Rocky Trail Entertainment is announcing a new initiative to promote female participation in the sport and recognize amazing achievements on rocky trails. The company has launched the Rocky Trailblazer Award, with two of Australia’s most talented and successful female mountain bikers, Olympian and National Champion Bec Henderson, and Junior National Champion Zoe Cuthbert as its patrons. The award will focus on fostering female race participation and grassroots growth of the sport in general.
Rocky Trail Entertainment’s new initiative is an extension of their efforts to promote the sport’s growth in a sustainable way. The award will not focus on the fastest, but reward those who show consistency, engagement and improvement throughout the year.
The Trailblazer Award will consist of two categories – adult and junior female awards. Additionally a ‘rising start award’ will be recognising a male and female rider in both adult and junior classifications.
The adult awards will be under the patronage of Bec Henderson, who will support the company in fostering female race participation and grassroots growth of the sport in general. The junior award, on the other hand, will be headed up by Zoe Cuthbert.
With the Rocky Trailblazer Awards we want to recognize their enormous achievements of Bec and Zoe in mountain biking and in 2023 find the next round of female athletes who will change the sport, this year starting with riders in the cross-country portfolio of events.Rocky Trail’s Juliane Wisata
The Rocky Trailblazer Award is a significant step towards recognizing the achievements of female mountain bikers and promoting their participation in the sport. As a company that has always been committed to building up the grassroots level of mountain bike racing, which is why the ‘rising start award’ recognises male and female riders.
Rocky Trailblazer Bec Henderson Award
(major female title)
Rocky Trailblazer Bec Henderson Rising Star Award
(male and female)
Rocky Trailblazer Zoe Cuthbert Junior Award (major female junior title)
Rocky Trailblazer Zoe Cuthbert Rising Star Junior Award
(junior male and female)
I really appreciate the effort from Rocky Trail and look forward to supporting this initiative especially in identifying ways to help grow the sport and develop female and younger riders.Bec Henderson
Who can be part of the Awards?
This year the Rocky Trailblazer Awards will shine a light on our cross-country portfolio of events. All riders in these events will be considered.
The awards will not focus simply on the fastest riders, but rather on those who have improved the most throughout the year. The goal is to recognize the efforts and hard work put in by the riders, and to encourage more people, particularly women, to participate in the sport. Additionally, the award will recognize a “Rising Star Award” for female and male riders for both adults and juniors.
The Rocky Trailblazer Award is an excellent opportunity for young and aspiring racers to showcase their skills and hard work in endurance competitions. It will provide a platform for female riders to be recognized for their contributions to the sport, and to inspire other women to take up mountain biking.
Rocky Trail Entertainment wants recognize the achievements of female mountain bikers and promote their participation in the sport. By focusing on the overall improvement of riders rather than just the fastest, the awards encourage more people, particularly women, to take up the sport and work towards becoming better riders. The Trailblazer Award is a step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse mountain biking community, and it is our vision to inspire a new generation of riders to hit the rocky trails.
I look forward to stepping up and representing this award and to providing my expertise in racing, training as well as writing and illustrating too so we can motivate more women and riders to explore their potential in mountain bike riding – and racing.Zoe Cuthbert