UNM student inspires women mountain bikers through school project

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A physical therapy student at the University of New Mexico is working to inspire local women to try mountain biking.

She is continuing the work of veteran women riders in Albuquerque.

“It’s nice to see that there’s more out, a lot more women out, biking,” said Bonnie Nuttall.

Nearly 20 years ago, Nuttall founded an Albuquerque chapter of a women’s mountain biking group called the ‘Wombats.’

They used to hold local clinics to introduce women to the sport, but lately, just do social rides. 

UNM Physical therapy student Abby Stanislaw is now bringing that concept back.

She organized clinics for women throughout the winter as part of a school project but says the clinics have been about so much more than mountain biking. 

“If you do women-specific groups, self-efficacy is increased, confidence is increased, feeling not only able to do something on your bike or on your skis or whatever sport you’re doing, you just have more confidence doing that and that can apply to other facets of your life too,” Stanislaw said. 

She is still organizing monthly meet-ups. 

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