Flow Mountain Bike Adventures are active within the mountain bike community. Mountain biking has given us soo much over the years, and we enjoy the opportunity to give back where we can. Flow’s founder has been mountain biking in Western Canada since 2006, involved in mountain bike racing since 2009, and has been involved in mountain bike coaching since 2012. They are now a member of the Steedz Enduro Team, helping out with Women’s Intro to Enduro sessions in 2021, some of which sold out in less than 24 hrs. She also acted as the Incident Commander at the 2021 Steedz Enduro given her experience as a former volunteer ski patroller at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort with Advanced Wilderness First Aid. 2022 was a challenging year as she was dealing with some tricky injuries so wasn’t able to volunteer her time to the local mountain bike community. There are lofty goals to help out in 2023 to make up for this, so check Flow’s Social Media and this page for updates on these initiatives.
Support for Local Mountain Bike Trail Associations
We are proud financial supporters of the local trail associations where we operate, and will be donating $1500.00 to these amazing groups in 2023. It’s important to purchase at least one trail membership per season in order to support all the great work these organizations are doing. Because without trails we might as well sell our bikes as we’d have nowhere to ride! Flow’s founder was the Trail Maintenance coordinator for a large local mountain bike club in 2020, convincing the Executive at the time to include a $10 Trail Association fee as part of the membership, therefore raising $5000 on a yearly basis which is donated to Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society (MMBTS), Bragg Creek Trails, Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) and the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA). As of 2023, this equates to $20,000 that has gone towards our local trails! You can purchase a trail association membership via the links below:
Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society (MMBTS): https://www.mmbts.com/
Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA): https://camba.ca/
Bragg Creek Trails: https://braggcreektrails.org/
Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance: https://www.cmbalink.com/
It’s also important to make it out to a couple of trail maintenance events every year in order to give back to the trails. MMBTS, CAMBA, Bragg Creek Trails and CMBA have a number of trail days scheduled throughout the season. Participating in a trail maintenance event is also proven to help you get 95% less flats 🙂 All of the local trail associations organize community races and events, which is a great way to further build community and meet other local riders. Most recently, Flow’s founder participated in a community planning workshop with the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association (SORCA) during the fall of 2022. It was great to get a sense of what this progressive trail organization has planned for the future!
Trail Building Talk Thursdays YouTube Channel: Flow Mountain Bike Adventures have also started a YouTube channel to help further spread awareness about the local trail associations where we operate, and give the public an update on all the new trails and initiatives they are currently working on. You can access the channel from the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpyYI1DPbT6fIdZbMQTrtwA/videos
2022 Trailbuilding Talk Thursday Interview with Alf Skrastins from Bragg Creek Trails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wooVDLRick&t=72s
2022 Trailbuilding Talk Thursday Interview with Justin Deoliveira from Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OIybXu5k7c
Badass Mountain Bike Babes YouTube Channel: Flow Mountain Bike Adventures are also strong advocates for showcasing all the amazing things women are doing in Mountain Biking. In general, women in sports do not receive the same level of coverage as men so we are trying to do our part to change this. That being said, we’ve created a YouTube channel called Badass Mountain Bike Babes where we upload our Badass Women Wednesday interview series. You can access this channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHCo_KqZpWq8PmMGkiXZpyA/videos
Please let us know if there is a Badass Mountain Bike Babe we should interview for our series, or if you are a member of a trail association that we haven’t interviewed yet.
Women’s Intro to Enduro Racing with Steedz Enduro
Flow’s founder has been a member of the awesome Steedz Enduro team based in Canmore, Alberta since 2020. In 2021, she helped coach two Women’s Only Intro to Enduro Racing clinics that sold out in less than 24 hours. Steedz has been a leader in encouraging more women to get on the start line, with many more women participating in the 2022 Steedz Enduro. Flow’s founder has been mountain bike racing since 2009, and there have been many fewer women at races but things are changing. We’re excited to have the opportunity to support women to get involved in racing and riding! Flow’s founder also acted as the Incident Commander at the 2021 Steedz Enduro, given her background as a volunteer ski patroller at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, and qualifications and experience with Wilderness First Aid.
The Flow Foundation
This was launched during the summer of 2022, with the first recipients slated to receive their grants for the 2023 season. The Flow Foundation was created in order to help support local mountain bike racers cover the costs of racing as race fees, training for races (gym memberships, coaching, physio, massage, buying healthy food, etc.) and travelling to races can all add up. A $250 sponsorship is available to help female mountain bike racers in Western Canada cover their costs for the 2023 season. Flow’s founder has been mountain bike racing since 2009, and is passionate about supporting more women to get on the start line! Please submit applications to email@example.com. Deadline for applications is May 1st 2023.
Liv Bicycles Canada and Ridley’s Cycle Ambassador
Flow’s founder has been a Liv and Ridley’s Ambassador since 2018, encouraging more women to get into mountain biking. Ambassadors organize a number of community focused events each year in order to further build community. Watch our social media for information on upcoming events for 2023. Past events have included Yoga for Mountain Bikers, an Everything About Tires Workshop, and Mountain Bike Skills Clinics.