Ashley was born and raised in Vancouver but has since made her way to Toronto with her family.
“I am currently based in Toronto but take lots of flights going back and forth between the two,” she explains. According to an interview she did with the Huffington Post, Ashley was one of the only people in her graduating class to not attend university straight out of high school. “All of my friends went to university, and I was the only one who didn’t. So, I decided to audition for a few musical theatre programs, which eventually led me to New York City,” she said to Huffington Post. While in New York City, Ashley studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School. “NYC is where I was introduced to indoor cycling,” she says. “This is where the idea for RIDE was born.”
In an article by On Purpose, Ashley stated that she taught indoor cycling at almost 25 studios over the course of seven years leading up to opening her own space. “This is how I was able to build my following,” she said in the article. During that time, Ashley thought about opening RIDE almost every day, so she decided to take a course at BCIT called “How to Start Your Own Small Business.” Finally, in 2014, RIDE CYCLE CLUB opened its very first studio on Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver. “I love having a studio in the hub of the downtown core. It makes it easy for so many people to access a health and wellness space,” says Ashley.
RIDE CYCLE CLUB is an innovative boutique-concept spin studio that challenges the status quo of indoor cycling. Each RIDE is a full-body workout designed to reboot and strengthen both your mind and body. RIDE combines intense cardiovascular sweat, micro bike movements, and full body toning reinforced by the authority of music. RIDE has expanded and now has four locations across Canada—two in Vancouver, one in Calgary, and one in Toronto.
“The highlight of running the business is by far the community of riders RIDE has built,” says Ashley. “The people of RIDE are the magic behind the brand and all of the studio(s) success.” Looking ahead, Ashley can’t wait to welcome new riders into the community and further grow the RIDE CYCLE CLUB brand through local partnerships and community activations.
“Come check out the studio whether you’re new to spin or not!” she says. “All classes provide modifications to new and advanced riders, making it accessible to all. We will welcome you with open arms!”
Visit RIDE’s downtown Vancouver location in-person at 881 Hamilton Street or online.