This year, we will have a specific group for junior boys at the Mountain Bike Skills Clinic. Yep, that means boys aged 11 years old and up will have a group of their own. And what's more exciting, is that this group will be lead by Missoulian and Olympian Sam Schultz! Be sure to spread the word and sign up on our registration page.
We are excited for our 3rd annual mountain bike skills clinic on Saturday, May 30 at Ten Spoon in the Rattlesnake. The layout will look very similar to previous years with check-in starting at 8 AM. The clinic will kick off at 9 AM and quickly will break into groups of 2 instructors and 8 participants. Morning session focuses on technique work. Lunch will be around noon and will be followed by a group ride. There will be a closing ceremony and we will wrap up by 4 PM.
Groups consist of junior, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. When you register, you will select your group. Prior to the clinic, people will receive a survey to further break down the groups and identify similar technique goals for the clinic.
Changes for 2015:
To sign up for the skills clinic, you have to be a member of MT Alpha's club team. Membership is $50 for women and $35 for juniors, which means the skills clinic is pretty much FREE. You still will have to buy a one day USA Cycling license. Our motivation for this comes from the desire to further build mountain biking in this community and offer more ways for lady mountain bike riders to get out and ride. Please see our website for more details, other benefits, and to pay via PayPal for a membership.
Register for the skills clinic on our website on April 15!
whoa! The Kettlehouse beer league is right around the corner!
The Cycling House has been a major MT Alpha Cycling supporter since the beginning of our journey. When we set out to develop our team, TCH was confident in our mission and pledged to help us meet our goals. Last year, TCH made an even bigger commitment to MT Alpha and youth development by giving MT Alpha one full ride scholarship annually to train at one of their Tucson training camps.
A trip to TCH is a HUGE benefit to ANY rider and their training camps are a truly amazing training experience. For one week, riders get to live like professional athletes in a beautiful Tucson home and focus solely on getting good, fully supported base miles in. The TCH staff (the best part of the camps) makes sure riders are eating like kings, sleeping like princesses and laughing and relaxing like you're with old friends. We are so thankful that they are providing such an invaluable assets to one of our racer's season.
Our racers apply by filing out an application, writing an essay and providing references. TCH staff then chooses one Alpha to receive the scholarship.
The inaugural TCH Alpha scholarship was received by our super athlete Jenna Lyons. Last year was Jenna's first year as an Alpha and first year racing mountain bikes. However, Jenna is not a novice when it comes to trail or racing or suffering- she's a ultra runner, retired road bike racers and former hot shot (also, she's a ballerina, skier, yogi, and contributor to the Elephant Journal. Anything else awesome, Jenna does it). Needless to say, she had a great first season. But this year, with some solid TCH base miles under her belt, we foresee her blowing girls out of the water.
She wrote a great blog about her time at TCH. She's really good at writing, so we highly recommend you read it :)
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.
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