It comes as no surprise that the leading brand for women's specific mountain bikes should have a top team of female riders.
The Juliana-SRAM Pro Team is made up of three unstoppable athletes who help lead the way for the Juliana family, growing and strengthen the brand name as well as providing feedback for developers.
The Juliana - SRAM pro race team goes above and beyond for their brand by testing and piloting new bike builds, and contributing their valued opinions to the development process. This ensures that the Juliana brand delivers the optimum riding experience for athletes and hobbyists alike. Their feedback is crucial for the growth of Juliana Bicycles, and maintaining their sterling reputation for producing high-end women's specific mountain bikes.
Competing in the Enduro World Series, and various all-mountain and enduro events, each team athlete proudly rides a customised Juliana Roubion, or Juliana Furtado bike. Each bike has been perfectly set up for their riding style to ensure optimum performance, and those podium finishes.
The riders write up regular race reports on the Juilana Bicycles blog, too - so you can keep up to date with what they're up to.
New Zealand born, Anka Martin spends her year divided between her home town of Nelson, and travelling the world riding and racing her Juliana bike. Finishing 2015 ranked 12th in the world, Anka has already had a bad start to the race season, Anka broke her metacarpel in her right hand and underwent surgery in February. Despite sustaining a broken my hand Anka just completed the 3000km Tour Aotearoa in NZ for charity. However, This injury will also result in Anka missing out on the first two rounds of the EWS, but we'll expect to see her shred those trails soon after.
Sarah Leishman was born in the mountain bike Mecca and home of Crankworx, Whistler, Canada. So it's no surprise that she took to the trails like a mountain goat. Having sustained a shoulder injury last year, Sarah begins the 2016 season fit and ready to go for the gold. She'll be racing each stage of the Enduro World series on her custom Juliana Roubion for the team.
Finishing the 2015 season ranked 14th in the World, Kelli Emmet grew up in the rocky mountains of Colorado. In addition to racing enduro and all-mountain events, Kelli is keen on training and fitness. She often writes for the Juliana family with training plans and techniques.
In addition to its founder, Juli Furtado and the Juliana-SRAM pro race team, the brand has former National downhill champion, Kathy Pruitt on board to assist the development team and coordinate the Juliana demo events. These events play an important role for the brand as it allows women to try-before-you-buy, and familiarise themselves with the Juliana range.
With an army of female ambassadors across the globe, including the UK's representative, Aneela McKenna, who runs Go Where MTB tours in Scotland. The Juliana family is strong and proud to represent the brand.
Both Juliana ambassadors and racers often publish blogs and articles on the Juliana website from lifestyle, to fitness to race events. Keeping the Juliana name alive and at the forefront of women's cycling.
Words: Jess Strange