Details Announced for Pemberton’s Spud Crusher Women’s Enduro

Feb 27, 2019 at 12:46
by Ming Sartee  


Emily Oja rockin rock rolls on No Err at the 2018 Spud Crusher.
SPUD CRUSHER
Pemberton Women's Enduro

May 11, 2019
Emily Oja rockin' rock rolls on No Err at the 2018 Spud Crusher // PC: Nick Gottlieb

PRESS RELEASE: Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association (PORCA)

Born from our progressive community of women riders, we at the Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association (PORCA) are thrilled to host the 2nd annual Pemberton Women’s Enduro “The Spud Crusher – Fully Loaded” on Saturday, May 11th, 2019. Registration opens on February 28th at 7 am; links and details can be found on the official website at pembertonwomensenduro.com.

With terrain that goes straight-the-f*@k-up and straight-the-f*@k-down, Pemberton could seem like an unlikely place for a thriving female mountain bike community. However, when there’s a gaggle of cheering gals on bikes, the tough trails turn into giggling fun. This comradery fostered in our PORCA women’s Bike Club boosted our association’s 600+ membership to over 50% female. Over the past 4 years, bolstered by Sweet Skills world-class mountain bike coaching, the women of Bike Club grew their skills and started looking for new challenges. Thus, in 2018, the Spud Crusher Pemberton women’s enduro race was founded.

Dawn Cashen smiling up Pemberton s iconic Nimby climb on her way to the first stage of the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Dawn Cashen smiling up Pemberton's iconic Nimby climb on her way to the first stage // PC: Nick Gottlieb

bigquotesWhether it is the first time you have ever raced or are a seasoned pro, we hope women enjoy what we have to offer here in Pemberton. Our goal is to offer a fun event that celebrates mountain biking in a supportive environment.Bree Thorlakson, PORCA VP and Spud Crusher founder and lead organizer

Liz Kovics looking focused and fly on No Err at the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Liz Kovics looking focused and fly on No Err // PC: Nick Gottlieb
Aime Fear racing with big smiles and flashy socks at the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Aime Fear racing with big smiles and flashy socks // PC: Nick Gottlieb

Named the “Spud Crusher” after the Pemberton Valley’s rich agricultural seed potato industry, the event celebrates all things Pemberton without taking itself too seriously. In 2018, first place racer Carrie Meltzer won a custom Vanessa Stark Art potato masher and bag of Helmer’s potatoes, just 5 weeks after giving birth.

This year’s after-party returns to the Pemberton Distillery, serving up their potato vodka cocktails and “fully loaded” baked potatoes from The Collective Kitchen. Coupled with a bike raffle from Liv Bikes, Hornby Island Energy bars, and custom screen-printed swag from LuPrints, this event serves up fun both on and off the bike.

The Flash getting ready to drop in to Econoline with a zebra making sure the timing is on point at the 2018 Spud Crusher.
The Flash (aka. Sherry Staples) getting ready to drop in with a Zebra making sure the timing is on-point
Pemberton Bike Club women who ride together race together. Waiting in line at the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Pemberton Bike Club women who ride together, race together
2018 Spud Crusher winner Carrier Meltzer getting ready to race with her newborn daughter.
2018 winner Carrie Meltzer's pre-race routine included snuggles with her 5 week old daughter

The Pemberton Distillery serving up their unique potatoes gin in custom cocktails at the 2018 Spud Crusher after-party.
Racer Lisa Colburn can't enough of the Pemberton Distillery's potato gin while Lorien Schramm serves up her custom cocktails
Lilwat dancers performing at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Lilwat dancers perform an opening prayer for the racers in front of the Liv Lounge
Custom race swag live screen-printed at the apr s of the 2018 Spud Crusher.
Live screen-printed custom race swag from LuPrints featuring artwork from local artists

The Pemberton Women’s Enduro also raises funds for community non-profits - 100% of revenue goes to PORCA, the Pemberton Valley Trail Association and the Pemberton Search and Rescue. PORCA’s 2019 goals include the construction of a mountain bike skills park and expanded youth mountain bike programs.

Hoping to share the joy that comes with a good challenge, PORCA and the women of Bike Club invite women from all over to come ride their beloved trails and eat some damn good potatoes!


9 Comments

  • + 3
 Such a great write up! It’s so true that Pemberton is a challenging place to get into mountain biking. We are so fortunate to have great women who support each other and promote events like this.
  • + 2
 "With terrain that goes straight-the-f*@k-up and straight-the-f*@k-down, Pemberton could seem like an unlikely place for a thriving female mountain bike community."

That's a bit of a patronizing statement, no?
  • + 1
 I completely agree, I was mortified
  • + 1
 THIS is incredible! Well done ladies and all those involved in making it happen
  • + 2
 Stoked!!!
  • + 1
 Ain't no woman crushing my Spud!
  • + 1
 CARRIE Meltzer

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