- Check-in is on Saturday from 8 AM to 9 AM at Ten Spoon Winery. You will receive a Hammer packet of goodies and your assigned group number.
- Skills clinic begins at 9 AM with a brief welcome and introductions. You will then break into your groups to begin with skills work.
- Lunch is at noon
- Group ride from 1-3:15 PM
- Closing, raffle and "Most Improved Rider" award from 3:30-4 PM
- After the clinic ends, please grab a glass of wine (if you're 21 or older!) and listen to informal discussions on bike fit, bike mechanics and dressing for biking. Ten Spoon Winery is offering us a special rate of $6 glasses of wine. You'll have to get this deal through us so bring cash or check. There will also be music on Saturday night - family and friends are welcome, too!
- Items to bring: helmet, bike gear, working bike, bag lunch, water bottle or hydration pack, sunscreen, and layering options.
- Water and Hammer product will be available to fill your water containers.
We hope that you are as excited as we are for the 2nd annual MT Alpha Skills Clinic this weekend. Please keep reading for some final reminders and details:
Registration for our second annual skills clinic closes on Wednesday at 10 pm. Sign up!
Are you on the fence about signing up? Or maybe you haven't even considered it? Well, here are some facts that might be of use:
2. You don't have to be a mountain bike racer to attend the clinic
Even though we may have a race team, our skills clinic is not specifically designed for racers! Are you a casual rider who rides for fun? That is AWESOME! Come to our clinic. Are you a super duper mountain bike racer who attends all the MT xc races? That is also AWESOME. Come to our clinic.
3. There is no need to be intimidated!
You will be placed in a group with other women with the same skill level as you! That means there is no pressure for you to feel like you have to "keep up" with the rest.
There are only a few spots left and we REALLY want you to come. It's a super fun and relaxed day at Ten Spoons Winery. Come hang out, learn new skills and meet new women to ride with!
If you have any questions, just let us know!
Tomorrow is Round 2 of the Kettlehouse Beer League XC races! The course is another "short track" but is slightly more extend.
Missoula XC worked hard over the weekend and got the Buffalo Jump built! The course tomorrow will go up the first climb, down the Buffalo Jump and through Local Glory.
Times and Course:
"C" race- starts at 5:45 and will have a slightly shorter lap that doesn't climb up the Cripple Creek Climb. 30 minutes of racing
"B" race- starts at 6:30 and will race the same course as C's. 30 minutes of racing
"A" race- starts at 7:15 and and does it all. 45 minutes of racing.
See y'all out there!
Its here! It is finally here.
The start of the 2014 Kettlehouse Beer League!
Tomorrow we race short track- a short, sweet and fast course around local glory and the cripple creek climb.
Start time is at 5:45 for Category B and 6:30 for Category A. (More information here)
Do you still need more incentive than free beer and bikes? What about a SWEET leader's jersey?
See you all at Marshal Mountain.
Excited that I got to ride with some of our MT ALPHA Jr Girls in Moab over Spring Break.
The girls were blown away by the slick rock and sandy conditions. Big drops and cliffs proved to be harder riding than our usual Missoula dirt trails, but the girls were up to the challenge.
It was great training to push every limit on all the rides we did. Some rides we were racing the weather (afternoon storm systems) and some rides we were dealing with a hard wreck with beat-up bodies. The girls were champs though. Flat tires and bloody noses did not stop their drive to ride more trail. In fact, sometimes we repeated a section to practice tight turns into a steep uphill or getting our butts way back over that back wheel.
I was really impressed with the choice of lines that the girls took on Slick Rock, so many ways to drop a descent or climb a steep section, but they really looked ahead and made created flowy and fun downhills. It is truly a joy to ride behind them and follow their lead.
Here are some pictures of our trip!
Second annual MT ALPHA Skills clinic: Saturday, June 7
We are excited to announce that MT Alpha Cycling will host another mountain bike skills clinic for women on Saturday, June 7 at Ten Spoon Winery in Missoula, Montana. Back by popular demand, we look forward to a second annual daylong skills clinic for the Western Montana Region. With clinic headquarters near the Rattlesnake Wilderness area and Mount Jumbo trail system, the location is well-suited to offer trail riding and skills practicing for all levels. The event will be similar to last year's clinic, but will have improvements based on rider and instructor feedback from last summer.
The skills clinic offers a fun and safe environment for lady mountain bikers to improve their abilities and get out riding, whether at a beginner or expert level. As one participant reported, "The skills clinic took my riding from mediocre to competitive, I was a different rider after just the one day." Last year we recruited 12 instructors from around the state and we look forward to bringing even more expert instructors for the clinic this summer. Over sixty women from age 12 to 62 participated in 2013 and there will be more spots this year.
Groups are divided into junior girls, beginner, intermediate and advanced. New this year: an optional group for ladies 50+, who are interested building basic skills on intermediate terrain but feel more comfortable riding with women of the same age.
Two instructors will work with each group on:
Technical drills and specific skill set development, such as
- Clearing obstacles
- Descending techniques
The afternoon session consists of a group ride where the skills will be put to use and evaluated by your instructors.
Not only is this a chance for women and girls to improve their mountain biking skills and increase their confidence, the day clinic will be an opportunity to find new cycling buddies and learn about the cycling organizations and support in the community.
Continue to watch our website for more information and registration details.
Mark your calendars.
We look forward to seeing you on June 7!
Be sure to check out and circulate the event flyer below.
Any comments/concerns/suggestions for the clinic?
What a treat to be interviewed for the hour long radio show, The Trail Less Traveled with Mandela on the Trail 103.3.
The Mt Alpha Jr Girls and I all piled into the radio studio and took turns answering questions about Mountain Biking and all the adventures we did this past season.
It was awesome to witness the girls all explain in their own way how to ride. I was super impressed with their safety knowledge and insightful thoughts about pushing beyond your limits.
Thank you Mandela for the opportunity to highlight women's cycling in Missoula.
MT Alpha Cycling team loves you!
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