Des’ree Barnes proves BMX isn’t just for the boys
With five world championships and nine national championships under her belt, Des’ree Barnes has a message for women cyclists thinking about getting involved in BMX.
When Des’ree Barnes wanted to take up a sport as a child, it wasn’t ballet, dancing, swimming, or netball, it was BMX riding, something that has typically been viewed as a male’s cycle sport.
In fact, Des’ree used the male domination of BMX as inspiration to train harder, which has certainly paid off for the 20-year-old, with five world championship titles and nine national championship titles in an ever-expanding trophy cabinet.
With Victorian female participation in BMX at just 21 per cent of the total membership according to BMX Victoria, the achievements of champion riders such as Barnes are critical to growing awareness of a cycle sport that caters to female cyclists across all age demographics.
Learn more about Barnes' life and career below thanks to arevo by RACV, who are working with partners BikeExchange and AusCycling to celebrate women in cycling and encourage increased participation.
The arevo bike journey planner app, a free download from the App Store and Google Play Store, lets you plan bike routes that make the most of Melbourne’s safer and quieter bike paths and lanes, all issues women have cited as being barriers to participating in the sport.