Dirt Dolls Announcement
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce Dirt Dolls will be coming to an end in 2022.
What many people may not know is that Dirt Dolls is a nonprofit organization led and operated 100% by volunteers. Our Dirt Doll founders would love nothing more than to ditch their day jobs and give full-time efforts to the organization. Unfortunately, the three accountants (yes, we are all accountants) who cofounded Dirt Dolls have found it increasingly difficult to juggle full-time careers, families, and other life responsibilities while also providing the time and dedication needed to continue Dirt Dolls at the level we require and the standards we have set. This decision was not made lightly.
As we roll into the thirteenth year of Dirt Dolls, the leaders have reflected on the mission of the organization: Inspiring Women to Pedal, and we are so proud of how far we have come. Our amazing Dirt Dolls have contributed to the community through outreach, volunteering, attending events, leading rides, racing, and more!
We want you to know that we value each one of you along with the integrity of our organization and the efforts and involvement in our community!
With that said, we have a few important announcements:
1. We will host a farewell event on 05/09/2022 at the Eagle Bike Park as a final hoorah. We’ll smile, drink, probably shed a few tears, and reminisce on our favorite Dirt Doll memories. We will also be raffling and selling our remaining apparel that day to benefit local biking organizations, so come prepared to win some vintage Dirt Doll swag as well as meet other fabulous female riders!. We would love nothing more than to see each one of you and thank you in person for the priceless memories you have given us. Stay tuned for more details
2. SWIMBA has been instrumental in the Southwest Idaho biking scene and for the Dirt Dolls in general. We hope that everyone will continue to show them support to ensure our mountain biking voices are heard in the valley. www.swimba.org
3. As we have seen, there is a substantial need in this valley for female-focused biking organizations. We’d like to give a shout out to the Crank Queens - a Boise mountain biking group fostering empowerment & community for women who love to ride bikes. There will be several Crank Queen members at the Dirt Doll’s May event to welcome anyone who would like to start riding with them. www.crankqueens.org
And don’t worry – the Dirt Dolls are not completely riding off into the sunset. We plan on staying active on social media to post and share relevant local biking events as well as keeping our Dirt Doll Connect group active to maintain an outlet for women to meet other women riders. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have at Dirtdolls@live.com.
It’s been a wild ride and we appreciate you being there for the journey.
Ride on, Dolls!
Who we are...
The Dirt Dolls began with a few passionate women and have grown immensely to a team of shredding divas. Our experiences consist of everything from the first day on dirt for some to riders who love to glide over skinnies and drop rocks. The one thing we all have in common is our love for pedaling.
In addition to simply just having a good time, we love the technical aspects of mountain biking and strive to continually improve our skills through attending events like Trek's Dirt Series camps and local clinics by Cycle Right. Our leaders have learned from some of the best riders from all over and love to pass on knowledge each week.
Once a week (during our on-season), the Dirt Dolls pick fabulous trails to ride and typically finish the evening with a "tail-gate" of snacks and drinks of some sort. It is our mission to maintain an open environment with no expectations but smiles. We love newbies and we're always happy to answer any questions you might have - so come check us out!
The Dirt Dolls would love to welcome any and all female riders (18 and older). We offer several rides each Monday in Boise, ID based on skill level (early May through September). If you'd like to join the Dirt Dolls for a ride, be sure to check out our calendar or Facebook page for any year-round upcoming events!
Group Ride Descriptions
Newbie: New to mountain biking; never ridden a bike or ridden a bike very few times; or are uncomfortable riding a bike. This group will ride a short distance at a slow pace and stop frequently (~1-3 miles).
Beginner: New to biking, but ride occasionally; comfortable with short distances (mild incline and/or descent); uncomfortable with technical riding, but would like to progress. This group will ride a short distance at a slow to moderate pace and stop frequently (~2-5 miles).
Intermediate: Ride regularly; familiarity with basic mountain biking technique; ability to ride several miles at a moderate pace including inclines and possible technical descents; and comfortable with moderate technical features (including jumps, drops, rocks, etc.). This group will ride a moderate distance at a moderate pace and stop occasionally (~5-10 miles).
Advanced: Ride frequently; knowledge and ability of technical mountain biking; and ability to ride several miles at a quick pace including technical inclines and descents. This group will ride a longer distance at a quick pace and stop infrequently (~7-15 miles).