Blazing their own trails
Some of the best women cyclists in the United States raced through Colorado at the end of August for the Colorado Classic, a four-stage cycling race that followed a trail through Steamboat Springs, Avon, Golden and Denver.
Ahead of the event, Mines and the Colorado Classic convened a panel of women who are leading the pack in their respective sports, fields and communities to address the topic of â€œWomen Engineering Change and Blazing Their Own Trails.â€ Panelists included Erica Clevenger, the 2017 Collegiate Cycling Road Race National Champion, a USA Cycling Board Member andÂ PhD student in environmental engineering at Mines; Tricia Downing, author and first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman triathlon; and Lauren Revis â€™15, a competitive equestrian and process development engineer at Gates Corporation.
Here are some observations and words of wisdom each panelist shared:
â€œYour path isnâ€™t set. You have to decide what you want out of your career. We wanted to show the younger generations that whatever you think is possible, is possible.â€Â
â€”Lauren Revis â€™15
â€œOne of the biggest challenges facing female athletes and engineers in general is awareness. We still have biases in our communities, and we culturally donâ€™t see women the same as men.â€
â€œThere have been many times where Iâ€™ve been the only woman in the room and the only one with a disability. But that shouldnâ€™t deter you. Everyone has the opportunity to reach for their dream. Be in touch with the person you are and what you value. You have the ability within youâ€”itâ€™s just about putting in the time, hard work and effort.