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Opportunities for female cyclists on the rise in Steamboat

This summer, there's plenty of ways to find a tribe of women bikers and learn something new. In this photo, Liana Jones bikes the Flash of Gold trail, which doesn't open until the end of June.
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Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare women’s clinics and ride nights: June 5: Ride night June 12: Clinic – Obstacles June 19: Ride night June 26: Clinic – Cornering and Braking July 3: Ride night July 10: Clinic – Descending July 17: Ride night July 24: Clinic – Climbing July 31: Ride night Aug. 7: Clinic – Open forum Aug. 14: Ride night Aug. 21: End-of-season Party

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There’s something deeply rewarding about relying on one’s wits and pair of mitts to finagle the inevitable mechanical breakdown or overcome that pesky obstacle ahead.

Mountain biking as a female in a male-dominated sport can be somewhat daunting. But, with one look around area trails, female riders are on the rise.

Those looking for opportunities to ride with a new lady tribe in Steamboat have several options, from clinics to low-key group rides.

Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare women’s clinics and ride nights

This free clinic for women of all abilities focuses on different skills each Tuesday evening from descending and berms, to climbing and body position. The group rides are non-guided, leaving the routes up to the group.

“The best part is learning the skills in a supportive, empowering environment,” said Jody Corey, who organizes the rides and is also one of the volunteer coaches.

Women are divided into groups based on skill level, and the coaches rotate to offer different perspectives and tips to each rider. Not only can each rider get pointers, but there is an opportunity to meet other women of the same riding ability and meet new riding buddies.

When: 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays; meet at the Routt County Courthouse lawn

How to sign up: Visit facebook.com/skiandbikekarewomen/.

CycloFemme Ride

Another opportunity to ride and meet other women is the CycloFemme Ride, a monthly event for women who want to get out in a no-pressure, casual format. CycloFemme is a national organization that celebrates women and biking.

Holly Weik, who organized the first CycloFemme ride in Steamboat Springs on Mother’s Day last year, said the event is open to all levels of riders, and it’s a no-fee, no-drop event.

Mileage and format (road or mountain) depends on who shows up. The default she said is about 20 miles of road riding, or it an afternoon mountain bike ride depending on what the group wants to do.

When: Rides are held on the second Sunday of the month throughout the summer.

How to sign up: Contact Weik via email at hollyweik@gmail.com or on the Steamboat Cyclofemme Ride Facebook page.

Grinta Cycling Camp for Women

This four-day cycling retreat is led by former pro riders Amy Charity and Lisa Renee Tumminello, and it is open to all abilities.

When: July 11 to 15

How to sign up: Visit grintacamps.com.

SSWSC Girls Mountain Biking

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host this program for girls age sixth grade and older. The six-week program is designed to teach mountain biking skills to middle and high school girls with their peers.

When: Tuesday and Friday mornings from mid-June to the beginning of August.

How to sign up: Visit sswsc.org.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


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