Thank you to our Race Directors, mentor women, and BRAC Women's Committee of Susan Adamkovics, Rachel Scott, Sue Lloyd and Katie Macarelli for making this happen!
The Women’s Mentoring Program is a BRAC initiative to aid beginning women riders in that transition from rider to racer. Entering those first few races can be intimidating and nerve wracking for most anyone when they start racing. For this reason, BRAC has decided to designate several races each year to ease that transition for women new to racing in several Category 4 criterium events.
In each mentoring race, two to four experienced women riders are available prior to the race, during the race, and after the race to answer questions, guide in tactics and skills, and provide an encouraging environment for new riders to learn the skills of racing. During these races the experienced mentors ride along with the Category 4 racers as “mentors” and guide the riders during the races on skills, such as pack riding, taking turns at speed, and drafting. These mentors are also available after the race to answer questions and provide positive feedback for the new racers.
Our goal with this program is to provide an open, encouraging, learning environment for those women interested in trying racing for the first time and for those who want to progress and learn more skills.
Please see this flyer for more information:
Look for Women Mentoring at the Louisiville Criterium, Wheels of Thunder, the Coal Miners Classic, and City Park Criterium
Here is a comment from a woman who raced her first criterium at Bannock in August, 2011:
"I participated in my first Crit at Bannock Street last weekend. I did it specifically because it was one of the mentor crits that the ACA has organized. Margel Abel coached me the whole Crit and was great. I did not get a chance to thank her and Beth who rode with the SW4 group that morning. Can you please pass my message on to Margel to thank her for me. Thanks!"
Patty H, Denver