“My introduction into the world of Dirt Addict all started when a good friend of mine, let’s call her an Adventure Enthusiast Extraordinaire, introduced me to the DA gang. I was invited to a social ride in Melkbos. It involved looping around Duynefontein, capping it off with a well-deserved coffee chat at Simple Bru.

From that very first ride, I discovered a newfound sense of freedom and joy that cycling with the Dirt Addict tribe brought me. I am no stranger to the intimidation that comes with joining a large group and stepping out of my comfort zone. We’ve all been there, but the beauty of Dirt Addict was that they are a cozy blanket of support and laughter, who do not treat you any differently to the stronger riders in the group.  Personally, I feel so proud to be a part of the DA Members.

I find that most of the time I am an introvert who can be a little bit awkward at times, but Dirt Addict provides the perfect balance of camaraderie and personal space. I feel embraced by the friendly and supportive community, where both the strong and not-so-strong riders are cheered on equally with a good laugh along the way—it’s the secret ingredient that makes any ride worthwhile!”

Kerry Hope, a 52-year-old, warrior of a woman, runs a small online business, providing marketing, tech, research, and development consulting services with digital services for startups and small businesses.

“I believe that everyone deserved a chance at success, and I am determined to help pave the way. Women in business need to stick together.

Life hasn’t always been a smooth ride. I have faced my fair share of challenges, and if that isn’t enough, the constant reminder of menopause adds an extra sprinkle of chaos to my days. I try not let it dampen my spirits so plan to join more rides and social events, especially the virtual ones.

Among all the ups and downs, I hold my proudest achievement close to my heart— as I watch my daughter blossom into a remarkable young lady. Life has and still is teaching me the value of resilience and compassion, having experienced significant loss along the way. The experiences have only made me stronger and more attuned to the needs of others.”

It is a certainty that life will have its chaotic moments, highs, lows, and everything in between. But Kerry shows us that with fight, you can make it through to the other side and keep going.

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