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Beti Bike Bash: Lakewood, Colorado: June 10, 2012

Posted by: Jen Hanks |July 3, 2012 3:18 AM
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The energy in the air early Sunday morning was more than race nerves and event logistics.  It was an aura of how special the third annual "Coloradoís First Ever Womenís Mountain Bike RaceĒ really is.  The 2012 Beti Bike Bash presented by Stanís NoTubes was the best attended Bash ever. . Bear Creek Lake Park provided an excellent backdrop with stunning views of nearby Red Rocks Park.  The sight of the massive beginner field alone was breathtaking because of what it says for the future of the sport.  The sponsor village was bursting with bike-women-loving companies, among them Stanís NoTubes who had flown across the country to attend and support the event.  Little Bellas, founded by Lea and Sabra Davison, was a great addition to this yearís race with 15 girls attending camp Saturday and racing on Sunday.

With 252 finishers, consisting of about 20 pros, 30 juniors and hundreds of amateur women, the magnitude of the eventís success was more than Yeti Beti, Team Manager and Founder, Amy Thomas could even convey.  She and the team of eleven Betiís were thrilled with the outcome of their planning and mad social media sharing!  Even the Bulumu Kidís race was well attended with a dozen or so 7&under kids scrambling around in all directions.

It was a commonality throughout the day to hear a gal with a dust-covered smile talk about her *first* race and how she had an incredibly positive experience. Even days after the event, the Yeti Beti and Beti Bike Bash Facebook pages were inundated with posts raving about how inspired the racers were to ride and race as a result of attending the Bash.  The passion and sincerity in their words were clearly the result and measure of a successful womenís race, one with purpose beyond racing. 

Yeti Betiís team moto is "Ride. Race. Reach Out.Ē  Any woman who was part of the 2012 Beti Bike Bash can vouch for the truth of the statement.  Betiís buzzed the event helping and cheering with cowbells galore.  For the team responsible for Bash these past three years it was more than fulfilling to see the satisfaction in women reaching for personal betterment on their mountain bikes.  Each Beti loves riding her bike so much that there is great accomplishment in sharing that love with so many other Colorado women.  Betiís believe that riding bikes makes life better. 

All categories started on time and under perfect race conditions.  Every lap of the course provided them with a huge section of spectators cheering wildly.  It was a perma-grin fest for both racers and supporters!  To be working so hard, there were a lot of happy bike racers.  The short course and energized fans kept the ladies pushing their hardest on all levels. Each lap provided extra motivation as they passed through Coyote Crossing.

The event ramped up to the exciting Pro race, which offered a $3000 cash purse.  Three riders, Heather Irmiger (Trek/Subaru), Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers), and Katie Compton (unattached), pulled off the front in the first lap and stayed together for two laps with Erin Huck (Tokyo Joeís), Teal Stetson Lee (Luna Chix), and Rebecca Gross (Tough Girls Cycling) chasing hard.  Teal unfortunately suffered a race ending crash on the first lap. She hit the ground so hard it prompted Erin Huck to stop and help the badly injured rider.  Once race paramedics got there, Erin chased back up to the main group. Then, Heather kept pulling farther out in the lead.  Chloe had an incredible day and held on for a second place finish, just Ĺ second ahead Erin. Rebecca Gross had a strong day finishing 4th while Katie suffered from allergies and asthma and finished fifth.  Announcer Larry Grossman did a signature job of telling the exciting tale of strategy and legend as the Pros blazed through the crowd each lap.

With the momentum of this event building each year, Yeti Beti looks forward to planning the greatest womenís mountain bike event in the country.  

Pro Women: 

1

Heather Irmiger

Subaru/Trek

1:12:18

2

Chloe Woodruff

Crankbrothers

1:12:31

3

Erin Huck

Tokyo Joes

1:12:32

4

Rebecca Gross

Tough Girl Cycling

1:13:56

5

Katie Compton

 

1:14:04

6

Jennifer Smith

No Tubes Elite

1:14:19

7

Kelly Boniface

MOOTS Cycles

1:15:30

8

Amanda Carey

Kenda/Felt

1:16:25

9

Lisa Uranga

PACC

1:17:51

10

Kristin Weber

Boulder Cycle Sport

1:17:51

11

Deidre York

 

1:19:16

12

Sydney Fox

Summit Velo

1:19:47

13

Amy Dombroski

Crankbrothers

1:22:18

14

Melanie Long

Tough Girls

1:22:39

15

Sarka Ruzickova

EpicProCyclilng

1:23:54

16

Sonya Bugbee

EpicProCycling

1:25:51


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