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This Grandma is ‘Shredding’ the BMX Track—and Loving Every Second

Kittie Weston-Knauer: The BMX Rider Who Just Happens to Be a Grandma

Close your eyes. Imagine a fit BMX rider, legs pumping wildly as they fly over the peaks and valleys of an outdoor track, gliding effortlessly over ramps like it’s second nature. Now open your eyes. Did you picture a 69-year-old grandmother with a tiny bike tucked between her legs? No? OK, you get a pass on that since it’s highly unlikely that a woman just a hair shy of being a septuagenarian would be out there on the track, but Kittie Weston-Knauer has opened our eyes to a whole new level of awesomeness.

Weston-Knauer became a BMX rider on Mother’s Day when she was 40—on a dare from her son, Max. She’s been “shredding” the BMX circuit ever since. Back then, there were no women’s classes to race—but that obviously didn’t stop Weston-Knauer from competing.

“When I started racing, I often beat my husband and some of the other men,” she told Bicycling. “They wanted me to get my own class!”

For Weston-Knauer, BMX is a way to enjoy retirement (“I’m not going to watch people having a good time when I could be having a good time with them,” she says), but that doesn’t mean racing isn’t hard work.

“I’m in the gym five days a week when I’m not racing to focus on core stability and strength,” she says, adding that getting stronger also entails self-care. “I tell women, ‘make sure you take care of you first,'” she says. “If you don’t take care of you, you will spend your entire life taking care of everyone else. I made that very clear with my husband and family.”

We’ll have what she’s having.

—Sarah Lazzari

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