Betties shred it up

WOMEN’S mountain bike club Shredding Betties has become a pioneer for females in the sport after officially becoming an affiliated mountain bike club.

Shredding Betties was established in 2017 with the aim to connect, support and inspire women on wheels, as well as help people to see active women differently.

Club president Jenni McLeod said the club, which was launched on International Women’s Mountain Bike Day on 4 May, encouraged women to come together and demonstrate that mountain biking was not a male-dominated space.

“We believe we are the first statewide mountain bike club in Tasmania and the first women’s specific mountain bike club in Australia,” she said.

“Tasmania is paving the way for positive and inclusive growth in mountain bike riding.”

Shredding Betties holds organised group rides throughout the state, including on the Eastern Shore at the Meehan Mountain Range and the Tangara Trail.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from our riders so far,” Ms McLeod said.

“We want women to come out on a social ride and get to know more women and more of the Shredding Betties.”

Ms McLeod said Shredding Betties was also dedicated to engaging school children and building relationships with schools.

“We really want to get young riders out because for me, Shredding Betties is something I’ve created because it didn’t exist when I was that age,” she said.

“What we want to do is build pathways for kids who may not normally have access to the kinds of services most children have and give them the opportunity to go out riding.”

Shredding Betties has connected with more than 100 women and girls, and Ms McLeod said she hoped this continued to grow.

“The main message we want to send is it doesn’t matter where you are, ride your bike and share your journey with us,” she said.

“Everyone can be a Betty, no one is left behind.”

For more information, visit the Shredding Betties Facebook Page or email shreddingbetties@gmail.com.

Caption: Shredding Betties members tackle the Eastern Shore mountain biking trails.

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