Family session in Carson City, Nevada

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!

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Intro to Mountain Biking: Fall Series Session 1

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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!

 

Beginner 2.0 Fall Series

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!

 

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Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Summit

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.

📷 @discoverutahmagazine


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Lauren, experienced athlete

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!

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Couples clinic

Blake and Genela decided to take up mountain biking and they’ve jumped in with both feet! They are getting used to their new bikes and the new body positions. Even though are true beginner they have as much excitement for this sport as any veteran athlete! More people on bikes, success! 

 

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Emily, Private session #2

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!

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Intro to mountain biking series

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 info@womeninthemountains.com

Contender Clinic (brakes and derailleurs)

Thanks again to Contender Bicycles for hosting another bike maintenance clinic! We all learned how to adjust our brakes and derailleurs, that’s a pretty big deal! We love gathering our clients with the The Chicks Company for these events💕

 

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Notes from our Bike Maintenance clinic at Contender!

Hard time going up the cassette cable tension is too loose

Hard time going down the cassette it’s too tight

Turn bars 90 degrees so the front end is facing non-drive side

Turn barrel towards direction it’s having a hard time with 1/2 turn at a time.

Jumping while shifting its cable tension

Jumping while sitting there, it’s the chain wear

Shift into easiest gear. Then when shifting down the cassette, if it's struggling on the way down, it could be corroded wire and housing. It can also be that a wire or housing has a weird bend that is causing excess friction.

On both a front and rear derailleur, there are two screws (often marked with an "L" for low, and "H" for high) that limit how far in each direction the derailleur swings. The L (low) screw should be screwed in just enough to not let the derailleur move the chain past the low end of the cog range, and the H (high) screw should prevent the chain from shifting past the highest gear available. This way, your chain doesn't shift into the wheel, or get stuck between your cassette and the frame.


Beginner Clinic

Our Beginner clinic was a fun mix of beginners who are advancing their skills via coaching and slightly more experienced riders who had never received coaching.

Coach Shelly and Kristen were able to find ways to challenge each rider in a targeted way that lead to everyone feeling very much aware of their individual progress. They all finished the day stoked about riding and plan to practice these new skills and come back for the Beginner 2.0 series!

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Cornering Clinic

We took today’s cornering clinic on an epic ride that started at the top of the Park City and went all the way down! We encountered all sizes of corners and the variety dialed in all the skills we worked on this morning. Such a great group of women and the views were unbeatable!

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Beautiful day for our cornering clinic here in Park City. We have an incredible ride planned for this afternoon, headed up the mountain now!

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Contender Bike Maintenance Clinic

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Thanks to Contender Bicycles for hosting a free Bike Maintenance Clinic the other night. Our next one is August 27th, mark your calendars!

Everyone had hands on practice with taking a tire on and off a wheel and putting in a tube. They each walked away with more confidence in changing a flat! The Chicks Company gave everyone socks, Contender gave everyone a multi-tool and Women in the Mountains gave everyone Stan's No Tubes sealant sample.

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Introductory Series

Jeny completed our Introductory Series this week with so many new skills to take to the trail!

Her biggest take away from the experience, besides the tools the class gave her to manage obstacles and enjoy the riding, was the fact she was able to carve out three evenings away from her busy work life to focus on herself and something she enjoys. We love supporting women in pursuing their passions!

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Beginner 2.0

This week was the conclusion of the Beginner 2.0 program - our newest offering designed to target the advancement of introductory skills, or the entry into true intermediate riding.  It was time to put all the work together and challenge the riders to face larger obstacles, steeper roll downs, and even small roll-down drops.  It was a pleasure to lead these ladies through three sessions of fun and challenging riding. Coach Shelly and Kristen were delighted with their progress. 

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Emily

Emily is an ultra marathon runner who is embracing mountain biking.  After a year of riding Park City on a great bike, she decided to invest in coaching to address issues with confidence in the corners.  Coach Kristen worked to break down the role that forward-looking vision, in conjunction with a confident mindset plays in cornering success. Emily is returning for another private session next week after she has had time to build the skills Kristen taught her!

 

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Free Bike Maintenance Clinic

Come to Park City this Monday, August 13th, and Monday, August 27th from 6-7 PM to learn basic bike maintenance skills from Contender mechanics and Erica Tingey of Women in the Mountains, all in the open environment of our Park City service area. Everyone and anyone is welcome to join to learn essential bike repair and show your bike the love it deserves. The Chicks Company will also have a pop-up shop featuring a range of women’s cycling apparel and locally roasted coffee.

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