I’ve been riding on two wheels as long as I can remember. Starting with dirt bikes as a kid. My first time riding downhill was actually my first time truly mountain biking. Let me tell you, it was not enjoyable, there was fear and there were tears. Somehow after finishing that disastrous day I knew that this was a sport I could love if I was in the right environment, with the right people. I signed up for a women's camp and turns out I was right. By the end of the 3 days it was pure undeniable love. Now, a well-constructed flow trail with big berms is like moving meditation and gives me a sense of power and freedom. I had a hard time finding gear that supported that feeling and got sick of seeing bad ass women in men's pants. As a teenager I joked with my dad about starting a women's motocross brand where nothing was pink, when it kept coming up in my 30's I decided it was time.
I am a designer by trade, local rider and advocate, working to build a community in my slice of the cycling world. When I'm not working with our local trail organization, KYMBABluegrass, or other outdoor advocacy groups, I spend as much time as possible riding or playing in the woods with my husband and our trail dog, Stevie. On any given weekend, you can find me either on trail or at one of the many off-road cycling and outdoor recreation events that are popping up in the Southeast and along the East Coast.
Kelly’s first mountain bike was a 26” Jamis with caliper brakes that valiantly bushwhacked through the trails of SW Missouri and Arkansas. A midwest native, Kelly landed in the PNW and discovered the joy of riding (mostly down) bikes. After getting fed up with trying to “keep up with the boys,” she decided to take a women’s mountain bike clinic and hasn’t looked back since. She is a firm believer in trying everything once (even if it hurts) and has the scars to prove it. Kelly is a yoga teacher and loves the “flow state,” that comes with a good trail and the right gear. She loves Revel Rider's women's specific mountain bike apparel because it’s NOT pink and gives her the right balance of protection, comfort and style. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
Kim is the community outreach manager for MTB Experience, which is dedicated to bringing community and skills progression to women in mountain biking. She is an administrator for the company’s online communities, a co-organizer of their all-women race team, and a BICP Level 1 Bike Instructor. She loves to explore new trails, and is constantly inspired by what women do on bikes!