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Monday, January 18, 2016

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Ride Like A Girl Weekend Recap from Carley Young

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What started as an idea turned into a success story! January 9th and 10th, The Wheel Mill hosted its first Ride Like A Girl Weekend. The event brought in almost 130 ladies throughout the weekend, and for once, the males in the park felt a little overwhelmed. Both MTB and BMX instruction was provided by six amazing lady coaches: Carley Young, from Pittsburgh, PA, Ride Like A Girl founder and BMX coach; Nina Buitrago, from Austin, TX, women’s sport advocate and total shredder; Cory Coffey, from Detroit, MI, who paved the way with the first female backflip; Karen Brooks, from Pittsburgh, PA, cycling advocate and women’s Monday night coach at The Wheel Mill; Hillary Marques, from Frederick, MD, accomplished downhill and slalom racer and coach; and Kathi Krause, from Mahwah, NJ, Dirt Rock n Root Training founder and coach.



The goal for the weekend was to create an atmosphere for women cyclists to be inspired, motivated and educated, and to help them take their riding to the next level. The coaches helped riders to understand that fear is not real — it is a product of our imagination, and it actually stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Being fearful when you ride holds you back, so each coach gave detailed instructions on how to handle areas of the park that participants may not have tried on their own.

The park held almost 100 women on Saturday, far exceeding our expectations, as we had only about 30 riders registered on the Tuesday prior. The coaches did an amazing job separating the group into different areas by skill levels and having a schedule to follow to make sure everyone was able to learn everything they came for. Classes were held in every room of the park. Riders advanced from beginner to intermediate skills as the weekend went on. The best part was hearing crowds of cheering women as one of the riders finally accomplished something they had been working on. Everyone developed a real camaraderie after working together throughout the day. It was great to see that once students perfected a skill, they would pass on their experiences to other ladies. The feedback we got about the event was better than we expected. Instead of a wish list for the next time they return to the park, many women went home with their list of goals accomplished.

This event would not have been successful without the support from Harry Geyer and Mike Potoczny at The Wheel Mill. Thanks to all the coaches who came out to share their knowledge with the lady shredders. Riders received a loaded goody bag with a T-shirt when they signed in, and each day we raffled off some sweet prizes thanks to all of our sponsors.

Please support and follow those who support us! Also feel free to tag them when posting the awesome goods you won from the weekend! The Wheel Mill @thewheelmill, Ride Like A Girl @ridebmxlikeagirl, Pro Bikes @probikesllc, Jaunt @livejaunt, Plus Size BMX @plussizebmx, Transition Bikes @transitionbikes, Over the Bar Café @otbbicyclecafe, Fischer Nutrition @fischernutrition, THE Industries @vsiproducts, Dan’s Comp @danscompinstagram, Shadow Conspiracy @theshadowconspiracy, Subrosa @subrosabrand, Profile @profile_racing, Dirt Rag @dirtragmag, Iron City Bikes @ironcitybikes, Empire @empirebmx, Croftgate USA @croftgateusa, Alius, G-Form @gformprotects, Shimano @shimanomtb, Morpheus Bikes @morpheusbikes, Dirt Rock n Root Training Kathi Krause, One Feather Press @onefeatherpress, Damsel in Defense Jen Halahan, Fox Girls @foxwomens, Terrible One @t1stagram, Industry Nine @industry_nine, Bike Pittsburgh @bikepgh, Month of Mud Greta Daniels. Also a huge thanks to Steer and Wheel food truck for coming out Saturday to feed our ladies!

The Wheel Mill provides a $5 discount for women every Monday night and Karen Brooks is there to give some instruction to help get the most out of your riding. If you missed this weekend, don’t worry — we are working on doing some shred sessions every few months and another 2-day event this summer that will be an indoor or outdoor lesson. Please make sure you follow The Wheel Mill on Instagram, Like their Facebook page and check for details on their website: www.thewheelmill.com.

Here are a few comments ladies made about the weekend:

Was such an amazing day! – Sally Sherman

Before this weekend I had zero concept of a manual and couldn’t push through berms. Thank you Nina so much for your help! You’re the best. - Ann Silva

Thanks to Carley and the whole Ride Like A Girl team for making an amazing weekend a reality for my daughter. It was priceless to finally see her connect with a community of like-minded individuals who share the same position and challenges. – Robb Hedrick

Totally worth the trip and we look forward to the next one. I loved that I was able to participate with Riley both at our own skill level. I loved that I got to hear what you were all teaching so I can mimic that at home. I loved the no-pressure feeling and the level of support you guys gave to absolutely everyone. One of the best women’s events I have ever attended! – Jennifer Pennucci

I had a great time today! Thanks to everyone at The Wheel Mill for putting on this event. Thanks to all the awesome coaches for the inspiring words, tips and encouragement. You are the best! It was great to meet and talk to so many other ladies who love riding bicycles and aren’t afraid to go outside of the comfort zone for the chance to have a little fun. – Diana Miller

Thanks again for putting on such an awesome event. I honestly didn’t think I would be 1.) this sore or 2.) walk away with this many new awesome skills! I achieved a lot of goals this weekend! Can’t wait until the next event! – Jess Nelson

Drew Mechielson Bike Check

Monday, January 11, 2016

Drew Mechielsen, Junior Elite Women BMX racer, has been racing since she was three years old. With multiple titles under her belt she is on a path to compete at the highest international level possible.

Drew has been a factory rider for four years with Yess, and it looks like green will be a popular choice for us Canadians in 2016.

Can you name the other elite Canadian racer who decided to go green this year? I'll give you a hint, he won gold at Pan Am.

Frame: YessBMX Elite World Cup
Fork: BOX X2
Bars: Tangent TiD
Grips: ODI
Stem: Tangent
Rims: Alienation
Hubs: Onyx
Tires: Kenda
Cranks: Race Face SIXC
Chain: Sram PC 870
Brakes: Shimano DXR
Seat: Tangent
Pedals: Time

Tires - Recommended by your favorite riders

Friday, January 8, 2016
If you're in the market for some new tires, and you're not too sure what to get, then this article may be for you. I reached out to some super rad ladies who were kind enough to respond with their personal recommendation on tires. Read more below...

Flatland Rider Monika Hinz

Rider: Monkia Hinz
Discipline: Flatland
Recommended Tire: On a smooth surface I ride Ares tires. They roll fast. Right now I ride on very rough concrete, so Ares would wear out in a day. That's why I am currently using Chase Gouin tires, they last longer.

Personal Pressure: I love to ride on 110 psi, because it rolls better. A while back Phil Dolan pumped 8 bar in my bike and suggested I ride with high pressure as I was riding with 5 bar, and then I realized that high pressure really matters. It's very hard to pump 8 bar with my pump so I can push it till only 7.5 bar which is about 110 psi.
Frequency G - Photo is from the Odyssey BMX website 

Nina Buitrago

Nina Buitrago
Discipline: Park / Street aka "Freestyle"
Recommended Tire: As far as tires that I currently run: Odyssey Mike Aitkens 2.35" front 2.25" rear in white!!

Living here in Austin you could be riding anything from dirt, street, pools, concrete parks or the occasional wood ramps, so after recently not being able to find a replacement Animal GLH tire for the rear, (I ran the same one for years along with a 2.25 Fly Ruben in the front!) I stopped by Empire BMX to see what was out nowadays.

Seeing all of the tread and color options offered nowadays I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed with choices. I saw a matching set of the Odyssey "Aitken" tires in all white in the sale bin and immediately made a purchase haha. I didn't even notice what size until there was some worry that their widths wouldn't clear my forks, or frame in the rear haha but it all worked out. I got a lot of heat for buying "white tires" they are known to be slick and mainly only used for doing NBA stunt shows (so you don't leave tire marks on the court), but they have treated me right for everyday use. I would highly recommend this tread.

Personal Pressure: I try to run on average between 70-80PSI in each.

Caroline Buchanan

Rider: Caroline Buchanan
Discipline: Racing
Recommended Tire: Maxxis Tires Torch

Every hundredth of a second counts in BMX and I need to be able to trust my tires in the turns as well as coming out of the gate to hold traction. Maxxis have never let me down and will be my tire of choice when I compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Personal Pressure: 100psi
Maxxis Torch Tires - Photo is from the Maxxis website

Two Odyssey's and a Maxxis, what's your favorite tire brand? Leave them in the comments below.

Joyride150 Women's Weekend 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Women's Weekend!
January 30 and 31st, 2016

Come learn bike skills from experienced coaches in a supportive environment. All skill levels welcomed and accommodated. What better time to have fun on two wheels and improve your bike skills? Our coaches are keen to share their knowledge and you can enjoy the park with the support of so many other female riders. For more information or to register, please go to our website.
Lunch, t-shirt, grab bag and prizing included also!

Full Details: http://www.joyride150.com/womens-weekend-2016/

Amelia Walsh partners with Haro Canada

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
December to January is always an exciting time, it's when you see riders either sign onto new deals or where companies break long term relationships - but we only post the good news here.

Amelia Walsh, Canadian BMX racer has signed on with Haro Canada for the 2016 season. She writes, "Super excited to be partnering with @harorace @ltp_sports @joyride150 @ixssports @docova @readytapgo & @clifbarcompany for 2016. Massive thanks to @customracing for the jersey design"

Congratulations Amelia!

Tioga Pro:file Mariana Pajon

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tioga Pro:file Mariana Pajon from TiogaBMX on Vimeo.

Hear from the 2012 BMX Olympic Champion on how her life has changed since that incredible day. Also get a taste of what great opportunities and how she has been able to give back to the sport she loves so much since. - Tioga

Lidz Racer - The Highs and Lows of My 2015 BMX Race Season

Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Most people think that sports are just about how strong you are but really it takes just as much as physical strength as it does mental. If I'm not focused or if I don't have the right attitude going into a race I'm probably not going to win. I worked really hard on this video and I hope it really captures the highs and lows of my season. Hope you like it!"