8th March is International Women's Day, a celebration of women's achievements and a call for greater equality around the world. So we celebrated this by asking female riders a few questions about their world with bikes, what drives them and to get their views on the women's scene as it stands, and where it's heading. Over the next couple of days we will be introducing you to some awesome female shredders who inspire other women daily by just being themselves, and doing what they do best - riding.  

Katie Edwards

Name: Katie Edwards

Where do you live: Newby Bridge

Age: 32

Instagram Name: @katieedwards777 @ktedwardsillustration

What do you do for a living? Illustrator/screen printer

What type of riding is it you do? Mountain bike, trail, enduro and downhill

What is it about riding your bike your love the most? Everything, being outside, the thrill/adrenaline, riding with friends, achieving personal goals I.e. Over coming a fear.

Where is the best place you have ridden? Whistler!

Katie Edwards

Where is the next place on your adventure list? The National parks in America like Arches , Grand Canyon, Yosemite, we'd like to do a road trip in a jeep with one of those roof tents.

Who do you like to ride with? My boyfriend Dave and our trail dog in training Rhyder. And all my awesome girl friends that love to ride!

Apart from riding, what do you like to do in your free time? Walk my dog, yoga, early morning outdoor training, rock climb, travel, go on snowboard holidays, hang out with friends.

Katie Edwards Illustration

How did you meet your riding pals? Initially a Facebook group and then from meeting new girls on different rides.

Any words of inspiration for people wanting to start riding or to meet people to go riding with? Don't be nervous about going for a ride with people you don't know, took a while for me to go and was the best thing I did, have loads of girls to ride with now.

What scares you the most about riding? Big drops and gap jumps!

Do you have any female role models? Not really, I guess Rachel Atherton (a bit cliche)

Does the bike industry need to do more for greater equality or do you think its great as it is? I think it's getting much better, with better brands producing much better female clothing and female specific geometry.

Do you think the bike industry needs more ‘Women’s only” products/races/groups or do you think it should be all unisex? I think more woman's races would be great, much less intimidating if your starting out. As a female rider is there anything you would like to see change? More female riders! Finally, when your shredding alone, what is your all time favourite song? I've never listened to music when I ride, would probably make me crash!

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