Pedaling With Purpose

Building Community Through Mountain Biking
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When professional mountain biker Britt Greer first reached out to Brooke Goudy, co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver, to see how she could aid Brooke in introducing more women of color to the mountain biking community, Britt was met with some hesitancy. Was this white saviorism? After reflection from both Britt and Brooke, they decided to partner together to become mentor and mentee, as well as fast friends. To grow their relationship and help Brooke prepare for her first time leading a mountain biking clinic, Brooke and Britt hit the road for an RV camping trip. 

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Brooke Goudy

Brooke Goudy is an athlete and bicycle advocate. She has a love for cycling, but her greatest joy is introducing cycling to women of color as a co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver. As the community events manager for  VIDA MTB Series, she co-leads an Impact committee that works to eliminate barriers to make mountain biking more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. Her love for biking extends to conservation and advocacy for trails. She recently became a member of the board of directors for  Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and co-leads the  Women's Colorado Mountain Bike Association Program as their program marketing manager.

Brooke serves on the Denver Mayor Advisory board, and is a member of the Denver Parks and Recreation Technical Advisory Committee. Having a seat at these tables allows her to identify the communities’ needs, and prioritize opportunities to support equity, inclusion, and diversity in outdoor adventure sports. ⁠

Last summer, she rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and developed a love for bikepacking. She is looking forward to competing in the Westfjords Way Challenge, 960 kilometers/ 595 miles around Iceland's most beautiful and remote landscape. She is an ambassador for @jojébar,  @saltstick,  @YetiCycles,  @PearlIzumiOfficial,  @deuter_usa ,  @chamoisbuttr,  @wildernesstrailbikes (WTB),  @topeak and  @strava.

Britt Greer lays on the bed inside a travel trailer with her dog

Britt Greer

Britt Greer is dedicated to getting more women on bikes. As the Founder & Director of the COMBA Women’s Program (Colorado Mountain Bike Association), she has developed a series of events aimed to support, grow and empower the Colorado lady shred community. Since 2015, she’s been a lead coach with VIDA MTB Series, Grit Clinics and other organizations, helping women confidently push past their comfort zones. When she's not hosting events or coaching, Britt races pro in local enduro circuits, mostly to force herself out of her own comfort zone. Having lived in both Spain and Argentina for year-long stints, Britt has a deep rooted passion for travel. For her, there is nothing more soul-fulfilling than exploring the world via unsullied trails and experiencing disparate and meaningful human connections along the way.



We caught up with Brooke Goudy and Britt Greer to learn more about their shared love of mountain biking and what motivates them to invite other women into the sport.

What makes a good mountain biking coach? Why do you like coaching others?


I personally love to mountain bike; it brings me so much joy. And to be able to share that passion with a community of other women is the best thing about coaching. Not only do I get to do something I love, but I get to help other people find that love as well. I get to watch people progress, learn new skills and experience the gift of accomplishing something that they otherwise might never have thought possible.


To be a good coach, especially for mountain biking, you have to demonstrate patience and positivity. When I’m coaching other women, I know they are looking at me to be a leader, to keep morale high, and to keep everyone feeling competent and safe. Mountain biking can be intimidating, and many people might not know what to expect, so you have to instill a sense of excitement that encourages people to push themselves. You also have to really fine-tune your feedback. It’s one thing to demonstrate a certain move or position, but to be able to watch what someone is doing and give individual, specific advice on how to improve is the real challenge. It takes practice, but it is so rewarding when you see someone get it and feel confident doing it.

Britt Greer passes Brooke Goudy a mountain bike out of a truck

What are the benefits to being out in nature and doing an activity that you love?


When I’m outside doing something that I love, I feel very connected. Not only do I get a deeper connection with my surroundings, but I’m able to connect on a deeper level to the people that I’m with. There might be challenges and difficult paths to take, especially when you’re mountain biking, but to be able to take those paths with someone else—to celebrate with someone or express frustration with someone—is really beautiful. And to have that connection outside, on a trail and away from the hustle of everyday life, is even more beautiful.


Being out in nature allows you to unplug from life and just be more present. You get to feel the ground under your feet, you get to hear the wind in the trees, you get to see the wildlife around you, and it makes you feel more carefree. When I’m outside and I’m riding my bike, regardless of how fast I’m going, it’s one of the few moments in my life that I’m able to slow down and be really present. It’s like I’ve regained a sense of childhood wonder again.

Britt Greer and Brooke Goudy riding mountain bikes

Why is representation in the outdoors important to you?


When I first started mountain biking, there weren’t very many people that looked like me in the sport. And for a long time, I never felt like part of a community; I would just ride by myself. So when I got the opportunity to join a mountain biking organization that had other women of color, it finally made me feel like I was part of a community. Representation is so important because if you’re doing something that you love, but you look around and don’t see anyone else that looks like you, you might start to think that maybe that thing isn’t for you. So it’s become my mission to create a safe, inclusive space that women of color can feel comfortable in. They can see a black woman on a bike or a black woman coaching and think to themselves, “Yes, I can do that too.”


It’s important that the mountain biking community, and the outdoor community as a whole, be representative of our broader communities. There are very few women in the outdoor space, especially women of color, but this is not an accurate representation of our global community. I also think there is so much joy to be had in the outdoors. Being outside and doing something like mountain biking offers so much value—to our lives, our health and our happiness—and I want to share that with as many women and women of color as possible. I think there are a lot of people who haven’t had the opportunity to experience that value, and I want to change that.

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