BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—Ariadne Delon Scott, director of advocacy and the environment for Specialized, and Sabine Dukes, founder of Velo Bella, will be honored at the OIWC Gathering, Thursday, Sept. 27 at Interbike.
The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition created the Pioneering Woman Award to honor women in the industry who have furthered the vision of the OIWC by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues.
When she learned she was the recipient of the 2007 Pioneering Woman Award for the Bike Industry, Delon Scott said, “I am truly honored to be recognized by my peers in the industry—as a team, we have enormous potential to create a strong and vibrant coalition of women in the bicycle industry to make a difference and inspire others to come along for the ride.”
As the winner of the Pioneering Woman Award, she will receive $1,000 to donate to a charity of her choice. As a long-time board member of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a non-profit organization promoting non-motorized transport on a global basis, she selected this organization to receive the donation.
The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman new to the industry who demonstrates strong leadership potential. As part of her award Dukes will receive a scholarship to a four-day Strozzi Institute for Leadership Workshop in Petaluma, California, valued at $2,500.
In her nomination, Dukes is praised as being an inspiration to women. “In 2001 or 2002 she and a friend founded a cycling club with one mission in mind: Cute uniforms. The group has evolved into Velo Bella, a worldwide collection of pro and amateur racers and rec riders spreading the message that strong women can look good and have fun on a bike. The pros are always race-favorites among the 6-year-old girls at races because of their sassy uniforms. And they inspire women everywhere to be a part of their club and join the party.”
Both women will accept the awards at the OIWC Gathering, Thursday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Casanova rooms 503 and 504.