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Wheels 24 http://www.wheels24.co.za/Motorsport/sa-all-female-riders-shredbettys-to-take-on-south-coast-bike-fest-20170308

Cape Town – The number of women participating in biking activities countrywide is growing, prompted by organisations such as Durban-based bikers, Shredbettys.

This dynamic group of women will be sharing their passion for all things motorsport at the 2017 South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 taking place on the coastal town of Margate from April 27 – 30.

Nicole Salt of Shredbettys said: “Shredbettys started as a small group of women reaching out to fellow riders who experience the difficulties of competing in, and getting started in, a typically male-dominated sport.

“We quickly began to receive an overwhelming desire from women around South Africa to have a company that acts as a voice for this market within the motorsport’s industry.”

Women in motorsport

By 2013, Shredbettys had established itself as an organisation promoting women’s riding and other extreme sports. By featuring riders in articles, disseminating information about health and exercise, fun monthly competitions, sponsored partnerships and constant feedback from the riding community, Shredbettys is getting women the attention they deserve. Today Shredbettys has more than 400 members nationwide and is the number one interactive social media avenue for South African women’s off-road racing.

Salt continued: “The riding community is noticing that there are many women riders and we are seeing more women being picked for teams. Our successful all-women riding team is in its third year with support from amazing brands seeing them winning multiple championships in different disciplines.”

The seven Shredbettys team members who compete in enduro, off-road and MX sports, will be on hand at #SCBF2017 to showcase various skills to interested participants and answer any questions women have about riding. They will also discuss a number of lifestyle topics around bike riding such as fitness, nutrition, safety gear, bike care and maintenance as well as the riding clinic. There will be an introduction to motorsports and ladies of all ages will be given a chance to ride a bike in a safe environment. Girls are also welcome to bring their own bikes and get some pointers from the experienced riders.

In attendance will be Elize Olivier, one of four women to complete the gruelling enduro Roof of Africa competition. Racers, Keri Packham and Cindy Saunders, will talk about how they got into the competitive biking world while MX champion and all-round hellcat, Roxanne Baney, will show off her speed on one wheel, performing impressive whips. Local riders and competitors in the KwaZulu-Natal hare scrambles, Pamela De Heer as well as Paige and Amber Pretorius, will also share their experiences.

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South Coast Bike Fest Website – www.southcoastbikefest.co.za 

We are adding some much needed girl power to this year’s South Coast Bike Fest. We have the great pleasure of hosting The ShredBettys at Africa’s premier music and bike festival!

ShredBettys was founded by female riders for female riders! With a vision to create an all girls “dream” boarding, biking and lifestyle programme.

ShredBetty gives female riders the chance to connect, to learn, and be showcased at exciting board and lifestyle events for Moto X, Enduro, Snowboarding, Sandboarding, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Flowboarding, Moutntain Biking & Bmx! Wow, talk about girl power.

Every ShredBetty Event has special features, sweet prizes and goodies, and lifestyle elements so you will always have a great time!

We can’t wait to see these power house women at the event, how about you?

Rider Interviews

We have some pretty awesome lady riders out there that don’t get much main stream media coverage, so we’ll be introducing them to all of you every week

Elize Olivier

What class did you enter last year in the Lowveld Series and how was it?
I started the season entering the silverA class, the redloop is quite technical and challenging, true to a proper enduro race. Later in the season I dropped down to Club Green class, I did this because I wanted to work more on my speed, and the green loop gave me the opportunity to do just that. With lots of amazing long ups and downs and forestry twistees it made for great training and still challenging!

How long have you been riding?
I started riding in 2011. And thanks to my trainer/riding partner/husband always pushing I managed to finish my 1st Bronze Roof of Africa in 2015.

Any encouraging words for the ladies out there to start racing?
To ladies out there. Enter a race. Take yourself out your comfort zone. You can ride with friends as much as you like, but nothing truly shows how much you can actually overcome and accomplish like entering a race. Set a goal. Mine used to be to just finish a lap, and finish it before getting lapped by my husband! He now only laps me after lap2/3.

Is women’s riding progressing?
The level of women and men riding out there is increasing at a rapid rate. Everyone’s technical skills are just getting better and better. So do not get left behind. Work at it every single time you go out there and ride.

Who are your sponsors?
My main sponsor has been my husband. If it was not for him, I would be sitting at home. Sometimes I think he regrets it, it might have been easier (and cheaper) to have sent me to the mall 🙂

Will be you be doing Roof again in 2017?
Not planning on doing Roof 2017. Never say never though. Maybe 2018. And just looking at doing maybe the Lowveld series next year and some other navigational fun rides out there.

elize

Santel De Lange

 

Tell us about yourself:
I am from the south of Gauteng. Married to my best friend and riding partner. No kiddies, but have to scottish terriers who are more work than kids ☺. Love everything that has to do with the outdoors and adventure.

What made you become interested in riding and when did you start?
I grew up with my dad always having a bike and with our next door neighbor being a boy and also having a bike, I was always the one to ride with them all (and fall with them). I then married a off road biker and a few years ago we went on holiday and rented quads. That is when I first decided I also want my own. So hubby bought me a quad and loved it. Soon I became bored as I could ride with them everywhere, and decided to loose the training wheels and got my own TTR 230. Then got a Honda 250x and then my very trusty freeride. And since then I haven’t looked back. When I started off I was still studying and working at the same time left very little time for riding. So beginning of this year I finished my masters and the. i could actually really start riding. I initially started 4 years ago.

What kind of riding do you do and where?
We do lots of enduro type riding. Love the rocks. Must say the 250 did teach me all about speed, but still love the rocks more. More challenging. We try to ride at least every second weekend with my husband being my “couch”. We ride at Tussen Koppies, Wild West and Heidelberg.

Any words of encouragement for ladies wanting to start riding?
If you are up to a challenge this is definitely it. It takes you right out of your comfort zone and you will never want to go back. The feeling you get when you are on your bike, fresh air and nothing to think about is something you can only describe once you have done it. This is surely not just a sport for the guys and I think a lot of ladies is living example of it, so just do it.

How do you keep up to date with ladies riding events?
Shred bettys! And off course Off road enduro ladies.

One word that describes the feeling you get while riding?
Free!

santel

Keri Packham

Once you learned to ride and committed to purchasing a motorcycle what sort of riding did you do?
3 years ago I got myself a little 200 KTM 2006 and fell in love with where it could take me… I have never been into the MX or fast stuff, but sweating in the rocks is what got me addicted… The sense of accomplishment after riding what you thought was impossible is a feeling like no other!! From then on I was hooked!

Any memorable destinations?
Clarens has to be my favorite (so far), with mountains for days it definitely is one of the most beautiful and challenging places I’ve ridden!! It’s a place that took my breath away with its beauty and taught me the true meaning of a steep downhill 😂 can’t wait to go back!!

For many even today in society Motorcycling for Women is still taboo… What do you feel are some misconceptions about women riders and how do people react to you riding now?
I think a big misconception about women riders is that we cannot “do something” because we are not strong enough or brave enough, yet there are women out there who out-ride most men I know 😂 I do think that women have a strong presence in the riding community (more and more each year) and you can see it in the racing – ladies are keen to compete and push their boundaries, and it’s fantastic that the racing organizations are starting to accommodate this fast growing band of women!! The riding community is very encouraging towards my riding and it’s awesome to go out with the guys and show them we are as capable and sometimes better than them 😉😂

Do you have any words of encouragement for the lady riders out there that have an interest in learning to ride but just haven’t given it a try yet?
Riding a bike is the most exhilarating feeling I have ever experienced. Not only has a bike helped me face my fears and rid me of self doubt, but it has taken me to places that feed my soul, and I urge any lady to not starve themselves of such an incredible experience. Being part of the riding community is like having an extended family and to share your love for a sport with so many people who have the same passion is something special… I will happily volunteer to help any lady learn how to ride cause I have no doubt that it will end with yet another addition to our riding family!!

keri

 

 

Drakensberg Ride

Bucket lists are for people who have too much time on their hands. If you want a true whip ass adrenaline snotklap that doesn’t require anything but the desire to be adventurous then read on..

Oh, and some extra toilet paper comes in handy, and if you’ve ever had intentions of donating your liver one day, this may not be for you…

In a nutshell my weekend with the ShreddBettys group spent glamping  (I kid you not – duck down duvets were discovered in tents, to my utter disgust) in the Northern Drakensburg over the new year’s weekend was certainly one to be remembered.  It’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I have the right to remain silent.. oh wait that was a different weekend!

The weekend went something like this..

Wassup Slappers? Braaap Braaap Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaap Braap brap Brap braaaaap braaaap. BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP!!!

Cheers Slappers.

We all arrived at the campsite on day one of survivor… half way for us Durbanites and the vaalies joining us.  Some of us had met previously in person, others via whatsapp, and some were total strangers.. Yeah STRANGER DANGER beeeg time!

First port of call was the campsite – if you ever want to see a bunch of nature lovers look like owls with a twig stuck up their bums, just rock up in cars, bakkies, trailers with bikes and enough gazebos to make it look like we had robbed the outdoors section of Makro!  After explaining we were part of a search and rescue team… Just kidding..manners and respect and Cindys tits got all the owls to blink in a more relaxed tone of voice!  No braaaping around the campsite was a given.

As an ice breaker, Shredbettys took us just up the road to All Out Adventures, who offer a variety of activities to get the blood pumping.  The King swing is always a favourite and you get to sit right in front of your new buddies and judge them by their screams as they freefall 20m and swing from a wooden bridge   Nice soprano voices the boys had!!

There were a variety of bike rides available to suite all levels of experience – or in my case all levels of need training wheels ness!  The mountains, rivers and land need to be respected at all times, and this area is a heritage site. You may only ride on farm lands with the farmers permission, and this comes with a huge degree of responsibility so no chops going out and spoiling it please.   Our group consisted of 10 guys and 10 girls, including SA’s top lady riders Lanza vd Mescht, Elize Olivier, Taye Perry and Cindy Porobich.  6 riders in our group were all Roof finishers, which made me up my game with their patience and guidance and gave me confidence to tackle obstacles I would normally never try.  It was truly a great group of mixed bag of talents and Shredbettys made sure the routes had something for every level of rider.

Our New Year’s Resolution was to get our Fitness on…. Fitness whole pizza in our mouths, so we headed on down to The Tower of Pizza which will spoil your experience of milkshakes and Pizzas forever coz once you’ve tried them, nothing else compares. EVER.  We also lined our stomachs for the best New Year’s jol I’ve ever had.  It was an absolute blast in the D&H Engeneering Yamaha Party van thanks to Heinz..the blue lights and doof doof music pulled many new maats until they got close and saw the insane glint that most bike riders have in their eyes…

The tough ride was done on day two with some awesome technical sections, rocky passes and some fast sections with the reward of pristine natural pools at the end which have been explored by very few people.  All 20 of us got to enjoy cheese and biscuits in the gorgeous surroundings, while swimming in crystal clear water and enjoying the natural slides before our ride back to camp.  Also a massive thanks to 32Gi keeping us all fuelled and hydrated all weekend long.

The thing about bikers is that they are fun and energetic and helpful and create an energy that leaves you craving for more long after the weekend is over.

So in a nutshell – don’t put things off, do it now…this excludes work and paying accounts and doing washing..that stuff can’t wait!

Shredbettys is an amazing group of girls that are doing it for themselves!!  Their rides are made up of guys and girls with great attitudes and they are always the best fun you will ever have with so much clothing and gear on.