Yesterday was the intermediate clinic in Ely, Nevada and this group was ready for it all! In fact, they decided to work straight through lunch so they could keep up the progress. They mastered new maneuvers, went off the ramp and then rode a challenging trail. At the end of the day they said it was one of the most rewarding days on the bike they had ever had. They learned far more than they ever expected to! We love building the riding confidence of women in the mountains!
Carrie recently moved to Park City and wanted to transition her road biking skills to the trails. Coach @christinedern reviewed all the basic mechanics of mountain bike movement so she would have a strong foundation to build from. The highlight of the evening for Carrie was learning front wheel lifts, to which her response was “this is fun!!” Christine was impressed with how well Carrie managed these new skills in the dirt, always with a lot of focus and a smile. Carrie’s review of the session was “Christine was amazing, she’s a great teacher and a lot of fun too. I’ll practice more on the trails then do more sessions with you... thanks!”
Cammie is a strong and talented athlete that returned for another private session this summer. Last year, she learned to ride drops and wooden features with @ericatingeyprorider and now she’ll ride over or off anything! This year she wanted to increase her speed in the corners. Keep in mind, she is already a very skilled rider. At this point we are fine tuning small details that add up to big gains in speed and efficiency.It’s a pleasure to work with repeat clients, taking their riding to the next level! Her review of yesterday’s session: “You. Are. The. Best. Again, you have given me a lot to think about, and lots to work on.Thanks for being so positive and encouraging.You are a true teacher - not everyone who coaches can say that. Thank you so much!!”
Day 2 of the Intro series with @coachklane: students Jeny and Erica reported improved riding over the two week break. Tonight we dissected high speed cornering for trails with berms. After breaking down the essential movements and bike controls necessary to corner well, they rode several laps on the same trail, progressing the challenge with each descent. On the final lap it was all smiles as both students reported their best performance! There is still much more to learn, we will continue to challenge them in the third and final session of the series in 2 more weeks!
Last night we had the 3rd and final session of the @adobe clinics. Since we split into two groups, they each deserve their own posts! Shelly worked with the women that had little to no experience on their bikes and the improvement was dramatic! On the first night there were so many hesitations from each of them and last night there was so much excitement, story telling and huge smiles at the end of the night! These 4 were rolling over and off of things they never thought possible. They also took a few spills with grace! They are true mountain bikers now, ready for any challenge the trail presents them!
Women of @adobe (part 2). The third session with the intermediate group had them FLYING!These women are tough as nails and brave as Wonder Woman! They each improved greatly, including a few that had never had their tires leave the ground before. They were so surprised by how easy it felt after building all the foundational skills. We had a blast getting to know this group over the past 3 weeks. New friends for life!
Tonight coaches Shelly and @coachklane added to the challenge for our Beginner 2.0 students. They introduced front, rear, and simultaneous wheel lifts as well as slow speed ratcheting. All of these maneuvers actually can provide a great way to advance your riding. Skills were followed by a ride down the brand new flow trail in Round Valley - Pulp Friction. Everyone is taking more aggressive lines and realizing they are now better riders!
Founder of Women in the Mountains, Erica Tingey, was interviewed on Park City Radio. Click on the link below to hear the full story and be inspired!
Adobe clinic number 2 and we had some excellent cornering going on! These women worked on bike/body separation through the berms and rollers in the pumptrack. Every lap they got faster and every lap their smiles got bigger! No better way to spend a summer night!
We have (serious) lift off! To say this group was flying is an understatement! Everyone was over the age of 35 and somewhat new to wheels off the ground. They took it to the next level with skill and style. It’s incredible what can happen when students show up ready to learn and have the fitness to support it. There are no limits!
One of the highlights of the weekend was when @vsolomon36 decided it was time to ride this feature! Virginia had been looking at this drop for a while, wondering what it would take. After a full day of developing manuals and dropping technique, it was time. We were all stoked to watch a student push their limits with success!
New Program: Wednesday night we began our new program - Beginner 2.0 designed to take the fundamentals of riding and expand roses comfort zones with more challenging riding environments. By the end of class everyone was moving more dynamically on their bike and we are ready to push these skills in our second session next week. Coaches are @coachklane and Shelly Wedge.
Linda took our cornering clinic a few weeks ago and was ready to take it to the big berms! She wanted some specific feedback so she could start riding them with more speed and confidence. We accomplished that today, especially with the video feedback. She is dedicated to improving her skills even after riding for so many years, what an inspiration!
We had a private clinic with the women of @adobe tonight. Such a fun group with lots of enthusiasm to improve their skills! Excited to work with them a few more times to really step up their game. #morewomenonbikes
All smiles at today’s clinic! We had a really fun group that learned quickly. We love working with beginners and watching their progress throughout the day.
Rock gardens, berms, switchbacks. Give these women any challenge and they will take it on! Their positive attitude made anything possible!
The night before our clinics, we host a meet and greet where we look over everyone’s bike fit and then have a great mobility session thanks to coach Kristen Lane.
Private session with the Backcountry interns, with our matching “Full suspension” jerseys and shorts! David and Derek are new to mountain biking and after 3 hours of skills and riding, they are hooked! They took on each new skill with enthusiasm and had great questions about bikes and local trails. Welcome these to brilliant minds to the mountain biking world!