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Rethinking women’s specific MTB frame design and gear

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Haley Batten and Sofia Gómez Villafane won the Cape Epic on Specialized Epic S-Works bikes. Which don’t offer a men’s or women’s option. (Photo: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic)
Haley Batten and Sofia Gómez Villafane won the Cape Epic on Specialized Epic S-Works bikes. Which don’t offer a men’s or women’s option. (Photo: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic)

From riding groups to influential frame designers, women are a strong presence in mountain biking. And they have been since the beginning.

When the first mountain bike rides started in Marin County, north of San Francisco, women were present. Wende Cragg recorded some of the earliest images of mountain biking’s formative years.

Without Cragg's photographic evidence, much of mountain biking’s early history, would have faded into time, without recognition.  

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