Julie Goldzman discovered mountain biking in 2004, when a boyfriend invited her on a mountain bike road trip around the Southwest. However, as a competitive volleyball player, gym rat, and runner, she didn’t have a bike. A trip to the sporting goods store and $200 later, Julie was armed with a used bike and off on her first MTB adventure.

In 2010, mountain biking became Julie’s primary sport after injuries forced her to quit volleyball. In search of her pre-injury fitness, she joined a local mountain bike group in Santa Rosa, CA, and started riding at Annadel State Park. Regular rides helped her recover from the injuries, as well as build new skills and confidence on the bike.

In 2012, Julie’s MTB life went from casual to competitive when, at 39 years old, she entered her first MTB race and was introduced to an amazing community of MTB women. Exhilarated that she could compete as a Masters athlete, eight years racing XC and Marathon MTB followed. Now in her 9th race season, Julie is excited to race Enduro for the first time!

As Julie became more serious about riding, she craved the coached instruction that she had as a volleyball player. She started taking MTB clinics throughout the Bay Area, eventually landing in an MTB Experience clinic after a mutual friend introduced her to Jeni. Several MTB Experience clinics later, she was inspired to take her training to the next level, and the Spring 2021 earned her BICP Level 1 MTB Instructor Certification. She is also a NICA Level 1 coach.

Julie was also wildlife biologist and a travel planner, and enjoys talking about nature and all the cool places you can travel to with your bike!