Shining the Spotlight on 3 Female Mountain Bikers in 'Unconventional'

Feb 20, 2019
by Sarah  
Photos l t r Matthew DeLorme I. Koby Ryan Gibb
Anne Galyean, Anita Naidu, Kaylee Gibb / Photos: Matthew DeLorme, I. Koby, Ryan Gibb

Words by Sarah Pineo

These three women are the real deal - not only when it comes to mountain biking, but in their impressive off-the-bike pursuits as well. Anita is a humanitarian, astronaut candidate, and recently named one of the world's most adventurous women. Kaylee is a back-flipping mother of three, and Anne is a PhD-holding researcher.

Photo Ryan Gibb
Kaylee / Photo: Ryan Gibb

With everything demanding attention in our lives, it can be easy to ignore your goals and to-do lists in favour of binge watching a show on the couch. At least, it can if you’re like me. Making time to get out and ride my bike can seem like extra work when I already have a full plate. So how is it that these women can juggle being pulled in so many directions and achieve so much in all of their varied pursuits? How do they keep on top of it all and stay there? Most importantly, how can we all learn to become more unconventional ourselves?

Spark of Passion

Unsurprisingly, Anita, Anne, and Kaylee all got into riding in different ways. Anne joined her university’s mountain bike team in New Zealand. Anita started in skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding and naturally evolved into the bike scene. Kaylee was introduced to the sport by her friend (now husband) and says, “I had complete devotion to this little technical section and must have panicked and I rode it wrong, crashed, tore my knee open and immediately wanted to go and redo it! I wanted to do it right! I was HOOKED.”

Even if their paths were different, the result was the same: three women fell in love with mountain biking.

Women in Dirt

“I was eager to find role models that looked like me and of course there were none,” Anita says, commenting on what it was like being both a woman and a person of colour starting out in the mountain bike world.

Photo Matthew DeLorme
Anne / Photo: Matthew DeLorme

Anne says, “One of the biggest issues I see in both STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] and mountain biking fields is the lack of representation available to serve as role models for young [women]… [Think] about the folks you watch in MTB videos and see in MTB media. Did that person look like you? Chances are if you’re white and male - yes, that person looked like you. Coverage of women in MTB is all-too-often about someone who has ‘broken barriers’ or is an athlete that is treated as a novelty.”

Anita Naidu
Freerider and former competitor Anita Naidu is an Award Winning Humanitarian, Engineer, 2016 Astronaut Candidate and one of Canada’s top mountain biking coaches. Recently named as one of the World's Most Adventurous Women by Men's Journal for her global humanitarian pursuits, Anita has spearheaded numerous international efforts from human slavery to the refugee crisis. She is featured in the upcoming Red Bull Media/IC film “Project Wild Women” for her pioneering role in gravity sports. Head coach and organizer of Canada’s largest women bike festival she has coached thousands of people all over the world. Anita is founder of the very popular Bike Fest Series, a traveling global clinic series combining free /subsidized high-performance mountain bike skills training along with social impact education
IG: @abrownpanther

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"People often comment on my petite-ness and femininity as though they couldn’t imagine me doing anything that requires aggression,” Anita says.

Anne has even experienced these attitudes outside of the sport. “I’ve had more than one colleague in my science career express disappointment that I was engaged in an ‘extreme sport’ and that it was too dangerous. None of my guy friends seem to be told this by their co-workers.”

Suddenly, these three have become the role models they wish they had when starting out in the sport. Someone for the next generation of riders to look up to.

A Positive Outlook

Even with what seems like an uphill battle, Anita, Anne, and Kaylee all see positive changes happening. Anita has noticed that “riders no longer feel like they need to adopt those ‘bro’ attitudes to be part of the sport which is one of the best things I’ve seen happen in the past decide in biking.” Kaylee notes, “The social norm is changing and people are slowly starting to get on board with women being in the working/athlete position.”

Photo Ryan Robinson
Anita and Anne / Photo: Ryan Robinson

Even with mountain biking - and society in general - making leaps and bounds in terms of equality, there’s still more work to be done and lots of great ideas on how to progress even further. It’s important for people new to the sport to be able to see others who are like them. People to look up to. Representation and visibility are extremely important. In my experience, I have noticed that riding with other women is different than with men. We support each other differently and generally can be more comfortable making mistakes around one another. I have also noticed something great when it comes to women out on the trail. There seems to be this kind of "sisterhood" that develops, knowing that we’re the odd ones out. If you’re struggling with something, another woman would be more likely to take on a supportive, encouraging role. When you’re already feeling out of place, having that extra backup can make the difference between falling in love with a sport and quitting after the first few tries.

Anne Galyean
Anne started racing downhill during her senior year of college and spent the next 6 years racing lift-assisted big bikes. She won the 2013 ProGRT series and ended up turning down a spot on the World Champs DH team because of grad school. She started pedaling while earning her PhD in nanoanalytical chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill and was soon racing pro Enduro aboard the Yeti/Fox National Factory Enduro Team. She spent 2017 winning the Big Mountain Enduro series and Scott Enduro Cup series overall pro women titles as well as completing a postdoctoral research project designing nanobiosensors for monitoring oxygen gradients in bacterial biofilms at the Colorado School of Mines. In 2018, Anne took a step back from racing to focus on her science career and she is now a pro ambassador for several brands, focusing on coaching, and encouraging more women to race bikes. Anne now works full-time as an environmental toxicology consultant in Seattle, WA and is a PMBIA certified mountain bike instructor. She plans to race the 2019 Trans BC, spend more time coaching, and finding ways to increase the participation of women in gravity/enduro racing.
IG: @annegalyean

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Anne believes that the mountain bike industry could be doing a lot more. “Do more to highlight women out there crushing it and you’ll see both the ability levels and participation rates rise across the board.”

Diversity in terms of female representation isn’t the only issue that we see in mountain biking culture. People of colour, as well as those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, are often not represented. It’s no secret to anyone who’s been riding for a while that this sport isn’t cheap. Anita’s work - on the bike and off - directly addresses some of these issues in the world, “We have to do everything in our power to make the world a less divisive place. From learning languages to welcoming refugees to stopping modern-day slavery to lowering barriers of entry to recreation... We must be relentless about it.”

Photo Rick Meloff
Anita / Photo: Rick Meloff

Anita’s humanitarian work brings her in and out of literal war zones. She sees a side of humanity that not many people have to experience. But with the bad always comes the good. Her involvement with the oppressed and underprivileged has inspired her work in the mountain bike field.

“Context is everything and one moment I’m in a conflict zone and the next day I can be back home filming or doing a photoshoot. Going from the United Nations Peacekeeping summit directly to coaching at the dirt jumps is a really interesting contrast. These different worlds inspire my [free] clinics and helped me create the 2019 Bike Fest series which combines high-performance bike skills for all levels along with equipping people with avenues to make a social impact.”

Rather than keeping her life divided, she is working to combine her worlds to get the best out of all of them.

Always on the Go

2019 in particular will be jam-packed for Anita. She’ll continue working as an engineer and humanitarian while keeping on top of her astronaut goals and traveling all over Canada and abroad with the Bike Fest Series. She will also be touring for all of the releases of Project Wild Women and has some cool bike edits coming out with the support of her sponsors. As if this doesn’t fill her calendar enough, she will also be continuing her free coaching and providing diversity strategies for a number of large outdoor brands.

Of course, Anita is not alone in her exceptional and unconventional life. Kaylee is also keeping a ton of plates in the air on a daily basis. Her life is a delicate balance of taking care of three children, getting time in to train, working hard on the business side of the production company she runs with her husband, keeping space for her religion practice, as well as getting out for photo-shoots, filming, and trying to work in some alone time. Kaylee is also a foodie and enjoys creating healthy and nutritious recipes of her own. She has recently started @emeraldpancakes to share some of this journey (and keep herself accountable) on Instagram. She also enjoys learning new skills whenever possible. She taught herself to tinker weld just to be able to create steam punk lamp art! She also loves the challenge of learning how things work and how to fix them. “It’s so rewarding to figure out why something has stopped working and fix it myself.”

Kaylee Gibb
Kaylee was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The 'used to be' cosmetologist is in the middle of 8 step/half/ and whole siblings! She enjoyed the ignorance of her youth about living in the midwest with no mountains... but eventually she moved to Utah. She met the love of her life, a Canadian boy (Ryan Gibb the future director Life Cycles Film) at the Redbull Rampage in 2004 who changed her path forever. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and played hard to get for 4 years... but Ryan's persistence paid off with marriage... 10 years later they have 3 crazy kids, a crazy gypsy lifestyle, and they're in the midst of filming yet another bike movie!
IG: @kayleegibb

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While Anita is traveling the world and Kaylee is fixing everything in sight, Anne is also accomplishing greatness every day as well. When most of us are cozy in our beds at 5am, Anne is already getting caught up on current events and keeping her social media in order. Again, while I’m deep in dreamland she’s on her commuter bike at 5:45am on the way to the gym. For the rest of the day, she balances nine hours of work, mountain bike industry obligations like phone meetings, more bike commuting, and working on projects, proposals, media write-ups, and more. Anne’s crowning achievement (at least, for now) is her PhD. In order to work on her thesis and defend it, she needed to take some time off the bike. If you ask her if this was a hard decision, she’ll say no, it was easy. “For me, academics and science have always come first. I love mountain biking, and I love being outside. However, I know that my purpose is to use science to help make the world better.” This resulted in her taking time off in 2015 in order to focus on her studies. What’s funny is that she didn’t actually end up defending her thesis until 2016, the same year she raced the Megavalanche one week before her thesis draft was due and attempted to race the Enduro World Series at Crested Butte one week before her defense.

Photo Matthew DeLorme
Anne / Photo: Matthew DeLorme

Now, she’s back on the bike and still learning everything new that she can in the science field. She’s working hard at coaching certifications, and developing clinics. She’s still racing events like the Trans BC and trying to do more media projects with the brands she represents.

Strategic Scheduling

Obviously being this level of busy and successful must take careful scheduling and organization on a daily basis. It can be so hard to stay focused on our goals with everything else we need to do. So what can we learn from these women? How can we be more unconventional and extraordinary in our lives too? Anita feels it’s all about motivation. “ When you feel your work makes a significant impact, it is easy to be motivated. You really need to know what you are working towards and why.” Kaylee suggests involving others in your goals. “I always try and invite people to come and jump with me.”

Anne is also a fan of keeping in mind what is important to you and remembering the "why" behind everything you do. For example, when it comes to exercise, “mountain bike riding is a LOT more fun when I’m fit. Struggling up climbs sucks. I also have big, personal goals in my science career. They’re hard, borderline impossible, which makes me all the more stubborn in wanting to achieve them.”

Motivation Check

The key is to find something you really care about doing, realize why it is important to you, and keep that at the forefront of your mind when you want to quit. The other key seems to be in time management. It’s easy to waste the days away. As my father would say, “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” But this is not the path to success. Kaylee says, “I know I have a long way to go with limited time. I need to be very aware of what I’m doing because time isn’t aware of me!”

Anne’s secret is prioritizing. “Every day I prioritize my to-do list. Some old things end up farther down to make room for more urgent, new things. Sometimes things lower on the list just don’t ever get done and that’s okay. You can’t do it all. I just try to tackle the most important stuff on a day-to-day basis and try to forgive myself for what goes on the back burner.”

Photo Ryan Robinson
Anne and Anita / Photo: Ryan Robinson

Anita gives an inspiring way to look at life: “Time is your greatest currency. So do not waste any time on anyone or anything that isn’t helping you be the person you want to be in five, ten years down the road. Ask yourself if everything you are doing somehow contributes to who you want to be.”

With all these to-do lists, time crunches, and goals to achieve you would think that these women wouldn’t get any down time. On the contrary, making time for wellness is extremely important in their success. Anne is an avid sci-fi reader and enjoys RPG video games. Anita makes a point to spend her time off with the closest people in her life. She enjoys her many different passions like languages, sports, philosophy, and activism but those take a backseat to the “peace of mind that comes from being loved as you are.”

Kaylee says that she’s getting better at taking time out for herself but still has a long way to go. “I need to learn and get stronger for that. I pretty much only take down time when I’m injured or it’s not safe to ride.” She’s been involved with a sports therapist to help her understand her own mindset on and off the trails. She is also unique in that she doesn’t ride at all on Sundays for religious reasons. Taking that personal and family time to reflect is extremely important in her life.

It may be hard to recognize when we really need it, but downtime is crucial to not burning out. Remember you’re a whole person, not just a mountain biker, a mom or dad, an accountant, a brand ambassador, or a bumbling blog writer. If you take the time to work on your whole self, every aspect of your life will benefit from it.

When it comes to bikes and life, these three women obviously have a lot to offer in terms of advice. Kaylee sees the importance of keeping ourselves present in the moment. Her advice is to “take care of the big things first, we will find time for the smaller ones. Family will love you [no matter what] but it’s important to save some of your good self for them too. Daily meditation is important even if it’s just 30 seconds. Lastly, find a therapist that you really like and check in once a year. If you can’t afford that, look into some good yoga classes. If you can’t afford that either, just open a window and get some sunshine or go for a walk.” She also has advice that’s near and dear to my heart: “It’s always COOL to wear protection . . . You will eventually crash and it’s nice to just get back up and be able to ride again!”

Photo Ryan Gibb
Kaylee / Photo: Ryan Gibb

Anita’s advice has already impacted my life in a huge way after a coaching session we had together (she’s a phenomenal coach, by the way). “Don’t shrink! Take up space and don’t ever apologize for being slow. Most importantly, don’t beat yourself up for feeling fear or walking away from things. Most importantly, never compare yourself to others. It will rob the joy of a great sport. You don’t have to be an extraordinary rider to think of yourself as a biker. You just need to ride a bike and enjoy it!”

Anne advises to embrace feeling like you don’t fit in. “I’m a straight edge professional scientist, mountain bike rider, metal-head with an asymmetrical haircut, gauged ears, tattoos, and a PhD. I don’t fit in anywhere and I’m okay with that. I love breaking stereotypes.” She also has some great advice for those worried about keeping up with the group, “Nobody cares how fast you are! [Learning this] would have saved me lots of anxiety about ‘holding people up’. Something that really helped me was changing my own language from ‘sorry I’m slow’ to ‘thanks for waiting!’ It keeps things more positive and reduces the pressure I put on myself to keep up.”

That's all Well and Good, but...

I know what you may be thinking. Why am I telling you all of this? Why are these women important and how does it affect my life? Sure it’s lovely to read about the exceptional people of this world but it hardly seems applicable to me. Especially when sometimes it feels like my greatest accomplishment is making really good pancakes. I’ll never do a back flip. Or go to space. Or do ground-breaking research. No offense to all of you out there, but you’re probably in the same boat as me. But you know what? I DO make amazing pancakes. I push myself to ride on days where I truly don’t feel like it. I nail drops off of tiny curbs at least two times out of ten.

I also know I can do better. We can all do better. From the mountain bike industry being more inclusive to women and people of colour to each of us prioritizing what is important to accomplish our goals. We all have the potential to be unconventional. So go ahead and practice that six-inch drop that scares you! Or work on that 360-no-handed-turn down-tail-whip-can-can-decade-barrel-roll-X-up-bar-spin-to-superman-seat-grab-720-heel-clicker-backflip you’ve been polishing for the past decade. But take a moment to pat yourself on the back for the things you did well, no matter how unimportant they may seem, and don’t beat yourself up over walking a feature or two. Always remember, don’t sweat the small stuff but make sure to celebrate the little victories.

About the author
Sarah Pineo started riding in 2015 and was immediately addicted to mountain biking. While balancing her work as a Sign Language Interpreter, she started the blog Berms and Bras to celebrate the (often hilarious) human interest side of mountain biking as she learned to ride. She has challenged herself to expand her skills with things like 45 days of riding in 2017 and competing in a series of enduro races in 2018. She continues to ride and write, looking to inspire newer riders to feel less intimidated by mountain biking when faced with a sea of pro videos.

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 If you saw three normal looking guys at a party, you would never guess they were pro riders either.
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 Sorry but when I roll up to the party wearing my Pit Viper glasses, Dale's Pale Ale T-shirt (covered in dirt from diggin'), and five ten shoes that I wear literally everywhere even though they're clipless, you better f*ckin believe you'd guess I'm a pro.
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 And if you saw 3 people at the trailhead, kitted up and astride their Yeti, Pivot and RM, you probably wouldn't expect them to be a Dr of analytical chemistry, a parent of 3, and an active humanitarian who's also a trainee astronaut respectively (well, maybe the middle one, I don't know/care much about raising kids). They balance pro-shredding and successful careers and that's awesome and should inspire folk to go ride their f*cking bikes.

If them being women inspires more people to ride their f*cking bikes, even f*cking better!
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flag taletotell (Feb 20, 2019 at 6:54) (Below Threshold)
 @scottay2hottay: this is one of those posts that I struggle to determine whether it is satire or sincere.
Based on your name I'm going with satire and giving you props.
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 @taletotell: do you find you are often struggling day to day?
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 @nvranka: is this an ad for antidepressants? Or Cialis?
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 @ROOTminus1: Language Timothy ! Your probably too young to get that one Big Grin
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 @ROOTminus1: thanks for censoring that, i could never guess what “f*cking” actually was
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 @scottay2hottay: all hyped up on cbd and montain dew
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 @scottay2hottay: Hahahahahah
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 @ROOTminus1: I just meant that there shouldn't be anything to suggest that normal looking folk are anything, man or woman. My experience of riding with a uni club says that it's highly likely I will meet someone of is a post-doc at the trail head!
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 @downhillnirvana: Haha, yeah that might load the dice in your favour
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 way to make this about y'all, bois.
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 cant decide which is more impressive - being a mother of three or an astronaut candidate. All three deserve mad props!
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: "That is not the same as being a fully-fledged ASCAN" Correct - that's consistent with the article describing her as an "astronaut candidate".
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:03) (Below Threshold)
 @TheCorminator: "I'm a man"
Oh, so sorry, I guess I hurt your feelings.. Realy sorry, didn't mean to.
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: What is it then? If you are have been accepted into an astronaut recruitment process then you must be a candidate.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:21) (Below Threshold)
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: c'mon, man, whom are you trying to explain ordinary things?!.. Don't waste your time.
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 @ka81: hey sweety, the amount you're letting this article work you up is showing everyone on here just how much strong, successful, beautiful women hurt your feelings and your fragile ego.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:34) (Below Threshold)
 @lifeofloon: this is so cute, sunny.
Keep trying.
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 @lifeofloon: It's not the subjects that we're railing against. It's the not-so-subtle bias and implicit victimisation. It would have been so much better if it had just focused on the success of these women, and not sought to attribute every difficulty they perceive or they've experienced to "those evil mens".
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 @lifeofloon: I'm sure his location (and flag) choice was entirely accidental.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:43) (Below Threshold)
 @aerik: oh, now you are a white knight, it's so cute ..
Ah, damn it, I forgot to change the way of conversation.. )
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: so what you're saying is that you really don't care what these accomplished have to say about their experiences in the biking world because it doesn't fit your narrative? Tell me again how you respect women just not what they speak of.
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 20, 2019 at 4:20) (Below Threshold)
 @lifeofloon: Ah, the traditional retort of an NPC. "So what you're saying is"
But what you're really saying is... You think it's better if it fits yours.
Btw, your narrative is devoid of substantial evidence, quantitative facts and even abandons real fairness, and where they are proffered they are usually overly-simplistic, superficial or worse, completely misrepresented. My narrative is built on a proper analysis of the available facts and conclusions are derived logically using reason. In effect, they're a closer approximation of that inconvenience to your ideology called 'The Truth' than you can ever hope to achieve with your nonsense.
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: you're one of the good guys aren't you? Some of you certainly like to cry about sjw defending those that don't want/need it but then when those feeling the discrimination and biases speak up you tell them to be quiet you don't want to hear about it. You're the one changing the narrative to fit your opinion in this case. Do you only support women who subscribe to your views because that's how you're coming off?
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 @lifeofloon: Your right. I don't want to hear about feelings. I want hard evidence that something has happened to make a person conclude that they are being discriminated against. Because evidence we can discuss. Evidence I will act upon. But someone's subjective feelings are just that; They are specific to that person and their experiences and biases. But if you point me in the direction of the actual evidence of an event which supports an individual's feeling then we can all talk and share perspectives that are evidence-based, and hopefully we'll reach a solution which all sides agree is best. Because all too often these days "defending those that don't want/need it" requires enacting sloppy legislation that limits liberty and opportunity for everyone else. It's an insidious, perverted system that rewards cowardice, apathy, laziness and pathetic, contrived (and often disproved) victimisation. It shouldn't be so hard to convince you of the perils of the ideology you're espousing.
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: What role does past history play? The human race has a long history of discrimination of women.

Yes feelings are subjective but sometimes you just gotta let small things slide (calling things out once, ok, going on rants, who cares) because big things did and are happening. Do you deny that women around the world are discriminated against? And please spare me the comparison of "white men are discriminated against all the time".

You're railing about victim culture but you cant see that you are acting like the victim by whining about a simple harmless article. Did this article harm your feels?
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 @inverted180: I'm not acting like anything. I'm highlighting the deficiencies in a glaringly dangerous ideology, devoid of purposeful morality or intellectual honesty. I object to it being distributed in well-meaning but factually light and coercive propaganda such as this. I don't deny humanity could do better, but I wholly reject the "solutions" the Progressive Left demand, because for every individual their nonsense legislation and campaigns purport to help, they have demonstrably restricted the liberty and achievement of countless millions of others.
Tell me, without supporting facts how exactly does one tell the difference between an actual victim, and someone who is simply playing the victim in order to manipulate others for their own benefit?
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: So what if you're right and she's just an *applicant* instead of a *trainee* ?? I'm impressed and inspired.

Do you travel the world for work *to help people*, coach dirt jumping for free on the side, freeride as your hobby AND still have time and motivation to jump through the hoops to apply to be a freaking astronaut????
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: If it was a boy from a poor background talking about how he hustled against all odds to become a doctor and a pro, but pointed out economic struggle to get there, would you still be whining? I doubt it.

These are impressive people with amazing pursuits. Even if the odds were totally fair. (and think honestly, the odds are very unlikely to be fair - it is life after all)

Also note they are talking about their experience and not about passing legislation you might disagree with, so get off your soapbox. Seriously do you feel threatened by this article instead of inspired WTF?
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 20, 2019 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 @dontcoast: All those contributions are worthy of praise on their own merit. So why actively promote the fact she once unsuccessfully applied to be an astronaut. Why word it in such a way that it's not clear whether she was successful or not (but implies that she was). It stinks to me. What is so gruelling about applying anyway. The hard work comes after being selected!
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 hilarious comment! obviously astronaut - being a mom is the easiest job in the world.
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 Why does tripling your carbon footprint deserve mad props?
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 And the shit show of moronic comments starts again... Just when you think things are getting better, some people are here to remind you that they still live in the Stone Age. In the next 10min waki will comment on how he hates white knights, and the loop will repeat once again
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 1:36) (Below Threshold)
 "they still live in the Stone Age"

Oh honey, you and you-a-like are definitely live on some clouds with unicorns, and rainbow of course.. ))
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flag Serpentras (Feb 20, 2019 at 2:28) (Below Threshold)
 This text shows you that we getting better? Aha okay and why ? Where is the show?
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 20, 2019 at 2:49) (Below Threshold)
 @zede: "And the shit show of moronic comments starts again..."
All those idiotic, poorly supported and flat out false statements which only seem to invoke hatred and bigotry.
Progressives should really up their game. I mean, ignoring evidence-based arguments so they can worship at the alter of cults like feminism, diversity and intersectionality like some uninformed pagans from before the time of Moses is sort of pathetic.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:50) (Below Threshold)
"In the next 10min waki will comment on"

Hey, 10 mins gone, where's Waki? Or you just that kind of bla-bla-creatures ?
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flag cky78 FL (Feb 20, 2019 at 4:59) (Below Threshold)
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: "Progressive people" aren't bullying us, that flys in the face of their agenda. They're "correcting" us (sarcasm alert). Just ask them, I'm sure they would be all too happy to tell you....and every other opinion they have.....
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 20, 2019 at 5:10) (Below Threshold)
 @cky78: The irony that their actions mirror the religious missionaries appears lost on them. "Convert! And ye will find salvation..."
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 I had no idea the incel movement was so strong in mountain-biking men.
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 Off into the deep end....

Personally, I think PB should be allowed to write stories focusing on positive accomplishments of someone that don't have the thoroughness of an FBI investigation and take their personal claims at face value. If the flamewars that start about all these types of stories aren't evidence of some systemic societal issue then you'll never be convinced. Nor will anyone else be convinced by any of those comments.

Best case this next idea will be ignored but hey, I like shouting into the void too...

next time someone who is not like yourself in some way mentions some personal experience that is unlike any you have experienced...maybe just try accepting it instead of throwing it on the world wide conspiracy heap. If someone frames their past experience in a way that wouldn't hold up in a court of law, maybe first ask yourself am I a lawer? Am I in a courtroom? WTF difference does it really make between "was a year ago" and "is" for the purposes of this PB article that's not trying to sell us anything other than cool people do cool things? You can do all that and still be the internet police on the flat-earthers.
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flag DOBer-street (Feb 20, 2019 at 8:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: honey, honey, honey.... shhhhhhh.
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 I love how your comment sucked them all into one place, you can feel the spittle of outrage on their screens.
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 20, 2019 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 @MMMiles: Thanks
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: Fellings > facts in the social media age.
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 @jclnv: Feeling like you might wanna fact check your spelling there, boyo. Wink
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 this kid's right. ya'll suck. this is just an article about 3 crazy cool women, and everybody's trying to make it about you you you. especially because it's about women. just read the thing, then go to another post without saying anything political or insulting, and the rest of us will greatly appreciate it.
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flag Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf (Feb 22, 2019 at 1:09) (Below Threshold)
 @JakinM: I disagree. If it were just about '3 crazy cool women' I'd be all for it. No one is objecting to the subjects, and they're especially not objecting on the basis that they're women. But tbe liberal dose of identity politics and the unsubtle message that men are responsible for holding women back (those these ladies seem to be doing just fine) is unacceptable.
  • 2 4
 @JakinM: yeah because I get downvotes for asking how this text show us that we get better.
I call those guy's who can't answer and downvote just emotional biased without a opinion of their own.
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 @MMMiles: I doubt that's the only bodily fluid on their screens. Same trolls, same misogyny different flypaper. Hilarious the number of posts these shitty little men make over a positive story about women.
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 @jclnv: *accept. Come on man, you're making the 'moronic males' look good!
Perhaps you should return to Reddit where your views aren't challenged? I've no doubt your bottomless well of knowledge concerning the history of feminism will be more appreciated there. Wink
  • 2 1
 @jclnv: Who'd have thought it'd be so hard finding a majority who hold a similar worldview? Maybe Breitbart has a forum?
  • 4 6
 @DOBer-street: I don't mind a challenge. @jcnlv and I see the same injustices as you. We just disagree with the methods and solutions progressive-types want to implement wholesale and unchallenged to address them. When we look at those solutions objectively and we see the harm they can do to the majority we're called out unjustly as mysoginists, racists, transphobes or whatever. Progressives shield themselves with their shrieking claims of "it will help the incapable/ powerless/ defenceless/ oppressed minority" and they ignore evidence of the harm it will do to countless many more people thsn it hopes to protect. It's a f*cked up system.
  • 3 4
 "We look at those solutions objectively" is a contradiction in terms, you're being subjective by definition.

It's a shame a bunch of fat old rich white men aren't in charge of the f*cked up system isn't it, then we'd all get a fairer deal...
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 @Deuce-DeuceAndAHalf: well said, and I admit that my comment was not so good either. I agree with you about the identity politics and the unsaid messages, but I don't think that that has to spark a troll war. At least point it out more respectfully (again, I admit that my comment wasn't the best example of respectfulness).
  • 5 1
 @Steventux: because all fat old rich white men are bigots, and all non-fat, non-white, non-rich, non-men are angels...
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 @JakinM: Well said. It's not what I said but you are correct.
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 1-"Coverage of women in MTB is all-too-often about someone who has ‘broken barriers’ or is an athlete that is treated as a novelty.”

-For every 100 people I run into at any mountain bike event, 5-15 might be women. Why do 5-15% of women seemingly expect to get 50% attention coverage? How about women covering women for starters. How about comparing that statement to the race card, or even the age card? I am over 40 and MTB is not covering me or it is all to often "Look at this old dude" or is an athlete that is treated as a novelty

I see the Enduro, XC giving all kinds of coverage to womens.

2-“I’ve had more than one colleague in my science career express disappointment that I was engaged in an ‘extreme sport’ and that it was too dangerous. None of my guy friends seem to be told this by their co-workers.”

-Well, I have been told that by my co-workers and friends also. Across a couple different careers. Just becuase you do not hear it standing at the water cooler does not mean it is not being said, therefore do not assume you are a girl and that is only reason it is being said to you.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 2:02) (Below Threshold)
 Well, at least she's engaged in an ‘science’.. Or it just because they need someone cute there..
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 @ka81: stop being a dick
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 3:05) (Below Threshold)
 @Jaylynx: My bad, sweet angel pony, I'll try not to hurt you anymore.
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flag Triber66 (Feb 20, 2019 at 6:31) (Below Threshold)
 It’s so annoying that men, with their(historically speaking) superior physical size and strength and inherent desire to protect women just can’t keep their big mouths shut and let these petite, feminine ladies do whatever extreme sport they please!
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 1. Any pro coverage of wade Simmons or Richie Schley or any of the “old guard” is automatically coverage of over 40. Have a look on the front page and you will see 95% of the coverage is geared towards the 95th percentile. Me. White male and twenty to thirty somethings ripping it up. Have a look up from you ass once in a while.

2. This comment is unnessecary. I hope you enjoyed expending the energy it took to write it instead of doing something constructive.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 6:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Triber66: amen, sis.
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 @Triber66: I hope that's sarcasm. Nobody needs your white knight protection. I've ridden with one of these ladies, and she can kick your ass, take your lunch money, and beat you up and down the mountain.
  • 17 3
 A 40 year old dude with a career is not exactly an out of the ordinary mountain biker. These women are covered because they are exceptional in their careers and exceptional mountain bikers. Furthermore, getting into mountain bike culture as a women is much harder than as a man making their accomplishments more impressive.
  • 3 4
 @ka81: bruh, you asking to get your face dropkicked.
  • 50 13
 It's so sad to see so many people not understanding that sexism in this sport is real, which is why articles like these are important. and with that, it's really frustrating to see some people, just simply pouring some tasteless none sense here, I don't think it's even serious anymore I think its just simply trolling. I came here to read this article, and as I sometimes check PB for these inspiring articles, photos, videos, and news, I sometimes read what other people think. I believe that these type of articles are articles we need for gender equality in the sport and to progress this sport scene. I am gonna go have lunch now and ride, I hope you guys will too, and I hope that some of you if you encounter a woman on the trail, don't stare but give her the respect to mind your own business, pick up liter and throw it away where it belongs. be a lamb, be a nice person, have a nice day.
  • 20 2
 Agreed! I read these comments to get an idea of how the mountain bike community responds to certain topics and um, yep a lot of these are *wildly* out of line with what I hoped to see on this article, but it's not my place to get in an argument or to educate people. What's important for me, is seeing these articles, seeing the topic of lack of diversity in our sport acknowledged, and knowing that mtb is a sport that's becoming a more supportive environment for everyone. I thought the article was great, and I'd like to see more stuff like this in the future, forever.
  • 20 10
 To preface an article with "If you were to go to a party and see these three women, chances are you would never guess they’re all professional mountain bikers" is insulting to the vast majority of us who DON"T prejudge people.

Preaching to the 98% of us who are welcoming to anybody isn't going to change anything. The article has a clear slant to it.
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 @woofer2609: if you were to take an average of the number of comments that are positive and supporting versus the negative ones, you may be surprised to find the ratio well below 98% supporting.

That is not welcoming.
  • 27 20
 The author states she's "looking to inspire newer riders to feel less intimidated by mountain biking when faced with a sea of pro videos." ... Well, this article didn't hit that mark. Most commenters don't seem inspired, they seem annoyed. The first half of the article has a lot of lines that are off-putting to most of the demographic on this site, which means that the useful content at the end was more likely to be missed.

People who use their gender to get attention and accolades don't combat sexism, they reinforce it. Furthermore, it is irritating to have sponsored athletes complain about how stereotyped they are and how difficult it is to participate in a sport, when the VAST majority of riders will never get any support for riding, despite riding at a very high skill level.

I agree with @Viper13. There's already equal payout in a lot of series, even though there are so few female entrants that simply participating as a pro woman is enough to podium at some events. Boo f*cking hoo.
  • 5 0
 It’s one thing to acknowledge the that this is a male dominated sport, but is that all we should do? Just acknowledge it?

I treat female riders as my equals. By “equals” I mean that I ride with plenty of females including my wife (she rips) and I fully admire the ones that are much faster and fitter than me. I give them the same props as my fellow guy riding buddies. To me, that seems like actual equality.
  • 28 1
 To quote the article: "In my experience, I have noticed that riding with other women is different than with men. We support each other differently and generally can be more comfortable making mistakes around one another. I have also noticed something great when it comes to women out on the trail. There seems to be this kind of "sisterhood" that develops, knowing that we’re the odd ones out. If you’re struggling with something, another woman would be more likely to take on a supportive, encouraging role."

Sometimes I wonder if this really is the common female experience, or if it's just the most commonly _repeated_ experience, because it fits the current narrative.

Some of the worst, I-want-to-quit-biking-now rides have been with other girls. And some of my best, most encouraging, inspirational bike experiences have been with dudes. Even in a bike park setting, more guys have been encouraging (when I'm struggling with a section) and/or caring (when I've fallen) than other females. I can't be the only female rider who has had the good fortune of meeting nice male riders, right?!
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 I love riding with guys, I’ve never had a bad experience riding with guys. I also think the dynamic (especially when I was learning) of riding with other women is amazing. I think just seeing people of similar ability and risk appetite do things I was afraid of inspired me to get better like nothing else - that’s what riding with all women did for me.
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 My riding group (almost all male) is the most positive supportive and understanding group of people I know. We're out there!
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 Exactly, there are lots of nice guys out there. And these 3 women are amazing and inspirational. A lot of the "negative/incel" type posts here I felt as well reading a few of these comments. I have friends who are very good looking and they treat girls like garbage, but constantly girls are hooking up with them (often the same girl after being treated like crap). Then these girls complain about how shitty men are. I don't demonize the whole female gender because these girls are so stupid and can't choose a nice guy. But that is what modern feminism in the media is, but this is not the mentality of most women.
  • 27 6
 Taking a quick glance at all the current articles on PinkBike (everything on the front page without hitting the "more" button), this is the only one I see with a cover photo of women or about women. I think all of the guys out there butt-hurt over this article will manage to survive this invasion into your article-reading day.
  • 8 4
 Did you not have an Anne Caroline Chausson article?
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 @woofer2609: 2 out of 30 articles. Your right it's obviously a conspiracy against men...
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 Ohhhh you forgot the sweet ALN edit too! Check it out if you haven’t already!

Idk, personally I think diversity shouldn’t be about hitting representation quotas in publications, it’s just about making sure everyone who participates in a sport/hobby/whatever is represented. The true make up of trail users look different than what is typically portrayed in the media so like, let’s (as a sport community) talk about that?
  • 4 1
 @stiingya: Not at all, just saying that if you are going to use a statistic to state a fact or bolster an opinion, at least get it right.
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 Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that MTB is spreading to all types of people, but if you look at all these articles with men, how many of the articles are JUST about them being men? I could not care less about what gender the riders are, therefore an article about the rider's gender seems totally unnecessary to me.
  • 19 1
 Had to build up Anitas bike once after it was shipped to our shop for her to do a coaching seminar with super humble and skilled rider
  • 18 2
 I've been riding for almost 30 years. I don’t think the demographics of the sport have changed at all. And that's neither good nor bad. Furtado and Giove, as well as Sydor, were always respected (except by a few degenerates.) Current women riders are respected. (Except by a few degenerates)
It will appeal to some, and not to others.
To an extent, this article is preaching to the choir.
  • 4 0
 But the choir is invisible.
  • 4 0
 Depends where you are I think, the explosion of more female riders in the last 5 or so years is definitely happening over in the UK. It's not just guys dragging their partners out either, loads of women-focused groups are out every weekend. Some places the women can outnumber the men! Not complaining, it brings a much better dynamic to riding spots when it's not all-male. Somehow it's a lot more welcoming and friendly, less of the macho crap appears. All-women groups can be a bit intimidating though, suppose it's payback for us males having it all to ourselves for so long!
  • 18 3
 There is nothing wrong with saying these 3 women are beautiful people both on and off the bike. Let's just keep it at that and not be disrespectful to these awesome ambassadors to our sport.
  • 15 2
 This article just inspired me to majorly improve my riding and career scheduling/goals.

I just see badass humans with their shit together giving back to the world AND to their sport.

Any guys getting pissy about this article instead of being inspired...might want to re-examine their priorities.
(I'm a guy FWIW)
  • 17 7
 This one of the most annoying things about mountain biking to me...the politics, bureaucracy, and drama...I have lived for extreme sports my whole life...extreme sports dont discriminate or support anyone...its you against the mountain and all this drama is stupid...if you ride, I'll ride with you, if you are pushing yourself ill respect you...male or female...keep your office bullshit where it belongs...oh and being in a stem industry myself...I hear all the time extreme sports are dangerous and I should stop so...its just a risk adverse industry...quit defining everyone and everything by your narrative and agenda...its disingenuous...
The trouble here is that people dont realize extreme sports people are just misfits, in general our mindset is of the minority...embrace it or gtfo...the mountain doesn't care about your feelings...I mean I'm glad my daughter will have role models...but I dont want this to be the narrative she subscribes one gives you anything, least of all nature...and if you care what people think, you are doing this for the wrong reason...Do I respect these women for their accomplishments? Sure... I wholly believe in a meritocracy, but quit with the all the extra bullshit, you lose a lot of credibility in my mind...of course no one cares about my mind lol, I'm just shouting into the void...
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 My friend called this once the difference between “riding the verb” (wind on face = smile on face) versus “riding- the noun” (the industry, media, ego stuff). I think in general, people start by falling in love with riding the verb, but the noun needs to exist in order to keep people on bikes. In general, I think people who actually use the trails look different than what’s usually shown in media, and I think it’s appropriate to have a convo about that, but I understand your hesitation. That being said, I think it’s so awesome that your daughter gets to learn to ride at a time like this, because there are tons of rad girls (and dudes) out there showing what can be done, and your daughters generation knows how to use technology to find them. I like how you mention that these kind of sports are for misfits - to me, that means being who you are and not being apologetic about it. For me, that’s acknowledging that I’m a girl and like girl stuff and for a long time I thought I had to pretend I didn’t like that stuff in order to be accepted into sports like this or freeskiing, because I didn’t see examples of the specific type of weirdo that I was. Now I’m rambling, but feel free to shoot me a dm if you’re looking for some names to get your daughter fired up Smile
  • 13 0
 We saw Anita and Kaylee ripping it in Whistler in September. The ladies are sending it hard!
  • 14 5
 It's great that MTBing is becoming much more inclusive over the last years. Personally it's way more fun to ride in diverse groups compared to the typical wiener party.. and even these are already tremendous fun. I really love this sport and I'm so glad I discovered it, even if I was already 33 years old by that time.
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 I can only speak for the UK when I say this:

When has it ever been exclusive in that sense? Myself, nor anybody I know or have ever met has ever shown any behaviour that shows any sense of discrimination towards people of a different gender or race.
  • 11 3
 @Mudgey: the article is directed towards the industry and the media. Not your group personally.
  • 4 1
 This. I'm reminded of the awesome video here from a few days ago with the fellas playing in the river, riding their bikes, and generally having an awesome time. I love the video. But I wonder, how functional are they in real life? Job? Family? Life goal other than to shred for evar?
  • 12 3
 Having raised two outgoing and adventurous (and mtn biker) daughters myself - It's awesome to see the ladies out ripping around!!! Love it!!

Love to see Kaylee coaching her daughters and being their mentor - brings back sweet memories for sure!! So awesome!!

More articles like this please....!!! The ladies don't get enough spotlight!!
  • 8 0
 Anita is her name!! I remember when I started riding Whistler (only a couple of times a year as I'm from the island) and new to downhill (2011?) I would see her every single time I went for the first few years. I was always amazed to see her riding solo laps and always wondered who she is.
  • 10 2
 Thanks Pink Bike for a long overdue perspective on the sport from women with insightful opinions and genuine talent. I would love to see broader input from female riders of all abilities. One of my heros in particular is Britney White. This rider totally shreds and is a passionate ambassador for our sport, regardless of gender. Her opinion and a few more like her would be welcome. If we want to make meaningful gains for the future of our sport (access, resources, representation, etc.) we need to include everyone’s voice and energy.
  • 11 2
 Yeah! These ladies are badass in all aspects of life! I love seeing articles about how people can be crazy high functioning on AND off the bike.
  • 10 0
 Well done ladies for ripping the trails and having good fun doing it!
  • 7 0
 wow, blast from the past, I seem to recall watching Anita racing Dual Slalom vs Micayla Gatto at Crankworx in 2010 I think. I was one of the volunteers working on the start gate.
  • 9 0
 I've seen Anita riding up at Whistler several times... She rips... That's all I got.
  • 9 1
 the only thing i don’t like about articles like this is that they feed my delusion that i will meet a super cool, cute woman who shreds.
  • 9 1
 Heck Yeah! I'm stoked on the ever expanding female presence on the bike trails.
  • 4 1
 Is it really ever expanding? I seem to recall a LOT of women riding and racing in the mid 90's, about as many as there are now at least.
  • 6 1
 @woofer2609: I'd say I've personally seen and know more women riding mountain bikes than I saw in the 90's, and it seems as if there are a lot more programs that adhere to the development of female riders... But maybe it's a personal bias?
  • 3 1
 @dfbland: I agree. There are many women riders in my area. They range from beginner to shredders. I love seeing them all out there. In general mountain biking, skating, etc have been extreme sports for a long time and very niche. Things change, sports be come more popular and gals realize that it is fun and give it a shot. All good stuff!
  • 10 5
 I'd be more than OK with every rider showing up to the trailhead with a voice disguiser and a paper bag with 3 holes in it over there helmet so i couldn't see there face. Why? Because I don't care about your gender. Either we ride together and get along or we don't. You don't have to "prove" anything to me. Just ride your ride.
Pointing out that someone has tattoos or listens to hardcore music doesn't give them any more "cred".
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flag Poulsbojohnny (Feb 20, 2019 at 12:15) (Below Threshold)
 Or, sometimes it's the opposite. Saw a guy at the local brewery the other day. Newish Toyota 4Runner, 2-3 year old Transition on the back with a light spattering of mud. He was dressed in approach hikers, big snow parka, ute pants and generally carried himself like a prick. Pretty sure there was no riding as things are still covered in snow/ice here (tried Monday and it was fat bike only territory), not to mention the clothes. All boxes ticked for broness, but I wouldn't want to ride with someone with that stuck up attitude.
  • 8 3
 Thank you for helping to change the culture of this sport! I have often felt out of place because I'm not a "bro", and it's so refreshing to have some amazing folks to look up to who have different attitudes and life experiences. The future is bright.
  • 6 0
 Awesome article! I’m hopeful that some of the girls I coach on a NICA team are able to discover new role models from this write-up! Cheers!
  • 10 4
 The same winners that are deconstructing Anita’s past credentials as a candidate into Nasa’a training program likely tell their non biking friends they are sponsored
  • 7 0
 some bad ass chicks right there!
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flag stiingya (Feb 20, 2019 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 OMG, can you talk about their asses??? How totally misogynist of you...

Smile jkn!
  • 5 0
 I have road with two of those ladies and the writer. Anita and Kaylee were practicing their no handers, was so rad to see.They are super rad, awesome article 3
  • 2 0
 Great article, really interesting and nice to hear about three new ladies who clearly shred. What is depressingly familiar is the ensuing wave of cr*p in the comments section. I sent the article over to my partner who rides but i'm ashamed of how some of my gender behave in the comments section. If this kind of article offends you, and despite the many pseudo-academic references to it somehow infringing the reader's liberty I still struggle to see how/why it should, you maybe go and have a word with yourself and grow up.
  • 6 4
 ON a side note, and in no way meant to stir up more crazy. I'm sure it was just due to the available close up portrait shots made available. But isn't it an odd contrast on the three face shots to start the article?

The women on left with a sprinkling of mud and joy! Seems like marketing content/posed professional photography to me? Not that I would know if it is or not. (it's a great shot, not dissing!)

Center image; those eyes! Queen of serene right there!! But kinda seems like it was overworked in post. But on the flip side maybe the person taking the shot is just that good with a camera/lighting??

And then the right, that depth of field to make her kind eyes smile just like her um smile? Again seems like someone with camera skills?

Anyway. I might get hit for objectifying here. I am, but was only intending to objectify the way the shots contrast. Just thought it was interesting...
  • 3 1
 Hi Anne: It's your fellow scientist/engineer/mountain biker from Mizzou. We corresponded very briefly several years ago.

“For me, academics and science have always come first. I love mountain biking, and I love being outside. However, I know that my purpose is to use science to help make the world better.”

Very well said, and my sentiments exactly. We'll be in Salida all summer, except for two weeks in CB. Look us up if you are racing (or, better yet, just riding) in the area. I'll tell you about my new carbon capture project, then watch you disappear off the front of one of our great local rides. Bill Jacoby
  • 5 0
 Great writeup! Loved it!!!
  • 9 4
 How am I only just hearing about Anita? That's an amazing CV.
  • 3 2
 Anne @annegalyean can you DM me if you read this? As an educator, I'm super interested in hearing your input regarding girls in STEM. And for that matter I'd love to hear from Anita and Kaylee as well regarding the impact of lack of role models in the sport or their chosen fields.
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  • 2 0
 USABMX/ BMXCanada also has a stem project they will sponsor.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: Really? What's the rationale for them to do that? I guess there's a connection between engineering and bmx, but it is far enough removed regarding time (girl goes to school for a lot of years before the remote chance of working in the bike design industry) that it seems an odd investment.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: It is just a way to incorporate fun into learning. Making a dirt track for toys is fun, but there is math involved to make it flow. There is science in the dirt composition. Etc. They don't realize it is learning, which is why it works for 3-5th grade.
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 @fruitsd79: Is this a STEM initiative geared mainly to girls, or is it mainly an applied math/science activity?
  • 5 2
 Sometimes on pinkbike the comment section outshines the article itself. For this one, the article is definitely the shining star. Thanks for an awesome read!
  • 5 0
 these humans are amazing.......that is all
  • 4 1
 dai commenti che leggo si capisce le difficoltà che incontrano ed il loro merito è proprio quello di superarle.
  • 4 0
 What can't women do in mountain biking?
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 80ft doubles?
  • 5 2
 Good on them, an example of people doing what people do in their lives. Gender should play no part in 2019.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 4:22) (Below Threshold)
 ''Gender should play no part in 2019.' for sure! And anyone should state their gender not by genitalies but by what they feel.
  • 10 2
 @ka81: is it nice living under a bridge? I would imagine it to be quite damp.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 7:23) (Below Threshold)
 @vancouver-bound: don't imagine, you are not capable for that.
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 @ka81: how is that? A pair of rubber boots and some warm rain pants and I should be good.
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flag ka81 (Feb 20, 2019 at 8:02) (Below Threshold)
 @vancouver-bound: you are already GOOD, sunshine.
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 The emoji didn’t read well. Frown
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 Good read, great photos! Get it girls!!!!
  • 6 4
 Goddang Anita is gorgeous, she's like the cycling Shiva lol. Between UFC and mountain biking I'm loving how high level the female athletes in the spotlight are.
  • 4 2
 yeah she is pretty good looking, and pretty good rider for sure
  • 4 0
 Galyean shreds. Sorry for CO to lose her to the PNW.
  • 3 3
 If the same respect was given to male mountain bikers that also do many of the same or similar things as these women, it would be a cool article. Let's not forget we're all human, and most of us do something other than ride our bikes.
  • 2 2
 Maybe one day humanity will be so evolved that we won't need to highlight gender in these kinds of articles, but nonetheless it's awesome to see what these ripper ladies have accomplished in their careers. And yes it's a bit more special because they're doing it in a male dominated sport. Reading this article reminded me of the awesome and hilarious Ferda Girls parody of Kendrick Lamar's "Humble".

I hope one day my daughter grows up to be as kick ass as these girls!
  • 1 0
 damn...Micayla is such a bad ass, and the rest of the Ferda Girls
  • 3 0
 Inspirational article! Outliers significantly contribute to the sport of mountain biking too.
  • 1 1
 Sure media should put more stuff with female mtn bikers as girls loooveee to see that (as 90% of us, men)! But seriously, why do we only see super cute female riders??? It's a good start but must be frustrating for girls to see that only models-like women are on pinkbike and other media.... They know we all gonna like that and click on those pictures and videos to dream about those girls so more views for them = more $$$. It's the same thing for actresses and singers and it would be nice if mtn bike industry didn't go in the same direction as them. Smile

Saying that, I am still dreaming of going out with one of those perfect women!!! hahaha Wink
  • 4 1
 Great article. Way to represent!
  • 3 0
 Thank you for highlighting 3 amazing and inspirational women!
  • 3 0
 Great article. Love seeing more media on women in the sport.
  • 2 1
 Would be cool to know the location of these photos. is the first bike shot of predator outside of Seattle? Always curious to know where the trail pics are from!
  • 4 1
 Hucking in jeans is impressive!
  • 5 2
 Their eyes are freaking me out.
  • 3 0
 Way to go ladies. You rock!
  • 2 0
 Mien Gott, but in spite of their credentialing, and accomplishments, all three are stunningly beautiful!
  • 2 0
 Mien Gott, but in spite of their impressive credentialing, all three women are amazingly beautiful!!.
  • 1 0
 Anyone know the brand or model of glasses Anne Galyean is wearing in the first pic?
  • 1 0
 Smith Pivlock Arena
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 @savagelake I'd prop you up but my fat thumb hit the wrong button. +1 prop

I chuckled at your comment
  • 6 4
 no room on PB for gender politics
  • 3 1
 There's way too many gender neutral millenials in this comment section.
  • 3 0
 TLDR: Women ride bikes
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  • 4 3
 PB needs to show a riding video if highlighting riders in an article.
  • 6 4

Is it not interesting if the pictures aren’t moving?

Maybe try shaking your phone while looking at them?

I kid, I kid
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 @vancouver-bound: Duh, so you can see their skills.
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 To quote the article: "In my experience, I have noticed that riding with other women is different than with men. We support each other differently and generally can be more comfortable making mistakes around one another. I have also noticed something great when it comes to women out on the trail. There seems to be this kind of "sisterhood" that develops, knowing that we’re the odd ones out. If you’re struggling with something, another woman would be more likely to take on a supportive, encouraging role."

hence why female ability, speed, tricks are no where near the men in my opinion.... other women "baby" other women riders because "they get it". It's not a strength issue - i see 13 year old kids that are skinny as a rail shredding much harder than bigger stronger women who are fully developed adults.

As a 4 year old - I only rode moto & mtb w/ my dad's friends who were all experts and raced locally. They didn't baby me - and because of that I was 5x better than my friends at 12 years old.

Women need to ride w/ men in order to start to close the gap on speed, style, etc.
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 People have called me a space cadet several times. I'm not getting a fancy article written on me?
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 what? really , what?
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