Gould wins Beti Bike Bash

Women's only cross country event draws record participation

The fourth annual Beti Bike Bash drew 30 percent more participants than last year, that brought more than 300 women to the start line on Sunday, June 2 at Bear Creek Lake Park. The atmosphere was filled with positive energy, an elite women's field stacked with 32 talented women including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Georgia Gould (Luna Chix), Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes), Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Chix), Heather Irmiger (Trek Factory Racing), and Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers), and an unprecedented 65 junior under 14 girls competing in the Little Bellas junior race.

"This past weekend's Bash was truly exciting from all aspects. The growth we have seen over these four years really shows us that women love this event and we are excited to bring together all the elements that make this race unlike any other," said Amy Thomas, co-founder and event director of the Beti Bike Bash.

The elite women's field offered $3,500 to 15 top finishers, and a last minute $100 prime contribution from Epic Rides' Todd Sadow, created a mini World Cup experience in the foothills of Lakewood, Colorado.  Many elite female riders opted to skip the Pro XCT round at the Bump and Grind in Alabama and race the Beti Bike Bash instead.

From the gun, teammates Gould and Stetson-Lee lead the charge stringing out the field. Stetson-Lee came through first after lap one, grinning knowing she had just won the first prime of her career. Gould and Huck were close behind. After battling through five laps on the four-mile course, Gould came in first, with Huck and Stetson-Lee in second and third respectively. Meanwhile, Freeman, Irmiger and Amy Beisel (Griggs Orthopedics) were racing in the next pack close behind, with a sprint finish that ended in the fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The sold-out Little Bellas camp led by Sabra Davison, the sister of Lea Davison, added 33 junior girls to the already 32 register for the 14 & under category.

"We are most thrilled by the growth of junior participants in the Beti Bike Bash this year," said Sarah Rawley, event coordinator and co-founder of the Beti Bike Bash. "This is the future of the sport before our eyes. Having the Little Bellas race right after the elite field demonstrates the potential any one of these young girls has in the sport."

The new "Never Ever" category for 2013 brought 46 women to their very first race, ever! "This category was intended to encourage a few extra women to race who may not have entered otherwise," Thomas said. "We did not anticipate it would be so popular with so many entrants, so we had to break it up into age categories. This is perfect place to enter the world of racing for many women of all ages, and we will be happy to bring the Never Ever category back again in 2014."

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)1:08:04 
2Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes)0:00:29 
3Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)0:02:25 
4Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers)0:03:46 
5Heather Irmiger (Trek Factory Racing)0:03:52 
6Amy Beisel (Griggs Orthopedics)0:03:55 
7Lauren Catlin (Rocky Mountain Choco)0:04:32 
8Anne Gonzales0:05:21 
9Gross Rebecca (Tough Girl Cycling)0:05:54 
10Karen Jarchow (Santa Fe Brewing Co)0:06:08 
11Hannah Williams (Honey Stinger)0:06:21 
12Linnea Dixson (Kent Eriksen Cycles)0:06:32 
13Heidi Rentz0:06:34 
14Blair Hurst (Boulder Running Comp)0:06:53 
15Kaila Hart (No Tubes Elite Women)0:07:44 
16Lisa Hudson (Feedback Sports)0:08:11 
17Amy Dombroski (Young Telenet Fidea)0:08:21 
18Brianne Marshall (No Tubes Endurance)0:08:34 
19Katie Sodergren (Tokyo Joe's)0:09:45 
20Lea Stralka (Ragnarok Racing)0:10:00 
21Rebecca Blatt (Rocky Mtn Racing)0:10:15 
22Talitha Vogt (Tough Girl / Scott)0:10:17 
23Suzie Livingston (Fort Follies)0:11:34 
24Emily Schadlach (Durango Devo)0:11:38 
25Sheri Boltz (Tough Girl/Scott)0:11:59 
26Tina Kempin (Brick Oven)0:12:23 
27Kristal Boni (Rapidracing)0:12:52 
28Laurel Rathbun (Exergytwenty16)0:17:20 
DNFSarah Sturm (Rocky Mountain)  
DNFMelissa Marts (Tough Girl / Scott)  
DNFMarjorie Conrad  
DNFWendy Jewsbury  
DNFSydney Fox (Breck Bike Guides)  

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