is great to see. I hope some of the, stick with it after the block is up.
  • - 1
 I'm sure it's very enriching Smile
  • - 32
flag pogan (Jan 7, 2018 at 14:09) (Below Threshold)
 as a high school guy can i join in Wink
  • - 42
flag Jackson900 (Jan 7, 2018 at 16:16) (Below Threshold)
 This sound rapey....
  • - 32
flag MetalheadWolfRider (Jan 7, 2018 at 16:35) (Below Threshold)
 @Jackson900: lol hahah
  • + 38
 @Jackson900: take that bad mojo and stuff it. @mwart is doing god's work and people like you are making it harder for him. If anything, that kind of comment keeps the average guy away from doing this kind of thing which allows the creeps to get involved instead.
  • + 8
 @Jackson900: Really? Was that really necessary? Jesus christ.
  • + 8
 @ADanielWeaver: you are so right, thanks for the comment. I agree 100%
  • + 31
 I have seen full grown men walk down the rock roll into lower Predator. These girls are rocking it!
  • + 3
 Worked my way up to riding the lower rock roll consistently. The lead in to the upper one still screws with me though. But yeah--these girls are killing it!
  • + 23
 Nice vid, there is so much young talent coming up through the ranks, and it’s great to see girls too, as the more equal the sport becomes the more successful the sport gets.
  • + 15
 And that's how world champions are made!
  • + 12
 Once in a while I come across this group on our local trails and they usually look like they're having more fun than me. Keep up the awesome work Kat!
  • + 10
 When an 11 year old girl wearing a tutu has more skill than you on a bike. And yet I still ride - Mountain Biking is awesome!
  • + 7
 Not only do these girls shred, they also have awesome personalities to boot. Kat and the community do such a great job encouraging them to be positive, polite and fun. Way to go!
  • + 6
 Super proud of these girls! Always laughing, joking, having fun killing it on bikes! That’s what it’s about. Thanks Kat for investing your life to this. You make such a life long positive impact on so many girls and women!
  • + 7
 Awesome program! Great to see the girls out shredding!
  • + 7
 awesome program! excited to see where these rippers go from here
  • + 3
 Honestly when a bunch of us dads first got together we thought starting a team would be a great way to get a free beer sponsorship Smile Kat has taken things to a full fledged race development program and provided these girls with growth opportunities that I never thought would be possible. It's not just a team but a little race family. Thanks Kat!
  • + 3
 Good stuff. Kat and her crew are always killin' it! Shred-tastic and maximum stoke.

Any wagers on how many World Cup women will come from this area in a few years? Somewhere in Cascadia a champion is being made.

P.S. I'm digging Flying Squirrel. Great trail for taking your jump game to the next level. Nicely done on that build, Kat.
  • + 5
 dope program !!!,, loved the way the girls all had kools names....dude just excellent to see this
  • + 6
 Great job on the video! Wish I had something like this when I was young.
  • + 5
 This is f'ing rad...My wife just gave birth to a girl (our first) and I'm in love. Great to see these kinda programs.
  • + 6
 Those girls rip!! It’s sick seeing more girls on bikes
  • + 5
 Love this! As a father and husband of female riders, this is encouraging to them and me.
  • + 5
 everything about this is awesome. especially the nick names....
  • + 3
 My seven year-old daughter is watching this for the fifth time. Thanks, you girls rock!
  • + 3
 Yes Kat!! So good! These girls have grown so much since I last saw them... progressed so much too. Keep it up ladies!
  • + 4
 As a dad with two girls this rocks!!!
  • + 4
 Yayyy! It looks great, all of the video is spectacular!
  • + 3
 One day, with enough practise and training, I too could ride as good as a lil girl......
  • + 3
 THANK YOU! Great video to show my daughters! hopefully it will inspire them to ride more!
  • + 2
 Kat has been changing the ride culture in Western Washington for many years and we are just starting to see what an impact her efforts will have. Solid video. Shred-tastic!
  • + 1
 So awesome, great to see the sport adopted big time by these wicked young riders. Impressive video and see you on the podium one day
  • + 2
 See them at every race out here. Can't wait to get my little one year old man started like them!
  • + 2
 Kids are so lucky, I feel I had an amazing childhood, then you get like late teens, and all the cool stuff stops.
  • + 1
 Great, another video of groms that ride better than me. Why, why can my old self not get better. Oh yea, great job kids, keep it up.
  • + 3
 Awesome edit girls! Looked like a ton of fun!
  • + 2
 It’s just such an awesome video! The music the riding the location everything! Can’t wait to show my girls this one
  • + 2
 I so wish I could get my 8 year old excited about bikes but it's just not her thing. :/
  • + 3
 It’s about time...! Rad! Way to go Norco!!!
  • + 2
 finaly a video in my tempo....
  • + 2
 they still jump better than I do.
  • + 2
 Smiles per hour rate high!
  • + 3
 Well that made my day
  • + 2
 So cool Kat!!!! You girls rip!!!!
  • + 1
 Fantastic! So awesome to these girls rip it up. Mad skills!
  • + 1
 I wish I was half as fast (and cool) as these little rippas!
  • + 2
 Great vid.
  • + 2
 Shredders!
  • + 1
 Awesome riding, ladies, and great job, Kat!!
  • + 1
 Yeeessssss! Start em' young! I wish I'd been riding when I was that young.
  • + 1
 I wish i have a daughter or two. shredding on bike woiuld make me proud.
  • + 2
 Where are they riding?
  • + 5
 Tiger Mountian and Duthie Hill Park ; )
  • + 1
 DADAADAAYYEEEEMMMMMM...
  • + 1
 This is rad!

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