Leigh Donovan

Leigh Donovan

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2 years ago

With Bro culture at an all time high it's easy to filter out, or forget, the unstoppable rise of women in mountain biking. In a…

5 years ago

Day 3 in Monterey California started out overcast and foggy, with the weatherman looking to throw a curveball for the racers and exhibitors, but luckily…

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Issue 48

The rise and rise of women’s mountain biking hasn’t gone unnoticed by us, and we think it’s a great asset to the sport!

2 years ago

Official Facebook Page for World Champion Leigh Donovan of 12/11/1971 Leigh Donovan (born December 11, 1971 in Orange, California) is an American downhill mountain biker. Leigh Donovan was a champion mountain bike racer, competing from 1993 to 2001, the most decorated U.S. downhill and slalom rider. Leigh retired from her professional career in 2001, with the world championships in Vail, Co. as her final pro career event (where she placed 3rd in the final downhill). Leigh went into sports marketing with Hansens energy drink (at the ground level of what would become Monster Energy). She then went on to own and operate a very successful clothing boutique in Temecula, Ca. from 2003 until she departed the business in March of 2011. Leigh is married to her long time race mechanic and manager Craig Stikman Glaspell and they have a daughter born in 2005. Leigh currently is a cycling coach, industry ambassador and bicycle skills clinic teacher. Career highlights 9-time U.S. NORBA National Champion 1995 UCI Downhill WORLD CHAMPION 2001 UCI World Cup Champion News and Info for by Leigh Donovan. The Mission: It’s a simple story really, World Downhill Mountain Bike Champion, Leigh Donovan has been teaching girls & women mountain bike skills over the past 2 decades as her hobby. Leigh loves to get more women riding bikes, comfortably, confidently and calmly. Now, with her energetic, ‘lets have fun’ attitude, Leigh plans on using the “ichoosebikes” skill clinics she has developed, to invite women to learn how to make mountain biking a positive experience. Leigh has joined the movement to get the working moms, closet adventure girls, and simply MORE women to join our incredible sport. Using her years of riding experience, passion and drive to teach riders the basic skills necessary to mountain biking success, Leigh has taken a leap of faith by launching ichoosebikes.com as her avenue to educate, inspire and get more women enjoying their ride. Leigh has always dealt with a fear issue during her racing days but after she revisited her basic skill work during an off-season, Leigh was able to overcome those fears and continues to work on those today. Come join Leigh at an event and see how you can learn those skills and get connected to a sport that will change the way you live, work and play! Mountain Bike Champion and Ambassador I love Mountain biking, fine food (gluten free), traveling to Whistler and Europe to ride my bike, spending time with my daughter and of course fashion...especially the shopping part of fashion. Sportsperson

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