Ladies mountain biking is evolving as Meg Broswick explains

May 17, 2016

Mountain biking is evolving, growing and becoming more mainstream, and I’m ok with it. I have watched this happen before my eyes, living and riding bikes in British Columbia, Canada over the last decade. There never used to be ladies only rides or clinics, or if there were they weren’t in most of our communities.

Flash forward to today… Kamloops (and many other communities in BC) now has dedicated ladies groups that ride weekly at varying skill levels. The bike industry is making women specific bikes and clothing (and finally getting it right ). Plus there are ladies specific clinics in almost every small town across the province. We are witnessing the ladies movement.



I am happy to say that I have benefited from this movement. To name a few, I have gained skills, have way more riding buddies who are woman, and I have become a certified mountain bike coach. When I moved towns and first arrived in Kamloops, I was welcomed into the local riding scene. There were cross country rides, trail rides and DH rides; all women specific and all welcoming me to join in. I couldn’t be more thankful for my riding community.

Just last week I was invited to coach at an evening ladies clinic with two other awesome coaches. The clinic was arranged through a local ladies riding group, the Dirt Chix, who have 130 woman signed up for the weekly group rides. These woman are amazing and the group has been growing steadily each year. Thanks to our local bike shop, the Bicycle Café Kamloops, the Dirt Chix have the support they need to learn and grow.

It is communities and groups like this that make me realise how important it is that our sport is becoming more mainstream and accessible. It doesn’t matter your age or ability, you can go get on a bike and ride. Mountain biking really can be for everyone, and I would like to consider our ladies movement is to thank.

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Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA World Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 X-Small 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 Small 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 Medium 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 Large 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 X-Large 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 XX-Large 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 XXX-Large 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Size Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

Size Size  Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" X-Small 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" Small 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" Medium 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" Large 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" X-Large 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" XX-Large 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" XXX-Large 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm