Ride Like a Girl Weekend 2020

BeatriceMarch 10, 2020

Back by popular demand — Ride Like a Girl Weekend returns in 2020! The weekend is for women and non-binary riders and will feature instructors versed in both BMX and Mountain Bike skills. Boys not allowed, so you’ll have a supportive, encouraging environment to challenge yourself and learn new skills.

Each day will start off with a small group fundamentals clinic to warm up and review. Then there will be two clinic sessions, morning and afternoon, focusing on different skills. You’ll sign up for your desired track at registration so we can ensure small class size. Sweet prizes from our sponsors will reward you for your best efforts.

Dates & Times: Friday, March 20th (Meet and Greet) 7-9pm

Saturday, March 21st 7am-4pm & Sunday, March 22nd 7am-3pm

Price: $95 single day, $180 two days

Who: The Wheel Mill’s Ride Like a Girl Weekend is inclusive of trans and cis women, intersex people, non-binary, genderqueer, agender and gender variant folks, as well as those whose gender identity falls outside of the dominant conceptions of gender. Our goal is to make this an event where all of the above feel welcome to learn and work on bike skills in a supportive environment.

Age Requirement: Our Mountain Bike clinics are for riders 12 and older and our BMX and Dirt Jumper clinics are for riders 8 and older.



Saturday, March 21st
7:00-8:00am: Sign In & Bike Check
8:00-8:30am: Introduction and Group Photo
8:30-10:00am: Fundamentals
10:00-11:30am: Session 1
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:00pm: Session 2
2:00-2:30pm: Yoga or free ride
2:30-3:00pm: Bike Maintenance Class
3:00-3:30pm: The Woods Jump Room Jam
3:30-4:00pm: Awards

Sunday, March 22nd
7:00-8:00am: Sign In & Bike Check
7:30-8:00am: Yoga (Optional)
8:00-8:30am: Introduction and Group Photo
8:30-10:00am: Fundamentals
10:00-11:30am: Session 1
11:30-12:30pm: Lunch
12:30-2:00pm: Session 2
2:00-2:30pm: Yoga or free ride
2:30:00-3:00pm: Awards

Class Tracks:
This year, riders will register for a track and not individual courses. Pick one of these for each day. If you are new to a skill level, we recommend you taking that level both days.

Mountain Biking
– Mountain Biking-Basics: This series of classes is for newer mountain bikers who have never taken a skills clinic before and have either not tried riding on trails or at The Wheel Mill, and need coaching on the basics of bike handling to be more confident. We’ll cover standing with flat pedals to get over and around obstacles, cornering, braking, and basic wheel lifts. NOTE: If you have not ridden a bike at all in a while and feel like you need a refresher, come to a Women’s Night clinic on Mondays at 7:30pm before the event to get up to speed, or sign up for a private lesson.

– Mountain Biking-Expand Your Skills: This set of classes is for mountain bikers who want to sharpen their skills to get faster and to try bigger features at The Wheel Mill and out on the trails. We’ll tackle situations like drops, series of obstacles, trail vision for going faster, and more. Riders should have good balance on the bike and be able to lift their front wheel.

– Mountain Biking-Perfect Your Riding: This set of classes takes the fundamentals that you have learned in previous clinics and adds even more depth to your skill set. This class is for riders who are comfortable riding features in the park and want to get more air under their wheels. Students should have good bike control and solid experience on singletrack trails.

BMX and Dirt Jumpers
– BMX and Dirt Jumpers-Fundamentals: This series of classes is for newer BMX and Dirt Jump riders who have never taken a skills clinic before. Riders should be new to riding a BMX track, Bike Park or The Wheel Mill. This class will be educating you on how to ride a turn properly, ride a roller, take that knowledge to both the pump track and the beginner jump line. This is a heavy fundamental class and not intended for riders who are currently riding all the rooms comfortably at The Wheel Mill.

– BMX and Dirt Jumpers-Pumping and Jumping: This class will teach the fundamentals needed to ride the park and gain more confidence and speed. Riders should be able to have good balance on the bike and be able to understand how to bunny hop or get their front tire off of the ground. You do not have to jump anything in this class, this is an introductory class to give you knowledge on how to ride all the ramps in the park. This class will leave you confident on riding all the features and rooms in The Wheel Mill.

– BMX and Dirt Jumpers-Competition Training/Riding: Riders in this class should be able to bunny hop, jump, pump, manual and be comfortable riding the park. The instructor will be educating riders on how to use pegs, how to jump onto and off obstacles, and even how to do tricks. This class is the most advanced class of the event and is not intended for beginner or intermediate riders.

Our talented instructors include: Karen Brooks (MTB), Carley Young (BMX),Nina Buitrago (BMX), Kathi Krause (MTB), Cory Coffey (BMX), Hillary Marques (MTB), Sally Sherman (Yoga). For full bios of our instructors, click this LINK.

Special Guests:
GT’s Rachel Strait and Dix Owens

Anyone entering the park for the first time must fill out a Waiver . Children under 18 must bring a waiver completed by their Parent or Legal Guardian. Only a child’s actual Parent or Legal Guardian can sign their waiver, other adults are not allowed to sign even if the child is “in their care” for the day.

Meet and Greet:
Join us on Friday evening for a meet and greet from 7:00-9:00pm. This is a great time to get to know the park and get prepared for the weekend of clinics. At the meet and greet you can meet the instructors and take care of our your pre-clinic check in and bike inspection. *If riding, normal riding rates apply.

Rental Equipment:
Need a rental bike, helmet or pads? We have limited amount of dirt jumpers, BMX and cross country bikes. To guarantee we have equipment for you, we recommend you reserving ahead. Email Chuck@thewheelmill.com to reserve your rental equipment. For prices and bike info, click this LINK.

Thanks to our sponsors: Ride Like A Girl, Jaunt, Ink Division, Specialized Bicycles, Universal Coatings, G-Form, Subrosa Brand, The Shadow Conspiracy, Kink BMX, S&M Bikes, Fit Bike Co., REI, Lululemon, West Newton Bike Shop, GT BMX, OTB Cafe, Cinema BMX, Full Psych Adventure Team, Profile Racing and PNW Components

Returns/Rider Cancellation
In order to keep our instructor ratio low, we do not overbook Ride Like A Girl Weekend. For that reason, there are no refunds for cancellation. You will receive park credit if you cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the starting date of Ride Like A Girl. After 2 weeks, no credit will be given. If something comes up and you’re not able to make it please email Mike@thewheelmill.com.

Wheel Mill link: http://www.thewheelmill.com/events/ridelikeagirl/

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