Grandmas on the BMX Track


She's not your stereotypical BMX racer. When her son challenged her to give BMX a shot, Kittie Weston-Knauer accepted. She started racing in her 40s as one of two female competitors in her age class. The two women raced against the men because there weren't enough women to create a separate class - but the lack of female participation only fueled her fire. Now, at the age of 69, Kittie is still racing hard (when she's not recovering from a broken ankle) and her greatest passion lies in encouraging women of all ages to experience the same joy that BMX gives her.

Head over to Iowa Public Radio to hear Kittie chat about being the oldest and first African American women in the BMX circuit, encouraging more women to ride, and not letting a few broken bones get in the way.

CyclingJenn Sheridanbike, bmx