This first issue is a blend of empowerment, motivation, and encouragement! Ash Kelly focused on a group of women who are based in Whistler, British Columbia and known as the Womens’ Freeride Movement; Michelle Lambert took us behind the race scene to explain her love of racing and the sisterhood she experiences while competing; and Karen Kefauver broke through her fear of the pump track. Not only did she live to tell the tale, she decided to share it with us! Also throughout the issue you will find photos from Norma Ibarra that were taken at the inaugeral North Shore Mountain Bike Association’s Ladies Only Toonie Prerides! Shortly after submitting her article on Raising a Ripper, Jen Charrette gave birth to the newest member of their family, Lars. Congratulations, Jen! We hope that you enjoy our premier issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together!