Utah’s Heather Holmes won the Singlespeed World Championship mountain bike race in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland, on August 27, 2011.
She topped the women’s field on a cool day in Ireland, and promptly received the prized winner’s tatoo following the race. Following a good start, Holmes noted in a blog post, “My second lap was again enjoyable, with awesome single track and perfectly flowing trails. I was a bit anxious by now though, as no one was passing me. I started to think ‘Hum, I might be getting a tattoo today.’ “ She finished strongly to win, stating, “After I crossed the line I was taken to an area for a photo, and then placed in front of a table with a tattoo gun and ink. After much discussion I finally decided that my left arm would be a good place for the prize, and I was very happy with the design.”