A little bit of happiness. That's what I get from cycling through the woods on my mountain bike. So happy even my eyes are smiling.

It all started when I had to give up horse riding due to time commitments so needed to find a new hobby. A guy I'd recently met invited me on a date - he wanted to introduce me to his passion, mountain biking. So we went out to rent a bike for me. After only 10 minutes on the forest trails, I knew I'd found my new calling. Being surrounded by nature, the focus, the balance, the challenge and diverse motion. I loved it all. The man who introduced me to all this is now my husband.

I've been riding MTB for 7 years now and still enjoy every moment of it, just like I did on that first ride.

I'm a 38 years old and feel lucky to be able to share this passion with my son and husband, it gives us such good quality time together as a family. We mountain bike in our spare time, and also train and participate in competitions.

I love encouraging more women to get out on their bikes and it’s a real pleasure seeing others getting the same joy out of mountain biking as I do

When I was 21, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (also known as Morbus Bechterew, Bekhterev's disease). It's a type of chronic arthritis, which affects my back. Since this type of arthritis disease can, over time, make my body stiff and curvy, I'm glad I've found a sport that helps me to keep my body moving and active. I also keep in shape by doing some yoga.

In February, I started a training course which will also me to teach technical riding skills. I love inspiring others to ride and will always enjoy improving my own skills, both technically and in competitions. I primarily train women and children in a cycling club, which today has approximately 200 members! It feels really satisfying to be able to follow their development, both with my son and all the other children he trains with.

I love encouraging more women to get out on their bikes and it’s a real pleasure seeing others getting the same joy out of mountain biking as I do. When I'm out with other female riders I often go home with a huge smile on my face, especially when they accomplish something new on their bike.


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