— 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:
— 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.
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.
— 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.
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.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.