Ch­eryl Parker,

Prince Ge­orge, Bri­tish Columbia, 50

Mountain Bike for Her - - Results: -

What do you love about moun­tain bik­ing? “I’ve been rid­ing since ’83, be­fore sus­pen­sion. I love be­ing out in the woods, I love testing my­self and be­ing able to do stuff I didn’t think I could.”

Is there some­thing spe­cial about be­ing in an all-fe­male en­vi­ron­ment? “Yeah, you see some­one do­ing stuff and you think yeah, I can do that. Also how we help each other. We talk and we all have sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences. You think it’s just me, be­cause you ride with guys and you think, I kind of suck. Then you’re with a group of women and we’re all at dif­fer­ent lev­els and some peo­ple are bet­ter than you while some peo­ple can use your help.”

What brought you back to Sugar Show­down? “The coach­ing is re­ally awe­some and Duthie Park is an amaz­ing com­pact fa­cil­ity with lots of pro­gres­sion, it’s pretty spe­cial.”

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