About the Dirt Divas
What was needed was a social riding group for those of the female gender. Specifically, a social mountain bike riding group. How many times had I heard, “I’ll slow him down,” or “he expects me to just fly over those rocks!” or “I know he says he doesn’t mind, but….”. Women ride differently than men do. It doesn’t mean that we don’t like to ride hard, we do. We can be totally “hardcore” — but we are women, which means that we like to chit chat, stop and smell the flowers, encourage one another over obstacles, laugh and make the whole experience fun!
So, a few years ago, while working for a relatively large shop in the Denver area, I convinced my managers that we needed a women specific mountain bike group. They were kind enough to let me give it a try. By the second year, we needed a community group site to share our experiences, pictures and emails. I decided to develop a google group site as our communication device. That site has grown by leaps and bounds. Enough so, that we now have this site so that people can find us! It was so difficult to yell out “check out the google group site and search for Dirt Divas!” Who would ever remember all that?! So now, all I have to shout is “thedirtdivas.com” !! Oh, yeah, baby!
I have been in the cycling industry for several years. I’m the tomboy girl who was riding bmx bikes and hittin the jumps and always trying to beat the boys. Hmmmmm, never did too often. Whatever! I totally had tons of fun — and I still do. I don’t race — no time for training, but if I did it would be downhill or super d for sure! My goal is to encourage girls, women, ladies or whatever you want to call yourself, to get out on a bike and discover the joy of riding, of challenging yourself to always improve and to realize that nothing is too difficult if you believe in yourself!
Oh, and did I mention — its totally cool to get OFF your bike and walk it ! : )
Our goal is to provide a non-threatening environment for ladies of all skill levels to not only learn the joy of mountain biking, but to continue to grow that love for the sport. As a growing community of riders, we offer encouragement, fun, socializing, local rides, destination rides, skill development and the opportunity to experience racing. Giving back to the biking community through trail advocacy and trail work is highly encouraged.
Dirt Divas FAQs
A. Your $75 membership fee gets you discounts from local and nationally known supporters of the Dirt Divas such as: Pivot Cycles, Optic Nerve, Honey Stinger, Ergon Bike USA, Feedback Sports, Guerrilla Gravity, Osmo Nutrition, Winking Girl Salsa, OutdoorDIVAS, Jinji Cycles and Golden Bike Shop. You also receive discounts from several local businesses who support women in mountain biking. The MEMBERSHIP UPGRADE gives you the opportunity to purchase a new bike at discount from our sponsors.
Q. WHY DO I HAVE TO BE A PAYING MEMBER TO RECEIVE THESE BENEFITS?
A. Those businesses that support the Dirt Divas are dedicated to serving the women in our community through discounts on product and services. There is value to what they give and they have requested that we provide a value for our membership. Thus, by paying for a membership, we can document who is a member of the Divas and qualified to receive the benefits provided to you, the member.
Q. WHY $75? WHY NOT A DIFFERENT AMOUNT?
A. In doing our research, we discovered that most clubs will charge you significantly more to be a member of their club for significantly less benefits. Our goal is to make mountain biking a positive experience for women by bringing them opportunities to be supported within the cycling community with specials and discounts. We wanted to provide value to women without charging exorbitant fees, but still be able to hopefully come close to breaking even on the inherent expenses we incur from running a club. The $35 Membership Upgrade is a ‘value added’ upgrade for expensive product.
Q. WHAT EXPENSES COULD YOU POSSIBLY HAVE?
A. Our expenses include but are not limited to:
- Website hosting-monthly fee
- Supplies for our events
- Emergency kits & resupplying them
- Tubes, bike parts, bike necessities, safety gear, extra water
- Restocking of energy gels or chews/bars
- Up front expenses for our Destination Rides
- Up front expenses for our special events and product orders
- Transportation costs & reimbursement as needed to ride leads
- Other expenses and time commitments as it relates to running any type of club or business
Q. TELL ME AGAIN WHAT I GET FOR BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE DIRT DIVAS?
A. Simply put, you get:
- Weekly road and mountain bike rides
- The Spring & Fall mountain biking trips typically to Moab, Fruita or Gooseberry Mesa
- Mid-Summer trip to destinations such as Crested Butte, Monarch Crest, Steamboat Springs if there is enough interest
- Bike shop and other member discounts
- Support from nationally known Pivot Cycles for bikes a cut above
- Support from local and nationally known Guerrilla Gravity for bikes that just ROCK
- Access to exceptional bike service from a USA Cycling Certified mechanic
- Social gatherings
- Trail building and advocacy opportunities
- Eligibility to join Team Dirt Divas — an all female race team.
- Discounted team wear.
- Not to mention all the fun and camaraderie we share!
Ride Etiquette Rules
IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures – ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming, a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one
- Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
Be Courteous & Communicate!
Jefferson County Open Space Rules of the Trail:
- You are required to yield to all other trail users. Downhill riders should yield to uphill traffic. Anticipate other trail users around corners and blind spots and be prepared to stop and pass safely.
- Pass with care and alert other users in advance with a vocal warning.
- Keep your bike under control and travel at a safe speed.
- Always wear a safety helmet.
- Don’t ride in the mud or on trails where ruts can be created. Try to use an alternate trail. Skidding and sliding around turns damages the trail.
- County law requires that dogs be on a leash. Responsible bicyclists will not ride with dogs, since this can be dangerous.
- Listen for and be aware of other trail users and yield with care to equestrians. Pass equestrians with care.
- Keep your dog on a leash and under control at all times.
- Avoid stepping off trails.
- Travel at a safe speed. Be especially careful when visibility is limited.
- Communicate with other trail users. Let others know if your horse is safe to pass.
- Don’t ride in the mud. If the trail is muddy, try to use an alternate trail. Deep hoof prints make it difficult for others to use the trail.