I first heard from Kjersten back in 2005, when she was 14 years old. She’s a cross country & downhill racer from Victoria B.C.
“I started racing XC here on the island at the age of 13, in the women’s beginner class, which was an open age group category. I ended up on the podium with a 3rd for the overall season. [In 2005] I wanted to race downhill so my parents said that I would have to continue to race XC to maintain my endurance & cardio. I agreed to this and this is where my pink bike comes in. My sponsor ‘Joe Warde’ owner of North Park bikes here in Victoria was able to get a great deal on a slightly used Banshee Chaparral downhill bike. My Nana & Papa agreed to buy this bike for me as a Christmas present, and my dad had a friend of his completely strip the frame down and had it custom painted pink for me !! I was taken down to the shop and Joe had it all put together for me and I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“So then the season started in Feb. 05 and I was known as the girl with the ‘Pink Banshee’ I raced in every XC & DH race here in the Island series as well as a unbelievable trip to Sandpoint, Idaho for the NORBA at Schweitzer Mountain, where I raced Jr Expert XC & beginner downhill. I met the most awesome female & male pro riders who thought my Banshee was awesome , and also told me that it was great that I was racing ‘old school’ doing both XC & DH. I finished the season with a 1st place podium in XC & DH for beginner women.” Here are some more great photos from Kjersten:
Port Alberni Railway Gap with a Tweak
2005 Rocky Mountain RMX R3 2007 Canadian Nationals Mount Washington
2005 Rocky Mountain RMX R3 2007 Provincials Mount Washington (The day before Nationals)
Here’s a picture of my brand new pink bike. It’s an all-mountain Banshee Rune that I got custom painted, because I always wanted a pink bike with 6 inches of travel! It’s got a pink, white and black plaid saddle and pink Industry-9 hubs with black spokes. Got it from the best bike shop in the world: Re:Cycles Bike Shop here in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The site’s awesome, by the way, Jayme Elrod