Video: 'The Dirt Chix: Making Time' - A 43-Minute Documentary About the Growth of Women's MTB in Kamloops

Jan 16, 2020
by Vesta Giles  


The Dirt Chix riding group in Kamloops started 15 years ago as four women who wanted to learn to ride and were tired of not being able to make the time to go out. They finally declared that Thursday nights were their nights to ride and over time, their families and friends bought into it. Don't schedule anything because mom is riding. Through word of mouth, they gained more riders, women who wanted to ride with other women and learn to ride together. By 2019 their numbers had swelled to 160 on their email list. This documentary is not only the story of their history, but it's the story of what makes them unique. They are all volunteers. They support new riders and teach riding skills in a safe way so everyone gets to enjoy their ride. They are a close-knit group of women who have busy lives and are making the time to do something they love that's just for them. Plus, they awesome riders.

This documentary started as a hope for a 10-minute video on the Dirt Chix. With a little luck and a long time focused on a dream, it turned into a 43 minute documentary for Telus Optik, produced by Vandelso Productions, that had a profound impact not only on the riders but on the film crew behind the scenes.

The Dirt Chix: Making Time held it's world premiere on September 20th at the Paramount Theatre in Kamloops. In a time when it's difficult to get people out to see longer mountain biking videos in a theatre, the Dirt Chix sold out the 500 seat theatre and there were still people looking for tickets outside.


Filming the documentary - The Dirt Chix Making Time

Filming the documentary - The Dirt Chix Making Time

Filming the documentary - The Dirt Chix Making Time

Filming the documentary - The Dirt Chix Making Time

Filming the documentary - The Dirt Chix Making Time


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23 Comments

  • 20 1
 To me, putting the "dig" into riding means building up people as well as trails. Each contributes to the other. Building up an inclusive local riding culture is something awesome to behold. I am so happy every time I meet people who are making considered progressions towards the kind of riding they enjoy.
  • 2 0
 good point - "builder" generally means the more concrete (and perhaps rewarding?) act of digging trail, but building organization and people is super-important.
  • 6 0
 That was really well done!
  • 10 5
 Nice piece. I've regained a little hope for humanity. And as usual it's the women leading the way.
  • 3 0
 Great video. I’ve seen the dirt chix out on the trails, and they are always having fun. It’s great to see groups like this.
  • 3 0
 60 to 80 showing up for a ride!??!!!!! and i get chuffed if more than 5 show up on guys night....
  • 2 0
 My wife is in a similar club in Calgary. Its nuts how many riders show up. Every week.
  • 1 0
 @husstler: What club does your wife ride with? My wife is looking for ladies to ride with this summer.
  • 1 0
 @jordanredshaw: spin Sisters. It sells out fast so tell her to be prepared to jump on it in a hurry on registration day. Apparently they have 5 levels of rider now, up from 3, and they do road trips and stuff.
  • 1 0
 @husstler: Thank you!
  • 4 0
 Best mountain bike video I've seen in a long time! Very inspiring
  • 2 0
 Loved y’all video. Been riding for about a year and half . Would love to have a group just y’all in East Texas. Chicks rock!
  • 3 0
 Everything about this was wholesome and reaffirming, it's what it's about.
  • 3 0
 Wow, this was fantastic! Amazing ladies!!
  • 3 0
 This is really cool, this sport needs more of this!
  • 3 0
 That was such a good watch! Great community
  • 2 0
 So awesome and inspiring! I want to ride with other women in my area too!
  • 2 0
 Way to go Dirt Chix!
  • 2 0
 This is awesome!
  • 3 4
 Holly guacamolly another article about how there is not enough females in MTB
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