The Central Weekly Gazette 

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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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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?

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.