Eight-year-old Aksel and his 51-year-old mom are adventure buddies. They hit the trails together and ski the slopes side-by-side. But it was a conscious decision on Denise Ward O’Connor’s part that made this mother and son relationship play out this way.
After years of trying unsuccessfully to conceive a child, Denise and her husband turned to motorcycling as a distraction, a way to “get on with their lives.” It wasn’t long after they started riding together that Denise found out she was pregnant. Later that year, she gave birth to her son.
But as Aksel started to get older, he started getting involved in outdoor adventure—skiing at three, and getting his first dirt bike at age seven.
And she is. They ride together often. However, what Denise started to realize, was while she loves riding with her son and spending time with him, she started enjoying dirt biking for herself as well. In order to up her game, she attended the Dirtastic Main Event, a weekend-long dirt bike festival for women by women.
Not only has this relationship with her son been great for Denise, but for Aksel as well.
Denise's determination to participate alongside her son isn't just a great story—it was the inspiration for Mountainist's mission: to get 10,000 women off the sidelines.
For all the mammas (younger and older) out there looking for a little fun and adventure, you too can shred, ride, climb, and adventure to your heart’s content. Check out Mountainist for new ways you can get off the sidelines and into the game.