2015 The National BMX Hall of Fame Women - Kathy Schachel
Back in a time when the girls division was still referred to as "Powder Puffs," there was one particular girl whose speed and style set the standard for the future of the Pro Womens class. Her name was Kathy Schachel and under the guidance of her New Jersey mentor - the late, great Hall of Famer Charlie Litsky, she became a partof the Shimano factory team and went on to tally up an impressive 55 career wins. Amongst all of those victories came 3 NBL National No.1 titles, two World Championships and even a European Championship. Upon her urging, she lead the formation of the World's first Womens Pro class in 1985 - and then proceeded to earn the NBL No.1 Woman Pro title in its first two years. The fact that Kathy was rad enough to roost all over the November 1979 issue of BMX Plus stands alone - as she set the tone for future generations of girl racers, showing them that girls can not only jump and get rad like the boys, but sometimes ... you can even beat 'em!