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)
Jady sent photos of two gorgeous bikes: “Here’s my purple and pink custom single speed built by Duty Fabrication. It’s become more candy like over the years w/the latest add on being my limited edition hope flower brakes. see engraving. I get lots of compliments not only on the unique frame design, but of course the color palette!”
“Here’s my other pink bike. This one is all pink. It’s a Ventana x5 bought at the path in Tustin, CA. They also built up my custom Duty frame that I [also] sent you photos of.”
When I first started this gallery on my old web site a few years ago, Adrian Webb asked if he could be an “honorary girl” in order to be in the Pink Bike Sightings gallery, and I agreed. He writes, “I have had a pink bike for 2 years now, and Orange has been inundated with requests to the point that they have brought it as a colour option [for] 05.”