We had the honor of working with the @backcountry executive team today! What an incredible group of humans. They perform so well in every area of their lives, including on their bikes! Every one of them gained new skills and insight to bike handling.
Stay tuned for more details and rad riding photos.
Couples goals right here! Tiffany and Paul are visiting from Vermont and both wanted to increase their skills. They both have many years of riding experience and had never taken a lesson from a certified instructor. Within the first 10 minutes they said “I had no idea I could that! I didn’t know my bike could do that!” That continued for another 3 hours:) They were floored by how much they learned and can’t wait to take their skills to The Crest today!
Our fall intro series had so many breakthrough moments over the last 3 weeks! They found the ability to push through perceptions of what their bikes can do by learning to literally jump with their bikes, while staying centered AND mentally composed.Kaylee’s response was that she never realized she could be so active on the bike.She was lifting her front wheel over obstacles that, before the session she would stop and walk over... Success! Erika had the chance to practice between sessions and was thrilled with what she learned over the course of these last weeks! Thanks to coach Kristen for guiding these women to a whole new world of mountain biking!
Meet Melissa, business owner, mother of 4 and avid mountain biker! This was her second private session this year and she was wanting to get dynamic on her bike! Pump tracks and manualing up and downobstacles were her goals. She absolutely succeeded in both! She is going to practice on her local pump track in Heber so she can keep up with (then outride:) her kids and husband!
This is Francesca, a 2 time Olympian sailor. This Italian woman’s natural athleticism is truly astounding. She rode a mountain bike for the first time when she came to our beginner clinic in July, right after sailing around the world (yes, the entire WORLD!). She has ridden a mountain bike less than 8 times since then (because she has been sailing internationally). I could see her talent the instant she rode around the parking lot in July, she literally did a small manual without anyone demonstrating or telling her to, she just rode up to the curb and manualed up! Now, within 8 rides, she was ready to get air. She returned for a private session last week and learned more advanced skills! Since the lesson she went for a ride and said the following: “Saturday I went to Deer Valley to ride lifts for downhill practice, drops and little jumps!Big fun and lot of learning from the lesson with you! Thank you again for the tips!!!:)” @francescaclapcich
Really great private session with Dr. Jennifer Allen, the owner of @porticacosmetic! She came to our desert clinic in May and wanted to review some of her cornering skills. The improvements she made today were incredible! Corners have been challenging her and after building a few skills, she was confidently taking corners at speed. Not only can she ride her bike really well, @jenallen1025 was an attending physician at the Mayo Clinic for 10 years before returning to Utah and opening her own practice. She is a mother of 4 and such a wonderful and generous person to be around!
Our beginner 2.0 series met last night for a breakthrough session! They worked on tight switchbacks and bike/body separation then took it to the trails. All 3 women did an awesome job on the uphill switch backs and even rode the large rock formation on Happy Gilmore! (Check out the last picture to see coach Shelly’s cheering arms🙌🏻!)
Our intermediate clinic in Lake Tahoe yesterday was RAD! Nothing like working on mountain bike skills with a cohesive group of women under massive pine trees that smell like heaven. Stay tuned for photos of these women giving it their all and succeeding!
Coach: @ericatingeyprorider. Thanks to @flumetrailbikes for hosting us and helping spread the word about @womeninthemountains!
Pedal wheelie time! This group of women in Lake Tahoe really nailed this skill and used it to ride up and over roots. We also spent time working on tight switchbacks in the soft pine needles. Riding in a safe environment without extra obstacles makes learning these new skills really easy!
How about some air?! We did that as well last weekend🙌
This cute family loves to ride together on the trails in their backyard in Carson City. The children ride with the local NICA team and the parents want to keep up! We worked on skills at the trailhead then rode up the mountain to the beautiful landscape in Ash Canyon! Their trails have some challenging rocks to go up and down. That evening, every person in the family rode something they hadn't ridden before! So fun to see them support each other in their successes. The most exciting part of the evening was when Carly rode the "rock shoot" that has been eluding her all summer. Seeing her ride it smoothly and confidently was so exhilarating for all of us! This mother of 5 that has only ridden for a year is now ready to take on so much more in her riding! Go Carly!
Our Intro series started last night at Trailside Bike Park.Cassidy and Kaylee were both very interested in learning the basics of mountain biking so they could enjoy their time on the trail riding with their husbands. They wanted to develop a solid understanding of how to handle the descents specifically.
After two hours with coach Kristen, each was riding faster and with more of a functioning frame work. Now they are going to practice what they learned before we reconvene for our second of three sessions next week!
Our weekly Beginner 2.0 series started last night with Shelly coaching. These women are strong and in great shape, yet relatively new riders. They've had very little to no coaching prior to this so they were surprised by how much they could learn with a professional coach! After some bike/body separation drills, they were relatively comfortable and took the body positions to riding the curbs, steep hills, and a large rock garden! They were thrilled at their success on the riding trail features! The goal last night was to focus on large range of motion in the neutral/ready position and to feel better flow on the trail, they were successful!
Honored to be included in the @utahofficeofoutdoorrecreation Summit. We had a fun group ride on the WOW trail, met some great people and an adorable puppy:) Thanks to @gregorypacks for supporting the efforts of the outdoor community in Utah.
Another private session success story!
Lauren is a really strong athlete with an extensive background of horse back riding. Her athleticism made it really easy for her to progress quickly through the skills! Coach Shelly was pleased with the session and all that they covered!
Emily returned to us for a second private session and her success was huge! She worked with coach Kristen a few weeks ago, then practiced what she learned between sessions. She came to the recent session with a new seat dropper and was able to really get into the “ready” position! She could finally feel the bike/body separation that will take her cornering to the next level. We love repeat clients, we love when they practice and we love when get to see the progress first hand! There are a few more warm weeks, book your private session with one of our coaches before it snows!
Sarah and Joanne braved our first chilly morning on Monday for the “Intro to mountain biking”, a 3 week series. This progressive learning gives students time to practice between sessions and build their skills on a strong foundation! Our next “Intro” and “Beginner 2.0” start next week! More information at womeninthemountains.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org