Julie Julian

Although I wasn’t born here, I’ve called Colorado home for the past 27 years. I live in Highlands Ranch with my husband and two sons. They’re 5 and 8 years old and grew up on Strider bikes. So far, they love riding just like mom and dad.

My love for the outdoors started in Bend, OR, where I learned to ski and bought my first mountain bike (a Specialized Hard Rock) the summer I turned 12. My family later moved to Colorado where I met my husband in high school. He’s been an integral part of my love for mountain biking.  Early rides together, while visiting him at college in Gunnison, consisted of grueling climbs, river crossings, and technical trails at Hartman Rocks and around Crested Butte. I got used to riding with the boys and was often told “you’ve got skills” as I barely stayed in my saddle on a technical downhill. On our honeymoon, we drove to Banff with our mountain bikes where I learned how to ride with clipless pedals. Fast forward almost 19 years and our date nights are date rides in the foothills followed by beers at the local brewery, where we are always planning our next adventure on two wheels.

After becoming a mom, I started going on weekly women’s MTB rides in Jefferson County, CO. It was on these rides where I really felt a sense of community and enthusiasm for women in our sport. I’ve met so many awesome women whom I now call friends that share my passion for mountain biking. I’ve raced off and on, mostly XC, since 2012. My favorite race was last year’s inaugural Golden Giddyup, where I finished on the podium for the first time.

On the bike, I’m always the one with the biggest smile. I love the technical aspect of mountain biking and the challenge it brings. I’m competitive, but humble. I like going fast, pushing my limits and getting a little scared. I feel happy, challenged and empowered on the bike and want to spread that positive energy to other women so they can shine, be confident, and ride like a bad ass.

When I’m not riding, you can find me running the trails behind my house, drinking wine and eating popcorn, volunteering with kindergartners at the library, or taking care of kids and their families as an RN in a pediatric emergency department.

This year I’m hoping to get my IMBA ICP level 1 so I can learn more and teach more. I would like to keep progressing as a rider, improve my skills, and try an enduro race or two!  I am beyond excited and honored to be a part of VIDA. I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm and look forward to getting more ladyshredders out on the trails.