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Pictured: Shelbi Fields on Turkey Mountain. Photo by Michael Fields

Studies from the League of American Bicyclists and the Portland State University show that in their childhood, boys and girls tend to share the same attitude toward cycling and that is reflected in how much they ride, but once the teenage years hit, the rate of girls riding bikes drops dramatically.

The “why” remains to be seen, but it is undeniable that trends suggest that as young people get reach their teenage years, females drop from the sport of mountain biking.

In an effort to make even the smallest change towards closing the gender gap in mountain biking, Switchback Training Systems will always reserve one scholarship position in every Harness Your Gnarness Mountain Bike Skills Clinic for a female, ages 8-17.  A girl or her parents may apply below to be considered for the Girls Who Shred Scholarship.

How long have you been biking, and who do you ride with most often?*
Tell us about the best and worst bike ride or bike related experiences you’ve had.*
What do you want to be when you grow up and who is your hero?*
What kind of social media do you use and what are your handles?*
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