I've called Queenstown home for most of my 20’s, arriving here in June 2007 where I instantly threw myself into the alpine winter world. Not having a committed professional job meant that I spent most of my days up the mountain skiing. It was amazing... I’d play all day, honing my skills until I stopped falling over. It’s here that I found a love for speed, freedom and the mountain air. I was hooked!
5 years flew by, playing in the summer and skiing all winter. But soon enough, my travel bug kicked in, and Canada was calling. I arrived in Whistler, British Columbia in June 2011 for a year I’d never forget.
I was 2 weeks into my new adventure when my curiosity and hunger for a new challenge emptied my bank account - and I purchased my first bike... a brand new Giant Reign! This is when the fun really started.
What a place to learn to ride! There was barely a day I didn’t come into work with a new bruise, scab or scar on my poor ‘not-so-girlie’ limbs... but I wasn’t going to give up. I was lucky enough to find 2 girls that were just as mad and determined as I was. It was great having friends at the same level of the sport, pushing each other, sharing tears and laughter as we learnt to SEND IT!
The technical and demanding trails of Whistler were not going to beat us, and by the end of the summer I found myself riding trails that I didn’t even know were possible.
In 2012 I returned to the UK where I found that my new found skills could take me all over the country - riding incredible trails in stunning places, meeting new friends, and even trying my hand at racing. I wasn’t driven by results and I usually found myself in the middle of the pack, but it was the adventure and banter with some of my best friends that I loved more than anything.
A trip to Slovenia in 2013 fuelled my love for riding steeper technical terrain, and planted the seed to go back to Whistler and tackle trails that would take my riding to the next level. Unfortunately, it was still winter in the UK and Canada and my riding was finally going places, so I came back to Queenstown for the summer.
By June 2014 I was back in Whistler, this time with more skills and bigger balls. The riding blew me away again! My mission for the summer... ‘To ride as many of the XC trails as I possibly could’. I didn’t need a bike park pass - having free access to thousands of amazing trails in the valley meant that I only ventured into the infamous bike park terrain a handful of times. My summer was full of new and gnarly trails that tested my skills in every way. Day to day playing in the Sea to Sky Corridor was backed up with adventures to the Sunshine Coast, discovering the wilderness of the South Chilcotins, and an unforgettable road trip to Moab, Utah.
Pushing my limits, I came 7th out of 130 local female shredders in the Women’s only enduro race - the ‘Wonder Women’. It was amazing to be part of an event that was jam packed with such inspiring women.
It was here in Whistler that I decided it was time to play my part in the development of women’s mountain biking. In August 2014 I completed the PMBI level one MTB Instructor Course. This not only improved my own riding, but fuelled the spark to teach other women to get out there, and get gnarly. Mountain biking has taken me all over the world, and I can’t wait to share this passion with other every- day women just like me.