Cross country mountain biking is about so much more than long days in the saddle and grueling climbs. It’s about training rides with the girls, sharing a laugh over a protein bar, comparing scars, enjoying the views, and pushing through the pain – together.

Whether climbing the podium or just pushing yourself to go farther and faster, mountain biking is mental and a physical feat. It requires the right gear, some guts, and one heck-of-a support squad. That’s where we come in with the training plans, nutrition advice, mind tricks and MTB tips from gals who have been there.