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First NEMBA Women’s Summit draws 183 ladies from New England and beyond

First NEMBA Women’s Summit draws 183 ladies from New England and beyond

Earlier this month, almost 200 women gathered at Burke Mountain Resort and the neighboring well-known Kingdom Trails for the first New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) Women’s Summit. The goal of the Summit was to identify obstacles to leadership that women face in the cycling world, bring together female NEMBA members and leaders and ultimately ...


Race Report: Rothrock TrailMix

Race Report: Rothrock TrailMix

I often say that I don’t really race. I do a few events a year, but I usually would much rather go on a big group ride with friends than spend the day trying to ride faster than other people. That being said, I have had a lot of fun at every race I’ve ever ...


Liv launches “How We Liv” campaign and Liv Trail Squad contest

Liv launches “How We Liv” campaign and Liv Trail Squad contest

Liv Cycling launched the “How We Liv” campaign for 2017, inviting women to become part of a rapidly-growing global community by sharing moments and experiences from their cycling lives. “How We Liv” represents an everyday mantra for a lifestyle where bikes bring people closer to one another, nature and themselves.  Launched in 2014, Liv is a cycling brand completely dedicated to ...


CycloFemme Announces Community Partnership with World Bicycle Relief to Promote Women’s Empowerment

CycloFemme Announces Community Partnership with World Bicycle Relief to Promote Women’s Empowerment

CycloFemme is a grassroots organization of women on bikes, created in 2012 by Sarai Snyder of Girl Bike Love, and Tanya Quick and Jenn Cash of Language Dept. The socially-driven, volunteer-based community works to empower women and girls through cycling in order to create social change. CycloFemme hosts an annual ride, which takes place on Mother’s ...


Liv Cycling to host women’s-only trail session at Crankworx Rotorua

Liv Cycling to host women’s-only trail session at Crankworx Rotorua

Liv Cycling is inviting female riders to enjoy an exclusive trail session alongside their athletes and ambassadors as they take over one of Skyline Rotorua’s most-exciting trails during Crankworx. Following the success of the A-Line Women’s Only Session held annually at Crankworx Whistler, Liv is expanding the Women’s Only Session across the globe. From 9:00am ...


Bell to Expand Women’s Joy Ride Program

Bell to Expand Women’s Joy Ride Program

Created for all women who love mountain biking, the Bell Joy Ride program continues its mission with the addition of six new ambassadors and four new regions. “In only the first year of the program, everyone involved at Bell has been amazed by the dedication, growth and enthusiasm of the Joy Ride ambassadors,” said Heather ...


Stan’s-Kenda Elite Women’s Team Announces Roster for 2017

Stan’s-Kenda Elite Women’s Team Announces Roster for 2017

“Our mission has always been to advance women’s cycling while also racing at the highest level,” said Stan’s/Kenda Women’s Elite Team Co-Manager Jennifer Smith. “We are rider owned and operated and represent a powerful combination of professionalism and passion for cycling.” Fellow Co-Manager Sarah Kaufmann said, “We are proud of the longevity of our team ...


Win a ZOIC jersey and shorts

Win a ZOIC jersey and shorts

Contest ended. Congrats to Aaron Timman of McCordsville, IN! We’re sorry The promotion you are trying to access has ended. Win a ZOIC Empire Jersey and Beta Shorts with Liner for men or Jerra Jersey and Navaeh Shorts with Liner for women. Score yourself a new men’s or women’s mountain biking outfit from the ZOIC 2017 Collection, ...


Lea Davison Joins Clif Pro Team

Lea Davison Joins Clif Pro Team

Davison has been on the upswing lately, earning a silver medal at the 2016 world championships in Czech Republic, and competing in the Olympics for the United States a second time. She is also an eight-time U.S. National Champion and has been a Clif Bar sponsored athlete – albeit on another trade team – for the ...


Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Yeti Beti Bike Bash

Registration Now Open for 8th Annual Yeti Beti Bike Bash

For its eighth year, the event will be returning to its original location, Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood, Colorado. The main highlight of the weekend is a women’s-only race that caters to every skill and experience level, from pro racers to those who have never tried a race before. But this weekend is not only ...


Video: My Kona — Angi Weston

Video: My Kona — Angi Weston

“The world needs more people, especially women and girls, who have more faith in their abilities, on a bike and in life,” says Angi. In this inspiring video, Angi shares her passion as a coach and shows off her skills as a rider.


Anne-Caroline Chausson Returns to Commencal

Anne-Caroline Chausson Returns to Commencal

She’ll still be riding, but as she puts it, now she “just wants to have fun and share her passion with as many people as possible.” Anne-Caroline Chausson, aka Anne-Caro, or simply ACC, has been racing mountain bikes, and winning, since the early-90s. Amongst her list of awards are 19 World Championship wins, several World ...


2017 Ladies AllRide MTB Skills Camp Registration Now Open

2017 Ladies AllRide MTB Skills Camp Registration Now Open

The mission of the LadiesAllRide program is to grow the presence of women in mountain bike communities across the nation (and world) through fun, educational skills camps. Bringing ladies together to enhance their mountain bike skills also helps them use riding as a tool to enhance their lives. As Director of Inspiration for LadiesAllRide, Lindsey ...


QBP announces 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipients

QBP announces 2017 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipients

Quality Bicycle Parts (QBP) has partnered with some heavy hitters of the bicycle industry (such as SRAM, Park Tool, Michelin, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Saris, Kryptonite, White Lightning, Stan’s No Tubes, DT Swiss, Swiftwick, and Dero) to help promote the role of women in the bicycle industry and to drive the growth of women’s ...


2017 Vida Women’s MTB Series Clinic Registration Now Open

2017 Vida Women’s MTB Series Clinic Registration Now Open

Originally launched in 2013, the VIDA MTB Series has evolved into, “a full-fledged movement of women who are shifting the paradigm of what it means to be a female rider.” Taking place in and around the Rockies, the VIDA MTB Series provides clinics that focus on just about every aspect of mountain biking, from skills ...


Events: Dirty Kanza 200 reserves 200 spots for women

Events: Dirty Kanza 200 reserves 200 spots for women

The Dirty Kanza 200 is known as one of the first endurance gravel races in the world. It’s also known as one of the most challenging. Sending competitors out on the rugged, remote and soul-crushing dirt and gravel roads through the Flint Hills region of Kansas, the Dirty Kanza sells out all of its racer ...


First Ride: 2017 Liv Hail and Pique

First Ride: 2017 Liv Hail and Pique

Words: Karen Brooks Photos: Sterling Lorence Women’s brand Liv doubles down on the women’s market with two fresh new models. A group of 20 female journalists from around the world got to sample the all-mountain/enduro Hail and the XC/trail Pique on beautifully rugged trails around Sedona, Arizona, led by Liv celebrity coaches Lindsey Voreis and ...


Dorky Powder Blue Mary Jane Birkenstocks

Dorky Powder Blue Mary Jane Birkenstocks

Words: Alice E. Key Illustration: Stephen Haynes She said comfortable clothes. My powder blue linen short overalls are comfortable, and I like how they look with my dorky powder blue Mary Jane Birkenstocks. Just because it is a mountain bike ride, it doesn’t mean I have to look like an athlete. Besides, I don’t own ...


Rusch Job: My Ten Commandments

Rusch Job: My Ten Commandments

Words: Rebecca Rush Illustration: Stephen Haynes A few columns back I wrote about my definition of winning and defiantly stated that it had little to do with a podium and more to do with personal performance. My definition of winning hasn’t changed, but lately I’ve become more aware of what losing is because in the ...


Catching Up With: Anne-Caroline Chausson

Catching Up With: Anne-Caroline Chausson

Words: Trey Richardson Photo: J. Barety Anne-Caroline Chausson—who has won 19 World Championships, more than any other cyclist in history—suddenly fell ill in 2015 during round four of the Enduro World Series and disappeared from the scene. Recently, she revealed she had ovarian cancer. Anne-Caro took some time to chat with me from her home ...


Apply for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

Apply for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

Press release from QBP The Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its fourth year. QBP and its sponsors are pleased to offer 16 scholarships for an all-women’s class of Professional Repair and Shop Operations at UBI. The scholarship was created with the recognition that the bike industry needs to ...


Feature: Coming up short—In search of the truth about women’s-specific bikes

Feature: Coming up short—In search of the truth about women’s-specific bikes

By Kate Skrainka Get to the bottom of it. That was my goal: Once and for all, to clarify the murky, muddy waters that are women’s-specific bikes. I pored over vintage bike catalogs, read up on the mathematics of frame geometry, interviewed more than a dozen people and tested a few bikes. I heard a lot ...


Video: Juliana-SRAM Pro Team 2015

Video: Juliana-SRAM Pro Team 2015

The Juliana-SRAM pro women’s mountain bike team is picking up its 2016 season at the Enduro World Series this weekend in Corral, Chile. Here’s a look back at all the great riding and racing from 2015. Juliana-SRAM Pro Team 2015 Season Recap from Juliana Bicycles on Vimeo. Photo: Sven Martin


Apply to be a Bell Joy Ride Ambassador

Apply to be a Bell Joy Ride Ambassador

Female mountain bikers, take note: There is only one week left to apply to be a Bell Helmets Joy Ride ambassador! If you are excited about welcoming more women into mountain biking and wouldn’t mind doing it with significant support from one of the sport’s most recognizable brands, get your application in by November 1. ...


Rad female riders in new documentary

Rad female riders in new documentary

“THE LINE” is a new documentary film series set to debut in January 2016 featuring female athletes who excel in adventure sports. The first in the three-part series will highlight female mountain bikers, Kat Sweet, Inga Beck and 13-year-old phenom McKenna Merten. They are featured riding the trails around Lake Tahoe, California, and telling stories of ...


Interbike, #sockgate and women in cycling

Interbike, #sockgate and women in cycling

Allow me to set a scene for you: It has been a long and arduous journey for women in cycling, from those who work with bicycles for a living to those who simply find joy when riding them. For decades, we haven’t been seen as equals or deserving of either employment or representation because we ...


Interview Preview: The voice of Amanda Batty

Interview Preview: The voice of Amanda Batty

Cover story from issue #187 Words by Chris Milucky Photos by John Shafer   Amanda Batty gained a degree of notoriety earlier this year, not because of her race results as a professional downhill and enduro racer but because she abruptly resigned from a position as an online columnist due to sexism, double standards and ...


Red Bull FORMATION

Red Bull FORMATION

Like us, a lot of you probably noticed a distinct gathering of Red Bull’s female athletes in the Utah desert in the weeks running up to the annual Red Bull Rampage event. At the site of one of the original Rampage courses, some of the top women of freeride got a chance to showcase their ...


Ladies’ Last Hurrah to celebrate final weekend of Aptos jumps

Ladies’ Last Hurrah to celebrate final weekend of Aptos jumps

It’s the end of an era. The Aptos Post Office Jumps and the accompanying pump track in Aptos, California, are being razed in February. Earning notoriety for their death-defying vert doubles and the local kids that have grown up with these jumps—both the jumps and kids are now internationally-known entities. While on Saturday, February 14, ...


Stan’s NoTubes announces elite women’s race team for 2015

Stan’s NoTubes announces elite women’s race team for 2015

The Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team is heading into its fifth year and has announced its roster for 2015, including eight returning riders and two new signings. “We will be participating in a variety of races across the country and the world, and we’ll be leading ladies’ riding clinics at many of the races which ...


Girls Rock in Santa Cruz County

Girls Rock in Santa Cruz County

By Joh Rathbun. Photos courtesy of Jessica Klodnicki. Still in its infancy, the Girls Rock ride, organized by Jessica Klodnicki, general manager and executive vice president of Bell and Blackburn, hosted its monthly ride at Ibis Cycles last month. More than 70 women showed up to take advantage of the free Ibis demo fleet and to ride ...


Ruckus Composites hosting NWSSCX race for ladies only

Ruckus Composites hosting NWSSCX race for ladies only

Courtesy of Ruckus Composites: (Click here and you’ll understand the cow image.) Calling All Single (Speed) Ladies! Everyone knows SS ladies have more fun. If ya didn’t, now ya do. And girl oh girl do we have a race to prove it. We’ve built a special course with interesting twists and turns, a few kegs ...


Bike brands sponsoring women’s mechanic scholarships

Bike brands sponsoring women’s mechanic scholarships

Several brands including SRAM, Liv, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Quality Bicycle Products, Pedro’s, and Park Tool have joined together to offer ten scholarships for women to attend United Bicycle Institute. Recognizing the bike industry needs to reach out to more women, these industry heavyweights have collaborated to fund a scholarship program for women. Additional support ...


Race Face Creator Series: “My Last Day of Summer” by Kristina Wayte

Race Face Creator Series: “My Last Day of Summer” by Kristina Wayte

The third film in the Race Face Creator Series is “My Last Day of Summer” by Kristina Wayte. We absolutely love this film, and we think you will too! If you remember we interviewed Kristina a while back and if you haven’t read it before you can check it out here.  Enjoy the film!


QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is Available to 32 Mechanics this Year

QBP Bike Mechanic Scholarship is Available to 32 Mechanics this Year

QBP is continuing its efforts to expand diversity within the bike industry with its Bike Mechanic Scholarship open to women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirit, and intersex individuals. From my own experience most of the cyclist I’ve met in every genre of cycling are welcoming folks, we are just stoked when other folks want to ...


Passing Through: Buena Vista, Colorado

Passing Through: Buena Vista, Colorado

Last month, we headed over to Buena Vista to check out a new Maverick just released by Juliana. While we had plenty to say about the bike and how dreamy it was to ride out there, the town of Buena Vista was newsworthy unto itself. It’s a bit of a haul from the Denver airport ...


In Print: Our Once and Future Sport

In Print: Our Once and Future Sport

Editor’s Note: This feature first appeared in issue 210 of our print edition of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe today to catch issue 212, in production now and soon to set sail. By Carolyne Whelan, illustrations by Stephen Haynes Anissa Lamare may be the only female downhill mountain biker in India. She ...


Bikes as Healers: Heather Russell uses bikes as a tool to heal

Bikes as Healers: Heather Russell uses bikes as a tool to heal

In issue #210 of Dirt Rag Magazine, we spoke with people of varying backgrounds about their experiences learning to mountain bike, build community among riders and use bikes as a tool of self-discovery and self-reliance. Bikes and wilderness both have proven positive effects on our psyche, from destressing after a hard day at work to ...


Rebecca Rusch rides new Arkansas High Country Route

Rebecca Rusch rides new Arkansas High Country Route

Seven-time world champion mountain biker, filmmaker, Emmy winner, author, activist, charity organizer, adventure athlete, and personal hero Rebecca Rusch sets out today to complete the Arkansas High Country Ride. Her goal is to ride 100-150 miles each day to get to the Bentonville Film Festival. Other superfans may remember Rusch’s film Blood Road, which debuted ...


Sea Otter group sesh: Ride to live, Liv to ride

Sea Otter group sesh: Ride to live, Liv to ride

The current issue of Dirt Rag, #210, contains my review of the Liv Intrigue Advanced 1, a mountain bike I quickly fell in love with for how it seemed to disappear under me. When I saw Liv was hosting a group ride, I was excited to join on: bikes, women and sunshine? Literally sign me ...


Catching the last rays on the Sunshine Coast

Catching the last rays on the Sunshine Coast

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in issue 209 of Dirt Rag Magazine. Like what you see? Subscribe now at dirtragmag.com/subscribe to catch issue 210, coming real soon.  by Abby Cooper Single droplets fell from the heavy grey skies and temperatures threatened snow. The timing for a trip to the sought-after loamy trails of Canada’s ...


Review: Deuter Trans Alpine Pro 26L backpack

Review: Deuter Trans Alpine Pro 26L backpack

I’m a sucker for bags. Every time a new design comes out, I am bright-eyed at the idea of some new way to get my life together, finally organize all my hopes, dreams and snacks into a compartmentalized, ergonomic and travel-ready sack. Often, those wishes are overshot, or what is marketed in a pack is ...


Review: Rapha winter kit

Review: Rapha winter kit

In these deep winter months of cold, damp darkness, my typically preferred riding garb of whatever-I’m-already-wearing just doesn’t cut it. I wanted something that would be insulated without feeling like I was wearing three pairs of pants, and easily wicked off rain and mud without feeling like a plastic bag. Rapha is known primarily in ...


Rapha Launches Three New Bib Shorts For Women

Rapha Launches Three New Bib Shorts For Women

Love them or hate Rapha is constantly redefining comfort and style on the bike. After three years of research and redesign, they have released a new chamois just for women and will be offering it as part of three new bib shorts. While we firmly believe that for most rides a fine pair of jorts are ...


Down the Bitterroot Mountains

Down the Bitterroot Mountains

Words and Photos by Kristin Winet The front entrance to the welcome center is not entirely legible, because years of snow and harsh Idaho winters have rubbed the black paint into a faint gray. The tip-off that we’ve made it here is the parking lot, which is full of cars and trucks and tourists, many—but not ...


Kona adds Canadian legend Miranda Miller to team

Kona adds Canadian legend Miranda Miller to team

Miranda Miller will headline Kona’s Global Enduro program alongside Rhys Verner, Connor Fearon, Shelly Flood, and Hannah Bergemann. She’ll be racing the Process 153 CR DL 29 and the Operator CR for select downhill races. While her official joining of the team is breaking news, her relationship with Kona isn’t. Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle has been in her life ...


QBP announces scholarship winners

QBP announces scholarship winners

A few months back, we broadcast the announcement that Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) was again offering up its Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. The time has come, the winners have been chosen, and we are so friggin pumped. Each of the 32 scholarship recipients will attend a two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle ...


The Wheel Mill presents: Ride Like a Girl

The Wheel Mill presents: Ride Like a Girl

New year’s resolutions are fraught with peril. By design, they set us up for failure in their all-or-nothing approach to self-betterment. The new, hip thing to do is to “set intention.” If you identify as a girl, are at least eight years old, and intend to gain some bike skills in 2019, consider taking a ...


Ella shreds: new video from Transition featuring Ella Skalwald in Vermont

Ella shreds: new video from Transition featuring Ella Skalwald in Vermont

Need some mid-week motivation? Check out this sick video of Elite DH racer Ella Skalwald riding her local trail network. Lucky for her, those trails happen to be the iconic Victory Hill Sector of the Victory Hill State Forest,  that has become an East Coast destination spot. Check out more photos here, courtesy Transition Bikes.


Mixtape Monday Vol. VII

Mixtape Monday Vol. VII

Hear ye, hear ye! It is now the first Monday of December, and time for another Mixtape Monday. Sound the bells! This month, Trina Haynes has come along to give us some sweet tuneage to get us through these shortest days of the year while we approach the winter solstice. Trina’s been at Rotating Mass ...


Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

Femmes to the front! QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship is open for applications

I got my first job as a wrench when I moved to New Mexico. I hung out at my local bike shop whenever I had free time, and when I got laid off from the food co-op I suddenly had enough free time for them to notice. The head mechanic, Laura, said, “if you’re gonna ...


All Of The Trails With Brittany Konsella

All Of The Trails With Brittany Konsella

Photography provided by Meyvn Creative On September 15th, Brittany Konsella became the first person to ride all 750 miles of unique trail in the Gunnison Crested Butte area. To cover every unique mile, some rides required revisiting areas she had already ridden and many included a dirt road approach. In all, it took about 3,600 miles and ...


Mountain Biking Denmark

Mountain Biking Denmark

Editor’s note: Our latest print issue of Dirt Rag Magazine, The Road Trip Issue, just dropped in the mailboxes for subscribers and newsstands. Here’s an awesome write-up of mountain biking in Denmark to accompany the print issue. Interested in subscribing? Click here! By Shawna Kenney pamphlet translated by Shawna Kenney with help from Anja Klemp ...


Book Review: Lands of Lost Borders

Book Review: Lands of Lost Borders

By Emma Walker If you’ve ever spent a night in the Moab desert, you know what it’s like to feel like you’re on another planet: otherworldly red dirt, towering cliffs, countless bright, shining stars. That’s the feeling Kate Harris grew up longing for. As a kid, Harris wished for nothing more than to visit Mars—to ...


Review: new Showers Pass clothes to keep you cool, dry, and slightly less stinky

Review: new Showers Pass clothes to keep you cool, dry, and slightly less stinky

This summer, just about any minute not spent writing has been spent pedaling and camping. From Pennsylvania to West Virginia, Vermont, and Colorado, I’ve relied on a small selection of clothes to keep me comfortable in and out of the saddle. I chose to bring a short-sleeve Shower’s Pass Hi-Line wool jersey, a long-sleeve Shower’s ...


Hike-a-Bike Diaries Missions: Tomichi Pass, Canyon Creek, and Horseshoe Creek

Hike-a-Bike Diaries Missions: Tomichi Pass, Canyon Creek, and Horseshoe Creek

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


Trek releases upgrades to entry-level Marlin and Marlin WSD lines

Trek releases upgrades to entry-level Marlin and Marlin WSD lines

Trek has released their updated Marlin, their entry level bikes that come in both “standard” and as a “women specific design” (WSD). Between the two model lines, not much is different. The smallest sizes (13.5″ and 15.5″) of the WSD models have a more sloped top tube for standover clearance compared to the slight slope ...


Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Liv Cycling announces new Intrigue series

Woman-specific designs have long had a bad rap as being shrinked-and-pinked or more commonly, shrinked-and-stinked—charging the same amount of money for a bike with lesser quality components. Many women had different body geometries than most men, with a lower center of gravity, narrower shoulders, and a different transference of power based on our builds. Buying ...


WTF Bikexplorers Vermont: Cutest Capital Cruise

WTF Bikexplorers Vermont: Cutest Capital Cruise

Last weekend, I took a scenic drive up to Montpelier, Vermont to check out the unassuming state capitol and spend three days pedaling along dirt roads and single track with a group of Women, Transgender people, Femme-identifying individuals and non-binary folks (WTFs), coordinated by WTF Bikexplorers. I spent a night stealth camping in a bivy ...


Hike-a-Bike Diaries: I’m Starving

Hike-a-Bike Diaries: I’m Starving

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


Yoga for Back Health

Yoga for Back Health

In 2011, I broke my tailbone on a bike ride. Combined with a youth of contact sports, contact-with-ground sports, and general punk rock idiocy, I have the same spine diagnosis as my 95-year-old grandmother. But like so many mountain bikers who have eaten their share of dirt, I don’t let a little pain keep me ...


#vanlife is dead, long live #tentlife

#vanlife is dead, long live #tentlife

by Colleen O’Neil A recent Facebook ad read: “Ready for Adventure! 1978 Minnie Winnie Camper $4900” It was a real classy remodel: white with blue and brown stripes, a bright new coat of interior paint over the original particle board walls, some amateur woodworking, and a few tasteful decorative accents à la Target. “This Minnie ...


Hike-a-Bike Diaries: A Tale of Three Ghost Towns

Hike-a-Bike Diaries: A Tale of Three Ghost Towns

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


Call of the wild: Sweet Skills teaches women backcountry biking

Call of the wild: Sweet Skills teaches women backcountry biking

by Cassidy Randall photos by Lisa Sumire Ankeny The early morning sun cut through the alpine chill as we assembled with our bikes at the remote backcountry trailhead. We double-checked our gear and sorted through food as the shadows retreated up Sol Mountain, preparing to head out on the heralded new Caribou Pass trail deep in ...


Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Meet the new Webatron5000 team

Dirt Rag has been secretly devising a masterful plan for world domination digital development and it is time to unveil the team unleashed to deliver fun, visually stunning content to our online platforms. Drumroll, please: International spy Carolyne Whelan will oversee Dirt Rag Magazine’s website as its new Web Editor; meanwhile, local vigilante Brett Rothmeyer ...


Chasing the Tune of Kokopelli

Chasing the Tune of Kokopelli

by Maureen Gaffney Riding the Kokopelli, the 150-mile trail between the esteemed mountain bike destinations of Fruita, Colorado and Moab, Utah for a second time is like childbirth. Your mind neatly erases the painful bits, assembles a sparkly highlight reel, and there you are, doing it all over again. But if you’re going to endure the labor involved in 30-mile ...


Blast From the Past: Guerrilla Girls

Blast From the Past: Guerrilla Girls

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in Dirt Rag Issue #85, published in April 2001. Words by Cynthia Carbone Ward. Art by Sherri Dobay. I arrived in California on Groundhog Day of 1982, a refugee from New York in high-heeled shoes and too much makeup. My home was a 1973 Buick, avocado green, of course, ...


Hike-a-Bike Diaries

Hike-a-Bike Diaries

Words and Photos by Andrea Wilson I hail originally from the hot, flat realm of Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to the Colorado Front Range almost three years ago, and I’ve been obsessed with finding all of the nooks and crannies of the mountains ever since. When I realized that the population density of the Denver ...


IMBA launches #womensmtbday to celebrate women who ride

IMBA launches #womensmtbday to celebrate women who ride

The International Mountain Bicycling Association just announced the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, which is to be held on the first Saturday of May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, Rebecca Rusch and others to promote the inaugural edition of this event, taking place May 5, 2018. International Women’s Mountain Biking ...


Review: Big Agnes Shovelhead down jacket

Review: Big Agnes Shovelhead down jacket

By Helena Kotala  Whether you’re going bikepacking or doing a long winter ride in ever-changing conditions, a packable yet very warm jacket is an invaluable piece of gear for when you reach camp for the night or the temperature suddenly drops 20 degrees high in the mountains. There are two routes to go for such ...


IMBA to host its first women’s summit

IMBA to host its first women’s summit

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host its first-ever IMBA UPRISING event to bring together female leaders in mountain biking from all over the country who are cultivating strong riding communities in their backyards. The event will take place March 22-25, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas. UPRISING is two-and-half days of hands-on collaboration among dedicated, ...


Review: Women’s riding hoodies from Garneau, Pearl Izumi and Club Ride

Review: Women’s riding hoodies from Garneau, Pearl Izumi and Club Ride

As a curvy woman, I often struggle to find technical clothing that fits well. Investing in an outer layer that fits right and checks all the boxes on my “must list” is not an easy task. I decided to seek this golden chalice of perfection and gather three outer layers for riding that I thought ...


Review: Bontrager women’s winter wear

Review: Bontrager women’s winter wear

Bontrager B2 long sleeve base layer – $85 When riding in cold and/or potentially-wet winter conditions, layering and dressing appropriately is of utmost importance. That being said, I usually opt to get my upper body base layers from the thrift store, discarded Dri-FIT tops from New Years resolutionists that do a fine job of wicking ...


The Convergence of Art and Mountain Biking: Kristina Wayte of Sketchy Trails

The Convergence of Art and Mountain Biking: Kristina Wayte of Sketchy Trails

The other day, while I burnt minutes trying to decide what to eat for lunch, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and something new caught my eye: pen and ink, perhaps some watercolors. I stopped and scrolled back to see this interpretation of a mountain biker lofting through the air. I was instantly taken ...


Ride Like A Girl at the Wheel Mill

Ride Like A Girl at the Wheel Mill

By Ange Gagnon I’ve heard about the Ride Like a Girl at the Wheel Mill for a few years,but this was the first year that I actually had the nerve to pursue it. After years as a bike commuter, I’ve decided that this is my year to learn how to mountain bike. Of course, I ...


Registration now open for 2018 Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series of women’s events

Registration now open for 2018 Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series of women’s events

Registration is now open for the Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series of women’s mountain bike skills clinics and events. “Going into our sixth year of producing women’s mountain bike skills clinics, we have watched the growth of women in mountain biking evolve from women entering the sport for the first time, to women seeking out ...


Behind the Veil of Faranak Partoazar

Behind the Veil of Faranak Partoazar

By Steve Thomas Iran, mountain biking and women: There’s a combo you don’t see every day. Meet Faranak Partoazar, the Iranian national cross-country champion, who is shredding convention and preconceptions. Can we get our prize money, please?” There was little doubt as to who was the leader of this prize-hunting pack: It was the slender, ...


Review: Women’s Club Ride Tour Pants

Review: Women’s Club Ride Tour Pants

Club Ride Apparel specializes in bike-centric, functional clothing that is also fashionable and comfortable for everyday living. As the brand’s website pronounces, “Life doesn’t stop after your ride, and neither should your clothes.” While a change of clothes after a wet, muddy, sweaty mountain bike ride is more than welcome, there are plenty of instances ...


WTF Bikexplorers launches Summit and Ride Series for 2018

WTF Bikexplorers launches Summit and Ride Series for 2018

WTF Bikexplorers are pleased to announce the first-ever WTF Bikexplorers Summit and Ride Series to be held in 2018, with events scheduled in Arizona, Oregon, California, Vermont, and Montana. The Summit and Ride Series aims to support, celebrate and connect women, transgender, femme and non-binary people who also identify as gravel grinders, mountain bikers, bikepackers, ...


QBP Equity and Diversity Internship seeks to further inclusion in the bike industry

QBP Equity and Diversity Internship seeks to further inclusion in the bike industry

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), a host and distributor of many bicycle-related brands, launched an Equity and Diversity Internship in December to help contribute to “a larger culture shift in the bike and outdoor industries — a shift toward inclusivity, embracing new and different ideas, and amplifying diverse perspectives.” QBP is no stranger to promoting inclusivity – ...


Video: Casey Brown, “This is Home”

Video: Casey Brown, “This is Home”

Casey Brown finds her passion living in Revelstoke, British Columbia – where the drastic season changes from winter to summer keep her life grounded as a professional mountain biker who has an appetite for the snow. Casey loves the town for its community and proximity to the mountains. “The thing that’s kept me here is ...


SRAM sponsoring women’s clinics and rides at Dirt Fest Pennsylvania

SRAM sponsoring women’s clinics and rides at Dirt Fest Pennsylvania

Dirt Rag is excited to announce that SRAM will once again be sponsoring the women’s skills clinics at Dirt Rag Dirt Fest Pennsylvania in 2018. This will be the third year in a row that the company has pledged support for women’s events at Dirt Fest, helping to keep them free for participants. “Part of ...


Apply now for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!

Apply now for the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!

The QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship Program is back for its fifth year! QBP scholarship coordinators are pleased to offer scholarships for 32 women to attend the 2-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at UBI in Ashland, Oregon thanks to support from Michelin, Park Tool, SRAM, United Bicycle Institute (UBI), Jagwire, Ergon, Saris, Finish ...


Review: Ketl women’s bib shorts

Review: Ketl women’s bib shorts

Let’s face it ladies, sometimes we have to take a nature break on the trail. I would say that more often than not I have to pop a squat during a ride, so it’s important to me that this be a simple and efficient process. This used to be a deterrent for bib-wearing, but in ...


Review: Ketl women’s shirts and baggy shorts

Review: Ketl women’s shirts and baggy shorts

Clothes: it is suggested to wear them when riding bikes. Good to know. All jokes aside (not possible!), I got my hands on a few of items from the relatively new brand Ketl Mountain Apparel. The two collaborators behind the brand came from the outdoor industry and have taken some attributes from outdoor specific apparel ...




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