Have you ever encountered a large and enthusiastic group of women mountain biking on the trails in and around Colorado Springs? If so, chances are you have come across the Women’s Mountain Biking Association of Colorado Springs (WMBA of COS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit group committed to educating and encouraging women of all levels and skill in mountain biking.
WMBAcos was formed in 2008 by four women who recognized the need to connect women in the local cycling community. In addition to weekly group rides, WMBAcos also offers a variety of health, bike maintenance, and skills clinics for women to improve their mountain biking knowledge. WMBAcos membership has doubled during the first two years and we are excited to make 2013 our best season yet.
Our non-profit promotes mountain bike racing through our developmental racing teams. We currently support 12 women on the WMBAcos Racing Team and 19 women on our Club Team. All of these women will help the organization to lead weekly group rides and plan events, fundraisers, and clinics.
WMBAcos strives to create an atmosphere that is not intimidating for any level of rider. No one is too slow or too fast to join in on a ride. WMBAcos ride leaders generally break the group into three smaller units based upon ability. We have a no drop policy, which means that the groups stay together during the ride. These rides not only incorporate bike fitness, but also technical skills. It is common for the group to stop to practice technical terrain so riders can improve skills like “hopping up” or riding down a root or rock.
If you are thinking of about getting out on your mountain bike this summer – come join WMBAcos for a group ride. Check out our blog and previous newsletters for more details. Look to the right to sign-up for our free newsletter and if you are interested in becoming a member – check out our membership page.
Thanks and happy trails!
Anais, Brenda, Jeanne, Jen, Laurien, Sherri, Tara
WMBA Board of Directors