With the amount of badass ladies rippin’ up the trails on the rise so to is the desire to unite the stoke in competition. Female only races are poppin’ up throughout western Canada but you’ll have to get em’ while they’re hot as entries are sellin’ off like the brides pajamas (this is one my mom’s top 10 sayings). Everyone wants to be a part of the ultra welcoming and supportive ride vibe that comes with attending these events. I don’t think this trend is going anywhere anytime soon.
I believe that a lot of female riders are pushed by other girls because it not only gives them roll models to aspire to but also lets them know that chicks are just as (or more) capable as their male counter parts. There was a time when big air, insane style, clever tricks and mach speeds were things that seemed reserved for just dudes. But chicks like Miranda Millar, Rachael Atherson, Casey Brown and Emily Batty over the past 5-10 years have shown us just how sick women can be at this sport and that you certainly don’t have to be a dude to rip it up like it’s nobody’s business.
I’d recommend giving one of these races a shot and supporting the growing community that promotes and fosters girls and women of all ages, shapes and sizes getting on mountain bikes. It’s also been my experience that you can learn a lot through competition. Pushing your limits, digging down deeper than you thought possible and exploring where your boundaries truly lie cannot be a trivial pursuit. HOWEVER, I will say that although, I myself am a competitive individual, there is a side of me that just wants to ride for the sheer joy of riding and that’s certainly ok too.
Check out some upcoming rad races, hosted by awesome organizations, that are for girls only!
Revelopstoke Women’s Enduro
Hot on Your Heels
Liv Bombshell Solstice Endure