Bringing the Mountain Bike Experience to Women, Moab Style

Even the shuttle driver was impressed

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The girls of MTB Experience ready to sample the Moab Brands Trails.

It’s not often you see a gang of women mountain bikers crawl out of two old-school Volkswagen shuttle buses begin suiting up to tackle the world-renowned Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah. The shuttle drivers were just as surprised and insisted they get a photo to document the rare occurrence. Times are a-changin’ and more women than ever are hittin’ the trails on mountain bikes and they’re bringing a lot of friends with them!

Coach Jeni Boltshauser

Coach and founder of MTB Experience, Jeni Boltshauser leading the girls down Porcupine Rim Trail.

In early May, Moab, Utah played host to the first MTB Experience coached Women’s Camp & Ride. This event brought women from all over the U.S. to ride the famous desert trails under the guidance and skilled coaching of 4 IMBA/BICP certified instructors and one Bell Joy Ride Ambassador. Some of the attendees never dreamed of being able to ride the notorious black diamond trails of Moab while others spent half their waking hours dreaming of doing just that. Seventeen women with a wide range of riding skill came together to camp, ride and share their stories of what mountain biking meant to them. They came to test their skills and courage and to go beyond their comfort zone. They did that and came away with new friends an experience of a lifetime. There were mechanical failures and there were crashes. There were even exotic smelling soaps/ lotions, string lights, flowers and gourmet meals. Heck, there were even HOT SHOWERS! But best of all, there was camaraderie, smiles, laughter, and stoke!

Click HERE for the full story. Is your wife or friend looking for other women to ride the trails with? Check out the Women’s MTB Experience Facebook page. Sorry guys, it’s a closed gender group. But gals, please check in ;)

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”


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