[This weekend will see a rider from right here in British Columbia compete in the highest levels of cycling competition over in Europe. What? Ryder Hesda-wha? No no no! We mean dEVo BMX's own Jeannie Mansell, and I'll turn it over to her to tell her story. -the web nerd]
So what is BMX racing? This was the first question I asked a co-worker who had recommended it for a little boy I knew. His explanation did not include ladies 30-plus years old racing a bicycle around a track that would scare the life out of someone who ought to know better! I started hanging around a BMX race track in 2007 – no I am not 16 – far from it! Add at least 3 decades and that would be more my age! The first year my role was a mentor to a young boy trying to find a sport that satisfied his need for speed and his desire to be “good at something”. Once he mastered the ins and outs of the race gate and knew where to be and how it should all work, I was no longer needed and looked for another role.