The beginner and intermediate skills groups are now full for our June 5 skills clinic at Ten Spoon. There are still a few spots for the advanced group, as well as the junior girls and boys group. Those spots are filling, too, so register soon! If you are interested in being on a wait list, you can sign up here. See you all on June 5!
MT ALPHA JUNIOR PARENTS!---
For those of you who made it to our meeting last Wednesday: Thanks for coming! We enjoyed meeting you and are excited to ride with your daughters!
For those that didn't make the meeting: We have updated the Junior Team page to include details of this season, expectations of the girls and of parents, and other pertinent information.
If you would like to sign up your daughter for the Team, and haven't done so yet, read below:
We are closing registration for MT Alpha's Junior Team THIS WEDNESDAY (April 20). If you have not paid the registration fee yet, please do so HERE. Or go to our website and click "Junior Team" page under "about us".
Junior Jersey Orders
We will be placing the orders for the Junior Team Jerseys APRIL 21. Please order your daughter's jersey by this Wednesday (April 20). This can be done by going to our Junior Registration Page. Jerseys are not required, but are very cool :)
We are asking that each parent (Dads too!) volunteer to ride with us at least 1 time this season. Please sign up for a date by clicking HERE.
We are SO excited to have your daughters apart of our team! If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email!
To accommodate MCPS's spring break schedule, MT Alpha Cycling will host a "Make-up" Parent Meeting at Endurance Physio at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, April 13. This meeting is in addition to the April 3 meeting at the Dram Shop.
Note: Parents need only attend one of the meetings.
To learn about getting your daughter involved in MT Alpha Cycling's Junior Program, please attend one of the following meetings:
1) April 3, at 4:30 pm at the Dram Shop (228 E. Front); and/or
2) April 13, at 6:15 pm at Endurance Physio (214 E. Main)
To get a few more general details about our Junior Program, click here.
If you can't make either meeting, please send us an email! Otherwise, we will see you at the Dram Shop or Endurance Physio!
Registration for our 4th annual mountain bike skills clinic will open on April 15. Sign up will again happen from our website. We are excited to announce that the clinic will be open to juniors from 9 years old and up. Both girls and boys will be able to sign up. There will again be women's groups from beginner to advanced. Hope to see you in June!
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: Ten Spoon Winery in the Rattlesnake, Missoula, MT
Mark your calendars! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
MT Alpha Cycling is excited to announce our 2016 Junior Programs! Please meet us at the Dram Shop on April 3, 2016 at 430 pm to learn more about getting your daughter involved in mountain biking. See our Junior page for more info!
P.S. If you will be unable to make the meeting, please email us (email@example.com) and let us know you're interested!
This season Jed Dennison from Zilla State (One of our awesome sponsors) offered his awesome bike van to Mt Alpha to help us get more girls on trail. The van has been awesome to use at our Mt Alpha Women's clinic, Marshall Mountain race series, Missoula XC and coaching all spring-summer. A big thank you for the use of the van!
This is a great place to teach kids how to ride more technical terrain. At Lake Como, the trail is super rocky but flat. So the girls got to work on their technical skills. No real hills to climb or descents to drop, so the 7 mile ride was focused on taking a good line and charging over bumpy terrain.
I was happy to see the girls "trust" their bikes. I kept repeating that their bikes were made for this type of biking since many complained that it was too bumpy. I also stressed having more speed to get over obstacles while standing up to avoid "pinch flats" since so many of the girls still want to sit down. Standing with parallel feet takes time, and many of the girls are building up strength to stand up for longer on downhills and over obstacles.
Of course the other advantage to this ride is getting to swim! Great summer day in Montana.
Coaching the beginner level is always a challenge to find trails that offer the "right amount" of challenge. Last week I brought girls to ride around a secret lake trail that yields fun and skills.
This ride is flat, but it is full of roots to manage. I wanted the girls to ride this before I took them to Lake Como trail since roots are a good segway to rocks. The girls worked on lifting their front wheels and pushing their comfort with speed over obstacles. It was also hard to see the trail due to lack of activity and with mid-summer tall grass. We only had one good wreck, and of course it involved an Ant-Hill. Classic
This race I did as a Duo with my team mate Julie. Her husband is my dentist and I was in getting a cleaning (she cleans my teeth) and I mentioned to her that I wanted to do this 12 hour next Saturday. Does she wanna race? 2 days later we are registered and ready to go. Funny thing though, Julie has a new baby and wanted to only ride in the morning. Usually in an endurance race as a Duo you take turns, but I was desperate to race so I agreed to endure the heat of the afternoon.
This was a prettty cool race that included 40 miles of 10,000ft of climbing. Event organizers were giving away a free bike for the fastest "hot-lap" , so I went hard and ended up eating-it. This wreck actually messed me up good and when I got up off the ground to retreive my bike, the bars were bent due to my ribs, a good hard slam to the shoulder and skid down the left side of of my body left me feeling fairly beat-up. Those wrecks suck so bad at the beginning of a race. I had to pull it together and race another 30 more miles with 8,000ft of climbing in the heat of the day. Brutal.
In the end, Julie and I took 2nd overall. It was awesome to be on podium and I was super stoked to be apart of such a great inaugural event. Great job organizers!
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