As formidable rivals on both the slopes and soccer field, Stacie Palmer and Erika Beckstrom never fathomed that one day they would not only be best friends, but working together to bring Utah’s premier cycling event, the Wildflower Pedalfest, to Morgan County.
Their friendship began when they both had an opportunity to be volunteers for the Olympic downhill courses at Snowbasin in the 2002 Olympics. Their rivalry quickly dissolved into a lasting friendship as they had a passion for the same types of sports and recreation. In 2010, after years of playing soccer and skiing together, they both found themselves living in Mountain Green, where they quickly discovered a love for cycling. They still remember their first ride and how hard it was to go 18 miles and barely be able to climb to the top of a small hill. But, as they kept riding together, it started to get easier. As it got easier, they would push themselves to ride a little farther and climb a little higher. As the summer passed they began entering races and these two friends trained together, constantly inspiring each other to achieve her personal best each day. Realizing how the support they garnered from each other kept them motivated, they wanted to expand that support to other women in their community and throughout the state.
From this desire sprang the organization of the Wildflower Pedalfest, which will take place on August 18, 2012, in Mountain Green, Utah. It isn’t a race; it is a ride for women of all fitness levels and cycling abilities following the motto, “Ride like a Wildflower…beautiful, strong, and free.” There are four course options from which participants can choose—20, 35, 50, and 75 mile courses. All courses begin and end at Kent Smith Park, with staggered start times with the first riders will begin at 7 a.m. It is a fully-supported ride and every 10-15 miles there will be a food and drink stop with restrooms. After returning to Kent Smith Park, all participants will be free to celebrate with a catered lunch, live band, massages, a raffle, shopping at the women’s cycling expo, and more. There will also be food available for sale to family and friends who come to support the accomplishment of the riders. Riders will also be free to make a difference, as a portion of each registration will go to support the Morgan County Food Bank and Sub 4 Santa program.
If you love cycling or it is something that you would like to try, come spend a day with the girls experiencing the fun, friendship, and strength that comes from being a team of women working together to accomplish a common goal. Invite your mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends because this is an event you won’t want to miss. If you are a member of the community who is interested in participating in this event as a volunteer, please contact Erika at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to have a vendor booth at the event where you can market or sell your products or services, please contact Stacie at email@example.com or 801-644-9940. There will be 850 women participating as riders. For all other event details visit: www.WildflowerPedalfest.com.