We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle

 The ichoosebikes mission and 2018:

In 2013, I took a risk at launching ichoosebikes; a platform based on introducing more women to mountain biking; safely. After hosting clinics across the country and working many local events over the past 4 years, I found that education for bikes, specifically mountain bikes is highly needed. Many riders don’t understand there are safer or easier ways to ride and at ICB, we do our best to make your experience more safe and fun too. The goal this year for ICB is to continue guiding and teaching riders (women and men) something new and helping each client become a better mountain biker. I hope to share my 30+ years of bike racing and riding experience with you, so you don’t have to spend that much time figuring out how to be your best.

 Happy Trails, Leigh Donovan

Why Women’s Mountain Bike Clinics?

Since it’s inception in the late 1970’s, mountain biking has always been a male dominated sport. Over the last 20 years, I asked, “how can we introduce more women to mountain biking?” Since asking this question, I decided to invite them! ICB is an invitation to all women (any age) to come join the sport, experience the beauty of the outdoors, and to be given an opportunity to reconnect with themselves.  I work with riders from first timers to professional athletes, helping them find their strengths and giving them the tools to overcome their weaknesses. I often hear “women just want the experience the camaraderie of doing something with their friends” which is why I host numerous women’s events around the states. All ichoosebikes clinics are centered around finding your balance, overcoming fears that stop you from finding your best, and laughing as much as you (and I) can. Come join an ichoosebikes event near you…you won’t be disappointed!

ICB partners for 2018 help make all this happen. Thanks to  Liv Cycling, SRAM, RockShox , Clif Bar,  WD40 Bike, CamelBak, Maxxis, Crankbrothers, and Troy Lee Designs. With the support of these wonderful partners, ICB can dedicate the time needed to support women riders in North America and beyond.

Why not work with Leigh and ICB or a professional coach? Visit her Instruction page for events in your area or check out the coaches in your area and get connected to someone near you.

Check out Leigh’s first video series launched in 2014 MTB 101 (entry level), they are short videos that can help the entry level rider to understand how important movement is to making your ride more fun and safer.

Leigh’s latest videos focus on Intermediate level bike park skills launched in 2017, her 201 skill video series can help riders looking to make their next step up to local bike park riding. View them all here MTB 201 (intermediate) – Hope they help!

Here is a little fun video from our Liv Hail bike launch in 2017 and some behind the scenes footage from the first rides on the bike in Whistler, BC. Click here to watch!!!

For new comers, take a trip to your local retail bike shop and join the fun!

CTC53176 Leigh’s goals for 2018 and beyond!
  • To educate, inspire and empower women to ride bikes with confidence and joy.
  • Be a positive role model, connecting women to the bike industry & cycling community.
  • Expose women and young girls alike to the fun and laughter you can have on a bike.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.”  Maya Angelou