Girls Moving Mountains is a NICA GRiT-inspired podcast! While this is podcast is for everyone, there is a strong focus towards recruiting female student-athletes and coaches into mountain biking while building a supportive community across the nation. Each episode will be 30-45 minutes with new guest stories being released every other week. We have grouped episodes into themes: Creating Culture, Repair and Care, Student-Athlete Spotlight, Breaking the Barrier, Where Are They Now, and What's Next. We believe these themes embody the spirit and values of mountain biking and will appeal to student-athletes, coaches, parents, and communities from all over.
Breaking the Barrier with NICA NorCal Coach Larissa Connors - ProXCT Series and Two-time Leadville 100 Winner, Athlete Mom of a Toddler
In Episode 8, we get to talk to Larissa Connors! She has won the ProXCT series, made the Olympic Long Team in 2016, won the Leadville 100 and Belgian Waffle Ride, and every NUE race she has raced. Larissa is also a mother to a 16 month old. She teaches high school math and just signed up to be a NICA NorCal coach after moving back to her hometown from SoCal. This episode talks about how she thinks we can recruit more girls into mountain biking and what some of her hopes are for her daughter as she grows up!
Where are They Now with Hannah Finchamp, SoCal Alumni and Olympic Long Team Member
Episode 7 features a NICA SoCal alumna, Hannah Rae Finchamp. Hannah started competing in XTERRA competitions at the young age of nine. She went to Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is now a Professional athlete for the Orange Seal Off-Road Team. While attending Lindenwood, she began working with now Missouri League Director Chris Mileski, who joins us for the conversation.
Creating Culture with Vanessa Hauswald - NICA NorCal League Director
In Episode 6, we get to talk to Vanessa Hauswald. Vanessa has directed the NorCal League since 2010 and has also served as a volunteer, board member, and coach for the organization. A native Californian, she spent many years as a high school teacher before taking over as League Director, when the NorCal model burgeoned into a national movement.
Repair and Care: Yoga, Pilates, and the Great Divide Route with Erin Garvin
In Episode 5, we have an inspiring discussion with Erin Garvin. Erin has loved the outdoors since she was a young girl and has followed her heart and her passion throughout her life. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Exercise Science, and currently is a yoga and pilates instructor. Erin was also the first woman to complete the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. This episode truly embodies GRiT adventure and we are so stoked to have had the opportunity to talk with Erin!
Student-Athlete Spotlight with Zoe, Payette, and Their Mother, Yadi
In Episode 4, we had a fun talk with Idaho NICA student-athletes Zoe and Payette. Joining them is their superstar mom, Yadi. Zoe and Payette have been mountain biking from a very young age but they also have a lot of other interests, mostly involving the outdoors. Yada talks about how she went from mother to coach, NICA Coach Supporter, and NICA GRiT Coordinator for the Idaho NICA League.
Creating Culture with Carmen Luna, SoCal GRiT Ambasador and Team Director
In Episode 3, we had an inspiring talk with Carmen Luna. Carmen is a SoCal GRiT ambassador and was recently appointed to the SoCal League Board of Directors. She is also the Team Director for Southbay Composite and Eastlake HS. She has created a team culture that is inspiring to learn about and was even featured in a CBS National News piece on youth mountain biking booming during the pandemic!
Anyone, not just girls, looking for inspo!!
Love the show. Jose’s and guests have been awesome. Looking forward to future episodes abs seeing what all these awesome are creating!!!
This is an awesome podcast! Being a students athlete and a girl GRiT is a huge part of my life! Thank you to all of the people who helped create this!
Bozeman, Montana league
I think the mission of this podcast is amazing! I’m excited for this podcast and can’t wait to listen to future episodes! #moregirlsonbikes