The buttery trails of Vermont’s early spring have provided both a reunion and a meeting point for the 24 members of Mountain Moxie’s 2012 team. Vermont’s women’s mountain bike race team was formed last year around a mission of increasing participation by women and girls in the sport of mountain biking through direct support for riding, training and racing.
In addition to planning a series of women’s technical clinics, setting race schedules and finding camaraderie and striving for smooth skills in the woods, the team has focused its community involvement efforts on Vermont’s youth. A collaboration between Little Bellas and the Stride Foundation led to the creation of Moxie Sparks, a mountain bike mentoring program for young girls. This summer, these partners will support three six graders from Williston in experiencing mountain biking – from gearing up to enabling technical skills and personal empowerment, as well as whetting their whistle for the race start (and finish) line.
Four businesses – including Sugarbush, Onion River Sports/Muscles Not Motors, Skirack and the Vermont Natural Resources Council – have make Moxie Sparks possible through a sponsorship package, which includes podium incentives for Mountain Moxie members. In addition to racing fast to raise money, Moxies will also mentor these girls, meeting them over eight weeks to ride or race alongside them at the Catamount Outdoor Center.
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See you on the trail!