​Ride Like a Girl was developed by Amber Zirnhelt to support up and coming young female mountain bike athletes. Amber is a competitive cyclist, and motivational speaker with the National Esteem Team. She is a former pro-elite downhill mountain bike racer that raced nationally and at World Cup events, and a community planner passionate about environmental sustainability. When not on her bike, Amber can be found sailing, skiing, or exploring the outdoors with her family.


Carolyn is an accomplished downhill and freeride mountain biker who hails from Whistler, BC.  A founder of the Women's Freeride Network, Carolyn is actively involved in promoting the growth of the sport and encouraging female athletes to push their boundaries on their bike. When not shredding the local downhill trails or bike park, Carolyn can be found behind the lens shooting photos and video, building trails, mentoring young riders, skiing (during the off season) or working at her day job as a nurse.   

Carolyn Kavanagh

Katrina Strand

Ride Like a Girl's board members are all avid mountain bikers, passionate about encouraging the growth of the sport and the development of young athletes. The board is committed to providing a first-class mentorship program for BC athletes to help break down barriers to girls' participation in competitive mountain biking.

Jaime Hill, Treasurer

Board Members 

Amber Zirnhelt, Chair

Isabelle Deguise, Secretary

 Jaime began her athletic career as a competitive gymnast where she had the opportunity to travel the world and represent Canada at several world championships, the Pan American Games, and Common Wealth Games. She discovered mountain biking when she moved to Whistler, BC and has spent the past 9 years racing downhill, Jamie races on the World Cup DH circuit and in 2014 achieved a top 3 finish at the Canadian National DH Championships. She is also actively involved in coaching and mentoring for women's specific initiatives. Jaime is also pursuing her CPA Accounting designation and looking forward to one-day being able to combine her experiences within both industries.


Isabelle is an Ontario native who discovered mountain biking when she moved to Vancouver 12 years ago. She started racing downhill shortly after picking up the sport and although once competitive on the BC Cup DH circuit, she now races enduro and cyclocross purely for fun (although her competitive nature tends to get the better of her!). Off the bike, Isabelle works as an Environmental Manager for a Canadian renewable energy company and is passionate about spending time doing anything active in the great outdoors. Sports played a huge role in Isabelle's early life but she wishes she had had more female athletic and academic role models to look up to. This is what got her excited to contribute to the Ride Like a Girl Program right from the start and join the Board of Directors. She looks forward to helping young girls gain confidence on and off the bike to become future leaders in whatever they aspire to do. 

 Katrina has spent the last 12 years traveling the globe as a professional mountain bike athlete – having represented Canada at the Downhill World Championships, competed in numerous DH, enduro and cross-country races, been in countless ad campaigns and magazine articles and played a pivotal role with the introduction of women’s specific mountain bike events. She is well recognized as a world class mountain bike coach and has contributed to the success of many mountain bike riders and athletes.