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 // PC: Nick Gottlieb
Liz Kovics looking focused and fly on No Err // PC: Nick Gottlieb
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 (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
2018 winner Carrie Meltzer's pre-race routine included snuggles with her 5 week old daughter
Racer Lisa Colburn can't enough of the Pemberton Distillery's potato gin while Lorien Schramm serves up her custom cocktails
Lilwat dancers perform an opening prayer for the racers in front of the Liv Lounge
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!