Lisa Willemse is a writer and communications strategist who is never far from the outdoors. She spent more than a dozen years living in Alberta’s Bow Valley, where she first began mountain biking as a rest-day activity from various climbing pursuits. In 2008, Willemse moved to the Ottawa, Ont. area, hung up the chalk bag and began exploring the singletrack networks in the city’s big backyard. She’s turned her love of wooded trails into a busy volunteer job, serving on the board of the Ottawa Mountain Bike Association and working with land managers in a program to integrate 100+ kilometres of new singletrack into Gatineau Park.