“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
It’s a simple story really, World Downhill Mountain Bike Champion, Leigh Donovan has been teaching girls & women mountain bike skills over the past 2 decades as her hobby. Leigh loves to get more women riding bikes, comfortably, confidently and calmly. Now, with her
energetic, ‘lets have fun’ attitude, Leigh plans on using the “ichoosebikes” skill clinics she has developed, to invite women to learn how to make mountain biking a positive experience. Leigh has joined the movement to get the working moms, closet adventure girls, and simply MORE women to join our incredible sport. Using her years of riding experience, passion and drive to teach riders the basic skills necessary to mountain biking success, Leigh has taken a leap of faith by launching ichoosebikes.com as her avenue to educate, inspire and get more women enjoying their ride. Leigh has always dealt with a fear issue during her racing days but after she revisited her basic skill work during an off-season, Leigh was able to overcome those fears and continues to work on those today. Come join Leigh at an event and see how you can learn those skills and get connected to a sport that will change the way you live, work and play!
Why Women’s Mountain Bike Clinics?
Since it’s inception in the late 80’s, mountain biking has always been a male dominated sport. Over the last 20 years, Leigh has asked, “how can we introduce more women to mountain biking?” Since asking this question, Leigh has seen the answer…invite them! Launching the ichoosebikes.com business is an invitation to women to come join the sport, experience the beauty of the outdoors, and to be given an opportunity to reconnect with your inner child. Leigh will work with riders from first timers to professional athletes, helping them find their strengths and giving them the tools to overcome their weaknesses. Leigh hears often that women just want the experience and camaraderie of doing something with their friends which is why Leigh has teamed up with Mammoth Mountain, CA to host her first ever 3-day women’s event (see Instruction for more details) on July 23-26, 2014. This event will center around finding your balance, laughter and overcoming fears. The event will be an experience you won’t want to miss…but if you do, come join another event that Leigh will be at and gain some skills and confidence to help you enjoy your ride that much more.
With more and more bike parks opening around the world, the timing is perfect to start this business. Leigh (along with other extraordinary coaches) will teach women riders how to do it safely and give them the tools they will need to be more confident when riding the trails.
The bike industry has seen explosive growth in women’s bicycle and accessory sales in the last decade, more recently this portion of the industry that was mostly ignored has now taken notice and we are seeing more and more women’s specific products, events, coaching, supplements, and women in the industry making better formed product decisions through some amazing brands that have seen the potential for this customer base.
Leigh is so excited to have teamed up with Liv/Giant Bicycles, SRAM, RockShox and Troy Lee Designs. Having their support to focus on introducing more women to this sport & industry, while showing these newcomers that mountain biking is not just a ”boys club” and rocking helmet hair can be cool.
For new comers, take a trip to your local retail bike shop (ask the questions from the “how to” section) and join the fun!
Leigh’s goals for 2014 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.
“When I was introduced to mountain biking back in 1991, I found it very challenging, but after each ride I felt stronger…not only physically, but mentally as well. As the years went on, I grew into a more confident woman, made amazing friendships and realized I could do most ANYTHING! A bicycle gave that to me…and I hope to share that with you!” – Leigh Donovan.