With a reputation for professional step-by-step instruction for female riders of all levels and disciplines from cross-country to downhill, the series is now 16 years running and makes 12 stops across the Western US and Canada, each camp featuring custom-built progressive learning stunts, a demo fleet, rental gear and more.
“The Trek Dirt Series program was created to give women a place to learn new mountain bike skills, build their confidence and connect with other women who are passionate about the sport,” said Hogan Koesis, director, Angel Fire Bike Park in a press release. “We are thrilled to bring a camp of this kind of professionalism to Angel Fire Bike Park and offer it to women in our state who are looking to progress their mountain biking skills no matter whether they are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider.”
The camaraderie is as important as the skills, say organizers. | Photo: Courtesy Trek Dirt Series
According to series founder Candace Shadley, the skills imparted through weekend and single-day clinics are only the beginning of what riders gain by attending.
“Participants come away with newfound confidence in their riding, and that confidence spills over into everyday life,” said Shadley in the release. “They see that they can learn something new, conquer their fears, and achieve things they didn't even think possible.”
Professional staff from diverse backgrounds spend days doing trail reconnaissance and going through participant surveys, weighing individual skill levels along with desired experiences to create small peer groups of riders with similar aptitudes. Mornings are spent working on specific skills like front-wheel lifts and switchbacks, where techniques are broken down into step-by-step progressions that meet riders wherever they are. In the afternoons, groups put their skills to work on the trail under the tutelage of incredibly enthusiastic coaches and assistants.
“Many riders collect a season’s worth of accomplishments in one weekend, whether those are related to climbs, descents, air, or overall style and flow,” said Shadley. “As coaches, we often look at the participants and wish we’d learned things that fast.”
The series offers instrunction in disciplines from cross-country to downhill. | Photo: Courtesy Trek Dirt Series
Though the program is rooted in small group instruction, many women attending the camps aren’t accustomed to riding with other females, let alone experiencing the feeling of being surrounded by more than 50 women of all ages and backgrounds who share a passion for dirt, according to organziers. While riders walk away with skills that are leaps and bounds above where they started, organizers say the real magic of the Dirt Series can be seen when the whole group gathers to share stories and camaraderie while devouring catered lunches, cheering for raffle prizes and enjoying beers during evening bike maintenance clinics.
“The Trek Dirt Series isn’t just a weekend,” said camp participant Heidi Allen. “It’s a whole frame of mind, and a key to the best riding experiences one could ever imagine.”
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For additional information on the program as a whole, including the entire season’s schedule, visit dirtseries.com.
-Source: Angel Fire Bike Park