For women only

Mountain bike clinic offers advantage of female instruction


— Even a mountain biker of Katie Lindquist's skill consistently learns new tricks of her trade.

As a former World Champion racer, she is offering up her knowledge in an upcoming women-only mountain bike clinic on Mount Werner put on by the Steamboat Ski Area.

On Aug. 20, 22 and 24, Lindquist will provide tips to beginner and intermediate bikers on everything from how to change a flat tire to the proper way to navigate obstacles on trails.

"Women are strong," Lindquist said. "Once they are with another group of women, there are no embarrassing things. It's great."

Lindquist said she originally learned to mountain bike from men and by herself. Obviously, she was taught well she was the 2000 World Champion 24-hour Mountain Bike racer and the runner-up in 1999 and 2001 but there are advantages to having a female instructor.

A woman's arms and torso are shorter, but the legs are longer. Unless a man helping a woman select her bike understands the differences, a woman may not end up with a bike appropriate for her.

Lindquist will help fit bikes to the camp participants.

Lindquist said there are also learning differences between men and women. In her experiences doing clinics, a woman learns better after an explanation, while a man often just follows Lindquist's lead.

In the Aug. 20 and 22 camp, the focus will be directed toward learning more about the actual mountain bike with minimal trail riding. On Aug. 24, the women will ride on a variety of trails on Mount Werner followed by a furnished lunch and a maintenance and question-and-answer session.

Cost for the clinic is $95. Lift tickets and bike rentals are additional for those not already having them. Anyone with questions can call Nicole Bargren at Summer Operations at 871-5382.

Lindquist has conducted numerous clinics and did a mountain bike clinic in Steamboat in July that was met with enthusiasm and success.

Mount Werner offers roughly 50 miles of mountain bike trails with a variety of difficulty. Lindquist said it's always easier to ascend than to descend the mountain, but instruction will be offered in both, as well as the proper ways to maneuver over and around obstacles.

Time of the camp is 12 to 2 p.m. on both Aug. 20 and 22, while the Aug. 24 session will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The camp is designed for women ages 16 and up in the beginning to intermediate range in skill looking to move from the dirt road to a trail and looking to gain overall knowledge about mountain biking in general.

Lindquist said at her July camp, a woman older than 50 came in nervous but left enthusiastic after she learned how to use the gears properly.

"She didn't know how," Lindquist said.

"If that's what you get out of the camp, that's great."


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