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The Best Festivals and Events for Women in Mountain Biking

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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.
  • Sept. 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.

RIDELAB Festival 

RIDELAB — geared towards women riders and all things fun — is offering 4 nights of camping (optional for locals), 3 nights of guided rides, and a ton of workshops, demos, panels, films, raffles, swag, live music, and more. Located in Squamish, BC, it’s the area’s first mountain bike festival for women and female-identifying individuals.

RIDELAB will donate a portion from every paid participant to the Ride Like a Girl program, a BC not-for-profit that offers young female mountain bike athletes mentorship and community.

  • May 15-18, 2023: Squamish, BC, Canada
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