Women on Mountain Bikes

The Michigan DNR used to run a program called “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” (BOW), but has discontinued this GOT_graphic_v2-1024x678program. But it lives on, thanks to Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA-IMBA) member Martha Shue.

Re-named as “Got MTB” (Girls on Trails Mountain Biking), this is a Women’s Mountain Biking Clinic geared for the beginner to the intermediate mountain bike rider. On the bike, you will learn how to ride singletrack trails, and skills such as the basics of braking and cornering and how to distribute body weight on climbs and descents. Off the bike, a maintenance clinic then covers basic trail repair, how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain, and how to keep a bike clean and properly lubricated. A third session, Mountain Biking 101, will cover basics of mountain biking such as nutrition, hydration, gear and safety.

The next session is Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 930 am – 4:30 pm at River Bends Park. More information can be found at this link: http://cramba.org/gotmtb/

On the west side of the state, Western Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance member Julie Whalen and Marleah Bevelacqua led a women’s clinic in April which spurred a regular ride event. The women’s ride is every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6pm-7pm starting at Luton due to the ease for beginners. WMMBA member Nancy Curtis is exploring a similar program to be held in the Yankee Springs area. Their goal is to specifically help women who are not as confident riding on trails. Watch the WMMBA Facebook page for upcoming information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Michigan-Mountain-Biking-Alliance-WMMBA/263913570344927