We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!
We had so many amazing applicants and it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just 32. This year’s group is made up of passionate, inclusive change-makers who are deeply involved in their communities. They will all attend United Bicycle Institute’s 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operation class in Ashland, Oregon.
Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia, PA
Etecia is an experienced community organizer passionate about achieving equality and improving access to resources and opportunities for marginalized people. Trained as a researcher and program developer, Etecia’s professional expertise includes using strategic approaches and interventions to increase inclusivity throughout an organization. Her past work also includes facilitating workshops and trainings on unconscious bias, reproductive health, and environmental health. At Neighborhood Bike Works, Etecia has the task of promoting NBW programs to community members, gathering feedback from community members and partners, and coordinating the efforts of generous volunteers who keep NBW pedaling strong.
Four Star Family Cyclery, Chicago, IL
My name is Elsbeth Cool and I own Four Star Family Cyclery in Chicago. As a long-time reluctant cyclist turned advocate, year-round rider (and now bike shop boss lady), I love helping women & families discover the freedom & joy of life with a bike. Cargo bikes & families on bikes have tremendous potential to normalize bikes as reasonable transportation in our car-centric cities, to change the way people live & move every day; we’re proud to offer access to awesome, life-changing bikes and serve our local community as a kind, kid-friendly, non-judgmental, no-spandex-required, welcoming place.
Slim & Knobby’s Bike Shop, Herber City, UT
I am Jen Dorius, and I live and work and ride in the beautiful mountain valley of Heber City, Utah. I’m a team member and wannabe mechanic at Slim&Knobby’s, the raddest local bike shop around. A busy mom of 5, closet musician, and lover of beautiful vistas—if the sun is shining, I must be outside!
Go-Ride, Salt Lake City, UT
Hi, my name is Mackenzie Epperson-Valum. I am a passionate mountain biker from Salt Lake City, and work in Utah’s premier mountain bike shop, Go-Ride! I’m looking forward to expanding my bike maintenance knowledge through this training, in order to become a better biker, both on and off the trail!
Bike Rack, Washington, D.C
My name is Leah and I work at The Bike Rack in Washington, DC as a mechanic and community ride coordinator. I stumbled into the bike industry 5 years ago as a student, and after working a gamut of national advocacy, couriering, local and nonprofit bike shops, I can confidently say that I believe bicycles can have the power to transform lives, communities, and cities for the better. I’m so grateful for this chance to build new skills and strengthen my knowledge foundation.
The Bicycle Shop, Anchorage, AK
My name is Christina Grande and I work at The Bicycle Shop in Anchorage, Alaska. I jumped into the bike industry in 2010 because it always put a smile on my face to ride a bike and I saw how working at a shop would help encourage more people on bikes whether it was to reach a healthier lifestyle, have fun with friends and family, train or just getting around for everyday life. Since then, I have also met wonderful people who have made it a mission to get people on bikes with youth mountain bike camps, fundraiser rides, racing and bike commuting . I sit on the board of Singletrack Advocates, The Fireweed - Race Across Alaska, the Clean Air Challenge committee and coached a season of Mighty Bikes. I am a bike fitter, work in sales and would be really honored to have UBI training to help out in other ways at the shop and the groups I work with.
Cambridge Bicycle, Cambridge, MA
My name is Beverly and I work with a great crew at Cambridge Bicycle. I love designing, bicycling, and baking—my dream is to combine these passions into creating a bike shop + bakery, a thoughtful place where I can serve my community and empower everyone to ride.
Transit Cycles, Tucson, AZ
Howdy, my name is Monique Laraway and in 2003 I fell madly in love with biking. This passion paved the way for who I am today and the incredible community I surround myself with; the breathtaking places I’ve explored through bike camping and trail-riding; and the skills and confidence I’ve gained and share with others. Last year, I accepted a position as lead mechanic at Transit Cycles—Tucson’s commuter and touring-centric bike shop—after 8 years of teaching bike repair, hosting weekly Womxn Trans Femme workshops, organizing events and collectively running the nonprofit BICAS. My investment in bikes continues to evolve and this scholarship will allow me to continue this work.
Recycle Bike Shop, Flint, MI
My name is Kassy Mason, I co-own Recycle Bike Shop in Flint, Michigan with my husband. I can’t wait to come back and teach women’s workshops with the hopes that learning woman to woman will give other ladies the skills needed to maintain and fix their bikes without the intimidation factor. I want to empower myself by learning new techniques & skills, but really use them to support my community with what I will learn from this class!
Fort Collins Bike Co-Op, Fort Collins, CO
My name is Lauren Nagle and I am very active in the Fort Collins biking community. Even though it is already pretty awesome, I hope to use my education to make Fort Collins a better place for cyclists of all kinds. Lately I have been getting more into road riding and bikepacking, but give me a set of wheels and I will ride them anywhere!
CycleX Bicycles, Columbia, MO
My name is Angela Peterson and I joined the crew at CycleX Bicycles in Columbia, MO in August of 2016. With this training, I will be able to better represent and grow women’s cycling in my community, grow my career within the bike industry, and be a more skilled and knowledable ambassador of the sport. In my free time I play triathlon, explore gravel roads with my bike, trail run with my aussie pup, and enjoy fresh strawberry milkshakes.
The Pedal Factory, Salisbury, NC
Hey! I’m Mary Rosser, a wife and mom working to make bicycles accessible to anyone and everyone in my hometown of Salisbury, NC. I helped found a nonprofit community bike center, where I am now the director. I’m dedicated to cycling in all its forms and committed to sharing that love, and I’m beyond excited to use this scholarship to bring new knowledge and empowerment back to my community.
Des Moines Bicycle Collective, Des Moines, IA
I’m Kerri Sorrell, a born-and-raised Iowan currently living and working in Des Moines. I’m passionate about prairies, getting more women on bikes in Central Iowa and building spaces and environments that make people comfortable on bikes and in the outdoors. I can’t wait to bring the knowledge from this training back to DSM to help build up a dynamic force of female-identifying cycling leaders. Happy trails!
Trips for Kids/Recyclery, Charlotte, NC
I live by example when it comes to cycling as a car free bike commuter. Passionately, I work to use cycling conduit to freedom for fitness, mental health and community building for people of color. This is an urban girl living in a granola world, Kenya Templeton.
Oak City Cycling Project, Raleigh, NC
My name is Athena and in addition to being a bike mechanic with Oak City Cycling Project, I am an animator and graphic designer in Raleigh, NC. A few of my favorite things include: Riding my bike over fallen leaves to hear that delightful crunch, nourishing a happy garden for foraging pollinators, and thanking people for riding their bike as a board member of Oaks & Spokes.
Woodinville Bicycle, Woodinville, WA
I am a native Vermonter currently pedaling around Washington state. I love Cyclocross, kittens, and vegetables. I am inspired by the bike as a tool for equity and I’m hoping this training can help me bring that love to more communities.
Full Cycle Bike Shop, Minneapolis, MN
My name is Valerie Scheffler, and I’m the Manager at Full Cycle bike shop in Minneapolis, MN. I’m grateful to be awarded the individual opportunity to grow professionally, and I aim to share insights and information gathered from this workshop with the young people who work at our shop.
Emilytricia López Marchena
SF Yellow Bike and Bicis Del Pueblo, San Francisco, CA
I am a poor working class Queer Xicana with Mexican and Nicaraguan roots. I started biking not as a recreation but as a necessity for transportation. Bicis Del Pueblo and Yellow Bike in SF have helped me strengthen my mechanic skills and foundation in transportation justice. I am most passionate about getting more folks of color that identify as LGBTQIA+ or as Womxn into cycling. As a social justice community organizer and bike mechanic I use bikes as tools of liberation and equity for gender, sexuality, race, environmental, and class struggles.
The Freewheel Project, Gainesville, FL
I coordinate programs and events at a non-profit bicycle collective called The Freewheel Project and work as a messenger for Hushpuppy Courier. Through my shop, I’ve seen how accessible bicycles, service, and maintenance education can impact the lives of others. I live for road rides with pastry stops, flowy XC trails, and cute creatures. Cycling has helped me come out of my shell, and I’m excited to see what I can do with the knowledge and skills I gain from UBI.
The Recyclery, Chicago, IL
I’m the WTF Open Shop host at the Recyclery Collective, an education bike shop on Chicago’s North Side. I’m also a League Cycling Instructor, a board member at Women Bike Chicago, a year-round bike commuter, and a hoarder of early ‘90s Fuji bikes. I’m excited to help more women in Chicago become comfortable and confident cyclists!
Bicycle Brüstop, Novato, CA
My name is Carolyn Thompson and I own Bicycle Brüstop, with my husband Aaron, located in Novato, CA. I am passionate about helping other women get as pumped about riding bikes as I am! I’m also a new mom - which has been an exciting and exhausting adventure so far!
Downshift Bikes, Roanoke, VA
I’m Kelsey Harrington, General Manager at Downshift Bikes in Roanoke, Virginia. As a woman in the industry, I care deeply about creating a more inclusive, diverse biking community. I cannot wait to learn more bike mechanic skills that I can spread to others.
Key City Bike, Mankato, MN
My name is Acacia and I’m the Executive Director of Key City Bike, a volunteer-run community bike space in Mankato, MN with the mission to Recycle, Reclaim, Empower. In addition to my role at Key City Bike, I am a coach for the Mankato HS Mountain Bike Team and a Lead Mentor for the YWCA Girls & GEARS Program. Introducing the realm of cycling and working with all ages of FTWs to exemplify the impact we can have on each other in the cycling industry is my greatest passion.
Pedal Bicycles and Open Roads Bike Program, Kalamazoo, MI
Hi! I’m Kalyn Campbell, and I am over-the-moon excited to be a recipient of this year’s Women’s Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship through Quality Bicycle Products. Originally from Missoula, Montana, I moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan four years ago where my love affair with bicycles and mechanics began. As an avid bike commuter, a youth instructor with the Open Roads Bike Program, and a mechanic at Pedal Bicycles, my love for bicycles has led me to pursue mechanics as a profession. Paired with my passion for community activism and nonprofit work, I aim to be an advocate for underrepresented folks in the mechanic and cycling world as I aspire to share the freedom and liberation that my bike has given me by enabling others to get on the road and make space for them within the industry.
Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour, Omaha, NE
I’m Jessica Shadduck, and I’m a part of Ponderosa Cyclery + Tour in Omaha, Nebraska. We’re a friendly neighborhood bike shop that aims to be accessible and inviting, and we get especially stoked on touring, and all things steel. I’m beyond excited to bring home the skills and knowledge I’ll gain and put them to work at the shop, empowering us to increase our involvement with the women, girls, and Spanish-speakers of our community.
Local Hub Bicycle Company, Dallas, TX
My name is Kristie Holt and I’m the owner of Local Hub Bicycle Company in Dallas, Tx. I applied for the scholarship to make myself a better shop owner and Local Hub a better business. With the knowledge I gain from bicycle mechanic training, I’ll make the cycling community in Dallas more inclusive by sharing the skills I learn.
The Spoke Wrench, Red Lodge, MT
I’ve been working and volunteering in the cycling industry for just over 20 years in Montana. Most recently, I operate Cycle Greater Yellowstone and serve on the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association board of directors which has brought me closer to our community bike program. I’m looking forward to expanding my volunteering opportunity in the bike shop to help move the free 40+ bikes to kids and adults.
Elite Bicycles, Tyler, TX
I’m Lynnette, an avid mountain biker for over 15 years, occasional road and gravel rider, and I simply love the freedom and thrill of riding my bikes. As a second-year Liv Ambassador, I have successfully established myself at Elite Bicycles in Tyler, TX, and host hands-on workshops to encourage women to feel more confident in performing basic bike maintenance and repairs themselves (y en español también!). I volunteer with our local East Texas junior mountain bike programs, and assist with kids’ mountain bike summer camps in Vermont, and look forward to leveraging this opportunity from QBP/UBI to further myself as a positive role model for youth (particularly girls) and women in all stages of life.
Metro Bike Hub Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
My name is Kyla Purtell, and I live in Los Angeles, CA, where I run the Metro Bike Hub Hollywood. I also race with She Wolf Attack Team and manage Timing & Scoring for the SoCalCross Prestige Series. I am beyond excited for this opportunity to enrich my ability to serve in bicycle education.
Coast In Bikes, Milwaukee, WI
I own Coast In Bikes in Milwaukee, WI and starting a second business this coming year- Milwaukee’s first Hostel Cream City Hostel. I’ve been in the bike industry for six years and bike non-profits for four years. I am one of the founders of Ladies Revolution MKE and a board member of Candance; a women’s ride group in Milwaukee and am passionate about getting women on bikes and becoming more confident working on their own bikes and working in the industry.
CYCLEVOLUTION, Delray Beach, FL
My name is Sarah Ferrer. I work at CYCLEVOLUTION, a performance bike shop in Delray Beach Florida. I am super excited to learn more about how bikes work and the technical side of these wonderful machines.
Plano Cycling & Fitness, Plano, TX
Hi, my name is Lisa Uranga! I work at Plano Cycling & Fitness and am also the Co-Founder and President of Dirt Side Sisters, a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. My passion is to get more women riding mountain bikes, to create a gateway for any woman, brand new or seasoned rider, to learn new skills and ride confidently.