Yvonne from Wyoming

Yvonne traveled from Cody, Wyoming to take two private sessions with us this week. She is a rad mountain biker who has signed up for her first Enduro Race this summer. The first day she worked with Shelly, who challenged her to maximize her bike and body separationso she could flow smoother and faster over really technical terrain. The second day she worked with Erica on cornering and switchbacks. Her skills were already great, we just fine tuned them to help her gain speed and confidence as she begins her racing. As a side note, Yvonne is a budding stand up comedian with mountain bike related material (very funny, we got small previews)!

 

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Weekday series

On Wednesday we had a great clinic with some women who brought some different skill sets and experience levels to our week day cornering clinic.It was really exciting to see our newer riders learn to separate their body from their bike and not only roll up and over rocks and curbs, but lean the bike to start taking corners at faster speeds.In addition, our more experienced rider was learning to incorporate better pressure control, timing with braking, and line choice throughout the corners. Super Cool. We are anxious for next week to see how their practice is coming along!

 

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Drops and Manuals

Our drop clinic this week was such a blast! This group of women already had excellent timing and balance. We just developed the the specific timing of when to get the wheels off the ground. We started with small drops and progressed to the larger drop by the end of the night! They sent it so confidently and safely! Can’t wait to watch them fly again next week.

 

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Intro to mountain biking

First time on dirt for these women! Shelly coached the Intro to mountain biking and these women were thrilled to find out what their bikes can do! They were all very surprised that they could ride over curbs and small rock gardens on their first day! Smiles all around and another session next week!

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First group clinic of 2019!

We started our 2019 clinic season with a wonderful group session last Saturday. 

 

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Check out the beautiful riding the women did over the weekend. We had a wonderful group of women and we covered a lot of skills. So happy to know they can ride safely and now have more fun on their bikes!

 

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Amie

 Coach Shelly had a great time coaching Amie this week. Amie is an avid runner, yet she has been challenged on technical downhill terrain while on her bike. She often found herself getting off her bike and running more than riding! Teaching her how to stay in a balanced position when the bike was moving underneath her gave her the much needed confidence to tackle rock gardens and steep hills. With a little more practice her downhill skills will soon match her uphill fitness!

 

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Glide SUP Executive team

Honored to work with the Glide SUP/Glide Fit executive team over the weekend! They were very coachable, humble, and fun. That combination made the time fly while we were covering a huge variety of skills. They’ve ridden a lot and had some specific things they wanted improve. We worked through all of them so now it’s their turn to practice! Session 2 with them will be in July! (It’s also time for Erica Tingey to learn how to SUP properly, can’t wait!)

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Deanna

This woman is now ready for her 2019 season to be safe AND fun! Deanna has been riding for some years and had never been officially coached. She ended up with a serious injury last fall and decided this was the year to make her riding safe! She’s read the testimonials on our account and was hoping to pick up the skill as quickly as our clients say they do. She absolutely did! At the end of the session she was astounded by how it all finally made sense, all the little bits of advice she’d been getting over the years. She had many moments where she really “felt the flow”, where it all clicked and was smooth and fun! Cheers to safe riding from here on out!

 

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Heather

Our first new flyer of 2019! Heather Hales has been riding and racing bikes locally for over a decade. She really wanted to learn how to get a little air as well as improve tight switchbacks. This woman will keep practicing until she has mastered these skills, she is super dedicated! It’s a blast to work with clients throughout the years and see improvement each time!

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Suzanne

Had a lovely private session with Suzanne yesterday. She hasn’t ridden a bike in nearly 20 years! Being a natural athlete, she was able to pick up the skills very quickly. Her first foray on to the dirt was successful, so now she is ready to start exploring trails near her home that are e-bike friendly.

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Back in the Saddle

Want some tips for getting back into riding after the extremely long winter?! Our client, JenWant some tips for getting back into riding after the extremely long winter?! Our client, Jené interviewed Erica Tingey and published it in Park City Magazine. Read the article here!


Brooks

Brooks was great fun to work with, we even made it through the heavy rain storm by practicing skills in the parking lot!Luckily it cleared up and she was able to put some of her new skills on the trail.Even with a fused spine....yes, she had back surgery a few years ago, she was able to clear large rocks and even managed some tight downhill switch backs (her main goal for the day). Super Awesome!!!

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Tasia

First private session of 2019 and it was a blast! Tasia started mountain biking last year and is now headed on an incredible mountain biking trip. Her positive attitude made such a huge impact on how quickly she picked up each skill. With a little practice she’ll be ready to take on any trail!


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Our custom ramps are for sale now!

You rode THE custom Women in the Mountains Ramp at one of our clinics and it was the biggest smile of your summer! Now you can have one for your own backyard! Purchase yours today for mid-February delivery:

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Karen

Karen took both of our clinics in November and we loved having her energy and excitement for riding both weekends. “As I was riding a new trail today so many coaching phrases I learned during the Women in the Mountains beginner and intermediate clinics kept repeating in my head. Load and explode, heavy feet and light hands, look where I plan to go, shift my weight, and more. When I start feeling “fear brain”, I return to the skills I learned in the clinics to get out of that psychological state. Thank you to the coaches at Women in the Mountains for helping me be a safer and more confident rider!”

 

 

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Best Testimonial EVER!!!

Thanks again for exceeding expectations on so many levels. Women In The Mountains is like being in an excellent restaurant!  You are the “chef”... because it is obvious that you have a high level of expertise, meticulously prepare, and strive to ensure that the “cuisine” is presented in the best possible way. And it is clear your goal is for the customer to come away with a special experience.  

To get away from the food language for a minute, it really comes through strongly that you want to share the unique pleasure and joy of mountain biking. Its not about how cool you look, but rather the feelings of satisfaction that moving in harmony with the bike and the terrain can bring.   I especially liked watching the way you demoed skills.  Very controlled and precise, less-is-more kinds of movement.  To me that is the mark of an expert.  Showing how just the right amount of exertion at exactly the right moment.  It looks beautiful and effortless, but of course, it takes years of hit or miss, trial and error effort to get to that, not to mention some natural gifts.  Jealous! Sigh.  But watching you does give something to aim for.  And I think something realistic and achievable, which is the attention to detail and precision in small movements.  And simple awareness of body/bike position.  Kind of like mindfulness, almost, if you’re into that type of thing? 

With your progressive, incremental approach to skill building, you provided a sort of template to use in "learning how to learn” independently, which was one of my main goals of the clinic.  Mountain biking is a weird thing to learn as a 57 year old female.  Very hard to navigate the Youtube world of instructional videos without feeling like riding manuals for a mile and sending huge whale tale jumps are the essence of the the sport.  Your approach gave me more of a sense of how I (with all my real world limitations) could get to know my bike and myself a bit better, on my own terms.  Feeling what was happening with the small movements that ultimately create balance and control that you should have before going on to bigger challenges.  (You gotta start where you are, right?)  Beyond that, you convey a much needed, at least for me, sense that its OK to be just where you are.  In fact, it’s good.  Kinda like a self-esteem, yes-I-do-belong-on-a-bike feeling.  Rather than a sense of “go big or go home”, the culture and marketing of these kinds of male, youth oriented sports tend to convey.  


An aside:  I mentioned I took another clinic one recent evening at Trailside.  The park was sooo crowded with mostly young males.  The instructor had us standing in the brush to the side of the landing of a feature, while we waited to walk back and do laps of it.  There were lots of folks riding the same feature coming through.  We had to navigate a crowd, at least it seemed like a crowd to me.  I had never even been in a bike park before and was way out of my element.  I got into mountain biking to be in nature…  Am not good in crowds!   While I was standing there, a guy actually purposefully skidded his rear wheel at me and sprayed me with dirt.  It made me feel terrible.   Although I must say, it may have made me angry enough that I then rode with more focus and intensity.   Aggression, even?   (Maybe I should have just laughed it off,  but I was already pretty freaked about the level of difficulty of the clinic.  I partly blame myself.  I didn’t have enough (ok, any) experience  riding wooden features to be doing drops off them and should have probably bowed out. It’s a miracle I didn’t get hurt!)  Your clinic was an antidote to that experience.  You created a safe and such a welcoming space for us and that means the world to me.  

So, above, I also used the word “banquet”.  That’s because of the content of the clinic being so full.  Like a really big buffet.  You explained that you don’t usually teach that way and usually do the second half of the clinic as a trail ride.  I can see why you do that of course, but I kind of enjoyed the skills only curriculum, because, for me, it gave me more examples of “learning how to learn”.  Often, we rush off to ride with friends, pushing ourselves to do milage and terrain, without properly warming up or even getting a sense of the bike underneath us.  When I ski my first run of the day, I always do a few warm up stance and balance moves so I can feel the “sweet spot” of the skis.  Doing the drills at slow and careful speed really helped me internalize some stuff about how the bike behaves.  And gave me a safe opportunity to play around with speed, gearing, and timing/intensity of movements, etc.  When you’re on a trail, you don’t usually have that opportunity.  I’m going to try to integrate an abbreviated version of some of your drills into the beginning of every ride, I think.  

I followed up Sunday with my own ride. I rode “Kruzer” at Solitude and was able to do sections of the trail I thought I never would.  One especially:  a curvy, rock garden drop with a steep rocky switchback at the end.  I felt like I could slow down, and find a line, I think because I was in better balance from some of the slow drills (and ratcheting - life changing!)  Even the simple braking practice was something I had never taken time to do before.  It’s the little things!  Rather than just doing a “Hail Mary” and hoping my awesome bike would take care of me, I felt in control enough to ride more smoothly and easily.  Picking and choosing my battles, without working so hard to overcorrect and then overcorrect the overcorrections (exhausting)  or feeling on the verge of a crash.   That is an awesome feeling. 

Another awesome trail practice opportunity yesterday.  Rode Corner Canyon for first time, Vertigo Trail.  Pretty big berms!  Definitely a different feeling than a tennis court, but instead of freaking out, I felt like I could trust myself to experiment with finding the right speed and line to take.  What a fun trail!  Because so smooth, didn’t have to ride so judiciously like I rode on “Kruzer”,  but instead could experiment with speed.  Still a lot to learn there, but feeling optimistic I can make some progress. 

Another big thank you for directing my attention to the handlebar/controls setup thing.  I definitely didn’t ignore your advice about moving the controls out farther.  Just needed to take some time with it. I was just too flustered first thing in the morning to think about it.  I have been messing around with that the last couple days.  In addition to moving the controls out, I also angled them differently. I think the brake levers were tilted up too much, which was forcing me to do a whole bunch of other stuff up the kinetic chain, as they say, finger to wrist to elbow and shoulder.  With the levers tilted down a bit, now all of a sudden I have more range of motion and can get those elbows out.  Maybe even more able to move body forward over the bars a bit more.  Really appreciate your observations about the importance of setup as well as elbow position.  Thank you, I think it's going to make a huge difference.


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Coach Shelly in the New York Times

Our coach Shelly Wedge was in the New York doing snow yoga! She is amazing year round! If you’re looking to improve your resort skiing, call @altaskiarea for lessons with Shelly or @pcski for lessons with our coach Kristen Lane!

Lisa, an avid and quick learner

Time for a shout out! Lisa is new to mountain biking, she showed up to with a smile and great attitude to 2 clinics in September and here’s how it went: Repost from @gymtree - after 12 hrs of @womeninthemountains mtn biking clinics, so tired. So unbelievably fun. I wish everyone could go learn the techniques properly from pro racers and best trained coaches. YouTube videos and friends’ advice don’t compare to this one-on-one coaching and critiquing from the best. The coaches are the happiest people and excited about everything we work on. I learned and improved so much today. Extremely glad to learn the proper positioning and techniques.Best to learn some skills in a controlled setup first vs taking a shot at it coming down the mtn. Don’t miss out on this opportunity...and let’s go ride together @womeninthemountains @ericatingeyprorider 

 (Lisa is a surgical assistant in Utah County, raising 5 children and loves to be active outdoors with them as much as possible.She started mountain biking more with her sons and was excited to learn more so she can have the best time out on the mountain with her kids and bikes.)

JAMIS BIKES CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR GROWING MOUNTAIN BIKE RETREATS FOR WOMEN

Huge thanks to Jamis Bikes for supporting me (Erica Tingey) for the 7th year in a row! Together we are working to get more women on bikes each year! Their support of Women in the Mountains means we get to host more retreats and offer more demo bikes in 2019. Many thanks for supporting my professional racing career and now my mountain bike skill company. 2019 is going to be our best year yet!

Read the press release on Bicycle Retailer and below:

November 20, 2018 - Northvale, New Jersey : Erica Tingey has been passionate about mountain bikes for over a decade. She started out racing locally and quickly progressed to the professional ranks on the national and international level. After five years racing for the Jamis Factory team, she was eager to find an outlet to share her love of mountain bike riding while encouraging women from all walks of life to deepen their own love for the sport while honing their skills.

During a conversation with Jamis Bikes company president Carine Joannou, the idea of hosting a women's luxury mountain bike retreat in Park City, UT was hatched. The dream became a reality with the launch of Erica's, Women in the Mountains. "I've been taken with Erica's drive and passion for mountain bikes ever since she first joined the Jamis mountain bike squad. She was looking for a way to bring women together around the sport she loves and she's done a fantastic job growing Women In The Mountains." said Carine.

Women In The Mountains has grown from hosting a handful of events, to a full annual calendar with five staff members! All of the coaches are PMBIA certified (professional skills coach) and clinics are held for all riding levels around Utah, Nevada, Lake Tahoe and New Zealand. These women-focused skills clinics provide the opportunity to enhance mountain biking skills in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

For 2019, Jamis is providing demo bikes for Women in the Mountains clients who are experienced mountain bikers as well as participants who are just making their way into the sport. The partnership between Women in the Mountains and Jamis Bikes has seen more women participating in cycling in a highly inclusive and inviting environment. As it states on their website, "Bring your love for bicycles, an avid appreciation for the outdoors, and a smile!"

For more information about Women In The Mountains mountain bike retreats, visit: www.womeninthemountains.com.

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Intermediate clinic in St. George, Utah

Take a good look at this group of strong women, they were totally rock stars today in our intermediate clinic! They were supportive of each other and responsive to coaching, that combination made for total success. 

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We developed the skills in our intermediate riders to ride this natural drop. In order to ride it smoothly, you have to carry your speed through uneven terrain and really spot your landing. They were all up for the challenge and they executed it perfectly!