QBP and partner title sponsors SRAM, Park Tool, Michelin and UBI are delighted to announce the winners of the 2017 Women’s Bicycle Mechanics Scholarship. Sixteen women will attend UBI’s Professional Shop Repair and Operations Workshop in Ashland, Oregon later this month. This class is the second all-women class of this two-week mechanics training. The scholarship covers the winners’ tuition and lodging and provides a small stipend to help defray the personal expenses of travel and meals.
The scholarship was created with two goals in mind:
- Keep, encourage, and grow the careers of talented women working in the cycling industry through the development of technical skills and knowledge
- Better serve and grow women ridership.
The ultimate goal is to advance specialty bicycle retail through growth in women’s cycling
Industry leaders working to grow women in cycling by sponsoring this program for 2016 include Quality Bicycle Products, SRAM, Park Tool, Michelin, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Saris, Kryptonite, White Lightning, Stan’s No Tubes, DT Swiss, Swiftwick, and Dero.
The scholarship, now in its fourth year and has grown significantly since it began in 2014 when two scholarships were offered. With the 16 women to attend this year, 44 women have or will have attended this professional mechanics training.
This year more sponsors joined the cause, helping to drive the growth of women’s cycling, and the development of women in the industry. The process of selecting the winners from over 300 qualified applicants is a responsibility the organizers take very seriously. Every applicant expressed commitment to growing women in cycling, and many have been actively working to make this happen. In addition to this commitment and active work, the sixteen women chosen stood out because of their personal leadership in growing women’s cycling in their area.
Congratulations to these 2017 scholarship recipients:
Allison Greenlee, Good Karma Bikes, San Jose, CA
Ashanti Austin, The Hub Bike Co-op, Minneapolis, MN
Bryonna Baines, Cycles for Change, St. Paul, MN
B Vivit, Huckleberry Bicycles, San Francisco, CA
Camille Lampel, Kween Kargo Bike Shop, Brooklyn, NY
Cassandra Faustini, The Devil’s Gear, New Haven, CT
Danielle Fry, Ogden Bicycle Collective, Ogden, UT
Danni Limonez, West Town Bikes, Chicago, IL
Elizabeth Bejan, Revolve Community Bike Shops, Kansas City, MO
Elyse Bejasa, Dashing Bicycles, New Orleans, LA
Geneva Balladares, The Bike Shop Hawaii, HI
Kelly Paduch, Rocktown Bicycles, Harrisonburg, VA
Laura Solis, Western Bike Works, Tigard, OR
Lee James, 718 Cyclery, Brooklyn, NY
Sara Ramirez, Bikes Together, Denver, CO
Vera Arias, The Miami Bike Shop, Miami, FL
The time at UBI will help each recipient build a solid foundation of technical knowledge that will strengthen all aspects of their bike industry career.
Quality Bicycle Products is in the business of bikes. From developing and building a diverse portfolio of our own brands to distributing the top names and best products in the industry, we’re doing our part to further bike kind. With distribution centers in Minnesota, Utah, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, QBP serves a network of more than 5,000 independent retailers. We strive to be an extraordinary business to partner with and to work for, and we have made good on that goal for more than 30 years. From our extensive advocacy efforts to our energy efficient facilities everything we do is aimed at making the world a better place and getting more butts on bikes. For more information about QBP, visit our website or contact Director of Marketing Ryan Johnson at 952-941-9391, ext. 1236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.