Women, learn to mountain bike

Sore Saddle Cyclery offering summer clinics for women

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Sore Saddle Cyclery is hosting a series of women-only mountain bike clinics this summer, and interested participants are reminded to BYOB -- Bring Your Own Bike.

The seven-week series began June 2 with an introduction and continued June 16 with a bike maintenance clinic, but Sore Saddle owner Chris Oppold said anyone interested in taking part in any of the remaining five, free clinics can come.

"We're interested in making people better bikers," Oppold said. "There is a need for (women's-only clinics) in this town. You saw women riding with four or five guys and lagging behind. I talked to a couple customers and they said we don't know how to do this and we don't know that many women to ride with."

At the last clinic, 38 women attended, Oppold said.

Tonight's clinic on uphill riding begins at 6 p.m. with participants meeting in front of Sore Saddle Cyclery before riding over to Howelsen Hill to get to work.

Tonight's clinic will focus on body/bike positioning, shifting and uphill etiquette versus downhill etiquette.

The remaining dates for the clinics are July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25. Each clinic will focus on a different element of mountain biking and will include a post-clinic ride.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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