Video: Girl's Lunch Date

Dec 17, 2014
by Steven Lloyd  
Views: 123,144    Faves: 741    Comments: 44


Who is Amanda Cordell?
I’m 27 years old from a small town in Pennsylvania and currently residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. I started riding when I moved to the west coast about 5 years ago. What originally drew me to Utah was the skiing but I rather quickly formed an intense passion for mountain biking as well. I currently race downhill and enduro events in the US as a privateer for Scott USA, Raceface, and Troy Lee Designs.

Amanda Cordell

What got you interested in racing bikes?
Well I didn’t start racing until I got my first downhill bike, a Demo that I bought from a good friend who was on the Specialized GROM team. He had grown out of it and sold it to me mentioning that I should enter a race. My first racing experience was at Sundance Resort in 2012 and it was a ton of fun. I noticed that when I was practicing for a race, I would push myself a little further than if I were just out riding with friends.

Amanda Cordell

What is your best result?
2013 Cat 1 DH National Champion. It was an awesome experience but I wish that the field of competition at National Events were larger. Honestly, I wasn’t sure that I was ready to upgrade to pro in 2014 but the amateur field was so small that I just wasn’t feeling challenged.

Amanda Cordell

What are your goals for racing?
My goal is to spend 100% of my time and energy towards training and riding. I have come a long way since I started racing three years ago and I am working towards slowly putting more energy in that direction. I left my full time job and have been working part time and training like crazy. 2015 will be my first season racing behind a full-time training schedule and I’m excited to see the results. I would love to eventually race internationally.

Amanda Cordell

Enduro?
I love racing on my Genius. It’s closer to real life as far as what I do when I go out and ride; climb really slow and descend really fast. That said, I love racing downhill and I would like to see more energy and opportunity geared toward DH racing. Also, I have a TON of respect for the top gals in Enduro right now. It aint no cake walk and I have a lot to learn. I plan on racing a couple of the EWS races and one or two of the BME races in 2015.

You recently suffered a clavicle fracture, what have you been doing in your down time?
At first I couldn’t do much of anything except watch TV but I’m about six weeks out now and have most of my range of motion back. I’ve been doing some light rides, yoga, and a lot of mental training. Oh, and A LOT of #gramming. (@amandacordell)


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Amanda Cordell



132 Comments

  • + 116
 Wow... she's definitely one of the most stylish female riders featured on PB (non-WC gals).
  • + 44
 i think she even tips some wc racers flow wise... but thats just my opinion
  • + 21
 Yeah that was pretty good to watch - she's got flow and some swag. Good luck with next season.
  • + 7
 I'd really like to go for a ride with her. Better than most of my crew!
  • + 3
 Great pics and amazing riding, best of luck in 2015.
  • + 13
 And lets be real, most of the World Cup gals have been riding for most of their lives, while Ms. Cordell has only been at it for 5 years. Her confidence is readily evident.
  • + 6
 A girl that can rip trails and send it off big ladder bridges is boring?
Ok, whatever you say pea-nut buttah...
  • + 9
 I know a shit ton of riders who have been riding for a hella lot longer that can't come close to riding like that. Stupid impressive for 5 years in IMO!
  • + 43
 Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I was nervous! Glad you enjoyed it. Smile
  • + 2
 Absolutely killing it Amanda. Nicely done! Looking forward to seeing more edits of you in the future.
  • + 1
 Great vid Amanda. Nice riding style.
  • - 2
 Great riding but she's a passenger on that tank. Even Nico Vink has a mare throwing it around. She would have way more fun/control and probably go quicker on a Genius on those trails.

Not being a hater, love seeing girls rip like that.
  • + 19
 I was worried when I first saw the gambler because it looked like a tank for my petite physique. Truth is, it rides easier than my CF V10. Sure, it takes me for a ride every so often but that's why I'm at the gym 6 days/wk. Big Grin All in all, I feel pretty confident with the handling. Oh, and I have a Genius also.
  • + 3
 Fair enough but You're skilled enough to get away with a Genius on those trails. Anyway great vid. Keep it up.
  • + 1
 That was the best girl rider i ever seen( not seen so many)
you are awesome dude!!! Good luck with your riding! Big Grin
  • + 1
 Liked the edit big time. Would love to see more vids by women like this! Very well done @amnda. Good luck with racing next season. Heal up quick! Big Grin
  • + 1
 what about the voltage FR?
  • + 23
 You know I was the one that got stood up on that lunch date. All well for her, she gets to go ride and have people say nice things about her on Pinkbike, but nobody thinks anything of poor old me, being stood up again.
  • + 5
 I'll go to lunch with you handsome.
  • + 22
 Great riding, Amanda. Well done! Looking forward to getting some ride time in with you this season.
  • + 14
 I would never want this to be my girlfriend because she would be able to ride a bike better than I could.
  • + 6
 Yea.. that photo, look at her smile! It shred my heart in a good way..
  • + 1
 Hey its no fair Amanda...
  • + 1
 Thanks, Anne! And ditto!
  • + 1
 @bookieboy100 what's wrong with a girlfriend riding better than you? Why not be stoked to date a girl that shreds?
  • + 15
 Favorite girl shredder.
  • + 10
 And you're my favorite commenter!
  • + 7
 Amanda this is rad! As a female rider, watching this just gets me so pumped up. And reading all of the comments to find that they are all positive and encouraging is even more exciting. Yes, girls can showcase flow, style, and just plain, rad, gravity induced fun. Your riding speaks for itself and I am so looking forward to racing along side you this coming season! I feel like we have a lot in common as racers (with the nat champ wins and the speedy jump to pro) and I am genuinely impressed with your professionalism and friendly disposition! Good luck lady, and enjoy all this awesome feedback! You deserve it!
  • + 8
 Thanks for all the love. Amanda killed it in this vid and is one of the stornger girls out there, not to mention just a plain awesome person.
  • + 6
 Showing this to my 5yr old before she hits gate night @BMX track... Awesome, thx for the inspiration... On a side note, good to see a serious edit of women riding. Too many times they're just dumbed down with goofy music, goofy themes etc..
  • + 6
 Excellent video all around. good work. Keep racing and riding! Productions like this is what will bring more female riders into the gravity side of riding.
  • + 4
 Wow!!! Great riding and an inspiration for not only female riders, but anyone who wants to make themselves a better rider! (If it's the same Amanda that's done a couple of articles for Pinkbike, then she's a great writer too!)
  • + 20
 This is Amanda Cordell. Different rider than Amanda Batty.
  • + 4
 Great video and awesome riding in rad Utah! This is a great way to try to get more female riders into the sport. Does anyone know where that first trail is located because I live in Park City, Utah and would love to ride it because it looks really fun.
  • + 3
 I think I neg propped you on accident, but I believe I know what trail that is but probably not the best idea to broadcast it on the web. Msg me if you want.
  • + 1
 Ditto
  • + 6
 Looks like wow, rides like pro and shiny toy guns to finish it all off....be still my beating heart
  • + 2
 Best comment.
  • + 4
 Best showcase of a non-pro female I've seen. The best I've seen of ANY female is Rachel Atherton's segment in this video. I'm blown away by her skills!

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  • + 2
 i gotta go with ACC's flow in moustache gracias!
  • + 1
 any ACC footage for that matter
  • + 2
 Non Pro? Amanda is a pro. Great video, Amanda. You killed in and I am looking forward to your next video. Hope to see you at our next race. DHM
  • + 2
 Wow! Nice riding Amanda. Only five years in and you shred better than most guys I know, including me. Keep the vids coming. I'm sure you will inspire a tone of young riders out there. Nice work.
  • + 3
 If you've ever seen Amanda ripping around Canyons, you know how skilled she is. The first time I saw her was flying down a more technical DH run. She was railing it.
  • + 1
 Thanks, let's take some laps!
  • + 4
 I think that was Steve Smith in a wig ! Credit where it's due, she rides better than i can. Man that's hard to admit.
  • + 1
 What an inspiration! I wish that someday I can send stuff like that. I'm a man with smaller balls than this lady has! Keep on rippin' and hopefully we'll see you in the World cup dh races! Cheers
  • + 5
 Marry me?
  • + 2
 She's happily married, dude.
  • + 24
 Yeah, but it's Utah... ;-)
  • + 10
 Came to the comments section for the marriage proposals, was not disappointed.
  • + 0
 First thing I noticed was the close up of her wedding band. Bet her fella insisted on that as if to say "back off pervs, she's taken"
  • + 2
 This vid was awesome! Great riding... awesome edit too! Really appreciated the Bike sounds being mixed in with the music... sick!
  • + 1
 every girl that lives in Canada needs to ride mtb because theres people around the world that would dream riding those tracks and it just seems a waste if know ones using them
  • + 2
 Cant say much, video says it all, great riding style and skill, best of luck in 2015, will be watching out for you, congrats..!!
  • + 2
 Awesome riding and very inspirational for us girls! And one thing to point out (and yeah this is girly) is that your hair looked amazing in the video!
  • + 2
 Nice video Mandy, Its awesome to see you ripping so hard!! Nice Edit Steve!
  • + 1
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  • + 1
 Damn if my job was to ride a Scott Gambler then I'd love to get called into work all the time haha Awesome riding and so jealous she gets to ride the Genius and Gambler!
  • + 1
 TBH very surprised she's just a privateer - somebody needs to take her on with a pro deal! Vid was excellent to watch too which a great many cannot claim to be!
  • + 2
 One of the few "girl only" vids i've watched and thought there was some good riding
  • + 1
 Shes hot and she can rip. My heart just jumped a beat. Great video and music. Need more of this to show my female friends who think mtb is only for men. Keep it up!
  • + 2
 Awesome riding! Didn't like the excessive use of 'pans to trees/soil'. Took away from the vid for me.
  • + 2
 Yeah girl that's and edit!! Doin' us ladies justice. Hopefully see ya at the Crested Butte BME/EWS race!
  • + 3
 So sick seeing a girl shred like that! love it!
  • + 3
 Respect!!! Nice Vid!! VOD thats for sure! (Y)
  • + 1
 I don't like this vid, because it makes me want to ride, and I can't.

Does anyone have a right arm for sale?
  • + 2
 Scott can't into dh carbon
  • + 2
 Style for miles. Sweet video and riding.
  • + 2
 Wow that was awesome! Great video!
  • + 2
 Stellar work on both sides of the lens. Killer work Amanda and steve!
  • + 1
 YEAHHH such a cool video Wink Nice riding and nice riding style and I really like that kind of music for a mtb-video Smile
  • + 2
 High five, great to see you ripping up the MTB.
  • + 1
 Thanks.. I kinda feel bad for stealing the #thunder from Lars. Big Grin Big Grin
Girl power?
  • + 1
 Wow ...that girl can really ride and makes it look so easy .......very smooth ,nice to watch
  • + 2
 Sweet riding! So smooth and stylish too!
  • + 2
 Great video Steve, been waiting for it to come out!!!
  • + 1
 Making 'you ride like a chick!' the compliment of 2014. Nice riding, Cordell.
  • + 1
 Just picked up riding again at 23, can only dream to be where you are by 27. Good stuff!
  • + 1
 This is awesome Amanda! Great work! NW Cup this year? Hopefully see you there. Smile
  • + 1
 Get off tinder, and go ride your damn bike! :-D
It's refreshing to see women ripping like that!
  • + 3
 wtf is tinder???
  • + 2
 Nice work! Great to see a strong, stylish female rider. Keep it up!!
  • + 2
 Awesome, Steve and Amanda. Just awesome!
  • + 1
 Awesome video, a lot of fun to watch, happy to watch more!!
  • + 1
 Sick chick, good style, keep it up!
  • + 1
 What is the big machined trail with the go pro ads?
  • + 1
 It's called 'Double Down' at Canyons Resort
  • + 1
 I'm in love! She's Georgeous! The girl ain't too bad either.
  • + 1
 Girl... that was smooth. Keep it up!!!
  • + 2
 well done!
  • + 1
 stoked to see our trail get shredded by a lady! way to shred!
  • + 1
 amazing! and style for miles! love it!
  • + 2
 very nice riding
  • + 2
 Super sweet!
  • + 1
 trails were sick and so was she!
  • + 1
 Making those big drops look effortless...and with style! Well done!
  • + 1
 Really enjoyed wathing that video, she's got some good skills!
  • + 1
 What a great looking bit of trail!
  • + 1
 Wasn't that 2013 Nationals? Ali Osgood won 2014 cat. 1.
  • + 1
 I think you are right. Typo in the interview.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the catch - fixed.
  • + 2
 I m in love
  • + 1
 What small town in Pennsylvania did she grow up?
  • + 2
 Greencastle. Right on the Maryland border.
  • + 1
 I'm from Lancaster, do you ever go home and ride Michaux?
  • + 1
 Yes! Love it there but it's much different than out west! Slow-mo tech! Challenging and super fun!
  • + 2
 Did you grow up on an dirt bike or anything else with two wheels, or seriously only 5-years on the bike? Like I always say, if you can ride east coast rock, you can ride anywhere. #askmulally
  • + 3
 No I wish. 5 years on two wheels and zero experience with a throttle. Big Grin
  • + 3
 You're my new favorite. An inspiration not just to women, but to anyone new to the sport.
  • + 1
 Ladies who shred? You get a free lunch with me Amanda.
  • + 2
 If I dress like a lady and shred will you buy me lunch?
  • + 1
 Ghost Town. Stoking people to ride since 2008!
  • + 2
 Poor Jules got stood up.
  • + 0
 Man's dream come true: sweet loam and smooth lines! ...nice riding too.
  • + 0
 A little bit of an abrupt ending to that video....sweet style though
  • + 0
 The shot at 2:40 was mean as hell!
  • + 1
 One word..RAD.
  • + 1
 NICE.......
  • + 1
 hmmmm im in love
  • + 1
 SHE SHREDS!!!!!
  • + 1
 Awesome riding Smile
  • - 2
 Finally...a lady shredding. well done.
  • + 3
 agreed well done, but down props for the "finally". there are plenty of examples. especially in the past few months on PB alone.
  • + 2
 plus props for the name "preach"
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