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.
Our blog posts are written by different members of MT Alpha. If you want to learn more about a specific member of the team, visit our Facebook page!