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Women of OZ NWA

Women of OZ NWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women through the rewarding sport of mountain biking.

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Our Mission

We believe that mountain biking is more than just a sport; it’s a gateway to adventure, self-discovery, and friendship. Our mission is to break down barriers that may prevent women from enjoying this amazing sport and community of women riders.

WhoWe Are

Women of OZ NWA is an inclusive non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a supportive community for women mountain bikers. We believe our strength lies in our diversity and we are committed to creating a welcoming and non-intimidating environment for all individuals who identify as women, regardless of background or skill level.

We come from all backgrounds, races, beliefs, workforce, lifestyles, and experiences. But we have one thing in common….We ride together. No judgment – just a community of smiling faces on bikes!

WhatWe Do

We’re not just about conquering challenging trails; we’re about encouraging and nurturing personal growth. With a growing network of IMBA-designated Silver Level and Bronze Level Ride Centers in the Ozark region, Women of OZ NWA provides a platform for women to connect, learn, and thrive together.

Through group rides, skills clinics, and social events, we cultivate a supportive atmosphere where women can find a sense of belonging and community among fellow female riders.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, we invite you to join us in exploring the limitless possibilities of mountain biking.

Our Founding Story

Women of OZ NWA emerged from a shared desire among women mountain bikers in Northwest Arkansas to foster a stronger sense of connection and community. In February 2019, we recognized the missing piece in our riding experiences: a supportive network of like-minded women to explore the trails together. With this vision in mind, we embarked on a journey to create a space where women of all backgrounds and skill levels could connect, learn, and experience the thrill of mountain biking.

At the heart of our organization lies a dedicated board of women, guided by the passion and expertise of many steering committee members and ride leaders. This collaborative team embodies the spirit of empowerment that drives our organization, ensuring that every woman feels welcomed, supported, and encouraged to embrace the world of mountain biking.

From humble beginnings, Women of OZ NWA has grown into a thriving community, empowering over 6,500 women to embark on their mountain biking journeys. Our story is a testament to the power of connection and the transformative impact of mountain biking on women’s lives.

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Our Programming is Unique

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Our Flagship ride, held the first Saturday of every month, caters to women of all skill levels with fundamental skills clinics taught by certified MTB instructors and guided rides ranging from beginner to advanced. This programming is free but you must register to join. Following each ride, a post-ride social event, sponsored by a local restaurant or brewery, fosters connections and supports local businesses. Additionally, we offer advanced skills clinics and educational opportunities for women to become instructors and ride leaders.

With an average of 150 women participating in our monthly Flagship Rides, Women of OZ NWA has become a vibrant community for women mountain bikers in Northwest Arkansas. Our inclusive and empowering programming is creating a more diverse and welcoming mountain biking scene for women of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Our Programming is Successful

We break down the barriers that often prevent women from exploring the trails, creating a supportive community where no woman rides alone. Focused on removing obstacles like limited equipment access and the need for comprehensive education, we empower women to build confidence through bike skills development. The key to our success is making it fun and approachable.

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What is the Future of WOZ

As we look ahead, Women of OZ NWA is committed to continuously refining our programming, fostering engagement within the local community of women riders, and welcoming new participants with open arms. We are dedicated to nurturing the growth and development of new riders, providing educational scholarships for our ride leaders, and empowering women worldwide to establish similar groups in their respective communities.

We believe if you build a leader on the bike you build a leader at home, at work, and in the community.