The best festivals and events for women in mountain biking

Do you identify as a female rider, trans or non-binary? Are you looking to get started in the world of cycling or mountain biking? We’ve rounded up our favorite events, organizations, races, and resources to make the sport of cycling fairer for women — and for everyone.

Historically, mountain biking and cycling have been male-dominated sports. But many brands, industry leaders and organizations are changing that, one event at a time.

For 2022, we’ve rounded up some of the best clinics, events, and festivals that actively promote women, girls, trans, and non-binary cyclists in mountain biking.

We’ve listed events by season, date and location so you can find the ones that suit you! Don’t forget to also check out our resource list below.

Women in mountain biking: programs and events

  • April-October 2022: Dirt Series ATV Camps are aimed at women and youth in 14 US states and 11 cities in Canada
  • April-October 2022: AllRide Ladies MTB Camps are aimed at women and youth at six sites in the United States
  • June-Summer 2022: GRiT clinics at Mt. Bachelor Bike Park (group options and private clinics available)

FTW MTB Festivals!

Room Fest

Roam Fest was the first-ever mountain bike festival for women, marginalized cyclists and genderqueer women. The festival aims to build community while riding in world-class cycling destinations.

  • May 13-15, 2022: Knoxville, Tenn.
  • September 23-25, 2022: Fruita, Colo.
  • November 4-6, 2022: Sedona, Arizona.

IMBA Women’s Mountain Bike Day

International Women’s Mountain Bike Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May. Celebrate Women’s Mountain Bike Day wherever you live, wherever you ride.

  • May 7, 2022: Group hikes, skills clinics, trail building, and more (remote, multiple locations)

You Abundance Peak

Created by professional road cyclist Ayesha McGowan, the first African-American woman to become a professional road racer, Thee Abundance Summit is a virtual celebration of “black and brown joy in cycling and the outdoors.”

This is the second annual summit, which will include presentations, a keynote speaker and workshops (plus virtual races!). The event (supported by Zwift, Liv and SRAM) notes that everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

  • April 1-2, 2022: Online and free (captioned and accessibility features available)

GRiT MTB Festival

GRiT MTB Festival is a 3-day event in Fayetteville, Ark., for trans, female, non-binary, and female mountain bikers. Dates and details are currently TBD due to COVID-19.

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Resources for female, trans and female cyclists

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