Norway, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Women of Dirt, a women’s mountain biking group in Dickinson County, recently had their first ride of the season. According to trail leader Sanj Peterson, the group was born at the start of the pandemic and invites all fellow women mountain bikers to join in on the mountain biking adventures.
“We started the group in 2020. There was everybody wanting to get out and ride the trails more, so we wanted to make sure we had an inclusive environment for women to be able to come and ride, and feel comfortable. We try to get out and ride at least twice a month,” commented the trail leader. The group posts on their social media with where they’re going to be and which trailheads they meet at, along with what the start times will be.
Dozens of riders met up at the Ogee Trailhead at Marion Park in Norway for the first ride of the season. The group has plans to hit some different trails throughout the summer, such as Millie Hill in Iron Mountain, and the Fumee Lake Trails.
“They’re currently working on adding more trails up in that area as well, so we’ll branch out a little bit here and there. This trail and this section of trails is pretty mild, and we’re more than happy to go at a slower rate and help anybody who’s maybe their first couple times on a bike,” added Peterson.
The ‘Women of Dirt’ are active on social media with their meet-ups, which occur at least twice a month throughout the summer. They put safety first, requiring all riders to wear helmets.