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WMBA's Purple Pursuit no doubt shifts typical bike race dynamics

Alissa Smith Sep 7, 2018 1:00 AM
Abby Santurbane with Santurbane Photography
Women’s Mountain Biking Association’s Purple Pursuit, Sept. 8, races start at 9 a.m., Falcon Trailhead, United States Air Force Academy, Stadium Lot 5, $45, wmbacos.org.
The Women’s Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs has rolled out a brand new event to provide a racing opportunity for women bikers of all skill levels. WMBA’s inaugural Purple Pursuit welcomes racers of all genders, but it’s meant to be a safe space for women riders especially to take center stage. With three women’s races (advanced, intermediate and beginner), and one men’s race, the Purple Pursuit no doubt shifts typical bike race dynamics. Board president Sarah Walter says: “WMBA’s main mission with this event is to give women the chance to race on their local trails in a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment. We hope to show women who are cautiously interested in racing that it can be incredibly powerful and confidence-building, and that they find they’re able to push themselves further than they’ve imagined.” This all-day event will include an obstacle course for kids hosted by Kids on Bikes, plus lunch and beer. Its greatest value, however, is in the opportunity it presents to connect with other riders on one of our local bikers’ favorite trails. (Disclosure: Indy publisher Carrie Simison is on the WMBA board).