Kris came to Park City last weekend from Montana.Watching her biking confidence sky rocket over the course of 2 days was so rewarding for both of us! One of the last drills we worked on during the second day, she got on and off her bike in a whole new way. She got right into the ready position without hesitation. Kris is going to have a WHOLE NEW experience on the trails from now on. We worked around snowy weather and chilly temperatures AND still had lots of fun!
For the culmination of an amazing weekend of skills, Erica took the women on an EPIC ride! When you have more confidence in your riding ability, you can ride to parts of the mountains that only experienced riders get to go! There are no crowds and epic views! These women ROCKED their skills! The more skills you have, the more fun you have!
Learning to ride up and down rocks is so empowering! This intermediate group learned a variety of ways to tackle rocks from all angles! Erica Tingey coached the women on riding rock gardens in the morning. They gained confidence in riding on a variety of terrain that prepared them for the afternoon ride!
Since some of the participants flew to Park City just for the clinic, we wanted to take advantage of the time dedicated to Women in the Mountains. So Erica led them in a bike maintenance session in the afternoon while it was raining!
The women learned how to replace brake pads and most importantly, how to fix a flat. Then they learned how to add Stan's NoTubes Sealant to a tire and re-seat it!
Day 2 was forecasted for heavy rain, and indeed it did rain, buckets and buckets of rain! The trails in Park City don't always handle heavy rain well, so to be safe, we met for a mobility session!
Coach Kristen Lane lead us in a mobility session for cyclists.
Day 1 of the intermediate clinic had everyone FLYING!!! These women are tough as nails and brave as Wonder Woman! The weather is making our schedule a challenge this weekend, and these are the women that made it happen, they are hungry for knowledge and are soaking it all in. We started the Intermediate clinic with some basics and then moved right into the heart of what everyone wanted to learn: jumps and drops!
This weekend's clinic in Ely, Nevada was SO amazing! They were all supportive and receptive which created an environment of super learning! Many thanks to this group of smart and fun women. We had varying levels of skill and fitness. This only added to the camaraderie and fun! Everyone learned something new. Based on all the emails that rolled in after the clinic, there was no doubt they all enjoyed it!
The night prior to the clinic, we met at Sportsworld in Ely for a bike check, meet and greet! Huge thanks to their mechanics for getting everyone dialed in. The next day, one of the women on a rental bike was having issues. We called Sportsworld and they came out to us and delivered her a better functioning rental bike! Talk about top notch customer care!
Private session with Elisabeth today! She loves her Kuat Rack so I made sure to get her a matching shirt and socks! Elisabeth has been riding mountain bikes for years and seems to have one (or two) big crashes per year. She was ready to get some skills under her belt so she can ride safer AND have more fun. She added skill upon skill easily and was riding with confidence by the end of the session!
Yes, we work with men too! Steve made the trip from Las Vegas to work with Erica for a few days this week. He's an excellent rider with lots of miles under his belt, he was ready for coaching to take it to the next level. We worked on going up and down obstacles (to prepare him to ride BFR-vegas peeps will know that:). We improved his cornering skills and got him more relaxed for descents. He put in a large volume week on the Park City trails. Pretty sure he's ready to rock anything now!
Kristen, the cornering queen! This was her second private session with Women in the Mountains and her goal was to corner faster and more efficiently. We worked on a different set of corners than the last session to give her more "real world" corners. She is smokin' fast through them now!
Changed up the scenery to work with Lisa today! We worked on her local trails so she could build confidence directly with the trails she rides from her front door. She learned bike/body separation and how to utilize her suspension. She got her front wheel off the ground for the first time, you should've heard the laughs! Moments like those are what I love sharing with women!
Cammie took 2 private sessions from Erica in July and her progress was jaw dropping! She rocked the berms and jumps during our private sessions! This mother of 6 had no idea what she was capable of, the next hour she was riding the wooden berm so high it took my breath away! In the meantime she learned how useful her dropper is and now she is stoked to try even more features!
- The high school teams from St. George (Flying Monkeys) and Cedar City (Iron Giants) hired coach Erica to work with their girls in Cedar City. We met on a warm day and spent time working on skills in the dirt then riding a single track loop. Jamis Bikes, Kuat Racks, Crank Brothers, Verge Sport all contributed goodies for the girls. Huge thanks for those companies for supporting the developmement of these young athletes!
Kim (aka Magic Sandwiches) was such an incredible student! She bought her first mountain bike less than a year ago AFTER she had 6 children. She came to the desert clinic with Lynda and Erica in January. In the meantime she has been practicing her skills and was ready to take it to the next level. This girl ROCKED it! She nailed the corners and learned to roll a drop. Now she's going to explore more trails with confidence and ease!