Women in the Mountains hosted a level 2 skills clinic in Park City, Utah last Saturday. The focus was on cornering and tight switchbacks. The women dialed in their body position and were cornering really efficiently and with confidence by the end of the clinic! We love watching these women gain confidence in their skills!
Women in the Mountains now has a portable jump! This opens up where we can teach since the jump has different heights. Plus our fun factor has gone through the roof, everyone loves to fly!
The future of mountain biking is bright! Coach Erica Tingey had the honor of working on skills with nearly 80 high school girls today. They are all so enthusiastic, hard working, respectful and kind. Our sport is being passed onto an amazing generation!
Erica Tingey, Lynda Wallenfels and Lisa Leonard returned to St. George for the 4th Desert edition of Women in the Mountains! The clinic was sold out and had the biggest variety in rider skill levels yet. Everyone loved learning to ride the manual and almost half of the women learned the wheelie!
Jenny booked a private session to improve her mountain bike handling skills. She has ridden a road bike for years and recently purchased a mountain bike. She was excited about the small things (like learning how to start on a hill) as well as the bigger ones, such as how to ride up a curb or a small rock! She is taking another session with her daughter in a couple of weeks.
We got to ride out mountain bikes in January! IN THE SUNSHINE! The 3rd Desert Edition of Women in the Mountains turned out to perfect.
Here are a few highlights:
Below you will find some of the testimonials from 2016 clinics! We are honored to hear these great reviews.
"Thank you so much for the incredible clinic and for sharing your knowledge with us! I'm excited to implement and improve upon the skills I learned as I hope to take MTB to the highest levels possible for me - but hope to attend more of your skill camps as I know I've only scratched the surface. Happy riding and keep dominating your racing careers!" Dee (11/19/16)
"Thank you so much for all that you do to get more women on bikes. Mountain biking has been a lifeline for me during the last couple of years and the skills that I've learned from both of you have really helped me get more enjoyment out of my time on the trails. " C (11/19/16)
"Awesome Clinic! Would definitely do again. Learned useful skills that with lots of practice will make me a better (and safer) rider" DN (11/12/19)
"What an amazing experience! Excellent information to really help improve mountain bike skills! I would highly recommend any woman who is interested in , or already enjoys, mountain biking to take this clinic. Thank you Erica and Lynda you two are amazing" Brookanne (11/12/16)
"Erica, I absolutely loved everything about the class. Not just bike skills, but attitude skills to go along with it. I learned so much and I am really excited to apply it all to my love of mountain biking. From proper position, placement of weight, to pedal and coaster wheelies and drops. I cannot say enough good about it. My only wish is that I could record it and watch it all over again. Thank you so much!" Virginia (11/12/16)
"You're awesome and your clinic was an absolute blast. You and Lynda did an amazing job. I'm super excited to take the skills leaned and apply them on the dirt. Thank you, thank you!!!" Shirley (11/12/16)
"Loved the clinic! For me, it took a week of practicing the "cues" that were taught, specifically to bend elbows, lower chest, butt out and push your weight through the bottom bracket. This has helped my confidence immensely while descending and made the downhill actually fun and not scary!" Carrie (8/6/16)
"Erica, you really are wonderful. It was a great day on the bike sessioning with a bunch of sanguine women! Thank you is not enough!" Moonbeam (8/6/16)
"Erica, thanks for such a great skills clinic. I love your teaching style it really fit me. You always explained the why behind the what and gave a great demonstration. I am totally excited to take all the skills you taught me and apply them. You had me doing things I thought I could not do. I now have more confidence. Best of all you were very personable and sincerely interested in helping me to be the best I can be. I would recommend you to anyone". Kelly (8/1/16)
"Thanks for an awesome day. Lots of valuable info, tips, drills to build and update the skills! " Susi (6/10/16)
The second Desert Edition of Women in the Mountains was another great success! Huge thanks to Jamis Bicycles for supporting these events. The women love their Jamis shirts and all the other goodies provided by Stan's NoTubes, ESI grips, .
This time we ended up with 18 women in the desert sunshine including coaches Erica Tingey and Lynda Wallenfels. We worked on skills at a private home then at a nearby school. During our lunch break the women sat in Elevated Legs and prepared for an afternoon on red dirt! On the dirt the women more about body position going up and down hills. Then the got to practice going up rocks, the most exciting part!
Women in the Mountains went to the desert! Erica Tingey and Lynda Wallenfels hosted the clinic on the red dirt single track. They had a sold out clinic and an assistant making it a group of 17 women! The day was phonemail with success on everyone's part. The group of women consisted of absolute beginners to great riders.
Ashley has been through the Women in the Mountains clinic and had a prior private session with Erica Tingey. She was ready to learn the art of flying off of rocks! We met at Trailside Bike park and with all of her foundational tools learned throughout the summer, we were able to get her in the air with ease and comfort in less than an hour! Nice work Ashley!
Holly and her husband are new to mountain biking this year. They have been riding all summer and decided it was time to get some pointers. Both of them picked up every skill I taught immediately. It was cool to watch their dynamic as a couple and have them learn together.
Working with Kelly B. was a blast. She has ridden mountain bikes for the past 4 years and was ready to step up her game! So many of the cues "clicked" for her and she was cornering like a pro by the end!
Working with Mel was awesome! She has been a strong road rider for a long time and new to mountain biking. She discovered how to seperate her body from her bike and so many other things!
On week later I got this text from her: "Managed to mountain bike and made it downhill on the bike instead of walking most of the way!! Had a fabulous time and excited for more lessons."
Thanks to Ashley for setting up this clinic! Participants were: Ashley, Ivy, Lois, Hillarie, Julie, Kelly, Anne, Melissa. We had such a fabulous group dynamic! More details to come next week. For now it's off to Interbike!
Erica hosted an all day skills clinic with Lynne, Kari, Anne and Christina