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The Best Festivals and Events for Women in Mountain Biking

Do you identify as a female, trans, or nonbinary rider? Are you looking to get into the cycling or mountain biking scene? We’ve pulled our favorite events, organizations, races, and resources working to make the sport of biking more equitable for women — and all.

Historically, mountain biking and cycling have been male-dominated sports. But many brands, industry leaders, and organizations are changing that, one event at a time.

For 2022, we’ve rounded up some of the best clinics, events, and festivals that are actively promoting women, girls, trans, and nonbinary riders in mountain biking.

We’ve listed events by season, date, and location so you can find the ones right for you! Don’t forget to also check out our list of resources below.

Women in MTB: Programs & Events

  • April-October 2022: Dirt Series MTB Camps are for women and youth in 14 U.S. states and 11 cities across Canada
  • April-October 2022: Ladies AllRide MTB Camps are for women and youth across six U.S. locations
  • June-Summer 2022: GRiT Clinics at Mt. Bachelor Bike Park (group and private clinic options available)

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MTB Festivals FTW!

Roam Fest

Roam Fest was the first-ever MTB festival catered to women, marginalized riders, and genderqueer femme folks. The festival aims to build community while riding in world-class bike destinations.

  • May 13-15, 2022: Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Sep. 23-25, 2022: Fruita, Colo.
  • Nov. 4-6, 2022: Sedona, Ariz.

IMBA Women’s Mountain Biking Day

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May. Celebrate Women’s MTB Day wherever you live, wherever you ride.

  • May 7, 2022: Group rides, skills clinics, trail building, and more (remote, multiple locations)

Thee Abundance Summit

Created by pro road cyclist Ayesha McGowan, the first African American female to become a professional road racer, Thee Abundance Summit is a virtual celebration of “Black and Brown joy in cycling and the outdoors.”

This is the second annual summit, which will include presentations, a keynote speaker, and workshops (plus virtual races!). The event (supported by Zwift, Liv, and SRAM) notes everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

  • April 1-2, 2022: Online and free (captioning and accessibility accommodations available)

GRiT MTB Festival

GRiT MTB Festival is a 3-day event in Fayetteville, Ark., for trans, femmes, nonbinary, and women mountain bikers. The dates and details are currently TBD due to COVID-19.

  • 2022: Fayetteville, Ark.
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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.