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Endure Nepal, a Women’s Mountain Bike Journey Through Film

Main image: Tricia Davis hikes with her bike on an adventurous ride in New Zealand. Photos courtesy of Endure Nepal.

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The Shame, Glory and Persistence of Learning to Mountain Bike

—by guest blogger Jeanne Eisenhaure 

Let’s get this out of the way: I’m a beginner mountain biker with just two seasons under my chamois. I’m here to share a perspective that I rarely received while getting started shredding the trails.

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A Weekend in Fruita With the Ladies of IMBA

— Photos by Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA Mapping Manager, words by the ladies of IMBA.

Recently, some of IMBA’s female staff took a weekend trip together to Fruita, Colo. for some great riding and relaxation time. Here are our top reasons why you should plan an all-women mountain biking trip:

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Take Two: Returning to Mountain Biking

Photo: Author Kerri Salazar at Valmont Bike Park

— by Kerri Salazar, IMBA's Operations and Human Resources Director

My first experience on a mountain bike, 15 years ago, might sound familiar to other female riders. My boyfriend chose the trail because it was fun for him to ride, not for me. His bike was adequate for the task, mine was a beater rig with no suspension. He shouted some advice before firing down the trail, I soon flipped over my handlebars.

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Something Big is Happening in SoCal!

— by Susie Murphy, Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association 

What is purple, has over 300 participants, over 100 bike demos, and has invaded Malibu Creek State Park for the last three years?

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What's in Your Chamois?

Image: Earlier this year, female leaders in the bike industry got together for discussions and a group ride organized by SRAM. More info here.


—by Marty Caivano, IMBA Field Programs Specialist 

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Dig In: What if you don’t know what you don’t know?

Are you intimate with your bike's setup? If not, it's time to get cozy.

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Dig In: First Time for Every Ride

What’s it like to ride somewhere new when you’ve never done that before? Our regular guest blogger, bike shop employee and new-ish mountain biker, Josie, writes here about her first ride beyond her home trails—in a completely new state and landscape.

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Bikes, Friends and Community: Copper Harbor Trails Club Women’s Weekend

— Michelle Barker, IMBA Midwest Region Director (pictured right)

I woke up this morning and tried to roll on my side, but a darkening and painful bruise on my left thigh prevented me from doing so. When I got out of the shower, I noticed several smaller blueberry colored spots developing on my legs and a very awkward tan line on my arms. And yet, I couldn’t wipe the big grin off of my face.

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Dig In: Even New Mountain Bikers Can Welcome Others Into the Fold

Josie Smith, who is the store manager at Decorah Bicycles in Iowa, shares her story of “Fearless Women of Dirt,” the women’s MTB group she started in a place where there is a noticeable absence of women riding on trails.

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