Colorado's first, women-only mountain bike race kicked off last weekend under a warm sun at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood. The event was conceived and planned by Colorado's own Yeti Beti women's mountain bike racing team and assisted on Sunday by most of the team's sponsors, loud music and cold beer.
When planning began in October for the come-one, come-all event, the team expected only 50 people total, having noticed fields of only about ten beginner women at other mountain bike races across the state. After the trail dust settled, 163 women had raced the Beti Bike Bash, 77 of which were beginners.
"As a team this may be our greatest success, far more rewarding than any team result," said Amy Thomas, a Cat 1 member of the Yeti Beti racing team and a main organizer of the Beti Bike Bash.