This weekend is the largest women only mountain bike festival in the country, Beti Bike Bash. To highlight this amazing event, Motivational Monday is focused on the participants of this amazing and empowering event. We asked a few women what motivated and inspired them to start racing!
Our first feature for the Beti Bike Bash takeover is Cheri Felix. Cheri is a powerhouse of energy, good karma and a contagious laugh. The Colorado bike scene is so lucky to have her energy within it!
I started mountain biking 16 years ago. I started racing XC 6 years ago and racing cyclocross 1 year ago. On the first ride I famously said “I’m probably not going to like this..”. I never looked back.
What category are you racing this weekend?
Why did you sign up for the Beti Bike Bash?
This is my 5th year. It’s the absolute best way to start racing seasons and to kick off summer. Nowhere else will you find hundreds of women on bikes with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. Plus a bit of fear in their blood.
What 3 words would you use to describe the Beti Bike Bash?
Fun. Supportive. Motivating.
What were (if any) your concerns/fears with bike racing?
I came in last place more than a few times my first season of racing. I had just had my third child. It was very motivating. I was stronger and better for the experience.
Do you have any tips for women starting to mountain bike or thinking of signing up for the Beti Bike Bash?
Seriously. Just do it. If you hate it, try it again. Racing is hard. I’m not going to lie to you. But all of us are stronger than we know.
What are the biggest struggles we face as female bicyclists, and how do you think we can promote women’s cycling to beginners?
Ahh.. Finding time to train. Finding time to ride. Finding a new way each and every week to balance it with our lives. As a mother with three children and a lovely husband I am constantly striking the (im)balance. Just use your time wisely. And when you go into a bike shop demand to be seen and heard.
Photo Credit: Kirsten Boyer