When it comes to mountain biking, many may think of it as a men’s sport, but there are many great women who participate in the sport. It hasn’t been until recently that women have gotten the respect and shine that they deserve when it comes to the mountain biking community. There are so many strong female riders to look up to and learn from. If you’re looking for some of the coolest, most inspiring female mountain bikers who juggle businesses, their families, and riding, here they are.
Catharine Pendrel is a two-time Canadian World Champion and three-time Olympian. She also has one the World Cup three times. Catharine grew up on a farm and became interested in mountain biking when she was a teenager. Since she has an older brother, she was always trying to keep up with the boys and found that there was no better way to do so than through mountain biking. Growing up on a farm, she was born to be a rider since she was always riding horses. With a background in cross country skiing, Catharine has always been into fitness. When she’s not riding, Catharine enjoys spending time in nature.
Canadian mountain biker, Emily Batty, was born into a mountain biking family. She rode bikes with her brothers since the age of 10, and that quickly turned into her passion. Emily participated in her first World Championships in 2005 and has been a regular in the World Cup ever since then. In 2013, she won her first Elite National Championship title and then in 2016, she won the bronze medal at the Mountain Bike World Championships. Emily enjoys being outdoors and traveling when she’s not riding.
German cycler, Sabine Spitz, is one of the top women in mountain biking. The three-time Olympic medal winner is one of the most respected mountain bikers of all time. Sabine started riding at an early age and has always had a passion for biking. She won the World Championship in 2003, won bronze in the Women’s cross country at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and then went on to win silver in 2012. Sabine enjoys sports, the ocean, and anything that takes place outdoors.
Not only is Georgia Gould an Olympic medalist, but she’s also a mother. Georgia didn’t start riding young like many of the other inspiring women in this article. Instead, she didn’t take her first ride on a mountain bike until 19 years old. Today, she has several medals under her belt. Georgia won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and has three U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross titles to call hers. Georgia became a mother to a baby girl, Quinn, in 2017 and is having a blast balancing riding and motherhood. When she’s not riding, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family time, and training to get ready for her next race.