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Ride Like a Girl 2019 Call for Applications for Mentorship Program

We are now accepting applications from BC athletes for the 2019 mentorship program. If you are under the age of 20 and keen to progress your downhill, enduro, cross-country or…

We are now accepting applications from BC athletes for the 2019 mentorship program. If you are under the age of 20 and keen to progress your downhill, enduro, cross-country or freeriding skills, you may have just what it takes to be the next athlete in the 2019 program. We will be selecting several new up and coming athletes to be matched with pro-athletes throughout the season.

Athletes selected for the program will have the opportunity to receive guidance, racing advice and have an opportunity to meet and ride with a professional athlete in their discipline. Among Ride Like a Girl’s 2019 mentors are well-known mountain bike athletes Jaime Hill (downhill), Sandra Walter (cross-country). Stephanie Denroche (downhill), Katie Button (cross-country and off-road triathlon), Carey Mark (cross-country), and Lisa Ludwig (cross-country) as well as several other pros. Each of the 2019 mentors are accomplished athletes with many years’ experience in the mountain bike industry and racing backgrounds ranging from racing world cups to national and provincial level events.

Sandra Walter, Ride Like a Girl mentor, shredding on her cross-country machine.

“Being a mentor for Ride Like a Girl is a fun and rewarding way for me to give back to the sport and share all of my experience with young shredders. Plus, they usually teach me a thing or two, so it’s a win-win! I really enjoy being involved in the development of young women mountain bike racers, because it keeps me in touch with the community and my roots and anything we can do to encourage girls to stay active is awesome,” says Sandra Walter, pro cross-country racer, and ten time Canadian national team member.

“2018 was a big year for me and having such an amazing role model who I could look up to and who helped me train and learn throughout the year was a huge help. Having Mical Dyck there as my mentor to give me advice and coach was a super important part of my racing the last season. I enjoyed my rides with Mical learning race techniques and just having fun,” says Emmy Lan, 2018 Ride Like a Girl athlete, from the Comox Valley, BC.

Jaime dropping in on a riding adventure in Norway.

Biking is my passion. I want the up and coming generation of females to feel welcomed into the sport and have fun! Through being a mentor for Ride Like a Girl I hope to spread the word and the stoke to greater the riding community with more young girls shredding,” says Stephanie Denroche, Ride Like a Girl DH mentor, former BC Provincial Champion, Junior Canadian National Champion, and past Ride Like a Girl athlete.

Jaime Hill railing a berm in her local trails

““The ride like a girl program provides young female mountain bike athletes with an invaluable opportunity of mentorship from experienced, strong female athletes and role models. Since its inception, I have been proud to help riders not only grow their skill set on their bikes, but in many other aspects of life in general,” says Jaime Hill pro downhill mountain biker, coach, mentor and Director for Ride Like a Girl.

“I’ve been so honoured to watch all the girls who have been part of this program over the years blossom into not just confident, skilled riders and athletes, but amazing all-around humans as well! I’m excited to continue to work with Ride Like A Girl for 2019 to help even more young girls hone their skills, increase their confidence and build more future life-long community ambassadors!”

Jaime Hill, Ride Like a Girl mentor, doing a skills session with a crew of young shredders.

 

Ride Like a Girl is accepting applications until February 18, 2019. Interested athletes must be under the age of 20, live in British Columbia, and have some racing/freeriding experience. Community involvement including coaching, trail building, helping with races and events, and other volunteer pursuits are an asset for applicants.

For more info and to apply, please visit ridelikeagirl.ca

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Kitsbow To Release Latest Film in 36 Hours Series: “Not Quite Out of the Woods”

PETALUMA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2018) — After launching the first-ever 36 Hours in Kitsbow film series, a program giving anyone the chance to apply for a production stipend to showcase their favorite adventure, Kitsbow is honored to…

PETALUMA, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2018)  After launching the first-ever 36 Hours in Kitsbow film series, a program giving anyone the chance to apply for a production stipend to showcase their favorite adventure, Kitsbow is honored to announce “Not Quite Out of the Woods.” Shot and edited by Emmy Award winner, Kate Geis, the film documents an overnight father/daughter bikepacking adventure in Western Massachusetts. The story is told in the context of a family’s journey through childhood Leukemia treatment.

On October 6, 2017, five-year-old Eleanor Maynard was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Since then, the road to recovery has been anything but easy. Her parents Adin and Llama Maynard have taken every chance they get to infuse adventure and their family’s love of cycling into Eleanor’s life.

“I hope this film inspires other parents to provide their kids with experiences of adventure through bikepacking, and cycling in general,” said Adin Maynard. “And for parents of kids undergoing medical treatment, I hope Eleanor’s smile and positive attitude encourages hope and strength, proving that happiness is found in pushing limits and seeking new experiences.”

“We knew we would be inspired by all of the films in the series, but we didn’t anticipate the amount of love and hope that would be illuminated by bicycling,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow. “We were blown away by not only Eleanor’s story but the quality of work that went into ‘Not Quite Out of the Woods.’ It was unanimously our staff pick.”

Check out the “Not Quite Out of the Woods” trailer here.

Today, Eleanor is in the midst of chemotherapy treatment which can come with moments of real struggle brought on by the inevitable side effects. However, in between those hard moments she is spending time doing the things she loves including biking, ballet, romping with her brothers and being a happy kindergartener.

“About 3,000 people younger than age 20 are found to have ALL each year in the United States,” according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. But due to fairly recent medical advances, Eleanor’s story isn’t the only one of hope. “About 98-percent of children with ALL go into remission within weeks after starting treatment and over 90-percent of those children can be cured.”

Kitsbow will be releasing the full version of “Not Quite Out of the Woods” at 6 a.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 14 on the Kitsbow blog and Facebook. Additionally, the public can follow along with Eleanor’s journey through the family’s Facebook group as well as Adin’s Instagram.

It’s never too soon or too late to get out and make memories. To create your own 36 Hours in Kitsbow film, apply at Kitsbow.com between Feb. 1- Feb. 28. For more inspiration, take a look at the other short films on our blog.

About Kitsbow

With unabashed style and technical excellence, Kitsbow celebrates the joy and passion of cycling by creating the world’s finest bike clothing. Offering high-performance apparel, the California-based company prioritizes quality, value and the belief that anything that’s done should be done with the absolute best of what’s available. To view the line and learn more about Kitsbow, visit www.kitsbow.com.

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Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team

Photos by Paris Gore Video by Connor Macleod We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with…

Photos by Paris Gore
Video by Connor Macleod

We’re very excited to return to the Enduro World Series in 2018 and announce the formation of our new Canadian partnership with Race Face Performance Products. We’re incredibly proud to form the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team, and to tackle a full season of racing with passion, drive, and dedication.

Our two brands have a deep history together that began in 1993. When freeride was born Rocky Mountain and Race Face were there, under the same roof, meeting the needs of demanding North Shore riders. Now, 25 years later Race Face is making some of the best components in the world, and we’re honored to be officially reunited through our EWS team partnership.

Team Riders

Jesse Melamed

· 12th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 1st EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“I’m excited to start a new chapter of this team, with Race Face on board to strengthen the Canadian vibe. I’m really looking forward to working closely with another local brand that shares my passion and roots. The crash I had in Finale Ligure at the end of last season was a tough one to recover from, but I’ve been training hard and am confident I am going to come into the first race strong!” – Jesse Melamed

Remi Gauvin

· 8th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 5th EWS Whistler, Canada – 2017

“Partnering up with Race Face and their strong Canadian roots is something that is unique to the EWS and exciting for myself. I’m really looking forward to getting things kicked off in South America in a few weeks, traveling with Jesse, ALN, our new crew of mechanics and Team Manager! This off season has been really productive for me, and I feel super-strong coming into the first round.” – Remi Gauvin

ALN

· 11th EWS Series Overall Ranking – 2017

· 3rd EWS Wicklow, Ireland – 2017

“I feel really happy and at home with our team for 2018. With such a good set up, it really is a bittersweet feeling to be sidelined for the two first rounds with a wrist injury. With the team supporting me, the matter at hand is to regain my maximum shred capacity to join the party ASAP. I look forward to seeing us evolve as a team this season and to enjoy not only the racing but the whole vibe.” -ALN

We would also like to extend a huge Thank you to the team sponsors, Maxxis, Shimano, Fox, Smith, WTB, FTI Consulting, EVOC, Stages Cycling, and OneUp Components.

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Tracy Moseley: Life on a Bike

Adapting to change is a skill that few can truly master, and during the last 25 years the mountain bike world has changed immensely.   Who remembers square taper cranks…

Adapting to change is a skill that few can truly master, and during the last 25 years the mountain bike world has changed immensely.

 

Who remembers square taper cranks and chain tensioners? It’s not just product that has changed either. We’ve gone from being a sport with no dedicated riding facilities to now having bike parks, trail centers and more around the world.

The riders have also evolved. Counting the number of pros who have remained relevant after such a long time barely requires two hands. Tracy Moseley is one of those riders and is always present in the changing landscape of MTB.

XC was really the only discipline in racing that had any structure when Tracy first started riding. She started out by tagging along with her brother, Ed, who was a top World Cup DH rider in the early 2000s. She soon displayed a natural flair for riding bikes—fast!

As it turned out, this young rider from the Malvern Hills was destined for a bright future. Racing, but more so bikes, were to become a key component of Tracy’s life.

DH took over the MTB scene and she raced for high profile teams through the late 90s. Tracy was winning many world cups, but in 2010 she won the World Championship at Mont St Anne. That was over 7 years ago, and Tracy had been racing DH world cups since 1998. To sustain such a career through all the changes that DH has seen in that period of time is incredible. Few riders can compare to the great achievements and career longevity that she has had and continues to have.

Already cemented as one of the greatest riders of all time, Tracy then turned her attention to Enduro where she won the EWS and became World Champion three years in a row. Being able to adapt has been one of Tracy’s defining attributes in a sport where so many riders grab 5 minutes of glory before quietly fading from the limelight.

Now Tracy’s focus is beginning to shift more into a mountain biking icon and voice for woman around the world. She pushes the rise of women in MTB by encouraging young girls and women of all ages to get on a bike, have fun, and challenge themselves. Tracy’s riding has gone full circle—from the pressures of racing EWS and chasing victories on all corners of the globe to simply enjoying riding trails she’s known for two decades. And don’t forget that she still races in select Enduros and DH events, dominating the field most of the time.

Some constants have naturally remained during this 25-year period: hard work, drive, keeping yourself protected and a sense of humor that keeps you on your toes.

Filming with Tracy in the Tweed Valley in Scotland was the perfect place to give a nod to the past as well as a glimpse into the future. Tracy has embraced the change and we have no doubt that she’ll be around for some time to come.

“Maintaining a long career, I think, is quite hard in this sport. Where often you’re pushing the limits and having crashes frequently. Having good protection and me working with G-form the last few years has been real key to making sure you always take those precautions and that you are protected when you go out and ride.”

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