About Zania 

Pronounced Zay – nee – a

Our clothing here at Zania is designed by women for women who have an interest or obsession with two wheels. We look at future trends in the fashion industry and this influences the bright, bold prints and colours we use to design each of our ranges.

We certainly bring fashion and the passion for riding together with the aim of clothing you in the most comfortable, practical and stylish gear so you look and feel great out on the trails. But don’t take our word for it... try it for yourself! 

What does the name Zania Mean?

‘You are aspiring for more, you have faith and passion. You have the power to achieve anything you can and you will succeed. You are always reaching for something different, something higher. You are bold, bright, determined and independent. You know what you want, why you want it and you will get it’.  Janine – Founder of Zania Womens MTB Wear and the Mindful Mountain Biker.

 
Does this resonate with some of you out there and do you have a desire to be this persona?

Zania is not just a mountain bike clothing range, it is a community brought together by a shared interest in riding bikes, but it doesn’t end there. We take a holistic approach to mountain biking which encompasses the physical, practical and mental aspects of the sport. You will see this approach echoed throughout the website, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on events, information and competitions.

About Janine Wolstenholme – Founder of Zania Womens MTB Wear and Mindful Mountain Biker

 

Well hello people (waving uncontrollably atcha!), Janine here from Zania... 

 

I can’t believe that I’m actually saying that, or writing it for that matter. It’s been a dream of mine for many years, and you will see this as you continue reading.   I really want to take time to share with you who I am, how I started riding mountain bikes, what floats my boat when it comes to two wheels and I why Zania Womens MTB Wear.


Grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy...

So why Zania?

 

Back in the early days there were virtually no brands out there providing women mountain bike wear so my ‘go to gear’ was fellas bike wear in a size small. I’m sure you’ve been there too at some point. The alternative was lycra and for those of you who are in the know …….that’s a definite no no for downhill. I did think about starting clothing line then but my career developed, so the project was put on hold for about 10 years.  

After a number of years riding mountain bikes and racing I realised there was still a growing need for a new ladies mountain bike clothing range and I personally still had a very big itch to scratch when it came to designing a women mountain bike clothing range.

So, 2017 was the beginning of a new chapter with the development of Zania Sports Clothing. You could say, Zania was born out of many years of frustration with the mountain bike clothing industry not providing a women specific cycling range that ticked all the boxes for me  -  looked good, was comfortable and practical. I started working with a designer back in January 2017 and we immediately started work on designing a women specific mountain bike clothing range.

Wow, what an incredible journey this has been so far to get a product designed and into production. Thank you for being part of this journey, together we are in for one hell of a ride!

So, two wheels came into my life back in the early noughties when I wanted something to complement the strength training I was doing in the gym. So my husband and I decided to buy a couple of mountain bikes and gear, the cheapies from the local leisure store and that was us well equipped and ready to rock and roll.

 

But guess what?... I was hooked and soon became an avid trail rider. We’d spend most weekend riding in the Peak District, the local woodlands with the odd trip to Wales and Scotland to dip our toe further into the mountain biking lifestyle. We soon built up a network of mountain biking friends to meet up with at the weekends, ranging from the weekend warrior to the full on committed racer. My fitness and skills progressed quickly and I soon found that I preferred riding downhill rather than pedalling uphill.  I started longing for the challenge of riding downhill, fast and this was the slippery slope to an adrenaline fuelled lifestyle, pushing my limits mentally and physically, with the odd injury thrown in as a slap in the face to test my resilience and mental strength on bouncing back to fitness and getting back in the saddle. If you’ve been in a place of recovery before then you’ll certainly know the challenges.   

At this point I needed help to manage my emotions, I knew my mind was playing an important role in my performance and had to retrain my thoughts if I was to achieve my desired outcome.  I discovered I had an interest in Psychology in Sports and then went on develop my knowledge in this field and put into practice what I had learnt with great success, achieving goals that I set for myself on many occasions. I extended my expertise out to help others too both on and off the bike through coaching.

So why Zania?

 

Back in the early days there limited brands out there providing women mountain bike wear so my ‘go to gear’ was fellas bike wear in a size small. I’m sure you’ve been there too at some point. The alternative was lycra and for those of you who are in the know …….that’s a definite no no for downhill. I did think about starting clothing line then but my career developed, so the project was put on hold for about 10 years.  

After a number of years riding mountain bikes and racing I realised there was still a growing need for a new ladies mountain bike clothing range and I personally still had a very big itch to scratch when it came to designing a women mountain bike clothing range.

So, 2017 was the beginning of a new chapter with the development of Zania Womens MTB Wear. You could say, Zania was born out of many years of frustration with the mountain bike clothing industry not providing a women specific cycling range that ticked all the boxes for me  -  looked good, was comfortable and practical. I started working with a designer back in January 2017 and we immediately started work on designing a women specific mountain bike clothing range.

Wow, what an incredible journey this has been so far to get a product designed and into production. Thank you for being part of this journey, together we are in for one hell of a ride!

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