I live in Durango, CO a mecca for mountain bike enthusiasts. Mountain biking came into my life in 2010 and like many of the women I talk to, it was after some sort of break-up or heartache. Never under estimate the power of two wheels.
In 2013 I came across a race format called Enduro. Downhill is definitely where I find the giggle fits and I enjoy working for them, so Enduro makes a lot of sense. The best part about racing has been the lifelong friends I have met. Of course the races help build my skills and confidence on the bike, but nothing beats the camaraderie.
My passions to teach, share, and inspire others on a mountain bike has been created because of this community. I will continue to race several Downhill races and some Enduro’s, but my new focus is learning how to coach. I am currently assistant coaching the Durango Devo U14 girls. I also help different coaches by shadowing at the Vida MTB Series. During some weekends I locally lead small groups of women on “session” rides. Teaching is something I have enjoyed for sometime now, as a certified yoga instructor I feel like this education transfers well to coaching, teaching. I am so excited to see more women become more confident on bikes!shredly
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and global activist, Shannon Galpin, has been working and traveling in Afghanistan for 8 years and is the founder of the non-profit, Mountain2Mountain which has spearheaded dozens of projects in Afghanistan. Shannon created the groundbreaking Streets of Afghanistan photography installation and has supported graffiti artists and photographers in Kabul. In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, and she now supports and trains the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team. Shannon is the author of two books, her memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan, and a photo book Streets of Afghanistan. She is a producer for the upcoming documentary film, Afghan Cycles, premiering in 2016 by Let Media. The International Olympic Committee awarded Shannon an Honorary Achievement Diploma in 2015 for her work promoting gender equity through sports. Shannon and her work have been featured around the world including: New York Times, NBC Dateline, Outside Magazine, BBC World, NBC Nightly News, ESPN, CNN, and NPR.shredly
Growing up with two older brothers and a street full of boys meant my childhood was spent outdoors riding bikes and making the most of every dirt related activity a kid could think of. It wasn’t long though before I discovered horses, so I parked my bike for about 20 years whilst I competed in numerous disciplines throughout Australia up to National level. It was a new road bike for my 30th birthday that sparked something again and my horse was sold and replaced by what is now a garage full of bikes!
Not one to sit still for too long, I’ve managed to cram a fair bit in to my spare time over the last four years. I’ve been adventure racing, I’ve cycled 1600km from Canberra to Brisbane, I’m an Ironman and I’ve represented Australia at the Xterra World Championships in Maui. Now I’ve chosen to focus on the one thing that I’ve enjoyed the most; mountain biking. So this year I’ll be stepping out with my endurance legs for some XCM races throughout Australia.shredly
Sari Anderson is a former professional mountain biker and adventure racer with several national and world championship titles to her name. These days, with two kids (Juniper 7, Axel 5) and a full time job, she doesn’t have as much time to train and race, but she still flies past most guys on the trail, uphill and down. This season she finally traded in her hard tail for a squishy, full suspension bike and she’s excited to try her hand at a few enduro races.shredly
I was a total tomboy growing up in the Midwest. My favorite thing to do was ride bikes and build forts down by the creek with the boys. I made my way to Crested Butte, Colorado from Missouri in 2013 so I could ride my bike in the mountains. I guess you could say I’m still a tomboy. I still like to ride my bike and hang out in the woods by creeks and rivers. I’ve been married for 25 years to the same amazing guy, we have two beautiful daughters and just recently became empty-nesters. I’m looking forward to traveling with my husband. And my bike. And my SHREDLYs!
I am currently coaching for the VIDA MTB Series and love that I am able to give back and inspire other women!shredly
My name is Leslie, I live outside of San Francisco, and I love bikes. I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and spent most of my childhood playing soccer, running, and being a science nerd. It wasn’t till I moved to Northern California for grad school and took my first road bike ride in the foothills that I fell in love with cycling. Since then my bike collection has expanded – with a special spot in my heart for bikes with knobby wheels. I love competing in XC and enduro mountain bike races just as much as I love going out for a weekend ride with friends on the some of our awesome local trails. I’m currently also an Ambassador for Juliana-SRAM and am really passionate about introducing other women to the confidence, adventure, and freedom that comes with taking off into the woods on two wheels. I’m stoked to be representing SHREDLY because they make awesome products that never fail to get compliments on the trail or in town, which makes biking that much more fun. Who would have thought that was possible? 🙂shredly
In the rolling Welsh mountains in the UK is where Jessica lives, shreds and seeks out adventure. Having literally fallen head over heads in love with mountain biking in 2015, she quickly made it her life’s passion. With very few women to ride with in her area, Jessica set up the Velo Vie Ladies riding group where she organises rides and events throughout the year for the 200 strong army of trail blazers.
Finding her new family in mountain biking, Jessica wanted to give back to the welcoming community, and so she launched Velo Me. A website dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in mountain biking. Jessica’s interviewed professional athletes, reviewed women’s specific kits and has researched health topics such as the menstrual cycle and mental health, and their affects on our cycling performance.
It was in December 2015 when she was picked up by Total Women’s Cycling, where she now manages off-road, health and nutritional content for female riders. At the same time, Jessica became an ambassador for Strongher, the global women’s cycling initiative, and was nominated for a Cycle Media Award for Best Blogger of the year.
Biking isn’t her only passion though, Jessica is mad about her cat, Gomez Thunderpaws. Having taking him out for trail rides, walks and hikes, Jessica and Gomez head out seeking adventure whenever it’s not raining, Gomez doesn’t like to get wet! Her favourite way to unwind after a hard day trail riding is snuggling up with her furry boy, sipping tea and watching classic sci-fi movies.shredly
Jen hails from the outdoor playground of Squamish, BC. For the past 12 years she has been competing professionally in adventure racing, ultra running and mountain biking. Throw in copious amounts of time spent on stand up paddle boarding expeditions, skiing and road cycling and there has been little time for sitting still.
Feeling already like the luckiest person in the world, Jen is a mom to an adventurous little boy who has already traveled the globe with her at the young age of 1.5. With a newly renovated Sprinter van to live in, the family will spend most of the year ahead on the road exploring, racing and tackling various endurance projects.
Combing her passion for athletics and competition, Jen is an endurance coach to athletes around the world. She owns a high performance training facility in Squamish and rounds out a busy schedule with trail running camps and joining her athletes at their races. Jen has obtained her dream job and can’t think of anything else that she’d rather be doing then helping other people achieve their own goals!shredly
Ann is a wife and mom to two active young boys and when she is not at lacrosse practice, running the pooches, making sure a patient’s pearly whites are healthy and sparking clean, heading up her sons lacrosse team, spending time volunteering at her other son’s bike races, hosting SHREDLY trunk shows, or cheering her husband on for his many bike races, she is riding her own bike with SHREDLY wearing gal pals. She also enjoys baking and cooking gourmet meals (a habit her family gives her grief about for making dinner complicated). Ann’s humor can be appreciated by viewing the Mier’s collection of funny themed Christmas cards from years past where the entire family has been known to dress in costume.shredly