International Women's Mountain Biking Day is a celebration event that takes place the first Saturday in May. It's a day for women to get together to experience, share and express their love of mountain biking! Tag your rides with #womensmtbday!
Women’s Mountain Biking Day came out of the 2018 IMBA UPRISING event, our first-ever women’s conference. Attendees were encouraged to share their best ideas for engaging more women in mountain biking. A day dedicated to women enjoying mountain biking with each other and encouraging fellow women to join them was dreamed up by Andree Sanders of Trips for Kids Metro New York. Thank you for inspiring us!Grab the logo
How do I participate?
Women’s Mountain Biking Day is social-media driven. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to use the day as a catalyst for grassroots engagement, festivals, rides, awareness campaigns and other activities to both celebrate and encourage women mountain biking.
Plan a special ride with your girlfriends; take your mom or daughter or sister for her first-ever mountain bike ride; get people together specifically to practice skills; or host an organized women-only mountain bike ride via a local bike club or shop.
Organize a women’s-only trail volunteer day. Give them an opportunity to learn about trail maintenance and proper tool use, then get dirty supporting their favorite trail. Consider that attendees may have young children and offer an option to show up for a few hours, rather than requiring they attend an all-day event deep in the backcountry.
Host a women’s-only skills night or advocacy talk. It can be as simple as how to do bike maintenance. Or, give a presentation about how to get more involved in trails and outdoor recreation in their community. How can women mountain bikers advocate for more resources, access, youth programming and more where they live?
Host a women’s night at a local bike shop. Show inspirational films, network, swap stories and make new friends. Get to know who is in the mountain biking community and give those who are curious but nervous a chance to come out and ask questions in a friendly environment.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued an official proclamation declaring May 5, 2018, as Women’s Mountain Biking Day. It is an honor that the Governor recognized the important role women play for mountain biking in communities across Colorado. Can your elected officials and community leaders help amplify your #womensmtbday message?
However you ride, wherever you ride and whenever you ride, we hope you’ll ride with us. Frequency, skill, speed or equipment aren't the things that make you a mountain biker. Passion—love for the knobby-tire ride—makes you a mountain biker.
Meet the team
IMBA currently employs nine female staff. We are a signatory of the CAMBER Outdoors CEO pledge, a commitment of outdoor industry organizations to attract, retain and advance women in their workplaces.