After 16 years of bringing “more skills more fun” to thousands of women across Western Canada and the US, the Trek Dirt Series is introducing a brand-new stop in Angel Fire, New Mexico on September 23-24, 2017!
With a reputation for professional step-by-step instruction for riders of all levels, the Trek Dirt Series team is excited to teach on Angel Fire’s legendary trails, enjoy the perfect temperatures and fall colors, and help develop the local women’s mountain bike community.
“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,” explains Hogan Koesis, Director, Angel Fire Bike Park. “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.”
For Trek Dirt Series founder Candace Shadley, the skills imparted through weekend and singleday 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,” says Shadley. “They see that they can learn something new, conquer their fears, and achieve things they didn’t even think possible.”
As mountain biking’s longest-running skills program, Trek Dirt Series rolls into 12 different locations across the western US and Canada with their own custom-built progressive learning stunts, demo fleet, rental gear, gobs of swag, and enough coffee to fuel the masses. To ensure each rider gets a personalized experience, whether they’re XC-oriented, downhill aficionados, first-timers, or folks who remember the days before suspension, the instructors begin their work long before rider check-in.
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.
Since 2001, the Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps have taken over 12,000 beginner, intermediate and expert riders to the next skill level in cross-country and downhill disciplines. The largely female coaching staff, many of whom are professional coaches, teachers and professors in their “day jobs”, focus on creating opportunities for participants to gain high end skills with low penalty through methodical skill building exercises and an incredibly supportive environment.
“Studies have shown women are motivated by relationships and a supportive environment, and it’s incredibly rewarding to be able to accommodate that with step-by-step instruction, multifaceted approaches, and lots of positive feedback,” says Candace Shadley, founder and director of the Trek Dirt Series. “Participants are encouraged to give their best and push their limits in a responsible way; they leave camp with increased confidence and passion for mountain biking.”
For more information on what the Trek Dirt Series camp in Angel Fire, and to register, click here. See you all in September!
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