About Us


It’s pretty simple — we want to help get more ladies on mountain bikes and support women who have goals to compete at the highest level of the sport.


The KS Kenda Elite Women’s Mountain Bike Team made its racing debut in January 2018. The team grew out of the desire for female racers to have the support and comRADery of a team in a racing environment that has a shortage of available team slots.

Throughout the season, we all saw each other at races and began to form friendships. We agreed that there are very few spots available on the few domestic women’s teams. After talking with each other, we decided to create a new pathway and created our own team!

The KS Kenda Women

Our team is predominately cross-country focused, with three strong, driven, hard-working women: Emma Maaranen, Jen Malik, and Nikki Peterson.