If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already figured out that Candy Cranks is no amateur blog; there are no clashing colours, wacky layouts or links to nowhere. Everything is polished, perfectly aligned and damn easy to navigate. You may think this is just the work of some very ‘onto it’ graphic designer; and you would be right, to a point. But that’s not the whole story. There is also a deep, perhaps limitless passion for bikes, and an unswerving commitment to the female riding scene behind this site.
Now take this flair for creativity, passion and commitment, and translate it to the organisation of an alley cat, and you have the Candy Cranks Star Trak. This was no last-minute, let’s-pull-a-race-out-of-a-hat type affair. There was a challenging, but totally achievable route; there were a host of friendly ‘checkys’; there was a suite of prizes to make any fixie cat druel; and enough post-race merriment to keep us all giggling and cheering until our sides hurt.
The real beauty however, was the fact that every rider, check pointer and random spectator left their status and gender at the start line, creating an atmosphere where everyone was not only involved, but also had a shot at the loot. This meant that the us Sydney riding gals adorned not only the checkpoints, but also the podium. Chicks were sprinting, searching and skidding all over the shop.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve been waiting in anticipation for a supportive, creative and committed female riding scene to appear out of the woodwork; hoping that maybe one day I would find a random bunch of girls hitting up a trail or track standing at the lights on the way to work. Needless to say, all this waiting and anticipating hasn’t really yield any results. The truth is, a supportive and inspiring female riding scene isn’t just something you can discover, it has to be created. Just like the Candy Cranks website, the Candy Cranks Star Trak added a layer of hope, creativity and inspiration for girls that ride.