Sarah Leishman is a member of the Juliana | SRAM Pro Team and chased the Enduro World Series in 2015 and '16. Now that she has chosen to focus on riding and racing closer to home this season, Sarah looks forward to spending more time on the mentorship and storytelling that makes the sport fun for her. Sarah works on media projects around the world in photos, film and on written projects and makes a full-time living working for Arc'teryx Equipment. She lives in Whistler, BC.
Leonie is an all round bike loving Australian currently living in Whistler. Leonie is an avid enduro racer under the LIV Cycling program. Before moving to Canada, Leonie gained national recognition in Downhill racing, being selected to represent Australia at the 2011 World Championships. If Leonie is not working or sleeping, you will most likely find her out on the trails somewhere in the Sea to Sky corridor or racing around BC.
Rosara spent many years riding around in circles, competing on the XC World Cup circuit and representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and 2008 Olympics. After an ill-timed broken wrist screwed up her season plans, she entered the 2012 Megavalanche on a borrowed bike, discovered a new joy for racing Enduro, and spent a couple years racing the Enduro World Series. She now lives in Squamish and is a serious weekend warrior.
Trish fell in love with the feeling of flying through horseback riding when she was nine, and has been chasing that feeling ever since. In 2009, Trish was introduced to DH and she was hooked. She spends summers in Whistler guiding for the Whistler Bike Park and Arbutus Routes, and winters at Joyride150, an indoor bike park in Markham, On. In 2015, she had the opportunity to compete in the Crankworx Speed & Style in the Pro Men category. Trish enjoys pushing her own boundaries, and enjoys encouraging others to, ‘send it.’
Katie is well-recognized in the mountain bike industry as an accomplished free rider and downhiller. Katie is one of the few females that can successfully land a backflip and throw down some of the trick lines with the guys. From her experience racing downhill at World Cups and USA national events to winning the 2012 US Grand Prix, being the 2010 UCI Pan American Champion, guiding riding trips, coaching kids, and being featured in mountain bike media, Katie has a breadth of experience as a professional mountain biker.
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 8 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.
Mical started mountain biking at the age of 20 with her dad and brother as a replacement to team sports. She had played high level volleyball and soccer for most of her youth. She fell in love with the atmosphere and the people involved with cycling, and her competitive side fell in love with racing, becoming a 3 times Cross Country Mountain Bike Canada Cup Series Champion. Mical has represented Canada at 3 xc mountain bike World Championships and most recently the Cylocross World Championships.
Ride Like a Girl's mentors are world class athletes that are recognized internationally as among the best riders in their discipline. Not only are each of our mentors outstanding riders, they are also first-class individuals who are inspiring, fun, and have great insight into the mountain bike industry and what it takes to be an accomplished athlete. Our mentors volunteer their time during the season to connect with a young rider in their discipline, get out to ride together and share some of their knowledge about the industry and tips and tricks to excelling in competition, gaining sponsorship, and being a great ambassador for the riding community. During the 2018 season, each of our mentors will be matched with one young female rider.
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.
Sandra is a pro-elite xc racer that competes at the national and world cup level. Sandra got hooked on mountain biking in high school. The personal challenge, pushing limits, and being out in nature with friends originally drew her to the sport and continue to drive her two-wheeled passion today. Racing has given her opportunities to travel around the globe, meet inspiring people, strive to be her best, and share her experiences with others. She has been competing at the highest level for over a decade and is eager to encourage more girls and women to discover the fun of racing!