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She Digs: A Women's Trail Building Retreat

She Digs, a women's trail building retreat recently brought together 50+ women for a weekend of connection, riding and inclusion in Nederland, Colo. Led by Kristen Smith, Co-Founder of The Elevated Alpine, and Brooke Goudy, Co-Leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver, the women spent the weekend building trails under the blazing sun, riding single track on a diverse range of bikes for all abilities, and making long lasting connections under the stars.

The goal of the retreat was to increase women's representation in mountain biking and show the hard work that goes into maintaining trails, as well as recognize the group's accomplishments in advancing women in mountain biking.

Kristen and Brooke believe representation matters and aimed to create an inclusive space for female identifying mountain bike riders - no matter their body type, ability, race, or gender. And this retreat was no exception. In addition, this event honored and acknowledged that it took place on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapahoe, Ute, and Sioux Nations. To acknowledge also the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory and pay respect to the Tribal Nations still connected to this land, She Digs gave a percentage of sponsorship funds back to the Indigenous community.

Women interested in getting involved in trail maintenance and digging in the Front Range should visit Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance.

Credit: Kristen Smith @kscrilla, Event Credit - Kristen Smith @kscrilla & Brooke Goudy @brookegoudy
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