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Thursday, 27 December 2018 22:01

Meet British Columbia’s fearless female dirt bikers

dirt bikerThroughout history women have been confined to household chores, childcare, etc.

The gender specific roles have long been an obstacle for their individual growth. While that remains a sad reality many women throughout the world are defying odds and breaking barriers created by societal norms.

They are leading MNCs, running their own business, and contributing as academicians in top universities. Despite that not many of you will imagine women doing dirt racing for the sole reason that it requires a lot of strength. But some fearless women in Squamish municipality of British Columbia have been dirt racing in an organized manner from the past couple of years. We bring you an inspiring story of how these women despite all the hardships are doing what they want to do. If dirt racing is too extreme a sport for you then you can even go cycling. Google Maps has now been updated for cyclists and you may find many off-road tracks in and around your city.

How it all began

Although dirt racing is not new to Canadian women only a handful actually participated in competitions. One of the few female racers MC Boudreau thought of an excellent way to bring women on the tracks. She created a Facebook page in 2017 to start a community in the locality. The aim was to gather women and train them in the sport, and go for rides once or twice a week. Thus began the social club Girls with No Limits.

MC Boudreau’s aim is to start an all women team for competitive dirt racing. That is only possible if women believe that they too can perform in this rigorous sport. In this regard Girls with No Limits have been very successful in drawing more and more women to the sport.

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Beating the odds

Dirt Racing is a male-dominated sport and therefore the equipments and accessories are designed to suit a man of average size. Therefore women can benefit from all the information about mechanical problems, sizes of bikes and essential gears, etc.

 

In most cases women are introduced to the sport through their boyfriends. So riding is not a regular activity for them which results in them making errors. Their boyfriends instead of explaining their mistakes end up patronizing them and thus discourage further involvement.

Therefore having a club dedicated to women can be extremely helpful for building confidence. At Girls with No Limits this is achieved by skills training, sharing advices, helping each other with loading/unloading bikes from trucks, etc. This gives women a sense of independence and the belief that they can do it without their boyfriends. It is very important that they learn to compete on their own to defy the sexist notions that still persist.

The club is growing at a very fast pace and is getting wider recognition in surrounding regions. Recently the club hosted Chris Birch, New Zealand racer, who offered coaching to the members. Workshops are held frequently to explain the basics of bike maintenance.

Most importantly the club is inspiring more and more women to get on the track and take on the challenge.

Last modified on Friday, 28 December 2018 19:19

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