With the start of a new year, we can't help but reflect on all of the awesome things that happened with MT Alpha in 2014. Some of the highlights include:
We are so thankful for the generosity, support and overall stoke of the mountain bike community in Missoula. Heading into 2015, we are excited for another great year, which will bring more of the same and some changes, too. In particular we look forward to a framework that welcomes more ladies into MT Alpha. The framework acknowledges our underlying mission to get more women of all skill level comfortable with competing in bike races, but also meeting women where they are at with their comfort levels towards racing. Stay tuned!
Our super awesome, and insanely motivated Jr. Coach, Jen Bardsely, spent the majority of the summer with our Jr. MT Alpha girls (when she wasn't racing or planning sick family vacays). Jen has an incredible knack for getting (and keeping) girls psyched to be on bikes while teaching them how to be hard core rippers!
Because of Jen's hard work, two of our Jr. girls raced with our race team this year. Baylee Everet and Allie Pennington raced harder and happier than we could have every hoped! We're hoping that we get a few more girls to race with us! *cough. . . Elise Baker. . . cough*
A now, few words from Coach jen b . . .
As I look back on this season of coaching and riding with the Jr Girls, I can't help but feel so much gratitude that these girls will ride single track with me. I make them ride up hill, re-do features, fix flat tires and they keep showing up.
Honestly, these teens are rock stars. We have so much fun. SO MUCH! Think of your best ever slumber party times 10 and on the mountain going fast.
Weekly rides were all over the Missoula area including The Rattlesnake, Blue Mountain, Patty Canyon, The Bitteroot Area, Snowbowl, Butte CDT and Discovery Ski Area.
Over and over I heard the girls state that the trails were getting easier than the last time they road them. They are progressing and it is a joy to be behind watch them slay it!
If you're a Mama or a Papa of a potential Alpha, contact us to get her involved in our 2015 Jr. development team!
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?