Lindsey Richter - Director of Inspiration - Bend, OR
The founder of Ladies AllRide, Lindsey grew up in Portland, OR and started racing mountain bikes in 1996 as a means to stay in shape while she sat at a desk working in advertising and PR. She fell in love with the freedom mountain biking brought into her life, but also fell in love with the challenges, frustrations and excitement. She has raced Cross-Country, Downhill, Enduro, Super D and loves to teach ladies to jump, pump and jib on their bikes. She currently travels the world teaching as many women as she can with the mission to show them how mountain biking can change their lives. She is passionate about the symmetry between mountain biking and life and has a unique style of teaching that helps women develop a deeper relationship with their bikes, while she also inspires them to live their best life. She is certified through PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instruction), and IMBA ICP (Instructor Certification Program). Full Bio Here Fun Fact: Lindsey was on the TV show Survivor: Africa in 2001. *** Follow Lindsey on Instagram @ladiesallride and Facebook.
Meredith Brandt - Chief Everything Officer - Bend, OR
As Director of Operations for Ladies AllRide and founder of Grit Clinics, Meredith is proud to be an Austin, Texan but even prouder to have found the mountains and all the recreation that accompanies them. She moved to Bend in 2004 with the idea that she might stay for an entire year. Over a decade later she's still mountain biking, skiing and swimming daily in Central Oregon. The idea for Grit Clinics was born when she and her friends would go mountain biking and "session" technical sections of trail until they either succeeded or exhausted themselves trying. Meredith thought "Hey, wouldn't it be nice if we could teach women in Bend how to ride more confidently by breaking down the skills and teaching them in a really fun and supportive environment?" Five seasons of Grit Clinics later, Meredith is pumped to see a whole new group of excited, passionate and skilled female mountain bikers out "sessioning" on the trails. Her most rewarding coaching moment is teaching the ladies how to pop their first wheelie. Meredith has over a decade of experience on the trails in Bend and surrounding areas. She's also explored trails in Canada, Washington, Utah, Idaho, California, Texas, Montana, South America and many other fun places. She is certified through PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instruction). *** Follow Meredith on Instagram @gritclinics and Facebook.
Agnès C. Rodriguez – Events Manager & Yogi - Sedona, AZ
Agnès was born and raised in ze South of France, where she grew up riding her little red BMX with the boys. At 18 she moved to North America to go to college. Living just an hour away from Bromont Bike Park (Quebec) she kept eyeing the DH trails but never actually went. Fast forward a few years, she met her husband, an avid mountain biker. After begging him for over a year to take her riding, he finally caved, bought her a bike, and took her to the most technical trails around, expecting to sell the new bike in no time. Little did he know she would not only follow him but demand more! Until taking a Ladies AllRide Camp, Agnes had never ridden with women. That was it, she had found her tribe! Some of her favorite trails include Hilne and Hogs in Sedona and Captain Ahab in Moab. Agnès is an incredible asset: she brings her digital marketing and project management expertise to the Ladies AllRide Team, and also teaches yoga for mountain biking. *** Follow Agnes on Instagram @agnes_c and Facebook
Angi Weston - Bellingham, WA
Angi is certified through the International Mountain Bike Association’s Instructor Certification Program (IMBA-ICP), and has been teaching and coaching for over 15 years. She gets her kicks traveling around the country riding, competing in, and coaching many disciplines, including; downhill, enduro, dirt jumping, slopestyle, cross country, cyclocross, and coaster-brake klunkers. After growing up in the suburbs of Tacoma, WA, Angi moved to Bellingham, WA to attend Western Washington University. It was during her time in college that she was bit by the mountain bike bug and started to really explore her backyard - the majestic Cascadia. Her zeal for cycling and being outside continued to grow, leading her to work at a local bike shop for a few years then eventually to a job with the Kona Bicycle Company. Her work as a regional sales rep for Kona and a certified mountain bike coach kept her living her dream of getting more people riding and loving bikes. She now runs her own coaching business and in the off-season Angi can be found on her snowboard riding and instructing up at the Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington. Teaching is a great passion of hers and it shows in her enthusiastic and patient approach. ***Follow Angi on Instagram @angiweston and Facebook
Tammy Donahugh - Colorado Springs, CO
"T-Dhugh, Tamboggin and The Raven-Haired Queen of Freeride" is a Santa Cruz native now residing in Colorado Springs, CO. Tammy’s 23 years of experience on the bike includes racing downhill in the pro circuit, traveling the continent to explore bike parks, competing in slopestyle/dirt jump competitions, and coaching bike skill clinics. Tammy has been with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) for nine years. Her tenure has included running IMBA HQ as the Operations Manager, to designing and building bike parks for IMBA's Trail Solutions, to her current title, IMBA's Instructor Certification Program manager. Tammy’s coaching credentials are an ICP (Instructor Certification Program) Level 3 and she has been teaching individual and group clinics for seven years. Tammy has a true passion for the sport and loves to share her knowledge with others. Tammy created and produced Dixie Trix in 2012 and 2013, an all women's freeride event which included clinics with certified pro riders, and a slopestyle competition for amateurs and pros. ***Follow Tammy on Facebook or learn more about the IMBA program she’s helped to shape on IMBA’s website.
Rae Gandolf - Zainesville, OH
Rae's MTB passion started out with XC and endurance racing, escalated when she discovered downhill, and like an atypically delightful malignancy it spread further into dirt jumping and enduro. While stuffing several regional pro DH titles, national podiums and World Cups under her belt, Rae expanded her focus to coaching in 2010. With ICP level 3 certification, she now certifies others to coach through the Bike Instructor Certification Program. Feeling like she did a lot of things the hard way, Rae enjoys helping to make the learning curve less steep for others! Rounding out her bike passion, Rae is a leader in her regional MTB club in Ohio. When she's not on a bike, you are likely to find Rae balancing her bike passion with her animal infatuation through doctoring critters at an animal shelter or sculpting them in bronze. www.ridewithrae.com ***Follow Rae on Instagram: @superraegandolf and Facebook Ridewithrae
Cory Coffey - Detroit, MI
Miss Cory Coffey has mad skills on a BMX and a mountain bike, is hilariously funny and a blast to ride with and learn from. She has over twenty years experience riding mountain and BMX bikes. She has competed in world class events all over the world and earned herself two world championship titles in Freestyle BMX. Cory was also the first woman to land a backflip on a bike. She is an IMBA Level 2 Certified Coach and teaches at events worldwide. *** Follow Cory on Instagram: @misscorycoffey
Tina Brubaker - Bend, OR
Tina "Earthquaker" Brubaker started racing cyclocross and mountain bikes in Portland, Oregon in 1994. Tina is a "Jackie of All Trades" on a bike, with race experience that ranges from road and track, to cyclocross, cross country, and enduro. Her versatility on two wheels has made her a force to be reckoned with in the Pacific Northwest, where she's been crowned OBRA's "Best All Round" rider an impressive 4 times. Earthquaker currently lives in Bend, Oregon and rides and races for the Speedvagen Family Racing team. As a PMBI certified mountain bike coach for Liv/Ladies All Ride, SRAM Gold Rusch Tour, Grit Clinics, and the Bend Endurance Academy, she mixes a lifetime of racing experience with an incredible knack for helping beginner riders. Tina especially loves to share her passion for mountain biking with women. The transition from tears of frustration to tears of joy in accomplishment is what makes this job her all-time favorite.
Jane Quinn - Bend, OR
Jane started mountain biking on the steep, rocky singletrack trails of Montana in 2007 and quickly fell in love with it! She and her husband were drawn to Bend as an outdoor mecca in 2012, and Jane started doing local races. She won the Oregon 24-hour cross country MTB race in 2014, and hopes to try her hand at Enduro in the coming season. Jane became director of the Dirt Divas women's mountain biking program in 2013 and loves working with her team of ambassadors to help women build confidence in their mountain bike skills and to share the love of singletrack!
Sarah White - Whitefish, MT
Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington and moved to Whitefish, Montana in 2006. It’s in Montana where her love of mountain biking flourished. Starting with trips to Canada for lift access riding her style quickly evolved to include Enduro and cross country. You can find Sarah all over the west coast slinging bikes, leading clinics and helping women become better riders with Liv Cycling. Sarah is a PMBIA Level 1 Certified Mountain Bike Instructor and Wilderness First Aid Certified. Sarah believes everyone deserves the opportunity to find happiness through riding a bike. Mountain biking has changed Sarah’s life and sharing this passion has become a motivating force to help others find their joy through mountain biking. Sarah is also the founder of Outsiety, a society dedicated to connecting women to the outdoors. Sarah understands the struggles women can face in finding their way on the trails. She created Outsiety as a way for women to connect, share their knowledge and build a community of like-minded women. Providing ladies with an avenue to find their potential greatness through actions sports and specifically mountain biking is what Sarah strives for every day.
Sara Jarrell - Colorado Springs, CO
Sara loves bikes and she loves sharing her passion for riding and wrenching with everyone! She has been a mechanic for 15 years including a stint as the mechanic for the US Paracycling team through the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. She has been riding bikes for as long as she can remember. Her preference is to keep it dirty, so head to the mountains or the dirt jumps to find her on two wheels! She dabbled in racing, everything from downhill and 4x to cyclocross and road races. Her new passion is teaching! Through awesome programs, like the Grit Clinics, The Liv Ladies AllRide Tour, and the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour, she gets to teach people how to ride their bikes with rad skills! For her day job she is an engineering technician for the hydraulic brake team at SRAM.
Cierra Smith - Reno, NV
Cierra started mountain biking at 8 years old with her father and fell in love -- so in love that she began racing at age 10. After winning five national titles and riding for the AllRide Academy, a junior race team, Cee became a professional racer. She specializes in teaching jumping skills and riding technical, fast terrain. Riding mountain bikes has played a huge role in her development as a well-rounded individual, proving that if we push through the tough stuff, there's always something to gain. Her love for the sport is what inspires her in everyday life and coaching is her way of passing on that same knowledge and love to her students. She also really loves her two Weenie dogs, just ask her!
Kelsey Kelley Carson - Bend, OR
Kelsey is a native Bendite and the town's biggest fan. She picked up mountain biking after her college and travel adventures when she moved back to Bend in 2006. It was love at first ride. Since then she's had the opportunity to ride all over the northwest. Her ideal 'bike' day would be to gather all her friends in a van with a shuttle driver and do laps of single track goodness. Laughs and banter required - followed by beers of course. Cyclocross and Super D's (races under an hour) are her favorite forms of bike competition. Kelsey's new love is her son who was born on New Years Eve. Through cycling she has met amazing people (including her husband) and gained confidence and skills that have transferred to all aspects of her life. She loves using this knowledge to inspire other women.
Caroline Washam - Mooresville, NC
Caroline has been racing and riding bikes for 18 years, from starting out racing BMX as a kid to competing in downhill at the professional level. Cycling has become an integral part of Caroline’s life – it is how she decompresses and connects with nature, it is her day job as the digital content coordinator for women’s bike and gear brand Liv Cycling, it’s her side job as a MTB coach, what she does for fun with family and friends, and how she connects with her community. Back in 2013, Caroline got the opportunity to travel all over the West as a demo driver for Liv Cycling. During this time not only has she had the opportunity to meet a ton of awesome female mountain bikers, she also became PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) Certified in Whistler, BC. Since then, she says she's found a new passion in sharing her love of mountain biking with others. Her goal is to help more women conquer trails to feel more confident on the bike and in life!
Katie Holden - Bellingham, WA
Happy Katie is well-recognized in the mountain bike industry as an accomplished freerider and downhiller. Katie is one of the few females that can successfully land a backflip and throw down some of the big mountain lines with the guys. From her experience racing downhill at World Cups and USA national events to winning the 2012 US Grand Prix, being the 2010 UCI Pan American Champion, guiding riding trips, coaching kids, and being featured in mountain bike media, Katie has a breadth of experience as a professional mountain biker. In addition to mountain biking, Katie graduated from University of Colorado with a B.A in Political Science, has a diploma in Destination Resort Management from Capilano University and she's traveled to more than 45 countries and all 50 states, with and without her bike. ***Follow her on Instagram: @KatieHolden or web: www.KatieHolden.com
Susan Clifford - Stowe, VT
Susan has been riding and racing mountain bikes for over 20 years. Introduced to the sport on a borrowed bike, she quickly found her way to a summer job in a local bike shop which happened to come with a bike of her very own! It wasn't long before she was bit by the racing bug and really began to explore the sport. Having successfully raced in XC, DH, and more recently Enduro, mountain biking has been a huge part of her adult life. An unrelated injury proved to be an ah-ha moment when it forced her to re-learn to ride a bike in 2010 on flat pedals. Totally humbled she admits Instruction and skills drills improved her riding far beyond 15 years of simply getting after it. With a newfound approach to her riding and racing she became IMBA(L2) and PMBI(L2) certified and has since helped beginners, mtb veterans, and racers throughout Northeast discover ah-ha moments of their own. Hundreds of miles of legendary singletrack and skiing opportunities lured her to the northern Green Mountains of Vermont where she resides with her husband and three chocolate labs.
Hillary Marques - Frederick, MD
Hillary began riding and racing XC, and working as a bicycle messenger in DC in 1996. It was all downhill from there! She was the NORBA national expert DH and DS champion in 2005, and went on to win numerous other titles in the professional category. She loves all types of riding, including road, cyclocross, dirt jumps and motorcycling. She has been coaching since 2006, and got her IMBA ICP level 2 certification in 2013. She currently works as a coach for events with Rays MTB park, Wheel Mill, Liv Ladies Allride, Snowshoe Womens weekend, M.O.R.E, and Take Aim Cycling. In the Metro DC area she holds the MadSkillz clinics. She manages and rides for the team BikeDR/Visit Frederick. Aside from cycling, Hillary is a professional contractor. A founding partner of Backyard Ponds llc in 1996, she has also completely gutted and renovated a home in Historic Frederick, MD. Many of her best friends throughout life have had fur, or feathers, or slime. Her goal is to share the personal growth and camaraderie gained through the cycling experience with others, using a methodical approach of confidence building, patience, personalized feedback, and skills progression. ***Follow her on Facebook or Instagram: @downhillary
Tara Alcantara - Tucson, AZ
Tara is the Owner of Home Grown Mountain Biking Tours, a shuttle, rental, and guiding company in Tucson, Arizona. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Wilderness First Responder, and PMBIA Certified Mountain Bike Instructor. Tara grew up and learned to mountain bike in Boise, Idaho. When she moved to Arizona and met her husband, she introduced him to mountain biking and the two of them have dedicated their lives to progressing the sport and making Tucson a better place to ride. Tara spends 20+ hours per week volunteering for TORCA, the local advocacy and trail maintenance organization she co-founded. A rider with 25 years experience, Tara continues to push the limits on the bike. With several Downhill MTB Racing podiums under her belt, her first love is riding fast down big mountains. Favorite places of all time to ride are Retallack and Whistler, BC, Angelfire, NM, and Moab, UT. Additionally, she can be found cross-training at the gym, cooking up delicious vegetarian food, and obsessing over her three K9 children! Tara spends as much time as she can on Mt Lemmon, a magical place where the riding is exhilarating and the beauty is unmatched.
Marlie Smith - Richmond, VA
Marlie has been an avid mountain biker since 2006, instructing and leading rides for the following years before becoming a certified coach in 2014. Marlie started XC riding and quickly progressed into freeriding and downhill where she found her true home and love. Her focus is primarily on Women's specific freeride, XC, and DH clinics. She is a LIV Ambassador and races enduro and downhill for Coqui Cyclery in Richmond, VA. She mostly loves the camaraderie and awesomeness found through building confidence through skills with women on the trail....not to mention the undeniable freedom found on her bike.
Karen Brooks - Pittsburgh, PA
Karen is doing her best to check off every square on the “Bike-Related Job” bingo card — wrenching and managing in bike shops, editing Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazines, advocating with Bike Pittsburgh, writing, consulting, hopefully getting into framebuilding, you name it — but by far the most rewarding part of her varied career is teaching. She is certified through IMBA and PMBIA to teach mountain bike skills, and through the League of American Bicyclists to teach safe riding on the street. She works with the Wheel Mill indoor bike park in Pittsburgh to help women have a blast on pumps and jumps. Karen rides a bike for transportation most days (check #cargobikeolympics), but also enjoys the rocky-rooty-muddy trails of the Eastern woods, and goes on bikepacking adventures when she can. Like so many women, she first got into mountain bikes through a boyfriend, then ditched the boyfriend and kept the bike. She would love to help you skip that first step and find true love — mountain biking! — the easier way.
Erika Schmid - Bend, OR
Erika was introduced to mountain biking in 1989 and it has been downhill for her ever since (and a bunch of uphill too). Known for her “Big Balls”, Erika has fervently embraced the wide spectrum of mountain biking culture from freeriding at Whistler, finishing the 100-mile Cream Puff (twice), to clearing Bend area trails with her chainsaw. In the summers, Erika guides Cogwild guests through the wonderful Central Oregon trails, while during the school year, she guides high school students through the wonders of Physics and Chemistry. As a PMBI certified instructor, she applies the methods from her teaching profession to her mountain bike instruction to optimize each learner’s experience. In addition to mountain biking, Erika enjoys story telling, philosophy, popsicles, skiing, movies, and traveling to New Zealand with her husband Kiwi Paul.
Elizabeth Walker - Brevard, NC
A group of close friends took Liz mountain biking for her 21st birthday in 2007; she was a terrified mess, but felt safe in the company of friends and came away from the day beaming with excitement. On subsequent adventures, she walked most uphills (for a long time!), wore a full-face helmet and blue jeans on cross-country rides, and was completely unaware of how much she really didn’t know about skills and technique, but fell in love with the sport and its challenges, rewards, and community. In 2009, she got the opportunity to teach mountain biking skills to kids at an adventure summer camp, where she had an amazing mentor help her with personal skill development, mechanical knowledge, and effective teaching and risk management techniques. She has since accumulated over 1300 hours of professional instruction and guiding, mostly on the trails in the Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest in Brevard, NC. She has attended skills clinics for further improvement, and picked up a PMBI Level 1 certification in May 2015. Also in 2015, Liz began working for Liv Cycling USA as the East Coast Liv Event Contractor (“demo girl”), and has been able to explore all kinds of riding throughout the United States and abroad. Coaching allows her to help women, just like her, progress from the “terrified rider” to the “confident rider,” overcoming obstacles in the trail and in our daily lives. ***Follow Liz on Facebook or Instagram: @liz.beyond
Heidi Slominski - Bend, OR
Heidi has been coaching with Ladies AllRide since 2014 and has been an IMBA Level II Certified Skills Instructor since 2013 (one of the first few to be certified in the US). She is also a MTB guide for Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles. Heidi's passion for all-things-cycling began after her first mountain bike ride 10 years ago. Shortly after that first ride she started doing MTB races of all distances, began road cycling and enjoying 100 mile century ride events, gave triathlons a whirl and survived her first full Ironman Tri and a 24hr-solo MTB race with a top 10 finish, and has raced Bend's High Cascades 100 mile MTB race. Through coaching, Heidi is passionate about giving back to the sport she loves by helping women of all levels hone their MTB skills and gain confidence needed to ride safely, have fun and mountain biking for years to come. She says she learned most of her MTB skills through trial and error (landing in a cactus is not fun!), Heidi understands the importance of breaking down technical skills and feeling “one” with your bike. She believes in the Ladies AllRide philosophy that if you control your fears, they won't override your confidence and quick decision-making abilities. When she isn’t riding a bike or helping others get rad on their bikes, Heidi loves winter sports, making up-cycled bicycle jewelry, hiking and soaking up all that life has to offer through traveling and creating amazing adventures with friends and family.
Della Mosier - Bend, OR
Della is a native Oregonian who developed an obsession for mountain biking upon arrival in Bend in 2010. Using a purple hard-tail Trek, she drilled the single track in Bend as part of her summer work commute. Since then, she has taken her full suspension ride all over Central Oregon, and as far as Moab, Grand Targhee, and Whistler. In 2015, she and four friends took first place (24 HR 5 person Open Women category) in the Oregon 24-hr cross country mountain bike race. She has been a Ladies Allride coach for the past two years and a Dirt Divas ride leader for three summers. Her favorite moments are traveling to discover beautiful places on bikes with good friends, going as far as the remote areas of the Czech Republic, or as close as the 8-mile system near Mt. Hood. She specializes in coaching beginner/intermediate riders with an emphasis on making the sport accessible and enjoyable for all.
Brittany Simonis - Sisters, OR
Brittany's love for mountain biking developed just 5 years ago, but you would never guess when you see her ride! Starting her MTB journey by riding with her boyfriend & local bike shop owner she was determined to keep up and learn the sport. In 2012 Brittany attended a skills clinic taught by the one and only Lindsey Voreis and was immediately drawn to the idea of coaching. She is now finishing up her 4th season as a Ladies AllRide Coach, coordinates local women’s cycling programs in Sisters and has the huge honor of being a LIV Cycling USA Ambassador. Brittany plans to continue her journey as an ambassador and MTB coach, empowering women to become the best possible version of themselves on and off their bicycles!
Bernadette Merriman - Brevard, NC
"Bernadirt" started riding bikes 9 years ago in Pisgah on a random outing with girlfriends, on a bike two sizes too small, and with no clue what was in store for her. That ride sparked a new passion and journey that continues today! She bought her first bike one week later and rode with whomever would go with her. She became pregnant 5 months after getting into the sport and didn't pick the bike back up until her daughter Greysen was 18 months old. She used mountain biking first to get back in shape, then as a means to grow her community, to define herself in another way, to push herself and to let go of the daily grind. Biking has opened the door to so many new and amazing people that are not only riding buddies but a community that has grown beyond bikes! Bernadette wants those experiences and that community for all women who decide to throw a leg over a bike, including her daughter. Bernadette feels that getting to promote "the stoke" and show that anyone can ride a bike when they have the skills is amazingly gratifying! Bernadette shreds the Pisgah on a mountain bike as well as dirt jumping, bike parks, downhill, enduro, cross country, gravel and road grinding. Level one trained in Terra Method, Bernadette desires to acquire additional skills and higher levels of certification to teach and spread the joy of bikes! #sharetheride ;)
Sara Stanford - Sedona, AZ
Sara found her love for mountain biking in Illinois back in the '90s where she learned to ride the tight, twisty, rooty singletrack that was filled with huge log overs and lots of poison ivy. She was hooked after getting rained on and getting lost in her first cross country race. After several years of racing in the Midwest, Sara and her husband Zach were lured to the west and now reside in Sedona, Arizona where she works as a registered nurse, when she’s not riding her bike, hiking with her dogs, or practicing yoga. Her mind was blown at the skill progression and confidence building that occurred while taking her first clinic with Lindsey and the Ladies AllRide team, and has been stoked to help other women ride their first roller or clear their first techy climb as a coach with the Ladies AllRide Team for the last several years.
Sara Connolly - Bend, OR
Sara was born and raised in Bend, OR. She started racing mountain bikes in 2001 as a freshman in high school and fell in love with the sport. By 2008, Sara had moved on from mountain bike racing and started guiding with Cog Wild Bicycle Tours, where she met Lindsey. Sara loves riding with people and showing them new trails! Adapting her Master's in Teaching degree, coaching mountain bike skills became a natural passion. Helping women conquer their fears by attacking technical sections gives Sara an unparalleled level of stoke and emense pride in her new found friends! She uses techniques learned in her PMBI certification. Coaching with Ladies Allride has become one of Sara's favorite times on the bike. The challenge of figuring out how to help each individual person is her true love.
Stacey McKinney - Bend, OR
Born and raised in the Midwest, Stacey always knew her true calling was in the mountains of the west. A Bend local since 2002, her initial passions were climbing and mountaineering, but a spontaneous trip to Moab a week after she bought her first mountain bike sealed the deal for her love of biking…and as you can imagine, there were some epic crashes! Now, it’s hard to imagine life without the freedom to roam endless trails on two wheels while taking in all of the sights, smells, adventure, laughter, and friendships. Although not specifically a racer ... she loves to get her shred on in any way she can - with a love for techy, rocky, and fast flow trails. Stacey is a certified PMBIA coach and is driven to encourage and support women to build confidence, skills, and a passion for biking. Her favorite vacation includes a campervan, friends, a full bike rack, a sense of adventure, a campfire, and a cooler of IPA’s. When not on her bike she is probably at work saving the world one solar panel at a time…or in the wilderness exploring with her dog.
Liz Sampey - The World
Liz travels the world full-time as a professional endurance athlete; racing mountain bikes, doing multisport expeditions, and storytelling through writing and speaking. She has been riding since she was 15, and has raced all disciplines of road and off-road cycling. She loves exploring remote corners of the world by bicycle, but her true passion is bringing the love of adventure and movement to others through teaching and coaching mountain biking. With a background as a doctoral educated physical therapist, she enjoys combining the biomechanical aspect of riding with fitness, strength, skills, and mindset to coach her athletes into a sustainable riding lifestyle. She knows firsthand how mountain biking can change lives, and she loves opening doors for people to expand their world through this fun and challenging sport. Liz is a PMBIA certified mountain bike skills coach and a USAC certified cycling performance coach. *** Follow Liz on Instagram: @liz.sampey or web: vitalmotioncoaching.com
Shanna Powell - Asheville, NC
Shanna is certified as a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association Level 1 coach. Her riding career began in 2006 as a way to recover from a whitewater kayaking injury. A lover of all bikes, Shanna can usually be found riding her singlespeed hardtail in Pisgah National forest, her dirt jumper or her downhill bike in the surrounding area…or off on some adventure meeting new people and exploring new trails around the world. Shanna prefers fun rides over the seriousness of racing (though she does sometimes) and really considers herself more of a rodeo clown on a bike, reminding folks that bikes are fun!!! The technical trails of Pisgah have been perfect for sculpting Shanna into a technical downhill rider shredding the forests of WNC with her crew of likeminded “Lady Birds”. Having a crew of women to ride with has been quite empowering, full of support and skill progression. In the fall of 2015 Shanna decided she wanted to take the love and passion to the next level by sharing it with others through instruction. When not on the trail, Shanna runs EndlessBikeCo, a small American made component company and Mountain Air Roasting, both in Asheville North Carolina. ***Follow Shanna on Instragram: @endlessbikegirl
Kim Hardin - Hood River, OR
Raised in Bend, Oregon, Kim is a professional mountain biker for Juliana/SRAM, racing around the world with the Enduro World Series. She is PMBI Level 1 certified, as well as an ACE certified personal trainer, and emphasizes injury prevention and efficiency through appropriate technique and positioning while riding. Kim's favorite trails are in Corral (Chile), Molini di Triora (Italy), and right at home in the Pacific Northwest. Fun fact: Kim holds a Master's in Health Administration and is an ACE certified personal trainer. Kim is also a decorated professional whitewater kayaker, nominated for Female Paddler of the Year in 2015. She currently owns and operates KickStand Coffee & Kitchen with her racer husband, Nick Hardin, in Hood River, Oregon.
Kathi Krause - Mountain Creek, NJ
Kathi started her cycling career on the velodrome in 1985 and worked her way through criteriums, road, cyclocross and cross country racing before finding her way to the Pro Downhill circuit in 1998. During her 10 years as a pro, she accumulated many laurels including victory in the prestigious Kamikaze downhill, 3 Masters World Downhill Championships, and 5 Masters National Downhill Championships. Kathi holds a coaching license from USA Cycling and is also an IMBA and PMBIA Certified Instructor. Her main objective is to help bring more women and kids into mountain biking and to promote mountain biking as a lifetime sport. When not coaching, you can find Kathi shredding the trails at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Kate Phelan - Prescott, AZ
Kate is co-owner of a bike shop/guide shop in Prescott Arizona. She has a passion for coaching mountain biking and getting more women and kids up and riding mountain bikes with confidence. Additionally, she is a Masters level wellness counselor with over a decade plus of experience focusing on women’s health and human development. She is a certified IMBA level 1 instructor, a level 3 NICA coach, and is certified in CPR and First AID. Kate has great experience helping youth athletes gain confidence, skill as well as, develop a life long passion for mountain biking, she is the head coach of the largest Middle School Composite MTB team in the state of Arizona. Additionally, she has years of experience as skills coach, specializing in supporting new riders as they take on the sport of Mountain Biking . Her deepest passion is to watch people laugh, grow and expand while experiencing the joys of mountain biking. Kate takes pleasure in helping riders access their personal potential, increasing perseverance and overcoming mental obstacles on their bike.
Cina McConaughy - Prescott, AZ
Cina is a founder of Soul Ride MTB, passionate mountain biker and a mother of two awesome kids. She grew up in the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California where she began racing skis and snowboards at a young age. Cina moved to Prescott AZ in 1998 where she was introduced to the sport of mountain biking. It wasn't until 2003 when she met up with a RAD group of ladies that were encouraging, supportive and super fun to ride with when she truly fell in love with the sport. Comfortable with downhill speed and able to pick a great fall line, mountain biking was the next best thing to shredding the slopes. Cina has competed in the Whiskey off Road in the women SS category. She is also an IMBA level 1 ICP, and is certified in CPR and First AID as well as, a level 3 NICA coach, working with the Prescott middles school team with 55+ athletes. Cina’s love for the outdoors and enthusiasm for mountain biking will get you excited for the journey on and off your bike.
Lisa Beert - Florida
Lisa fell in love with mountain biking many years ago and enjoys trail riding and endurance epic rides. She currently manages a local bicycle shop and loves traveling and exploring new trails to shred. One day a friend, after taking Lindsey’s clinic, suggested that I become a coach. It was the perfect suggestion; I became a certified IMBA coach and haven’t looked back. It inspires and humbles me to help people improve their skills and build their confidence on the MTB bike. My favorite quote, “That’s’ the first time I was able to go through that section without falling, stopping or walking!”
Sally Marchand Collins - Zionsville, IN
Sally regularly transforms herself from a diminutive uptown hairdresser to a singletrack-shredding she-beast ripping through local mountain bike trails - all in the same day. Sally’s passion for mountain biking clinics started in 2003. These clinics empower and encourage women in mountain biking, helping them build confidence, strength, and camaraderie that can carry into all other aspects their lives. A love for education and instruction led her to become certified with both the International Mountain Bike Association (ICP level 1 and 2) and the Professional Mountain Instructors Association (Level 1 program). She is looking forward to achieving PMBIA Level 2 in 2017.
Greta Elston - Bend, OR
Greta, currently living in Bend, is a transplant from Montana. She has been riding mountain bikes for over 30 years. Before motherhood, she raced downhill regionally and nationally in the 1990s. While living in Helena, she organized and coached an annual women's clinic, as well as group ladies rides. Her favorite rides are Porcupine Rim (Moab), Freight Train/Dirt Merchant (Whistler), and South Fork (Bend). She enjoys riding with ladies of all levels. She currently organizes a weekly group ladies ride out of Sagebrush Cycles.
Julie Cornelius - Moab, UT
Julie is a mountain bike guide with Rim Tours and a nutrition coach (Potential Energy Training) who lives in Moab, UT. She started mountain biking 6 years ago and was a very timid rider until she took one of Lindsey’s clinics and gained the skills and confidence to start tackling more technical trails. She loves to travel and explore new trails around the world when she is not guiding in Moab She also runs World Ride Nepal an organization that supports the growth of women’s mountain biking in Nepal through organized mountain bike adventures. *** Follow Julie on Instagram @juliebike
Jen Ide - East Burke, VT
Jen started mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails Network in East Burke, VT in 2008 when she met her Husband, trail builder Knight Ide, and quickly fell in love with it and him! Since then, she has raced a handful Enduros and has become PMBIA Certified. She and her husband (& the Ide siblings), founded and own IDERIDE- which consists of Guiding/Shuttling/Lessons & an Endure-XC-DH Race Team. She was a coach with us last year in 2016 at our Lyndonville, VT location and is now ’IN’ forever! Nothing makes her happier than making women feel confident and seeing their huge smiles after conquering something they thought they couldn’t do, because #actuallyyouCAN! Jen can be found/seen all over Facebook & IG posting pics of love & bikes & stoke on the daily! She and her sister, Lilias Ide (fellow ALLRIDE coach), recently started PROGRESSION SESSIONS (IG @progressionsessionscostarica) - a series of Ladies Specific Tour Packages - with emphasis on International Travel. She prides herself on being ‘a big sappy dork’ and can’t wait to share smiles and laughter and her love of #allthingsbike with you all. ***Follow Jen on Instagram: @Jener8Love
Lindsey Watson - Colorado Springs, CO
Lindsey started mountain biking in 2010 when she realized that her soccer career was coming to an end and she needed an equally intense athletic endeavor. Little did she know at the time that mountain biking would soon become her lifelong passion and profession. When Lindsey isn’t out riding bikes or coaching, she spends her days coordinating data at SRAM/RockShox and hanging out with her super rad Border Collie, Avery. Over the past 7 years, she’s dabbed in Enduro and XC racing for the “extra” challenge but has never taken it too seriously. As an IMBA certified instructor, she brings her passion of coaching to LIV Ladies AllRide and, if you’re lucky, you may even find her teaching some SRAM product education too. For Lindsey, nothing fills her soul more than teaching the art of mountain biking and seeing the empowerment, community, and inspiration that follows.
Corie Spruill - Moab, UT
Growing up in Alaska Corie developed the roots of adventure. Over the past fifteen years slowly making her way to the southwest, experimenting with the PNW, getting her first bike in Bend, OR, and eventually making her way south to pursue her love for photography in Colorado. Colorado is where Corie found her passion for biking, through a community of women who she biked with, and found a connection on many deeper levels. During that time she shortly realized she was happiest on her mountain bike, whether it be with the women who helped her set goal and inspired her to challenge herself or cruising along on a solo adventure. Corie's enthusiasm on the bike has lead her to a career as a mountain bike guide, leading multi-day adventures for two wheeled enthusiasts around the Southwest and now calling Moab, Utah home. Certified through the International Mountain bike association (IMBA - ICP), she spends her year chasing single track, Sedona winters, Moab springs, and high alpine summers from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the shores of British Columbia.
Carrie Kirkpatrick - Salt Lake City, UT
Carrie fell in love with mountain biking on the trails of Brown County, Indiana. After a few years of riding with fear and anxiety, being coached by a certified instructor completely changed the experience for her. She became a coach herself so she could inspire others though confidence in riding skills, connect ladies who want to ride with other women, and help grow the local mountain bike community. Carrie is a Level 2 IMBA ICP certified Skills Coach and is the founder of the Bluegrass Women's Mountain Bike Clinic in Kentucky. Carrie is wrapping up a year of riding, climbing, coaching, and exploring across the country while living in her VW Vanagon.