Monday, June 17, 2013

Coaching MTB skills at DIrt Divas in Helena Montana


"S" is also for Strong. Specialized Women's Bike ambassador coaching at Dirt Divas in Helena Montana.


I was super excited to travel to Helena Montana (my home town) to Coach at the 8th annual Women's  Dirt Diva Mountain Bike Clinic. Almost 100 ladies signed up for an awesome day of riding and fun.

The day began at 9 a.m. at Women’s Park in downtown Helena. All the ladies were be divided into small groups, each led by at least one female instructor.

I got to coach with Marah Connolle who is a Helena girl that rocks downhill. I loved working with her because she had an great attitude and sweet skills on the trail.
Coach Jen and Marah in Red Dirt Divas Shirts

From the Women’s Park, we rode over C.R. Anderson Elementary School for bike skill drills and instruction in Fields. It was super cool to look around and see almost a hundred women rocking bunny hops, water bottle pick-up, obstacle clearing and straight line drills.

In our group, we focused on Body Position for;
*Turning Skills
*Wheel Lifts
*Changing Gears
*Track Stands and Bunny Hops
*Switchback Skills - (looking ahead, flat vs hill)
My daughter Ellie was the youngest rider at 13yrs. We had so much fun bringing 15yr old Alli over from Missoula too!

After the morning skills clinic, we rode back through Helena to the Women’s Park for lunch provided by Taco del Sol.

 Great information sessions on bike maintenance, flat repair, stretching, Hammer nutrition and sports taping lasted for about an hour while everyone rested in the shade and hydrated for the afternoon single track ride.

Awesome Helena women that mentor mountain biking - Jackie Yamanaka, Greta Elston and Angie Grove of Great Divide Cyclery.
In the afternoon, we headed out to the trails. I put all the little skills into play for the women. We rode up Eagle Scout, 2006 and Entertainment.
Ah-Oh! Bike mechanical difficulties ....luckily this rock worked to snap the chain link back into place.

Thankfully we were in the shade on the uphill and got the top for an awesome view! Our group of ladies rocked super fast and flowy downhill back down to Davis Gulch. Too Much FUN!


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