INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - #9 MEET CALLIE LEACH

Yesterday was International Women's Day but we thought why does it have to stop after one day?! We are celebrating women's achievements and a call for greater equality around the world. So we have asked 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. We will be introducing you to some awesome female shredders who inspire other women daily by just being themselves. Here is our little lady number 9...

CALLIE LEACH

Name: Callie Leach

Where do you live: Kendal, The Lake District

Age: 31

Instagram Name: California2186

What do you do for a living?
Dental Nurse

What type of riding is it you do?
MTB -Bridleway, XC, Trail Centres, DH
Road

What is it about riding your bike your love the most? Being with friends and feeling free, plus all the lovely fresh air. I always look love riding new trails and see it as a challenge.

CALLIE LEACH

Where is the best place you have ridden? The Lake District obvs ha!

Where is the next place on your adventure list? Canada BC

Who do you like to ride with? My friends and my partner

Apart from riding, what do you like to do in your free time? Walking, Pilates and the odd run if I'm feeling fit.

How did you meet your riding pals? Through friends of friends and out on the hills.

Any words of inspiration for people wanting to start riding or to meet people to go riding with? Just get out there and do it, best thing I ever did was start riding my bike.

What scares you the most about riding?
Steep shit, but it's a love hate relationship ha!

Do you have any female role models?
Sophie Carter obvs

Does the bike industry need to do more for greater equality or do you think its great as it is? Yes, I feel it does. Sadly I still don't feel female riders get the recognition they should. I think professional female riders are swept under the carpet a bit, they always have race coverage cut short when it's aired on TV. This I find sexist and annoying, we are living in a modern age.

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 there is so much more out there now for female riders in the terms of products/groups, which is great. If girls are wanting to race, there's a lot of opportunities out there, most are unisex races but I've seen a few ladies only ones being advertised now.

As a female rider is there anything you would like to see change?
More recognition for the super fast pro ladies out there, they deserve it.

Finally, when your shredding alone, what is your all time favourite song?
Rage, killing in the name of

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