This is WHY we love getting more women on bikes! The day after the Christchurch, New Zealand clinic (see post below), a handful of us went back to the bike park and there were SO many high fives at the end of the runs! A whole new level of stoke was reached since everyone could handle their bikes even better!
The Christchurch, New Zealand clinic was amazing! Such a warm welcome from this international group of women (countries represented at the clinic: England, Russia, Australia, 2 from the USA and 2 from Germany!). They all made great progress and had loads of fun, a million thanks for the excellent day!
These photos are in the morning with an ocean view in the background, that is new for Women in the MOUNTAINS!
Lunch stop at "Sign of the Kiwi"
In the afternoon, we made it to the gorgeous tall pines. The women rocked the corners with these massive trees as the background. So fun to watch everyone push their limits on the steeper berms at the end of the day.
They ROCKED their mountain bike skills this weekend in Christchurch!
Gwenn, Jenny, Michelle, Sarah, Arenda, Tiffany, Erica, Janene, Lynda, Naomi
Private session today with my friend from the 7th grade! She is a natural athlete and we’ve even raced together on the road! This lovely woman has endured some serious bike accidents and continues to get back on and push through her fears. So exciting to see her take on some new skills so she can regain her confidence on the trails! Thanks for being a dear and life long friend Camille!
Sign up for your private session today for results like these! “Thanks for a great class today. Erica is able to break it down to easy simple steps, followed by a demonstration, which enabled me to do things I didn't think I could do. She does a great job at building my confidence. I like the fact that she takes pictures and videos of me. Therefore, I can take it home and review technique. Definitely recommend taking a class from Erica.” Kelly C. 10/27/17
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!
Verge Sport has outfitted my riding for the past 2 years and I have never been more comfortable! I wear some piece of my "kit" close to 330 days per year, so it has to fit me perfectly. My standard for fabric is incredibly high since it is next to my skin (which is dry much of the year living in a high alpine environment). Enter Verge Sport. Every single piece from them is top notch, absolutely the best I have worn in my 8 years of professional bike career.
Elite Women ́s Tec-T Short Sleeve Raglan
Crew neck is great for humid environments (New Zealand!) where you don't really want clothing to hug your body!
Strike Jersey (and bibs) perfect for long cross country rides in the cool mountain air. The 3 pockets in the back allow me to ride without a pack.
Peak Combo Jacket is perfect for early mornings before I teach or mid-day snow biking! This is the warmest cycling jacket I've ever owned!
Hoodie is perfect for hiking, casual spring rides or just hanging out near my bikes!
Flight Jacket is super light and plenty warm for riding in the shoulder seasons. When I warm up I can throw it in the back pocket of my strike jersey and then throw it on for the descents!
Verge even made a jersey for my son to match me! Everywhere he goes, people know he belongs to the local pro rider!
Long Sleeve Team Jersey is great for winter desert rides and spring time hikes!
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!