20 Years Of FVMBA – That’s What She Said

2023 AGM Recap
March 21, 2024

2024 marks the 20th anniversary since the FVMBA was officially incorporated as a non-profit. Throughout the year, we’ll be taking a look back at the trails, events, and people, that have been instrumental in creating the organization we know today. Today we’re talking about a history of unique events and, in particular, ‘That’s What She Said.’


Whether it is group rides or grass-roots racing, the FVMBA has a long history of bringing riders together for organized two-wheeled fun in the forest. Local participants love these events as they bring a fresh experience to old trail favourites. For countless other folks, these events have been their introduction to the variety of interesting trail networks the FVMBA maintains. In both cases, the unique flavour of these events creates awesome memories and brings the community together.

Of the events over the last 20 years, there’s perhaps none of fondly remembered and uniquely presented than That’s What She Said (TWSS), the all-mountain women’s event, that ran in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

With the support of Liv Cycling Canada and many other sponsors, costumed participants (capes welcome) pedaled around a course staffed by ‘Magnificent Man-teers’ under the tagline “Get racy, without having to race.” That describes the event and some of the costumes – both riders and volunteers.

The cost of entry varied year to year between a fundraising opportunity for the trails and a free event focused solely on women’s mountain biking.

The 2013, 2014, and 2015 events were staged from Mill Pond in Mission, a popular starting point for rides on Bear and Red mountains. In 2014 a theme was added, ‘Where The Wild Things Are,’ and in 2015 it was called ‘Let’s Get Physical’ with creative costumes worn by many participants and volunteers.

2016 saw the event move to Chilliwack with stagging at Cultus Lake and the trail network on Vedder hosting both a long and short course option for the ‘SuperSHEro’ themed event packed with super-hero costumed women. There was even live music at the after party with Metallica cover band Masters Of Justice keeping everyone pumped up.

 

  • TWSS was well attended every year. (2013)
  • Rain or shine – riders, volunteers, and the community show up. (2015)
  • Spirts were always high, even in the weather lows. (2015)
  • Smiles for miles!
  • All the best costumes. (2015)
  • Ozmosis Training & Muddbunnies offered pre-ride coaching to help everyone get their confidence up on unfamiliar trails. (2016)
  • KRUNCH! (2016)

 

2016 Short Course: https://www.trailforks.com/route/twss-2016-short-course/

2016 Long Course: https://www.trailforks.com/route/twss-2016-long-course/

 

As with all FVMBA events, past and future, TWSS was massively volunteer-driven from concept to execution and with a lot of support from local businesses, big and small. It would be impossible to acknowledge everyone who was involved at the organizational level, never mind volunteering on the day of the event. We are grateful to all who make events like this happen, thank you!!


Want to see an event like this return? Or to help out at the current FVMBA social series? Get in touch & complete our volunteer form!

Many thanks to Andrew Major for writing the article. Andrew fell in love with mountain biking riding The Woodlot and Bear Mountain as a teenager and visits them as often as possible. He also loves riding Thornhill with his nephew. You’ll find more of his writing at MEATengines.com and BIKEmag.com

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