Kate Gersh is a long time Jackson, WY local and former roller-derby competitor. She also once had a boyfriend who told her that, when she expressed interest in getting into dirt biking, “she would probably just get injured.”
But Kate’s interest didn’t falter. There was something about a dirt bike that she couldn’t get out of her mind. After some time—and the end of the relationship with said boyfriend—she began exploring the option of getting a bike once again.
Being good friends with Mountainist founder Tana only helped further, and while she had push back from others in her life, Kate ended up buying a bike and rode it frequently this past summer.
Since then, she’s only had encouragement. She’s also met a number of men in the sport who really want to see more female participation.
Kate turned 40 this year. But instead of seeing age as a setback, she chose to use dirt bikes to remind herself how mental strength can coincide with physical strength.