One of the reasons Women Mountain Biking is so popular is that it is a sport that both men and women can engage in. The mountain riding sport does not differentiate between how men and women are treated. Nor does it exclude participants on the basis of their age or ethnicity; in its early years, it was mostly the realm of men and boys, but today a record number of women and girl mountain bikers are joining in on the fun.
As a result of numerous high schools in the United States fielding teams of female mountain bikers, the sport of Women Mountain Biking has started to rise to the forefront of the discipline. Students that participate in high school mountain biking programs are able to learn the skills required to compete successfully in girls’ mountain biking events. As a result, many of these female students are on par with the male mountain bikers at their schools.
Elena Spittler, who won the title of the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League’s Ladies Mountain Riding Champion in 2005, was introduced to the world of girls mountain biking by the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League, which was established in 2001. She became the lone female member of the Berkeley High School Mountain Biking Team with the intention of demonstrating that it was possible for females to compete well in the sport. During her first year on the team, she had a hard time competing on equal footing with the guys, but by the time she was a senior, Elena was able to handily beat some of the younger male athletes on the squad.
It took two years for her to make a difference for female mountain bikers at her high school, but today there are seven girls on the team, and the overall number of female mountain bikers competing in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League has more than doubled.
The league has recently established a mountain biking camp for girls during the summer and has plans to hold a mountain biking mini-camp for girls during the beginning of the high school racing season. These camps are designed to assist the competing girls in improving their skills and boosting their self-assurance. The league has made a commitment to these girl-specific events, and it is also educating its team coaches in techniques of recruiting and engaging with individuals who are interested in mountain biking for females.
These mountain biking clinics and camps for females cover a wide range of subjects, including mountain riding dirt jumps. In order for the girls to acquire the requisite balance, dexterity, and bike control to compete in cross country, endurance, and short course racing events, they are obliged to ride their bikes over natural obstacles and down steep descents. Additionally, they get instruction in bicycle maintenance and repair.
The clinics have an emphasis on educating the public about the good advantages of female mountain riding, obtaining team sponsors, conserving mountain biking trails, and developing one’s own biking abilities. They push their female pupils to be independent and push them in the same ways that their male students are pushed. They urge their students to create their own sense of self-reliance.
Mountain biking for both girls and boys has “caught up” with what it was like in the past thanks to the work of organizations such as the NorCal High School Bike League.