The Beti Bike Bash p/b by Yeti Cycles will return to Lakewood, Colorado, for the 11th time on October 3rd. Registration is now open. Billed as the US nation’s largest women’s-only mountain bike race, produced by Team Evergreen, the event prides itself on bringing together the cycling community in a unique and supporting environment.
This is exemplified by categories such as ‘7 and Under’, ‘New Moms’, ‘Never-Evers’, all the way to seasoned professionals, and the optional additional support of the VIDA MTB Series and Little Bellas program on October 2nd.
This year, the Beti Bike Bash will benefit both Little Bellas and Go4Graham. The Little Bellas, a mountain bike organization geared to help young women reach their fullest potential, has a well-established and known presence at the Beti Bike Bash. Catering to the younger crowd, the organisation will be on-site both days, to offer a one- or two-day bike camp designed to get young ladies hooked on the sport.
Go4Graham is a community-based movement that aims to shred the stigma surrounding mental health and promote mental wellness through physical activity and connection. Go4Graham utilizes mountain biking and the outdoor community as one of its biggest tools to decrease stigma, raise awareness, and reduce suffering related to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
An optional fundraising-focused registration tier has been added for 2021 for those who wish to give more back to Little Bellas and Go4Graham.
In addition to the race, first-time and beginner riders can develop their skills at the VIDA MTB Series race-specific clinic on Saturday, October 3rd. Attendees will learn proper body positioning, race etiquette, and technique in an ever-encouraging atmosphere, leaving them with increased rider confidence.
“After a challenging 2020, we are looking forward to gathering this year to celebrate the Beti Bike Bash,” says Rachel Gottfried, Director of Operations at VIDA MTB Series.
“This race is a cornerstone in the women’s mountain biking community and we are thrilled to participate in October. Running our clinic Saturday to help women get race ready and spending Sunday cheering everyone on makes for a celebratory and fun weekend.”
One of the original Yeti Betis, Natalie Raborn, will be stepping into the Race Director role for 2021. She brings a wealth of production experience having worked at the University of Denver running events for 15 years taking primarily at the Newman Center and Magness Arena.
“I am really excited to step into the role of Race Director for 2021,” said Raborn. “Amy [Thomas], Sarah [Rawley] and the rest of the Beti’s have done a fantastic job building this event from the ground up the last 10 years and the future for the Beti Bike Bash looks very bright, and I am proud to lead it into the next chapter.
“This Bash along with the VIDA Mountain Bike Clinic and the Little Bella’s camp have become important staples in girls and women’s sports in Colorado. The impact of these efforts can be seen on the trails every day now when you ride – and you see significantly more women than what you did 10 years ago.
“The core group of Yeti Betis who have run it from day one will still be involved, as well as some of the original sponsors. We don’t expect the special energy this event creates every year to change.”
Yeti Cycles and TwinSix, key sponsors of the event weekend from day one, are returning along with FinishLine, Shredly, Wahoo Fish Tacos and UplandStoke.