2016 Joyride 150 Women’s Weekend recap

I hope everyone had an awesome weekend, I know I did! It happened to be my very first Women’s Weekend at Joyride 150, it was awesome to meet new people and progress during the two days I was there.

Day 1 was from 8am- noon, the park was split up in sections with coaches in each area. Each circuit was about 30 minutes, and you had the choice to move around or stay put.

Those of us who were racers, enjoyed the clinic held by Coach Brendan Arnold, Coach Danielle Berndardi-Fisher and elite BMX racer Alex Wright.

The amount of big bikes out numbered the little bikes, but it was cool to see everyone of all skill level trying each section of the park.

Waking up so early was probably the most difficult part of the weekend, luckily I stayed in town to avoid the hour + drive. Everyone was greeted with a friendly smile and a welcoming atmosphere -no girl was going to be left behind today.

I think the pump track saw the most amount of eager riders looking to learn. It didn’t matter if you were rocking a 20″ or 26″+, the skill of learning to pump was sought by every rider.

1 on 1 coaching is available at Joyride, you can schedule your time here with race coach Brendan Arnold.  http://www.brendanarnoldcyclecoaching.ca/ 

Sarah Dinel was also in attendance. Didn’t matter if you were a mountain biker or BMXer, everyone gelled together.  

Like any normal riding day, there were a few spills here and there. One of our girls actually rolled over her ankle on the expert jump line, but is expected to heal in a few weeks from the sprain. She’s also in Mexico now, so I don’t feel bad.

Racers Sarah at Brit, honing their skills at Wommen’s Weekend

Intermediate Jump Lines in green, beginner in blue

Nearly 150 riders were in attendance, which sold out the weekend!

Day 2 was shorter, it was from 8-10am. The second day offered more of an informal lesson for the riders. The benefit to the 2nd day is to have the park all to yourself, without the guys around. I personally slept in, which was a bad idea in someways just because the park was PACKED by noon.

Many thanks to the coaches who put in the time to help the riders

Saturday (Day 1) ended with a pub night, it was great to relax and eat with like minding people. We spent the night talking about Poutine, Rays (which is this weekend) and what we enjoyed about the day. For those of you who are planning to go next year, buy your entry in sooner than later, there is a capacity! I look forward to see everyone again soon, and especially at Rays this weekend!

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