“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou
Happy New Year!!! Welcome 2017…I hope it’s a great year for you!
The arrival of my 201 MTB skill video series is finally here, view them all at MTB 201 (intermediate) Skills – Hope they help!
The 2017 Liv Hail all mountain bike is here! Some behind the scenes and video footage from our first rides on the bike in Whistler, BC. Click here to watch!!!
Mountain Bike 101 (beginner) Skill Videos, focusing on beginning skills and foundational skills too!
The ichoosebikes mission and 2017:
Three years ago I took a risk at launching ichoosebikes; a platform based on introducing more women to mountain biking and empowering them to be more confident on their bikes. After hosting clinics across the country, working local events, and in 2014 launching the first ever ‘5 Star’ 3-day mountain bike retreat with Mammoth Mountain, CA, I found that education for bikes is highly needed and the growing number of coaches and events around the world confirms that. The goal this year for ichoosebikes is to help women find their best or success as Maya Angelo says it best, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it” and when we like the things we are doing, we often do them more…so this year, help me grow the female participation at events, in bike sales, and more importantly in balancing out the bike industry. Come join ichoosebikes to learn something new, become a better mountain biker and have fun doing it!
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! The ichoosebikes.com business 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 their inner child. 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 and 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 we can. Come join an ichoosebikes event near you…you won’t be disappointed!
My partners for 2017 are how I make this happen, this year I am lucky to have teamed up with Liv Cycling, SRAM, RockShox , Clif Bar, WD40 Bike, CamelBak, Maxxis, and Troy Lee Designs. With the support of these wonderful partners, I am able to dedicate the time needed to support women riders in North America and beyond.
For new comers, take a trip to your local retail bike shop (ask the questions from the “how to” section) and join the fun!
- 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.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.”― Susan B. Anthony