Kaitlin and her dog, Atlas, enjoying a walk.

Interview by B Vivit

I first met Kaitlin Johnson through one of the most life-changing emails a person could ever receive. An email that most women working in shops across the industry sit, crossing their fingers waiting for, between September when the application opens until December when the winners are notified. And an email that can change 16 (and this year 32) lives for the better, while reaffirming that all folx are welcome in this industry, after hearing "No," for so many years.  
"Happy Wednesday B, I am delighted to inform you, on behalf of QBP and our partner sponsors, that we have selected you as a recipient of our Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship to United Bicycle Institute!" At the time, Kaitlin (nor myself) knew that I'd eventually be supporting the scholarship from the other side, but I'm happy to say that working with Kaitlin; the stoke is high. A genuinely beautiful person, Kaitlin herself embodies much of what the scholarship is about, and we caught up to her to ask a few more questions about how she got started in the industry and what the scholarship means to her...
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Sorrell examines a linear pull brake during the January edition of the QBP WBMS.

Interview and Introduction by B Vivit

Kerri Sorrell was among the 32 recipients for the 2018 Quality Bicycle Parts, Women's Bike Mechanic Scholarship. She attended UBI during our January edition of the class, and in October, we'll have the other set of 16 eager minds. Quietly sitting in the corner of the class next to one of the more intense personalities that I've had the fortune to meet(looking at you Sequoia), Sorrell took meticulous notes in class and asked really great questions. Outside of class, you could tell that there was some real passion simmering just below the surface and she is a mover and a shaker. Fairly soon after her class ended, Sorrell was able to secure a job wrenching and spreading the information during her clinic nights. Her interview answers led themselves, so I'll get out of your way and let you really hear it from Kerri:

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Kiddos still hitting jumps after the day is over.

Recap by Nathan Riddle

"Racing is dead". A number of years ago when NORBA was failing I remember this phrase going around the bike biz like wild fire. The people saying this had likely never been to the Sea Otter Classic. This event has consistently been one of the biggest racing and bike industry events in North America (if not worldwide) for at least the last 20 years I have attended it. Located at the Laguna Seca raceway near Monterey CA, the Classic has consistenly drawn Professional bike racers of ALL (and I do mean all) disiplines from around the world as well as amateur racers of all ages from all over the United States. It also brings bike enthusiast spectators who come to see the conjoined spectacles of racing, and the bike companies who come to support them as well as show off all the cool new stuff they're bring to market. It is often the place where companies come to debut new goods for the first time to the media. I heard someone say that this year there were about 60,000 attendees each day!

 

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