A mountain biking group set on helping women build confidence and independence through biking is coming to Kamloops.
Riding Into Life, an organization in its second season, is offering local women the opportunity to build their biking skills, expand their comfort zones, and connect with other women in a safe and positive environment.
Founder Andrea Locke said she saw a gap in the mountain biking community when it came to the lack of biking camps and events for women and jumped at the opportunity to fill the niche.
“It started when I worked at Nighthawk bike park in Grand Prairie and started running bike camps for them and noticed it was only boys that were registering. I knew that there must be a way to involve women,” Locke said.
The early season was uncertain due to COVID-19 but once it got started, Locke found her instructors, who are certified by the Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association, could not keep up with all of the demand.
There are several clinics offered from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 at the Kamloops Bike Ranch and Dufferin Elementary School trails ranging from introductory clinics to experiences aimed at novice riders who want to gain confidence in corners, bumps, and jumps.
Clinics are filling up fast with five of the Kamloops clinics already sold out.
The group also offers their clinics, retreats, camps, private lessons, and corporate team building in Grand Prairie, Alta., in B.C. on Vancouver Island and in the Okanagan, and even hosted a retreat in Costa Rica.
Once more certified instructors are added to the team, Locke said she hopes to expand offerings into rural B.C. such as Clearwater and the Chilcotin area.
She has grand plans for women’s mountain biking.
“I want to introduce more females in the mountain biking community and help them see that mountain biking doesn’t have to be an extreme sport and is a great way to get into nature and be confident doing that, by having the (biking) skills to not get injured,” she said.“The vision for Riding Into Life is to start a nonprofit this winter to run camps in other countries for local kids who can’t afford it so that I can offer more accessibility to the sport because I think everybody should be riding bikes.”
To find out more about Riding Into Life, to sign up for their programs, or to contact the organization, visit the website at www.ridingintolife.com.