leighdonovan_1One of the most accomplished female racers in history, since “retiring” from racing, Leigh Donovan has transferred her knowledge and passion for cycling into a coaching career. Through clinics taught throughout the US, she has been encouraging women to ride by helping them improve their skill set.

Later this month, she will be hosting her first ever women’s only clinic at the famous Mammoth Mountain Resort. Over three days from July 23-26, attendees will be treated to yoga each morning, great riding, and instruction from one of the world’s very best riders.

The clinic has already attracted a number of ladies, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark, so head here to the Mammoth Resort website to reserve one of the few remaining spots. Pricing options begin at a reasonable $400 and top out at $1,000. If you’re in Southern California, Leigh also offers one-on-one instruction. You can find those details and more on her website – ichoosebikes.


  1. Sue Haywood takes new girls or any women who want to gain more skills in MTB’ing out for zero cash. While it may not be a formal skills clinic, they are performing hands-on, real world under the guidance of a great Femme MTB’er that gauges their skills and adapts/chooses trails to suit their needs.

    Its good to see a business, I guess.

  2. @Jeb

    Where are you getting your information?

    While I would not be surprised to hear that Sue leads informal group rides from time to time at no cost, her coaching services do cost money. Seriously, go check her website.

  3. This is great to see. Here in Australia our own Jessica Douglas (3 times World 24 hour solo champion) runs a mountain bike skills coaching service (they’re called “MTBSkills”) and it has been a huge success. They have a stable of qualified coaches and they, too, run women only courses with many happy participants. I can only envisage Leigh Donovan making an equally positive contribution in the USA. More power to her.

What do you think?