FOTC: Molly Hurford, and Lindsay’s Joyride

Shred Girls Take Over Joyride 150!

I met Molly at this year’s Women’s Weekend at Joyride 150.  She was there to ride and promote her upcoming book for young readers:  Shred Girls:  Lindsay’s Joyride, the first in a series about girls who ride bikes.

She reached out to me a few weeks ago about  FOTC post.


I gotta say, I dig this.  Books about girls who ride?  Um, awesome.  Also, yay books.  My daughter is 13 (the book is suggested for readers 8-14) and I think she’s facing a sometimes cruel world, filled with negative stereotypes about women, and fallacious expectations about how she should act.

She resists!

But many don’t.  Or can’t.

Or don’t know how to.

I think Shred Girls contributes to an important conversation, especially for young women.

I’m surrounded by a bunch of strong and awesome women who ride.  In a sport that is often dominated by men, they ride through preconceived notions (while riding circles around me), and make the sport better.shred-girls-team-colin.jpg

So…Shred Girls is having a launch party at Joyride 150, and Molly wants you to come.  All the details are listed below.

You’re Invited to the Shred Girls Launch at Joyride150 Bike Park!

Come celebrate the release of Shred Girls: Lindsay’s Joyride, and enjoy free skills sessions, demos from rad Real Life Shred Girls, snacks, tons of swag and giveaways + more!

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Joyride150 Indoor Bike Park in Markham ON
  • 11AM-4PM
  • $5 admission for women

About Shred Girls:  Lindsay’s Joyride

It’s time to ride and save the day!shred-girls-team-colin.jpg

Lindsay can’t wait to spend her summer break reading comics and watching superhero movies–until she finds out she’ll be moving in with her weird older cousin Phoebe instead. And Phoebe has big plans for Lindsay: a BMX class at her bike park with cool-girl Jen and perfectionist Ali. 

Lindsay’s summer of learning awesome BMX tricks with new friends and a new bike turns out to be more epic than any comic book–and it’s all leading up to a jumping competition. 

But some of the biker boys don’t think girls should be allowed to compete in BMX. Now it’s up to Lindsay, Jen, and Ali to win the competition and prove that anyone can be great at BMX.

Early Readers Say…

“It’s a great book. It is my favorite bike book I have ever read. I think it’s cool they do bunny hops and other tricks. I want to go to joyride now! I’d give it 5 stars and it’s an exciting book to read”  Margo, 8 

“Lindsay is obsessed with superheroes and wants to become one someday.  She was so excited for summer vacation so she can practice her superhero tricks everyday.  Unfortunately, Lindsay’s parents tell her that she has to spend the summer away with her older cousin Phoebe.  Lindsay believes this to be terrible news, but little does she know Phoebe is going introduce her to a new world of adventure on two wheels.  Molly Hurford creates an awesome story about a girl who starts out shy but gains confidence and new friends while learning to Shred. This book is truly a Joy Ride” Riley, 10

“Riley is a good reader but not an obsessive reader. We make her read at least 30 mins every night.  She’s read Harry Potter etc but rarely reads for more than an hour at a time. Well she started Shred Girls tonight and hasn’t put it down. She’s on chapter 14 and just looked up and said “I sure hope she writes a second book””  Tom (Riley’s dad)

“Lindsay’s Joyride was very inspiring and definitely a fun read. It made me want to go back to Joyride 150 (which is one of my favorite places), hop on my bike, and try something new. I think all girls should read it, rider or not, because it really shows that riding is all about fun. You don’t have to be super good or competitive. All you need is the willingness to have fun and try something new. Molly’s book portrays that message clearly and in an interesting way. I love riding my bike and I loved reading Lindsay’s Joyride.”  Jett, 12

More Info:

Pre-Order Shred Girls: Lindsay’s Joyride (out May 7, 2019)

For more info visit: or email


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