Supporting the next generation of mountain bike athletes
With the Rocky Trailblazer Awards we want to create an environment that recognises achievements beyond just race times. Mountain bikes are an amazing avenue of joy, and we want to celebrate that.
This year the inaugural Award focuses on our cross-country athletes and there are are two major categories for female adults and juniors.
Additionally a ‘rising star award’ will be recognising a male and female rider in both adult and junior classifications.
With the Rocky Trailblazer Awards we want to recognise the enormous achievements of Bec and Zoe in mountain biking and in 2023 find the next round of female and ‘rising star’ athletes who will change the sport, this year starting with riders in our cross-country portfolio of events.
Meet Your Award Patrons
Bec Henderson needs no introduction in the world of mountain biking and is without a doubt Australia’s most successful female mountain biker of all time.
In addition to her Olympic representation, Bec has an impressive track record of achievements in mountain biking.
She has won ten back to back National Championship titles and has stood on the podium multiple times at the World Cup. These accomplishments are a testament to her skill and hard work and dedication to the sport.
“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
“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
Zoe has represented Australia internationally since 2018 and has won multiple gold medals in the Junior category, including at the national championships and Oceania Championships.
She was also named Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia Junior Mountain Biker of the Year. In 2020, she won another gold at the Oceania Championships and the national championships in the U/23 category.
In addition to her other accomplishments, Zoe Cuthbert also won a silver medal in the Cross-Country event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This achievement further cemented her status as one of the top young talents in the sport of mountain biking.
WHO CAN BE PART OF THE AWARDS?
We want to create an environment that recognises achievements beyond just race times, where there is less pressure and we want to break down barriers to enter. We want to showcase a pathway for keen riders and foster their plans plan for progression. Bec and Zoe will inspire our racers by us sharing their racing journey in Australia and overseas.