The Sis­ter­hood of Shred

A doc­u­men­tary based on the Sugar Show­down com­ing Spring 2015.

Mountain Bike for Her - - Contents - Words by Joh Rath­bun

The Sis­ter­hood of Shred is a doc­u­men­tary based on the Sugar Show­down, run by Kat Sweet, coach, and owner of Sweet­lines Coach­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Meg Val­liant, the pro­ducer, direc­tor and cre­ator of the doc­u­men­tary, the Sis­ter­hood of Shred was in­spired by Kat Sweet get­ting a tat­too—“a tat­too that rep­re­sents the com­mu­nity that mo­ti­vates and sup­ports her. I be­gan think­ing about what my rid­ing com­mu­ni­ties have done for me. I won­dered what the sis­ter­hood meant to other women, and the idea of the doc­u­men­tary took off from there.”

The full-length doc­u­men­tary cov­ers a year of key play­ers in­volved in the Sis­ter­hood of Shred, from the pros to the new­bies, it fol­lows the rid­ers through five dif­fer­ent events, doc­u­ment­ing their pas­sions, and what drew them to the com­mu­nity. The doc­u­men­tary is about a “com­mu­nity of women rid­ers that mo­ti­vate each other in their daily lives and push their per­sonal lim­its while sup­port­ing each other emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally, and so­cially...From all walks of life and dif­fer­ent points around the globe, each woman has dif­fer­ent rea­sons for tak­ing part in the Sis­ter­hood, but ul­ti­mately seemed to find what they never knew they were look­ing for; a sup­port­ive woman-ori­ented com­mu­nity.” Meg Val­liant con­tin­ued, “I hope to share the sto­ries of women who’ve come to­gether from all walks of life to bond over bikes. Plus—show our view­ers how our com­mu­nity ac­cepts us for who we are—while mak­ing an im­pact on our lives. It is a topic that I feel peo­ple can re­late to and that they can learn some­thing that they can ap­ply to their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Kate­lyn Praly, a 16-year-old out of Fel­ton, Cal­i­for­nia par­tic­i­pated in the Sugar Show­down at the Santa Cruz Moun­tain Bike Fes­ti­val, and held a fundraiser with her par­ents, Se­bas­tian and Kristin Praly for the doc­u­men­tary, said about the Sugar Show­down, “I wanted to be like all of those cool shre­dees out on the jumps and talked to my dad—Se­bas­tian Praly—who’s in­volved with the Moun­tain Bik­ers of Santa Cruz about reg­is­ter­ing at the next Santa Cruz Moun­tain Bike Fes­ti­val (SCMBF). At the fol­low­ing SCMBF, I par­tic­i­pated in both the clinic and comp. The year af­ter that, I met Kat and the Sweet­lines fam­ily. I fell in love with the sport and com­mu­nity, so I went to the Sugar Show­down in Wash­ing­ton and com­peted. Re­gard­ing the doc­u­men­tary, I wanna pay for­ward the good vibes and sup­port and love I re­ceived to ev­ery­one in the world of bikes. And ev­ery­one in gen­eral be­cause ev­ery­one needs love and

sup­port some­times.” Kristin con­tin­ued, “Of our fundraiser, we met our goal! We hope the ‘pay it for­ward grass­roots fundrais­ing’ for this doc­u­men­tary strikes up an idea for oth­ers to have lo­cal fundrais­ers of their own. We loved the in­spi­ra­tion fu­elling our fun at our home pumptrack. The lo­cal com­mu­nity re­ally came to­gether to sup­port the doc­u­men­tary and to put this on.”

As Meg said, “The com­mu­nity that sur­rounds cy­cling is an amaz­ing thing! Each smaller group of friends adds to an­other and be­fore you know it you’re sur­rounded by a large com­mu­nity around the world.” And that is how we be­come the change we want to see.

A Kick­starter cam­paign with the goal of $10,000 for #the­sister­hood­of­shred ended on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 24th. The pro­ceeds will fund film­ing and edit­ing the rest of the doc­u­men­tary, with an es­ti­mated re­lease date of spring 2015.

Photo: Meg Val­liant

Photo: Ja­son Knoll

Photo: Terry See­berg

Photo: Terry See­berg

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