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Lisa Uranga, Co-Founder,

Executive Director, Treasurer

How did you get started mountain biking? 

My husband and I were avid runners and one day my body reached a point where my hip and knee hurt so bad I couldn't run anymore. He had the idea of buying bikes as an alternative to running outside. Long story short, he didn't want to wear spandex. We bought mountain bikes instead of road bikes. Fast forward to the present, and not only do we BOTH wear spandex, but we also ride both mountain and road bikes. Haha! I am so thankful we started on the dirt because this is where my love for cycling really is.

How long have you been riding?

Since 2009

What is your favorite local trail?That's way too hard to pick between my home trail Northshore or Sansom.

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Hobbs State Park in Rogers, AR

Do you have a nickname? 

Lucy, Conejita, and my Dad calls me Crazy.  :)

Occupation: Certified Retul Fitter at Dynamic Bike Fit, Personal Trainer, and Co-Founder/Organizer of Dirt Side Sisters!

Certifications: Level 1 PMBIA certified Mountain Bike Instructor, Retul Level 1 Bike Fitter, United Bicycle Institute - Professional Shop and Operation, National Academy of Sports Medicine: Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Performance Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Cooper Biomechanics of Resistance Training, CPR/AED

Cynthia Post, President 

How did you get started mountain biking? 

A friend knew how much my husband, Greg, and I loved to tree ski so she thought we would like to bike through them too.  She was right! She took us out to Rowlett and we loved it.  I was on a borrowed bike and Greg was on a Huffy.  We went and bought our own mountain bikes the next day.  However, there was no Dirt Side Sisters and I had to learn the hard way how to ride! 


How long have you been riding? 

Since August, 1997 – a long time ago!

What is your favorite local trail? 

The one I am on!

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

I have three: North Umpqua, Oregon; Monarch Crest, Colorado; Wasatch Crest, Utah


Do you have a nickname? 

My husband used to call me Hotrod but that was in my younger days!


Occupation: Retired and loving it!

Certifications: Level 1 PMBIA Mountain Bike Instructor, 35+ years of marriage- I'm a pro!

Tonya Durkin, Vice President

How did you get started mountain biking?

Thru my boyfriend at the time, hubby now. When I returned to the States in '98, I got an entry level rockjumper from Performance Bikes. Although my first rides with clipless pedals weren't pretty (I feel A LOT with the bike still attached), I was hooked. It gave me confidence and helped bring me out of my shell (yes, I was VERY introverted and very intimidated when I was younger, always wanting/needed to prove myself)

How long have you been riding? Since 1998

What is your favorite local trail? Northshore or Erwin, since its closest to me

What is your favorite trail in North America?

OMG, this is a tough one! Besides Phil's trails in Bend, OR would have to say HyMasa/Captain Ahab/Pothole Arch in Arches National Park

Do you have a nickname?

T or Peace-out

Occupation: Senior Sales Manager

Certifications: None as of yet. Does 21.5yrs at same company and 17yrs of marriage count

Micah Henderson, Secretary

How did you get started mountain biking? 

During my first year of teaching I became good friends with a co-worker that was on my team. For about a year, she told me multiple times she was going to get me on a mountain bike. I remember hiking Northshore with her and saying there was no way I would ride a bike over rocky and rooty sections. She finally convinced me to give it a try. My first ride was on gravel at Greenbelt on a borrowed bike. The same day, we rode Corinth Community Park. After that, I was hooked! Today I easily ride over those many sections at Northshore that I once said I would not ride a bike on. 

How long have you been riding?  

Since November 2014

What is your favorite local trail? 

Most rides you will find me at Northshore, or Horseshoe. My favorite local trail is IDB. 


What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Any trail in Colorado with a great mountain view! I LOVE Crested Butte, CO! 

Do you have a nickname? 

I have 31 kids. All around the age of 7 and are students in my classroom. They call me Ms. Henderson :) 

Occupation: Elementary School Teacher in Lewisville ISD

Certifications: Level 1 PMBIA certified Mountain Bike Instructor

Paula Crisp

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I had been road riding with a friend in Dallas and loving that.  On one of our all day adventures around the city, we stumbled on the levees.  As we stood there looking at them straddling our road bikes, my friend turned to me and said, "You know what we need now... Mountain Bikes!" I found a decent hardtail and it sat in my living room for weeks.  I didn't know what to do with it, it was so big!  On a whim, I went down to Austin to attend a women's' skills clinic where I was hooked.  That was where I first saw Lisa, and found Dirt Side Sisters on the internet. I started riding with DSS soon after.  The power and positivity of women learning from women has stuck with me and I'm so proud and honored to be part of the Support Crew.  I'm a better rider and person because of DSS.  

How long have you been riding? 

Since 2014

What is your favorite local trail? 

Aledo is my home trail and my go to favorite... but I'm having a blast at River Legacy on my gravel bike too!

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

I'm discovering the trails in Bentonville and falling in love with them!

Do you have a nickname? 

Fatal Error was my roller derby name, and every now and then I'll still get called Fatal.  

Occupation: Professional Cat Herder.  Actually, I work for McKesson as a program manager for the patient assistance pharmacy that dispenses free cancer and specialty medications to patients who can't afford their medication.  See why I just say Cat Herder?  

Certifications: I have a certification in awesomeness and helping new riders discover mountain biking.  

Amy Preston

How did you get started mountain biking?

When I was a kid growing up in California, we use to push our bmx bikes up the coyote/ equestrian trails and just bomb down them. That was the 80’s. It wasn’t until the 2000’s, after taking time off to have my children, that I finally splurged on a carbon full suspension MTB. The rest is history

How long have you been riding?

Bicycles Since 1978. Legit MTB since 2004 (took some time off to have 4 beautiful babies)

What is your favorite local trail?

Too many to name just one! Top 2 tied: Northshore, Erwin (My home trail)

What is your favorite trail in North America?

That’s a tough one. There so many different regions that offer so many different riding experiences. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Arkansas, Idaho, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas....

I plead the fifth.

Do you have a nickname?

Ames and Amals - depending on when & where you met me and how long you’ve know me.

Occupation: Sales/Mechanic in a Bike Shop (Bicycles Plus Snider Plaza)

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, Trek Certified Service, Srambassador, Shimano T.E.C

Kourtney Fontenault

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I was working as a girl’s director for a summer camp in college and a local bike shop donated a bunch of Rock Hoppers to us. I bought one for super cheap when I left the camp and started biking with a friend I played soccer with. I met my husband through biking and then decided I had to find a girls group to ride with when I would have to miss the ride with the guys when I was working. That’s when I found DSS and started riding consistently.

How long have you been riding? 

I have had a bike in my garage since 2010. I did I would ride a couple of times a year until 2016 when I started riding weekly.


What is your favorite local trail? 

West Side of Northshore!

What is your favorite trail in North America?  

Probably Mount Syllamo in Arkansas because that was the first place I ever rode with my husband, Jeff.

Do you have a nickname?  

Kourtney with a K. My mom used to call me that as a kid and some people still randomly call me that even without knowing that.

Occupation: ER Nurse

Certifications: Mountain biking certifications or nursing certifications? ;) Level 1 PMBIA certified Mountain Bike Instructor

Stacy McKinney

How did you get started mountain biking? 

Kathey Carreiro got me started!  I borrowed a bike from DSS and never left.  It’s been the best thing in my life.  I can’t live without DSS!

How long have you been riding?

Mtb since 2018 road 2009

What is your favorite local trail? 

Boulder 

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Back 40 

Do you have a nickname? 

So Pro

Occupation:  Higginbotham Insurance Agency   Commercial Account Executive 

Leticia Espinoza

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I got started in mountain biking, for real, about three years ago because Paula, a fellow sister, invited me to go out riding on my hybrid!

How long have you been riding? 

I've been riding since forever, but mountain bikes for about 3 years.

What is your favorite local trail? 

Aledo is my home trail and my go to favorite... but I'm having a blast at River Legacy on my gravel bike too!    

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

My favorite trail is RCP!

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

My favorite trail in NA is anything in Colorado because I love it there and I'm from there!

Do you have a nickname? 

People call me Leti

Occupation:  I work for PwC in Client Services



Jill Thomas

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I was first encouraged to mountain bike by my boyfriend. He wanted to get back into biking so I started riding one of his old bikes..   Initially, I loved the scenery and the escape from the world the trees provided, but once I bought a better bike I started enjoying biking also. 

How long have you been riding?  

I have been riding since 2016.

What is your favorite local trail? 

My favorite local trail is Erwin.  Close to home and a really good workout if you push yourself to do it under an hour.

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

The most beautiful trail I have been on is the Hiline Trail in Sedona.  I walked my bike on the trail more than I could ride it, but it would have to rank as my favorite.   

Do you have a nickname?  

I do not have a nickname.

Occupation:  Insurance/ Claims



Donna Jones

How did you get started mountain biking?

A friend invited me to go ride the Frisco community trail.  I grabbed my old Schwinn mountain bike from my garage, and have been riding since.

How long have you been riding? 

Since  October 2016

What is your favorite local trail? 

Rowlett Creek Preserve

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

The cross country trails at Angel Fire, NM are beautiful!!

Do you have a nickname? 

Not in the MB world.  

Occupation: Bike mechanic at Bicycles Plus Snider Plaza

Certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS)

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Tiffany Ronan

How did you get started mountain biking?

My boyfriend (now husband) decided to ride his MTB for his birthday and invited me along. I borrowed a bike from my son and he took me to northshore for my first ride. It was the beginning of a beautiful new chapter in my biking life!

How long have you been riding?

Since September 2014

What is your favorite local trail?

Northshore

What is your favorite trail in North America?

Oil well flats in Cañon City, CO

Do you have a nickname?

Not really

Occupation:
sales - American Airlines


Kathey Carreiro

How did you get started mountain biking? 

How long have you been riding? 

I bought my first mountain bike in the summer of 2008.

What is your favorite local trail? 

We have so many great trails in DFW but my favorite right now is Frisco because of the open landscape.

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

I haven't ridden very much outside of DFW but I really enjoyed riding in the dessert at Brown's Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Do you have a nickname? No

Occupation: Software Engineer



Jamy Vogel

How did you get started mountain biking?  

Senior year in high school, I decided I'd start mountain biking with my Dad. The rest is history.  

How long have you been riding? 

Since 8 years (2012)

What is your favorite local trail? 

Hard to choose there are so many great trails! Right now Gateway is my favorite. 

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Fountain head, Lakeridge Virginia 

Do you have a nickname? No

Occupation: Awaiting finalization 


Jo McFarling

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I have been a soccer player all my life. Though I still love soccer, after two knee surgeries I was looking for a sport with less impact. I was actually suggested by my knee surgeon to look into mountain biking. I found out about dirt side sisters and have been hooked ever since my first ride with them! 

How long have you been riding? 

Since November 2018

What is your favorite local trail? 

I like Horseshoe!

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

I’ve really only ridden around the DFW area. I’m excited to explore more trails!

Do you have a nickname? 

Jo is my nickname 

Occupation: 3rd grade teacher 

Certifications: CPR


Megan Davis

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I used to do a lot of hiking and backpacking in the Northeast. After moving to Dallas, I realized that isn't as easily accessible here, so I wanted to find another way to get outdoors. I found out about all of the trails around here and learned of the amazing women of Dirt Side Sisters! Mountain biking is a great way to get some exercise while being outdoors - and you can meet great people.

How long have you been riding? 

Since 2018

What is your favorite local trail? 

Horseshoe

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

I haven't mountain biked outside of Dallas, but I rode the northern portion of the Pacific Coast Highway and that was incredible!

Do you have a nickname? 

Only one that my older sister calls me and I'm not willing to admit it here ;)

Occupation: Development Coordinator at and Environmental Nonprofit

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, CPR



Meagan Alpha

How did you get started mountain biking?

Used to hike Northshore a lot and would see the mountain bikers! Thought it would be fun and eventually tried it!

How long have you been riding? 

Since 2019

What is your favorite local trail? 

Northshore

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Waterloo is fun! Looking forward to venturing out to more trails!

Do you have a nickname? 

Meg

Occupation: APRN

Certifications



Angela Bullock

How did you get started mountain biking? 

Friends! Friends introducing friends to other outdoor adventuring.

How long have you been riding?

Riding bicycles all my life. 2007 started riding road and triathlon, 2013 bought my first serious mountain bike and learned about the DFW DORBA Trails. Wow.

What is your favorite local trail? 

I like them all.

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Whatever trail that I am on.

Do you have a nickname? 

No

Occupation: Retired and loving it.

Certifications: CPR, First Aid, AED


Lex Jackson

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I borrowed a bike from DSS in June 2019

How long have you been riding?

Since April 2019

What is your favorite local trail? 

I really like Horseshoe. Sister Grove is also my local DORBA trail and I am very fond of that one too!

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Well the only trail I have been to not in Texas has been at Lake Murray in Oklahoma. let me explore some more and I’ll get back to you ;)

Do you have a nickname? 

No

Occupation: Teacher’s Aide in Elementary Sp. Ed.

Certifications:



Rachel McCormick

How did you get started mountain biking? 

I grew up in Austin and started cycling and mountain biking there in the early 90s but took a long break before finding DSS in 2018. 

How long have you been riding?

Since joining DSS I've been riding regularly again for about two years.

What is your favorite local trail? 

Too many to choose from and I haven't ridden them all, but Erwin is my home trail and I just love it out there.

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

Years ago I spent some time in Colorado and New Mexico- the trails there are amazing. Hoping to get up there again soon. 

Do you have a nickname? 

No

Occupation:  Certified teacher

Certifications: CPR, First Aid


Sarah Hysaw

How did you get started mountain biking? 

Paula Crisp told me I had to try out a MTB, so on the hottest day last Summer in the middle of the afternoon, I rented a bike and went with her to the trails. She used all her DSS skills from being on the Support Crew to get me confident and flying on the trails at Aledo, I was hooked for life. Paula was my MT bike fairy godmother ❤️

How long have you been riding?

Since Summer 2019

What is your favorite local trail? 

Aledo. It’s where I fell in love with MTB so it holds my heart for sentimental reasons

What is your favorite trail in North America? 

All things Colorado

Do you have a nickname? 

No

Occupation: Homeschooling mom ,sommelier, and grant writer


Antoniette Vickio

Dirt Side Sisters is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to create a gateway to #getmorewomenriding mountain bikes confidently by increasing their skills and building community around them

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