Meet the Executives
2020 Spin Sisters Executives
Our club is run ENTIRELY by volunteers who love mountain biking and want to share their passion with other riders.
If you are interested in helping foster a women's mountain biking culture, please let us know!
I love seeing women thrive in the sport of mountain biking. My intention is to do my part to encourage women in this sport to live healthy and active lifestyles on and off the bike.
I am fortunate, by chance and whimsy, to have landed myself a seat smack-dab in the middle of one of the largest “Women’s Only” Mountain Bike Clubs. Now, as Vice President, I have the honour to witness the growth of a community, the empowerment of women, the empowerment of themselves, who in turn, empower one another. I watch these women show vast amounts of vulnerability, camaraderie, and courage every year, every month, and on every ride by taking the time to snap a photo to celebrate themselves, or to turn and cheer on another rider as she conquers another climb, another drop or overcomes a recently revealed fear. A league of extraordinary women, that rise up, each supporting another through radical good times on bikes (which are really unicorns in disguise!)
My story is common - maybe it's yours too? Heading out to West Bragg with my husband, desperately trying to keep up, getting super frustrated in the process. After a few 'cry rides' (you know what I'm talking about), I found Spin Sisters. No drop rides, supportive and knowledgeable coaches in skills clinics, camaraderie every Monday night Scooter ride - I'm hooked! I love to see women challenge themselves, and gain confidence in the process - one rock, root and obstacle at a time! Join us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news and views!
What could better than meeting up with like-minded ladies to challenge yourself, improve your fitness, and breathe in that amazing mountain air? As Past- President, and now Membership Coordinator, I have the privilege of working with an incredibly talented group of women who volunteer countless hours to ensure that every member has an amazing riding season each year. Why do we do it??? Because we LOVE mountain biking and are committed to spreading the word and encouraging women of all levels to come and see what all the fuss is about. I hope you enjoy all the special events, clinics and opportunities to learn about your bike and how to conquer those trails! I am always open to suggestions for how we can improve so drop me a line anytime. See you on the trails….
One of my favourite things about the club is that there are rides for all technical ability levels, and all fitness levels. The role of the rides committee is to build out the rides calendar each year – it is like solving a giant super fun puzzle. From short, urban early season rides to mountain road trips on weekends, the rides calendar has hundreds of rides per year and there is a flavour for everyone. Learn new trails, meet new friends, and challenge your fitness!
After a wee hiatus, I was re-introduced to mountain biking - and Spin Sisters - a few years ago, and am loving my adventures on 2 wheels! I was nervous (it had been too long!) and signed up for a couple of clinics to re-acquaint myself with my bike and bolster my confidence. I'm so glad I did! They changed my riding experience for the better that year. I'm excited to be working with our sponsor bike shops and our own Spin Sisters coaches to offer you skills and maintenance clinics that will develop your on and off-bike skills and provide you with a safe and fun learning experience.
Susan is in charge of our Spin Sisters race team, and looks after them throughout the racing season.
Gear & Clothing
I found Spin Sisters completely by accident, but it has changed my life! Biking is now an integral part of it - I find my happy on the trails, shredding the gnar...can you do that on a bike?...I've made some lifelong friends and I am loving the challenges I face every single time I get on my bike - being the best rider and Spin Sister I can possibly be!
I am responsible for procuring sweet Spin Sisters branded threads for club members to shred the trails in! In other words, I facilitate our relationship with our supplier to make sure we get the best looking jerseys and shorts out there!
Somehow my parents knew that bikes were going to be a big part of my life. At the age of 4, I got my first bike and they captured the excitement I felt. More than 50 years later I get as excited as I did then every time I get on a bike. I am thrilled to share my lifelong enthusiasm for biking with an amazing community of Calgary woman riders from newbies to seasoned veterans. Look for me on the trails, I’m the one with the big grin on my face, just like yours!
Spin Sisters made a huge impact on my life. Moving to a big city like Calgary, it was hard making new friends and I was terrified riding alone in the mountains. We don’t have animals that will kill you back home! Through Spin Sisters I met women, supportive in mountain biking and everyday life, who have become friends. I first volunteered with the Rides Committee which was a great way to learn about the local trails. Now, as Volunteer/Community Coordinator, my tasks are to organize club volunteers and help build camaraderie within both the Spin Sisters club and the mountain bike community. What form this takes is still in development so if you have an idea, I’d love to hear it!
Remember - Spin Sisters is 100% volunteer driven. Without volunteers the club wouldn’t be what it is today. Contact me for more information about how you can support our club!
Volunteer Coordinator - Trails
Like many of you, I’m fully addicted to mountain biking! I’ve been a member of Spin Sisters for 11 years (man how time flies!) and I was one of the original members of the Spin Sisters Race team. I’m a PMBIA certified mountain bike instructor who enjoys coaching the Spin Sisters Learn to Race program, as well as the Beginner and Intermediate skills clinics. I also work with Ridley’s Cycle (one of our most excellent sponsors) as a Liv Ambassador, and I am the founder of Flow Mountain Bike Adventures offering co-ed mountain bike coaching and guided trips throughout Western Canada.
I’m super stoked to act as the Spin Sisters Trail Maintenance Coordinator for the 2020 season as volunteering for trail maintenance days is an amazing way to give back to the trail associations who’ve built all the trails we love to ride, and a great way to meet some amazing folks within the wider mountain bike community. I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to help more Spin Sisters participate in these events and assist the trail associations in their efforts. Get in touch if you have any questions regarding the trail maintenance days, and hope to see you out at one or two Trail Maintenance events this season!
Like many of you, I didn't mountain bike growing up, but when I first started, I thought mountain biking was biking along the paths. Then I was introduced to "REAL" mountain biking. It was definitely not what I expected. It was hard and terrifying. Someone signed me up with Spin Sisters from the beginning and have done a few clinics since then. I can honestly say that my life wouldn't be the same without mountain biking in my life. I am now a decent rider and will challenge myself with most terrains. I have met so many people through Spin Sisters, many of them now are really good friends.
I have the responsibility for the safe-keeping of the Club's funds. I am responsible for recording all income and expenditure and for reporting on the financial position of the Club to the Club Executive Committee on an on-going basis.
Admin & Website
I started mountain biking in 2013, in a fairly typical riding with the husband fashion. After some "But I want some bike people of my OWN to ride with!" moments, I joined the Spin Sisters in 2017. From skills and maintenance clinics, to a variety of "no drop" rides, it's an amazing club, full of welcoming people.
Woohoo! I finally got "my own" bike people!
When I'm not out riding my bike, I'm responsible for behind-the-scene IT and website related tasks.
Contact me if you would like to join the Admin & Website committee.
Key Committee Members
Learn to Race
I signed up for the race team because my spin sisters inspired me to push myself beyond my comfort zone. But participating in my first race meant way more than just riding fast. Join Learn to Race to find out what racing will mean for you (....on and off your mountain bike)!