What do you think is the big thing holding female riding back? Not from X Games but as a whole. Participation? Public perception?
A lot of girls are a bit timid, no one ever really wants to step up to the plate and speak up. I know Nina has been doing it for years now, but she seems to be retiring from trying to get girl comps and such. There are a lot of talented girls out there and it’s really cool to see them come together. A lot of the girls have been attending the BMX Masters for the past couple years and it’s a great turn out. I think more girls need to also go to the smaller contests so then bigger ones will want to have us as well.
What do you want to see out of the X Games event? I believe they did a female demo before that everybody loved and people are wondering why there’s no competition. Are you looking for a serious, competitive event?
To be honest, the BMX girls are not looking for money, we are just looking for a chance to be a part of X Games and bring more awareness to girls BMX. It’s a bit underground haha, but it’s rad there are a lot of girls sponsored now and deserve to be as well. So if we don’t get to have an actual class, a demo would even be rad. I know so many girls that would come out and thrash! GRO (www.girlsriders.org) and I have been spreading the word about this pretty heavily, so even if we don’t get anything this year they are in for it next year! Haha.
FISE has already guaranteed a girl’s event. The Masters had theirs and it was probably the best and most progressive girl’s riding to date. What changed recently that made all this happen?
FISE is in a week!!! FISE is kind of a funny story. Last year when I was in France, I randomly got to go to one of the FISE events, but one of the little ones over the summer. I got in to talking to the organizers when I was there, pretty nice people, but I got all their emails and ended up messaging them back and forth about a possible girls class for the big FISE event in Montpellier this year. I am so glad they were into it, because it should be one of the bigger girl comps this year. I know girls from the USA, Argentina, South Korea and all around Europe are going to come out for it and ride. Which just proves the point of if given the chance girls from around the WORLD would come to a contest just to ride amongst other females.