Video: The Girls

Dec 12, 2012
by SheGNARnigans  
Views: 49,737    Faves: 367    Comments: 44


Our summer has finally drawn to a close, but that's not enough of an excuse to stop us from riding hard. In this episode, 'The Girls' show us exactly how committed they are to the progression of women's Freeride Mountain Biking. Get ready to watch them send it during the closing weeks of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

The girls about to get wild

Stay tuned for more edits very soon by following us on PinkBike & Facebook.

Thanks to our riders -
Erica Lawson
Diana Brucculieri
Trish Bromley

Music by -
Shocking Blue - 'Lucy Brown is Back in Town'

Photography by -
Justa Jeskova

Filming by -
Mike Gamble
Michael Sousa

Editing by
Mike Gamble


145 Comments

  • + 113
 THANK YOU, gods of MTB!!! Thank you, ladies! And thank you, Pinkbike! I'm struggling to refrain from typing in all caps right now because my stoke level is so high.

Videos like this and women who throw down make my day... They make my week. This video? It made my year... No, really. This and Claire Buchar's part in WTTE made me so proud to be a woman and so excited for the direction that lady riding is going. Way to throw out a great video with some awesome riding, ladies. You rock!
  • + 12
 Any tips to bring women into riding? (once they try, most of the one i know never stop!!!)
  • + 7
 Give her a chance to thrive and excel quickly by showing confidence in her skills... The reason I'm involved in DH today is because I had a great guy friend (who was a NORBA racer way back when) show me the proper techniques and then allowed me to progress with lots of his positive stoke and support. He believed in me and my abilities, and that confidence coming from him was a huge deal to my progression.
  • + 12
 Well said!!
here in whis, we have ladies nights in the bike park every monday and weds.
supportive feedback and encouragement from both the coach and the group made it such a positive experience.
having someone say, "send it, you got this" was the reassurance i needed to get stoked.
spread the stoke.
  • + 1
 Check out preview.femalewolfpack.com for lots more stoke!
  • + 3
 The best way to get a lady into shredding is by having another lady teach her how to rip, to be brutally honest, haha. The biggest mistake a guy can do is to tell a woman that she can handle it, she'll be fine by just following you down the trail. From what I've learned, that's not how it works, haha. But if that's not an option for her to learn from another female ripper, you can try using the following advice... along with what's already been said.

Women use different techniques in some situations and also learn from different methods than men do because one of the biggest differences is that women tend to think a bit more rationally than men do when it comes to physical danger. From what I know as a guy that has ridden with and taught some women how to ride, it's all about teaching them specifically how to do things or explaining techniques in a way that works for them (ex. riding over a tall object such as a fallen log to use more leg power/momentum vs. simple upper body strength) as well as keeping it as fun and supportive as possible.

There's some great write ups about this that goes way more in depth and well consulting a woman rider, like some that have already commented on here, is the best way to get information on getting women into riding.

Also that was a tight edit! Some of that was pretty wild.
  • + 9
 Relaxing music was included so you guys out there won't feel so bad for yourselves.
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flag rffr (Dec 12, 2012 at 23:51) (Below Threshold)
 "Give her a chance to thrive and excel quickly by showing confidence in her skills... The reason I'm involved in DH today is because I had a great guy friend (who was a NORBA racer way back when) show me the proper techniques and then allowed me to progress with lots of his positive stoke and support. He believed in me and my abilities, and that confidence coming from him was a huge deal to my progression."

Wait, so women question their ability? So do men, and we don't take other men to make us improve.

Proper techniques? Seriously? Fall enough, you will learn.

And confidence? Come on, what you need a guy to show you how to be confident? I've bough tons of girls into the sport, and treated them no different than the guys. It's seriously sad when you basically make it seem that guys need to "baby" girls, "show them techniques", and build their "confidence". Woman the eff up, get on the bike and shred.

When it comes down to it the whole "girl" ordeal is bs, because they can rip as hard as us, if they get some bollocks and just do it. It doesn't take a "man helping them" for them to do it. You like it or you don't. Woman up and shred it. Period.

And my ordeal is absolutely anti sexist. Women need NO, repeat NO, absolutely NO help what so ever from guys. Just DO IT. Period. No, well " my buddy helped give me confidence". it's like giving a girl a gun. Hand it to her, say woman up, and do it. Boom, she does it. Not say "heres how you hold it honey". That's complete BS.

And the whole get another lady to teach her. BS. How many guys had a guy "teach them". You learn by falling and getting hurt. Learn to man the eff up, get on your bike and keep hittin it until you do it. You don't need teachers. This is not physical fitness. If it takes someone to show you something other than riding without training wheels... then I feel sorry for you, both male and female.
  • + 12
 "You like it or you don't. Woman up and shred it. Period." Pun intended?
  • + 55
 Dear rffr:

I'm taking this personally. be very clear about that. Your rant is not only obnoxious and uncalled for; it's inappropriate and extremely hostile. So. I'll respond in kind.

Hey, bud -- the first time I ever got on a DH bike was at Deer Valley on the same trail where they held the NORBA World Cup on a borrowed bike from 1990. So yes, some pointers (such as "ass off the seat, dammit!" And "elbows out, chest down") helped just a bit. I didn't say that I was nursed into DH; I said I had some support from someone who believed in me... That's a crime now?!? Okay.... Smile

If you understood the psychology behind male to male interaction, you'd also understand that the phrase, "jut hit it already, you p*ssy!" Is the same thing as a guy telling me that he knows I've got the skills and that I just need to go for it. Different strokes for different folks.

I never said to baby her, and I never said that a woman can't progress on her own. Many women do -- suh as the ladies in this video. I too rode all summer, learning as I went and breaking myself off. If you want, I'll send you all of the X-rays: from the time when I blew out both lungs and shattered my sternum from overshooting a 20 foot table, but was back out 11 days after to keep pushing my riding; or how about that double shoulder separation in six weeks? Or maybe bring forward the ladies who KILLED it in Virgin at Rampage as we supported each other and spread the love? So... Yeah. Shut up. My riding buddies are dudes. Most of my friends are dudes. And yet, however offensive their anti-lady shit talking gets, they never seem to mind educating another soul who's willing to ask questions and learn.

If you can't add anything positive to this conversation, shut the f*ck up. We need guys like you in MTB like a dead man could use another hole in his head. The guy above asked how to get a girl into riding and all you do is hate?!? Crawl back under your rock, you insufferable dick.
  • + 2
 They are on the gas! Cool!
  • + 2
 Well said ambatt! This season I got my wifey on a 5" travel trail bike...and took her on some fire roads in the Uintas before trying some single track and harder trails. Just getting her on nice equipment and easing her into it was a game changer.

I wouldn't take it too personally from rffr though. I took a quick peek at some if his other posts/comments and he seems like a huge tool.
  • + 3
 Ambatt is women's ambassador. Listen to her, as a girl I completly agree.
  • + 3
 I met Trish at Joyride 150 in fall 2011. Ive been pretty impressed back then.

I also have ridden with a lot of girls in the past few years and usually it is just as with the guys:
You progress if you have fun. Everyone has his own pace, some need to be pushed (so do I), some prefer a more tender way. From my experience there is no such thing as a big difference in the ways guys and girls shred. I pretty happy though that there are more and more girls step up and ride hard!
When riding with girls I basically threat them as I thread the guys, only with a little less swearing. But that counts for each and every situation in life.
  • + 4
 I freakin respect the hell outta these girls!! That was an awesome vid and they're going soooo big!! I also love these vids because I've recently been put in the position of teaching one of my girl friends how to ride DH. And its sooooo much harder than I could have imagined!! All these vids help though keep it up!! The way that I got her into it was loading her up with all my armour, put her on my bike and then took 25 minutes to ride down our easiest trail reassuring her and telling her to walk whenever she wasn't comfortable with riding. Pro time on our trail 6 is like 3 minutes, bout a mile and a half, has some gnarly steeps in it though, so it was constant encouragement and constantly saying Hell yeah, and yeah you're doing great, stuff like that. Just take it sloooooooow!!!! She rides by herself all the time now and is constantly practicing the things we work on when we're together and has progressed by leaps and bounds!!! Its amazing how well she's doing, now she's looking for her own DH sled and I'm like a proud papa, haha, she needs more women to ride with though.....
  • + 2
 Girls, what an amazing video!!! You rock and those lines are big (and inspirational!). I have never attended one of the ladies night, but if this is what the advanced girls are doing, I need to get there! I had never seen a chick hit the entry gap to dwane johnson!!!!!! Way to represent us and show that the girls can do it too!!!

@GabrielDugas - the fact that you're even asking for tips shows that you're an awesome guy and you're girl is lucky to have someone so motivated to get them into mtb. I went to a party many years ago and met a great guy who offered to take me mountain biking for the very first time. We now have been married 6 years and have so many mountain biking adventures together. He will get all the credit for teaching me how to ride and now I am at a level where I don't slow him down and we can do any trail together. I also love riding with girls and am consistently inspired by girls who ride....this video makes me even more inspired!
  • + 3
 rffr.... you are a huge failure at life in general. Way to go ladies. Dope video and way to represent the fairer sex. Keep it up.
  • + 3
 that was quite a rant, rffr. learning and being inspired by other riders, male and female, have given me some really great friends as well as rides over the years. whether I'm watching anne caro, kovarik, coaches or locals at a spot there is ALWAYS something you can learn from others. agree to disagree on "you don't need teachers".
  • + 2
 Will you marry me? any one of you three, but just one, please?
  • + 1
 I REALLY hate that notion that "you don't need teachers... just do the jump more and shred". Not everybody needs a teacher, but many people benefit from professional instruction or just tips from friends. In the beginning, I struggled with jumping and was using the wrong technique as I was "manning up and just shredding it." After one lesson with Fluidride, I learned what I had been doing wrong for months and how much time I had been wasting. There's other @#$%, too, that I had not noticed, like dropping my heels excessively in corners. I would NEVER have caught that mistake by "shredding it."
  • + 1
 Tis is a bit late but I have the need to say that I went to camp of champions in whistler and was coached by Beth, a girl, and I am now a much faster rider. I hit the shipping container on the upper mountain for the first time and she followed up and did it for the first time right after me. You can learn from anyone no matter who you are and you should too, if you want to become a better rider. Even though she was hitting similar sized features as me, she was way way faster in the corners and rough. Again, everyone's got something they can teach you. And guys think differently... Wyper just laughed at me when I went down, but I don't hold him to it because I do the same to others haha
  • + 16
 I'm in looove

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  • + 15
 Nice riding those were some gnarly gaps
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flag rffr (Dec 12, 2012 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 Gnarly as in a few feet.. epic. Put some diapers on them, hold their hands,and tell them they are epic. That will make em better.
  • + 25
 RFFR, what is your problem fella? I don't normally post on here, I just read the comments and can't really be arsed with commenting but you are a complete knob and I feel the need to say something. As Ambatt said, if you don't have anything good to say then don't. It's twats like you that put people off riding... Get a grip! If you think people don't need to learn from others then fine, you stick in the dark ages. The level of progression in riding is BECAUSE people learn from others. I think you'll find that the pro's ask each other for tips and ideas, watch some of the rampage footage and you'll hear some BIG names asking their bro's about things.

I personally don't see what you have gained or given to thsi thread with your trash talk!

Rant over.... Great vid and great to see girls shredding!
  • + 10
 Lol RFFR I don't know if you've ridden Whistler before but most of those lines and gaps that they were riding were pretty big and daunting... now that I think about it, I'm not going to waste any more time on your comment. Good job girls!!!! Big Grin
  • + 3
 Yes, Crabapple hits are only a few feet long......:spaz:
  • + 8
 Pro line Dwayne Johnson and Crabapple are some of the biggest hits in the Whistler bike park, the angles might not have made them look massive in this video but they are actually very sizeable.
  • + 2
 They looked pretty big to me
  • + 4
 damn, i think these girls have bigger balls than i do...
  • - 4
flag racelink4life (Dec 15, 2012 at 16:29) (Below Threshold)
 RFFR IS THE MAN HAHAHA, THEM GIRLS ARE SHIT
  • + 12
 dayum her shins looked worse than mine. respect
  • + 7
 Yeah this is hardcore. Some of those jumps were massive.

Like, when I watch the rampage or something I'm never really caring how awesome they are cos I know I will never do that crazy stuff.

But when I watch this it is like, stuff I hope to learn to ride next season (I'm a beginner) and it actually gives me a psychological advantage seeing this because jaknow, if they can do it then I should be able to do it too.

OK hopefully that didn't come off as sexist but I'm going to try some gnarlier shit now cos these ladies are awesome.
  • + 7
 This is rad. I'm always stoked to see women sending it.......and these women in particular were really sending it. Thanks ladies. I have yet another video to show my beautiful fiancee to get her stoked for next season.
  • + 3
 For The Girls
  • + 8
 HAVE MY BABIES!! But seriously, that was an awesome Whistler edit. It felt so fresh!
  • + 6
 I need to find a lady who can ride bikes like that. Great video girls, enjoyed it a ton!Smile
  • + 3
 I'm blessed with a girlfriend who shreds hard herself. She went from being a total noob to totally keeping up with my boys and me within three seasons. After 3 weeks of Whistler this fall she crossed most of the larger jumps in the parks around here (southern Germany and Austria) off her list. She doesn't like to ride with other girls, doesn't take advice, crashes often and hard and carries her scars proudly. I always found her to be hot as hell, but watching her ride......daaaaaaaaaaaamn.

The vid doesn't do the size of some of some of the stunts any justice. Those girls have some balls...
  • + 1
 You are blessed indeed. Smile
  • + 2
 IMO women are holding there own extremely well, acc is a legend, Tm a legend. Saw some absolute shredders at fort William world cup this year, all I noticed and I do apologise for saying this, top pros in the womens world cup were going full chat at the motorway section and still casing, I can't put my finger on it as to why. I certainly enjoyed watching women race.
  • + 0
 yeah i noticed it too, although some men did it occasionally i know what you mean it was almost all of the women.
  • + 6
 Big hits, NO BODY ARMOUR?!?!?!? I'm such a wuss!
  • + 2
 remember riding and sitting in the chairlift with one of you girls in whistler this summer (the one with the pink poc helmet and the big grin on her face =) ). back home watching this video by chance and recognizing someone again makes the world seem small.

great riding, keep it up
  • + 1
 Met you at the Bear DH race in early summer (silly asian girl at the start gate)...amazing to see your progression over the summer!! Throwing down. Best wishes for another season of stoke.
  • + 1
 What a great race!! so much muddddd!!
Thanks so much! and best wishes to you as well Smile
  • + 5
 Wow. I feel like a kid on a tricycle right now.
  • + 2
 @ Aikidoka - Agreed! Gwin and Minnaar are known for talking shop and discussing line choice at WC's..... stoke your fellow rider and the sport becomes stronger. These women rip harder then most of the guys I know btw....
  • + 3
 That was EPIC!! It's awesome to see women shred!! Tons of ladies shredding here in Santa Cruz, CA. Late 40s and 50s... just proves that you gotta get out and do it!
  • + 3
 This is just so motivating, I got a lot of resepct for girls/woman riding, especially if they kick my arse! Which makes me try and ride faster, also a nice bonus! Razz
  • + 4
 Such a fun time making this edit, thanks for all the positive feedback!
  • + 3
 Stoked to see my girls shred! Trish, D, Ruc, you guys kill it! See you soon
  • + 2
 Damn we need more girls riding! Ladies! Please keep it up and please keep spreading the disease. Contrary to popular belief, us men like you doing gnar 5h1t with us!
  • + 2
 Dear Santa Claus, this Christmas, my biggest whish is a pair of balls like the ones of the girls in the video i just watched on Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 i would need to got some kind of school to learn to ride like that .no i NEED to go get some kind of training for the rest of my life so as to ride like that . the more i think about it i will just watch the videos .
  • + 2
 Damn they were shredding!!!

....not sure I could hang on some of those jumps/gaps though!
  • + 2
 Awe yay ladies! Your girls rock.. also, candy for friends in the hospital is the bestest! great filming Gamby!
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Oh my god I know these girls! But in all seriousness great work, Ruc, Trish, and Dee.
  • + 1
 Trish kills it in gif form a href="http://i.picasion.com/pic62/c9ac63ac549a437cf0ac90d74e3a37d8.gif">here/a>!

Wish I knew how to post the actual gif...
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 [P=http://i.picasion.com/pic62/c9ac63ac549a437cf0ac90d74e3a37d8.gif size=m align=c][/P]
  • + 3
 these girls got more balls than I do.
  • + 2
 Holy tits!! Thats amazing!! Big Mtn riders!! You gals kno doerfling hahahaha
  • + 2
 Thankyou for leaving a big smile on my face girls! Honestly, that was some rad riding and you gals were just jammin!!!
  • + 2
 Yes!! You guys rock. #Thugmansion represent! Can't wait to ride with you guys next summer!
  • + 2
 Hi PB. Please rehost vimeo/youtube/etc videos so we can watch stuff at work. Thank You. Smile
  • + 1
 Chris, do you mean upload them to here on PB?
  • + 1
 Yep! Work blocks certain sites, like youtube and vimeo but PB hosted vids always work perfectly. I don't know what kind of hosting ability PB has so I can understand vids being linked from outside websites but if you guys could host every vid, that'd be awesome!
Thanks for rehosting this one...watching now Smile
  • + 2
 The hosting is up to the film maker and we do encourage them to utilize all our resources - in this case their were out skiing and made it happen after some sweet turns. Glad you are enjoying it.
  • + 1
 Yeah, my bad. The snow was just too good. Hope you enjoyed it.
  • + 2
 Damn do I love girls! Wish I had a daughter - maybe show my sons how to ride!
  • + 2
 2:28 I went "HOLY SH*T!" and it didn't matter if that was a girl riding or not...that was a big gap.
  • + 1
 Some of those gaps were mahoosive to be hitting with no armour, and did they really finish their session before visiting the casualty in hospital? Ha, awsome,
  • + 1
 haha! yes! but we brought her candy so it's all good :p
  • + 3
 Trish! Everyone, amazing!!
  • + 2
 same candy shop my coaches went to when i broke myself over the summer Big Grin and on a more over all note those ladies SHRED
  • + 3
 That was so sick! You guys rock! way to rep ontario, and the chicks!
  • + 2
 Hej Girls please make longer video next time. It's to good to be so short. Respect!
  • + 2
 nice video and is nice to see women go riding...because there are not too many girls riding out there Smile
  • + 3
 that was beautifuful awsome possom,go women!!!
  • + 4
 sending crab apple hits!
  • + 3
 Hells yea ladies! Thug mansion represent!
  • + 0
 what he said!
  • + 2
 Yewwwwww hellll ya that. Fuckin. Sickk to see girl. Riping it up. Gotta love it. Keep it upp girls
  • + 1
 They wear a sealed bearing instead of wedding rings! I hope to see videos more videos like this...WOW! WOMEN ON WHEELS Wink
  • + 1
 It's so nice to see that girls have balls to. Keep it going ladies!!!!, you rock!!!!
  • + 1
 Well done! Great video. My wife an daughter ride DH and race XC. Nice to see some girl power video keep 'em Rollin'.
  • + 2
 thumbs up if u smile at 0.39 when she sais AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
  • + 1
 hell yea ladies that was sooooo rad! sending crab apple no problem... how it should be Smile
  • + 1
 I love it when videos hit on the fun of riding and riding with buddies. F-yeah, ladies. Nice one.
  • + 0
 Feel sorry for that chick, who didn't clear that huuuuuuge gap jump and did end up in a hospital! I hope she's better now!!! Awesome shredding ladies!!!
  • + 2
 im officially lame after seeing this video.
  • + 2
 So awesome. We need more vids like this!!!
  • + 1
 I wholeheartedly agree! Definitely more vids like this. Smile
  • + 0
 great video girls, can't wait to see you all again. Whistler has done you well!, Dee, I hope youre feeling better...Huge props on that hit! And oh yeah! GO TUF RACK!!!!!
  • + 2
 Sweet riding, ladies. Can't wait for your next edit!
  • + 2
 OMG, They ride like us...even betterSmile
  • + 2
 More of this kind of stuff on Pinkbike. PLZKTHANX!
  • + 2
 i love you all girls!!!
  • + 1
 Awesome ladies...nice to see girls in a video lovin the jumps!!!
  • + 1
 I only wish I could like a girl after watching this.
  • + 1
 Chicks what hit Crab Apple Hits is cool.
  • + 1
 Wear can I find women like yall
  • + 1
 These kind of videos makes a guy like me feel crap Smile awesome video
  • + 1
 Love it! Crabapple!!! Yes!!
  • + 1
 awesome riding Girls. see ya in 6 months Smile
  • + 2
 vod soon
  • + 1
 those girls have bigger balls than me Frown
  • + 1
 Feel better Dee! You're hardcore ;D
  • + 1
 Brilliant, girls! I can't wait for the next summer!
  • + 2
 Will you marry me?
  • + 1
 Great edit, great riding. Love it. Totally inspiring.
  • + 1
 Found it so sexy Big Grin epic vid!
  • + 0
 Nice riding, ladies! I wish there were more pinned ladies around where I live.
  • + 1
 just another reason reason Canadian girls kick ass
  • + 1
 It's nice to see a ladies !
  • + 1
 what a great and down to earth vid, well done Trish, love that helmet!
  • + 1
 I love you girls Smile
  • + 1
 Nice!!!!
  • + 1
 Damn, they can shred..!
  • + 1
 Way to send it!
  • + 1
 WOW, good job!
  • + 1
 yeah trish!
  • + 1
 That was awesome ladies
  • + 1
 'Uck yeah!
  • + 0
 Awesome video Ladies! It's always a real pleasure to ride with you.
  • + 1
 That is one cool video.
  • + 0
 Get back in the kitchen!
  • + 0
 Nice ride girls! Big Grin
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