Created with the goal of “more women racing more often,” the new team has 23 riders that come from a variety of backgrounds and bike experience. Cofounders Audrey Biehle and JT Teerlink wanted, “to build on the growing cyclocross community in Sacramento in a way that fosters more women racing” says Teerlink. The team hopes to encourage more women to get involved in cyclocross and cycling in general through clinics, events, and camaraderie. “Cycling can be an intimidating, male dominated environment,” Biehle says, “but when you are part of an all women’s team, you feel more welcome and are more likely to show up to races and rides.”
The ladies have already made good on one goal and hosted a successful ‘cross clinic with the help of Squid Bikes Pro racer Emily Kachorek. Dirt Birds plan to have a big presence at Norcal races this season and most of the team will be racing in the ‘cross season opener West Sac CX Grand Prix. The women will also be representing at the Sacramento Cyclocross Series, the Bay Area Super Prestige series, Wednesday night Rodeo Cross Races and RenoCross.
Dirt Birds are especially grateful to the local business that showed their support of women’s cycling by stepping up to sponsor a brand new team. This years sponsors are Jakroo Custom Apparel, Mike’s Bikes, Bike Dog Brewing, Osmo Nutrition, Sloppy Moose Running Club, Specialized Grassroots program, Flylow Clothing and Zuda Yoga.
Dirt Birds will have a tent at all the local races, so stop in to say Hi! and for further information visit their website, http://www.dirtbirdscx.com/
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