SORBA chapters across the south participated in this years International Women’s MTB Day. It’s a day for riders who identify as women to gather, experience, and share their stoke for mountain biking! Here are a few of the awesome experiences hosted by our local chapters.
Pisgah Area SORBA
On May 7th, Pisgah Area SORBA invited local female riders to gather at Ride Kanuga for a day of riding and community building. Ride Kanuga, owned by Neko Mullaly and Dave Lemond and operated by Callie Horwath, donated a day pass to any female-identifying PAS members that wanted to join. This became a motivator for local riders to become PAS members in exchange for a free day of riding at the incredible downhill mountain bike park. Pisgah Coffee Roasters, a sponsor of PAS, provided free coffee in the morning, and Sierra Nevada and Athletic Brewing both donated beer for the afternoon. In addition, Fox set up their tent and table, the Dirty Gertie food truck was slinging tacos, and Daily Cycles, a mobile, family-centric bike repair shop was present to assist with any tune up and repair needs that may arise. All in all, the event had about 50 women attend, many even joining us from out of state in order to get a chance to ride with other women and make lasting connections.
HAMR (Huntsville Area Mountain Riders)
HAMR had close to a dozen ladies on a very busy weekend turn out at our newest trail, John Hunt Park, to have fun riding together! HAMR VP and clinic instructor Erin McMahon helped the group work on bermed turns, tabletops, and jumps which are all features unique to JHP in the Huntsville area. Nearby Fractal Brewing hosted us for lunch afterward, where HAMR Social Committee volunteers grilled for us. While everyone was enjoying the meal, two of our most experienced lady trail maintainers/builders, Jenny Barnack and Mary-Anne Swanstrom, discussed some of the details of trail building, the history of trail volunteerism in the mountain bike community, and ways to get involved. After lunch, those ladies who still had some legs were shuttled by our Social Committee Chair over to Monte Sano where we did a few shuttle laps on trails to further practice our skills. Everyone finished the day smiling and ready for a shower and a nap!
CVTA (Clinch Valley Trail Alliance)
Women’s mountain bike day was a great success for Clinch Valley Trail Alliance with several ladies driving from as far as an hour away to participate in the event. Haw Ridge was our ride destination of choice, but the weather had a different idea. Oak Ridge had almost an inch of rain the day before but we were still able to put on a successful event. We took the ladies on a 7-mile ride through the wet-weather friendly North Boundary Trail System in Oak Ridge, TN. Women of all skill levels participated in the stress-free, no-drop ride that culminated in socializing and snacks. The event was so well received, we are still planning to get the ladies out to Haw Ridge soon for a taste of “Keep Haw Raw.” Follow our Facebook and Instagram to find out more.