Juliana Bicycles - Leigh Bowe

Leigh Bowe


Can you give us a brief intro about yourself?

My name is Leigh. I like long bike rides, technical descents and food. 

Where do you call home?
Spokane, Washington. I just moved here from a ski town deep in the mountains of Colorado. I'm still adjusting to city life, but the trails here are rad!

What’s your day job? What’s your favorite part of your day job? What’s your least favorite part of your day job?
I just started a new gig in a busy urgent care clinic in Spokane. I'm a family nurse practitioner, so I get to suture, treat fractures, colds and other various ailments. I like being able to interact with people on a personal level and I find it very gratifying to be able to make them feel better in a short visit. I think human interaction is important and I like making brief connections with people from all walks of life. 

Who’s your favorite riding buddy and why?
I don't think I have a favorite riding buddy. I kinda have a weird fetish for riding with beginners. I adore getting a good hard ride in with my husband and our two doggos, and I'm also happy to get out for some alone time and hard intervals all by myself. 

When did you start mountain biking? Why did you start? What made you a lifer (was it a moment, a ride, a trip, etc.?)?
I had this crappy 18-speed rigid bike as a kid- the model was a Stone Mountain, but it wasn't really a mountain bike. I clearly recall seeking out gravelly places to ride it, like construction sites and dirt country roads near my home town of Waunakee, Wisconsin. I didn't really realize there was such a thing as singletrack until I met a cool guy (ended up marrying him) while I was in Baghdad, Iraq for a year. As soon as I got back to the US- I immediately dusted off the hand-me-down hardtail that I had been occasionally riding to work, and I took it out on the trail system in El Paso, TX. I was hooked, pretty much instantly and started riding every chance I could. 

What’s the thing you love second to cycling and why?
Tough call. I like being in the mountains and backcountry skiing is a good back up when the winter fat-biking is no bueno.  I like to hike and climb and paddle board. There are lots of second loves, but bikes are definitely number 1. 

Do you feel that you have a good balance in your life? If yes, how do you achieve that? If no, what's off balance and why? 
I don't know if I would call it balance.  I tend to have this pendulum-pattern of too much work, too much play that is cyclic in nature.  In the past, when I've managed to find that balance, its been a combination of a great job close to home in the mountains with a healthy dose of understanding from my husband.   

What’s your favorite ride snack?
Lately, I've been eating the fancy fig bars from Costco. I'm also partial to a mid-ride ice cream snack on those long, all-day epics. 

If you left for a big mountain bike trip tomorrow, what're the top 3 things you couldn’t live without?
Assuming we're not talking about food and water things :) I have started bikepacking lately and if it's a big trip, that means 500+ miles of trail. Less is more.  I would need my bike and packs and my cell.  Anything else is extra weight. 

What’s your favorite local trail and why?
Bomber. It's an old-school DH trail that is fast with lots of natural features like rock chunks mixed with smooth doubles, bridges and some optional drops and gaps that scare me. It basically has it all. 

What’s one other thing in your life that is as good as this trail?
My life is full of awesome and I'm grateful for it. That said, nothing beats a great day on the trail.