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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.

A Ride Sharing Initiative

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!

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Who will ride?

Each 2022 host trail and their associated women's clubs will encourage their social ride group to attend a date/dates on the 2022 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.

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.

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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
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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

EVENTDATESTART TIMEFINISH TIMEDISCIPLINETYPE OF ACTIVITYDESCRIPTIONDISTANCELOCATION
Opening DaySunday, April 24th, 202210:30AM1:30PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Peace & Wheelies MTB15-25 kmHorse Shoe Resort, 1101 HorseShoe Valley Rd. West HorseShoe, ON
Durham / Dagmar ConnectionSunday, May 15th, 202210:30AM2:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by DMBA MTB Association20-30 kmDurham Forest Main Tract, 3613 Concession Rd 7, Uxbridge
Pumps and JumpsSunday, June 5th, 202210:30AM2:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Brant Cycling Club15-20 kmRotary Bike Park 390 Grand River Avenue Brantford, Ontario N3T5A3
GORBA is FIT4AdventureSunday, June 12th, 202210:30AM1:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by FIT4Adventure20-25 km60 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON N1H 8M8 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON N1H 8M8
Hiawatha HighlandsSunday, July 10th, 202210:30AM2:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Sault Cycling Club20-30 km780 Landslide Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K7
NBMBA Bike FestSaturday, July 30th, 202210:30AM1:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Minii Adventures20-25 kmLaurentain Ski Club, 15 Janey Ave, North Bay, ON P1C 1N1
More Dirt Enduro FlirtSunday, August 7th, 202210:30AM12:30PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Minii Adventures30 kmThe Heights Ski Hill and Resort, Horseshoe Valley
1:30PM3:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Minii Adventures30 kmHIgh Vista Drive, Barrie, ON, L4M 4Y8
HAFTASunday, August 14th, 202210:30AM1:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by The Wild Betty's10-18 kmHalton Agreement Forest Trails, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON
Rock'n the RockSunday, September 4th, 202210:30AM1:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Walden Women's MTB Club30 km935 Ramsey Lake Rd, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Rock'n the RockMonday, September 5th, 202210:30AM1:00PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Walden Women's MTB Club30 kmWalden MTB Trail head 1 Denis Ave, Lively, ON P3Y 1G2
3-StageSunday, September 25th, 202210:30AM1:30PMMTBGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by CORC Trail Association10-15 km635401 2 Line, The Blue Mountains, ON N0H 2E0
Halloween Witches RideSunday, October 30th, 202210:30AM2:00PMFat BikeGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by TPMBA L.O.S.T23 kmLong Point Eco Center 1730 Front Rd, St Williams, ON N0E 1P0
National Fat Bike DaySunday, December 4th, 202210:30AM2:00PMFat BikeGroup RideGuided club ride - Female identifying only / Hosted by Peace and Wheelies MTB15-20 kmSCMBA Trail HUB Parking Lot, 100 Base Lake Side Road, Coldwater

2022 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
  • Registration fee - before March 15th:
    • $98 (+HST): includes 2022 annual OCA rider membership + Liv x The MTB Exchange jersey
    • Additional jerseys can be purchased for $65 (+HST) - value of $104.99
  • After March 15th:
    • $48 (+HST): includes annual OCA rider membership only

Participants can participate to one or all events.

All regitrations before March 15th will include the OCA annual membership (insurance) as well as a Liv x The MTB Exchange jersey (value of $104.99).

After March 15th, all participants will be able to purchase their OCA annual membership for $48 (+HST) at: https://ontariocycling.org/membership/types-of-membership/

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!

Jerseys are available for pre-order until March 15th, 2022.

Click here to access the order form.

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