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Formation, the women’s freeride mountain bike camp, was about more than riding sketchy lines and hitting big drops. It was about creating a community, so that women's freeriding doesn't feel like such an anomaly anymore. Lasting change can't come from a single person, so one of Formation's goals was to create a supportive network that would outlive the event and continue to push the industry forward.
As a result, leaders from the action sports community—Michelle Parker, Rebecca Rusch, Tarah Gieger, and Jill Kintner—came out to dig, share wisdom, and be there in any capacity that they could for the riders. For someone like Kintner, an Olympian and five-time Queen of Crankworx, she saw the event as an opportunity to progress the sport in a positive way. She recently opened up about her week at Formation on the Salted Spirit podcast. Listen to hear more about the event, as well as more insight into Kintner's incredible career in mountain biking.
A view of Hoff's Bikesmith, Jackson Hole, WY. The mechanics here welcomed me easily and it was especially at Hoff's I found myself missing working in a bike shop. Izzy Lidsky photo. In November of 2020, I took my old commuter bike from college for a ride on the park road in Grand Teton National Park. All the singletrack trails here in Jackson were too snowy and muddy to ride already so for one last two-wheeled hurrah, I decided this was the best option before setting my bikes aside for
Mountain biking with your partner usually results in one of two things. Option A: you have a great time and are stoked that you can go on these kinds of adventures with them. Option B: the bike ride becomes an impromptu counseling session and someone has a mental breakdown. For your relationship's sake, we hope it isn't the latter. Comedian Katie Burrell reminds us of what option B looks like and man did she get it spot on.
There’s a cardinal rule in mountain biking: no dig, no ride. But honestly, it doesn’t fully explain why we dig in the first place. The whole point of creating fun bike trails is to share them. Whether it’s with the community, our friends, or other riders, fine trail craftsmanship is best appreciated in the company of others.