Trek Women is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Trek Women Who Ride contest. Roxzanne Abbott, Caitlin Hollister, Rebecca Jensen, Amy King, and Mary Strupp will be given Trek WSD bicycles and Bontrager gear and will represent Trek Women by attending regional events, plus share cycling and life experiences via their Trek Women blogs. Passing the torch are Trek’s previous Women Who Ride Stephanie Brodegard, Laura MacLean, Susan Mele, Jennifer Polo, and Marie Westrope, who represented Trek throughout 2007 and 2008.
“It was so difficult to choose only five women from the incredible pool of contestants,” noted Trek’s Women Specific Product Manager, Heather Henderson. “We wanted to include them all. But we’re excited these ladies will be on our bikes and representing Trek WSD!”
Trek introduced the Women Who Ride contest in 2007, asking entrants to submit an essay stating why they should represent Trek WSD and be outfitted with a new Trek WSD bicycle, plus WSD gear. The 2009 contestants were asked “why do you ride?” All submissions were read by a panel of judges, the winners ultimately passing four rounds of elimination. Roxzanne, Caitlin, Rebecca, Amy, and Mary submitted compelling essays detailing their pleasure in encouraging other women to ride. On being informed she was a winner, Roxzanne’s enthusiasm was clearly evident: “I don’t believe it! Woo-hoo! Thanks for the opportunity. I’m stoked and just flat-out overjoyed. Can you tell I’m screaming?!”
Trek runs the Women Who Ride contest in their unending effort to include ever more women in cycling as part of a happy and healthy lifestyle. It is their belief women can help and encourage other women by sharing their experiences, for better or worse, and eliminate potential barriers that block participation to the sport. “The hope is that by sharing stories about real-world experiences, more women will feel comfortable getting on bikes because they better know what to expect while riding,” said Henderson.