We put women first in everything we do, every frame we build, every component we spec and every piece of gear we design. Liv is the cycling brand dedicated to women.  

A Ride Sharing Initiative

The MTB Exchange was born out of a desire to attract more women riders to our local trails, while bridging the gap between women's social ride groups found at different hubs across Ontario.

We are a ride sharing initiative that puts an emphasis on connecting women mountain bikers. At each trail hub, guest riders meet the host women's ride club who’ll take them right to, “The good stuff !” After the ride, the women exchange in an apres social, getting acquainted with their fellow shredders who rode alongside them that day. Experience brag-worthy ride guiding combined with a lasting kinship between friends. It's simple: you host us, then we’ll host you!

women mountain biking

Photos by Heather Goldsworthy 

Who will ride?

Each 2023 host trail and their associated women's clubs will encourage their social ride group to attend a date/dates on the 2023 event calendar. Rider’s will be required to sign up for each ride date to give each host a heads up on the number of riders that will be attending.

Check out The MTB Exchange website for more details: themtbexchange.com

These are social rides, however waivers/insurance requirements will need to be signed/determined for each trail. Riders should already be comfortable on their mountain bikes and looking for a solid crew of girls to ride with. If you don’t mind suffering on the climbs, want to get faster on the descents, and need a little inspiration to ride features that scare you, The MTB Exchange is for you!

We are intermediate to advanced riders who are already comfortable riding blue/black trails (you don’t have to clean it but can ride most features), and should be comfortable riding distances of 10-20 km on trails without feeling crushed.

These ride dates are about more than just great riding. The experience puts a much bigger focus on creating friendships between women and taking a minute to appreciate how lucky we are to be enjoying such rad mountain biking in Ontario.

woman riding a bicycle

Photos by Heather Goldsworthy 

A ride for everyone

“Sounds fun but a bit scary"? Don’t sweat it! The MTB Exchange is for everyone. If you want to work on your skills and meet riders who are also future lady shredders. AWESOME! We totally support that decision. Mountain biking is our favorite thing in the world and we're confident that you’ll love it too. You’ll get to explore amazing and beautiful places, have a blast on the trails with friends, gain confidence on and off your bike (seriously, mountain biking helps with real-life stuff too!), you’ll get fit and strong, and so much more.The MTB Exchange offers guided rides that cater to the beginner rider whose goal is to work up to being a full fledged “Weekend Warrior”.

Choose your position in the pack:

  • Lead Group = Competitive Riders
  • Wolf Pack = Advanced Riders
  • Sweepers = Weekend Warriors
  • Novice = Beginner - but not new to biking altogether

Après ride

Let's hang and refuel

“Still buzzing from a great ride?” Life is meant for sharing great adventures with good people. So, be ready to relax and exchange some laughs after the ride and get to know the women who rode alongside you that day. After cycling, riders will meet at the host’s restaurant/brewery/campground/bike shop/trail-head meeting place of choice where riders will enjoy some relaxation and local hospitality.

“Every new friend is a new adventure and the beginning of even more memories.” - The MTB Exchange

2023 Ride Calendar

  • February March 31 - Early Bird Registration (WIN)

  • March 31 - Jersey Pre-Sale orders due

  • April 30 - Season Opener (Copeland)

  • May 1 - Project R.A.D Deposit due

  • May 7 - International Women MTB Day (Turkey Point)

  • May 27 - Hydro Cut

  • June 3 - Albion Hills

  • June 10 - Collingwood 3-Stage

  • July 21-24 - Bikes, Beers & Campfires Weekend (Hiawatha)

  • July 6 - August 31 - Women DH Nights (Thursdays)

  • August 12-13 - More Dirt Enduro Flirt

  • August 26 - HAFTA

  • September 3 - GORBA is Fit4Adventure

  • September 8-10 - True North Challenge

  • October 16-22 - Project R.A.D (St George Utah)

  • October 29 - Halloween Ride (Uxbridge)

  • December 3 - Season Closer (National FatBike Day)

après ride

Photos by Heather Goldsworthy 

2023 Participating trails & ride clubs

Q&A

  • Riders must be 18 years of age or older
  • The rider must have their own bike and already have a good understanding on how to ride and operate it.
  • The rider must be a member of a women’s mountain bike ride club, association or trail social ride group.
  • OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) rider membership and/or membership to the local club who’s trail you are riding the day of the event, is required.
  • You don’t need OCA rider membership if you are riding your home trail or if you only want to participate in one ride. Simply purchase that host trail’s annual club membership, help support their trail building efforts and ride under their insurance.

The MTB Exchange is registered as a private non-profit Mountain Bike Club with the OCA (Ontario Cycling Association). It's goal is:

  1. To build a community
  2. To support local associations and bike clubs (trail builders)
  3. To promote Ontario Cycling Canada advocacy work

OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) "Associated Club Membership" cost = $51+ HST

  • Purchase here: https://ontariocycling.org/membership/ 
  • ACM "Associated Club Membership choose: The MTB Exchange
  • Take advantage of "Early Bird" registration and your name is automatically submitted to WIN a FREE Minii Adventures Coaching
  • Pre-registration between February 14th & March 31st. You can choose one of two early bird options:

* SAVE $17 on your MTB Exchange Jersey pre-order by purchasing your OCA Membership before March 31st

  • Option #1: $99 + HST = (MTB Exchange Liv Energize jersey pre-order + 2023 OCA ACM membership = $17 Savings) * if you choose this option please e-transfer $48 + HST to (themtbexchange@gmail.com) and complete this form
  • Option #2: $65 + HST = Jersey pre-order (MTB Exchange Liv Energize Jersey) *if you choose this option please e-transfer $65 + HST to (themtbexchange@gmail.com) and complete this form

OCA (Ontario Cycling Association) "Associated Club Membership" cost = $51+ HST

  • Purchase here.
  • ACM "Associated Club Membership choose: The MTB Exchange

The OCA annual membership is required to attend The MTB Exchange events.

Keeping you dialed in is our first priority. Rider emails will be sent out fourteen (14) days prior to the ride.

These will include:

  • Links to drop points & maps
  • Host info & directions
  • Ride breakdown
  • Après info
  • Overnight accommodation ideas: Airbnb, camping, hotel, etc.

“I only want to ride one ride!”, that's perfectly fine. You don’t need an OCA rider membership if you are riding your home trail or you only want to participate in one ride. Simply purchase that host trail’s annual club membership, help support their trail-building efforts and ride under their insurance.

Each event ride registration will have a link to the HOST trails association memberships page.

Ex: https://scmbc.ca/scmbc-memberships

No! You are already insured under your home trail association if you have paid your annual membership fee. Simply provide us with this information in lieu of the OCA membership number required. The MTB Exchange will work with your local club to ensure your credentials are verified.

Hang up your chamois and stay awhile! The MTB Exchange will provide a list of campgrounds, Airbnb, hotels, and local accommodation that will be available to riders near the event. Often women like to make a weekend of it and ride two days. We are happy to connect you with other riders who want to stay the night and make it a fiesta!

Click here to access the order form.

Jersey orders will be open to purchase from February 14th - March 31st
This is a pre-order so please give 6-8 weeks for delivery from March 31st

SAVE $17 on your MTB Exchange Jersey pre-order by purchasing your OCA Membership before March 31st

  • Option #1
    $99 + HST = (MTB Exchange Liv Energize jersey pre-order + 2023 OCA ACM membership = $17 Savings) * if you choose this option please e-transfer $48 + HST to (themtbexchange@gmail.com) and complete this form
  • Option #2
    $65 + HST = Jersey pre-order (MTB Exchange Liv Energize Jersey) *if you choose this option please e-transfer $65 + HST to (themtbexchange@gmail.com) and complete this form

Jerseys will be given to your affiliated club leader to be distributed.
* Not part of an affiliated women's mountain bike club? Pick your jersey up at any of our 12 Events.

Need special delivery options, contact themtbexchange@gmail.com

Find The MTB Exchange Privacy Policy here.

mountain bike jersey
sponsors list