At nearly 70 years old, Kittie Weston-Knauer is the oldest female BMX racer in the United States. When she started competing in off-road bicycle races, or BMX, in the late 1980s, she was often the only woman on the track. It was her son Max Knauer, a championship BMX rider himself, who introduced her to the sport when he was 10 years old. Max, now 40, is retired from the sport, Kittie has no plans to quit any time soon. She looks forward to the day she can watch her grandchildren hit the track — and hopes Max will start competing again with them, too.
Produced by StoryCorps. Originally aired May 11, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.
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