Shred Sisters are a group of passionate women dedicated to improving your mountain biking skills in a fun and safe environment.
About Maggie Malapad
- When did you first start riding and how did you get into it?I’ve been doing some version of biking for most of my life and was first introduced to mountain biking in my early 30’s. My husband was an avid mountain biker when we met and he encouraged me to give it a try. I will admit that first ride at Canmore Nordic Center had its challenges but with some perseverance (and perhaps some stubbornness) I’ve embraced life on two knobby wheels.
- If you were to describe your riding style in one word, what would it be? Playful. One of the best things someone has said to me during a ride is, “You look like you’re having so much fun on your bike! So playful!”. A lot of my riding does feel like play as I enjoy the challenge of experimenting with new skills, features or lines. The playful comment has always stuck with me as I feel that having the time and health to ride are a privilege that I am thankful for and that it’s important to share the stoke.
- Who was/is your inspiration and why? I’m inspired by people who are willing to step out of their comfort zone to try something new… especially if they are adults! Some of my favourite stories are those of people who started snowboarding, triathlon, biking, pottery, whatever in their 30’s, 40’s and beyond. They inspire me to keep learning.
- What’s the best thing about mtb for you? I love the challenge of trying a new feature or section of trail that might have previously felt out of my comfort zone… also the post ride snacks.
- How long have you been coaching? While I’m new to coaching, I’ve volunteered at a few Calgary area Intro to Mountain Biking events. I had a ton of fun sharing knowledge with new riders and I’m looking forward to doing the same through Shred Sisters.
- What’s unique about your coaching style? I recognize there are different learning styles so I’ll aim to share my feedback in a way that resonates with each athlete. Additionally, expect some laughs, the occasional trail side 90’s dance moves, cheers, high fives and the occasional “knuckle bones” along the way.
- What makes you, you? What’s your best quirk? Fun Fact about you or story? I enjoy backyard gardening (ask me about my tomatoes!), potato chips and jump shot pics. I’ve recently discovered bike packing and so am looking forward to new adventures by bike. I’m also known for my post-ride snacks…ride with me and you’ll never go hungry…trail side charcuterie? Yes, please!
- Favourite trail? Hmm…this it a tough one as there are so many good options near home. MMBTS has done a great job with our local network. The Gully Line on T-Dub and Toothless are a few favourites. Further west, Prospector is also great as it offers a good range of natural features and some fun woodwork (nice work CAMBA!).
- Dream destination? I LOVE Italy. The people, food, landscape…it’s all wonderful. We’ve been lucky enough to do a road bike tour in Tuscany and would like to visit the Dolomites for a mountain bike trip.
- What do you want your students to gain from your coaching/teaching? I want my students to build strong foundational skills that they can link together in order to increase confidence on their bikes while building trust in themselves AND their bikes. I hope they are comfortable asking questions, discussing line choices and sharing their perspectives to help elevate the group. Most of all, I want them have fun!
- What has been the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given or received in mountain biking or any other sport? “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” To me, this means: start where you are, build your base and be committed to methodical practice. Also, ‘Look ahead!” is simple but a solid piece of advice that’s valid for biking and life in general!