9 Brave heart females to participate in the Hero MTB – Himalaya Race

They threw her to the wolves and she returned leading the pack!

This turns out to be very apt and relatable when I look at the scenario of how good women are doing in every field today. Hero MTB Himalaya race is one such example. What started with one has reached to seven and these seven are no ordinary women. They make the other male riders sweat and work hard to compete with them.

Age isn’t confining them from what they can do. The race has women from diverse age groups starting from 25-year-old Tania and reaching to 34-year-old Catherine.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Catherine Williamson started riding at the age of 16. Her parents have always encouraged her not to turn down opportunities, which has helped her reach heights. She rides not only because she is passionate about the sport, but also because she wants to see most of the world and meet new people before she ends her career. Making a career in this field for a woman is not as easy as it seems. You go after your dreams on the cost of your kids, family, home, every year to travel across the world. Catherine has been a motivation and inspiration for other female riders for a long time now. She is the winner of ABSA Cape Epic. Her only motto in life which she wants other people to learn from her is – Never say no!

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Sarah Appelt who is just 26-years-old, in such a small age, has achieved so much which other people just think of. One needs determination, continuous effort and a lot of hard work to do what she did. This German rider has been living in India for a while now and loves trekking. Her charm and extraordinary riding skills have enchanted people to accept her as a renowned rider.

It is important to remember that we all have magic inside us.

Naima Madlen Diesner has set an example for all women out there who want to keep their passion alive while working. Naima is a doctor and a passionate bike rider. Her never ending love for biking has made her participate and win so many titles. Her family and friends who have been a constant support, have motivated and supported her throughout her journey.

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Have you ever done something just to tell your loved ones how much you love them and support them in their dreams? Well, meet Ilda Pereira who got hooked to biking by a fluke. She started riding to show her care and support to his husband. Sometimes, just when you think this is it, life introduces you to the new you, a completely new person you never thought would exist. Keep that person alive and never stop dreaming!

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

Monika Eggert with her husband and Laura Candales with her better half are competing in MTB Himalaya race 2016 in Team of Two category. Who says you cannot have a little fun while working? Monika Eggert and her husband are not in India only for the race but also for their honeymoon.

A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in the hot water.

Tania Lima, the youngest female rider this year, is adventurou

s by nature and enthusiastic about the sport. Freedom motivates her. She rides not only because she loves riding, but also because riding takes her to a new different world of adventure, experience and adrenaline.What I found in these riders was they all had few things in common which separated them from the rest of the crowd. They all have their own unique style, they never gave up in spite of all the difficulties they faced, they were visionaries, dreamers and emotionally intelligent, and also, they were creative and confident playing their own tune in front of the world. The story of these riders inspire me so much. No wonder why old people ask everyone to play at least one sport. It definitely helps in building your character, opening your mind and making you a person you hope to be.

There is a famous saying – “Gone are the days when women used to cook like their mothers. Now, they drink like their fathers.”

Women are no less than men. Be it education, technology or sports. They are giving men a tough competition in every field. It is sad that our society still differentiates between the two. Had it not been the case, Serena Williams wouldn’t have been asked about how she, as a woman, feels to be at first position. They never ask men the same question. Women were made to do what men cannot do, and questioning their success every single time is complete stupidity.

I believe, Success is an iceberg. When we learn about extremely successful leaders, we tend to see the tip of the iceberg. What we may fail to see is the hard work behind their success, often, but not always, preceded by tragic events as in the case of Oprah Winfrey, who was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. Despite of her poor and tragic childhood, she knew how to fight her way out of the difficulties, becoming the Queen of All Media, one of the richest individuals in the United States, one of the greatest philanthropists throughout North American history, a role model whose life work has helped millions of people across the Globe.

Maya Angelou was right in quoting –

“She turns her disappointment into triumph. Her grief into joy. Her rejections into approvals. If no one believes in her it does not matter. She believes in herself. Nothing stops her. No one can touch her. She is woman.”