Micyala Gatto is an accomplished World Cup downhill racer, who is now focused on adventures on two wheels, inspiring others to ride bikes, and mountain bike coaching. Her accomplishments include multiple wins of the Canadian National Champion title for downhill and many World Cup results in the top ten. As a highlight for her racing career, in 2014, Micayla’s results included top ten finishes in 4 of the 5 rounds of the World Cup series.
Miranda Miller is a downhill athlete based out of Squamish, BC. She has competed at the World Championships as both a Junior Ex & Pro Elite competitor, as well as numerous other international and national competitions. In 2015 she was the Canadian National Champion and got her first World Cup podium. While downhill is her true passion she also enjoys trail riding as well as road cycling.
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 2016 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!