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The Women of Dirt Project (WoD)

What is the Women of Dirt Project?

Women of Dirt is a welcoming and inclusive community to all that identify as female and an outlet for women of all MTB levels and abilities to share stories, adventures, experiences, good or bad, uplifting and heart breaking (because we all have those days) so that other ladies can relate with these experiences. From new riders to pro-racers, we all have our stories.

Whether it be about learning MTB, having a tough race or the best one of your life, a frustrating or positive experience with a shop, struggles or positive experiences with apparel, or just a cool social ride that made your day. Maybe even about an awesome clinic you attended or what about that bikepacking adventure? Topics are wide open because I want them to be from the heart. Women of Dirt is to help ladies relate and be inspired, not feel alone or discouraged by mountain biking.

If you're interested in submitting a story, use the contact info at the bottom of the page. All work is copyright by you, including photos and if you have a blog or business you'd like your article to link to, please include this info. If you have a YouTube or Vimeo video to go with your article, please include the link. My only request is that the article is not a cut and paste from a blog or somewhere already submitted to another website. I prefer to offer unique content as it helps to captivate readers more.

By sharing stories and experiences we can help each other to conquer and accomplish our own goals and celebrate who we are, Women of Dirt.

  • Kristin Eagle

Note: If you have clinics or events targeted to ladies in your area that you'd like me to post on mtbtime, please let me know. Happy to help spread the word.

Women of Dirt Facebook Group

Feel free to request to follow the Women of Dirt Facebook Group to participate, discuss and be involved with the WoD community.

Awkward Moments - Turning Right

by Kristin Eagle

Turning Right: When I'm mountain biking, I ride left foot forward. When I approach a right turn, I will inevitably move my right foot forward and then down... Awkward Moments - Turning Right

Let Go of the Apologies

by Kristin Eagle

Mountain biking is one of the hardest things I've tackled in my life. It's challenging at so many levels and it's also extraordinarily rewarding.... Let Go of the Apologies

Tuck and Roll

by Jess Miles

Imagine just hitting your stride with a new ladies riding group and starting to get excited about races and rides. Imagine a rough weekend of life things, and driving the bike into the garage after an otherwise spectacular ride with a small number of said biking ladies group... Tuck and Roll

Look Before Leaping

by Jess Miles

Crashing. Bleeding. Breaking. It's a harsh reality: my body knows what's happening and is reacting accordingly, and the problems start when my mind steps in... Look Before Leaping

A Seven-day Adventure on Bikes

by Kirsten Arbruster

Three-and-a-half years of planning, training, failing and learning from our mistakes have come to this moment. My vision is reduced to the gravel road directly ahead, sweat is dripping in my eyes... A Seven-day Adventure on Bikes by Kirsten Armbruster

Jari Kirkland as a Role Model

by Elizabeth Sugar Boese

Most of my friends know me as a 24-hour mountain bike solo racer. But I never intended to become that! It all started when I signed up to be the "Webcaster" for the 24 Hours of Moab race back in 2008. That was back when Granny Gear put on quite a production at their races, including live bands and reporters going out scooping the dirt to be posted on the website throughout the race. Jari Kirkland

Learning the Ups in Mountain Biking

by Elizabeth Sugar Boese

Let's face it - mountain biking is hard! One of the biggest challenges I find is going up over obstacles. I have a hard enough time going up as it is, especially a sustained long climb. Throw in some rocks and roots to go over as well and I usually tucker out. Learning the Ups

Bikepacking to Backcountry Huts in Colorado

by Kirsten Arbruster

Colorado is a beautiful state in which to play outdoors. There are so many activities depending upon the time of year. My husband, Dave, and I moved out here to ski in the winter and mountain bike in the summer... Bikepacking to Backcountry Huts in Colorado