NEMBAfest Women’s Skills Clinics
I had never been to a NEMBAfest event before but only two weeks before the event I was asked if I could do some clinics for women. I was happy to oblige and give back to my mountain biking community.
A huge thank you to all the women who registered for the NEMBAfest Women’s Skills Clinics. There’s obviously a big need out there.
Sure was hot and dusty! So glad to have those shower trucks available. With the ratio of men to women estimated to be 3:1 at the event, it was nice to see the line of 20+ men waiting to take showers and the line of only 2+ women.
The volunteer fundamentals clinics I conducted were Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-1:00. There were a total of 54 women who registered for the free clinics and the waiting list for each clinic was in effect the previous weekend. Thankfully, I got some assistance Saturday morning from Tina Dwan who has assisted with the “Ride Like A Girl” series at NEMBAfest for many years. And Sunday Ruth Wheeler and Anne Shepherd helped me out.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get all 54 women into the clinics, but I was able to help 36 women improve their mountain biking skills that weekend. And to me that’s a big success!
After reading their registration information I realized that many of the women wanted more than just the fundamentals. I was already going to be there at Kingdom Trails so I figured I’d add another clinic to help meet their needs.
Some of the participants took me up on a fee-based “Maneuvers” Clinic Saturday afternoon in which we worked on maneuvers like…
- Two different ways of doing front wheel lifts
- Rear wheel lifts
- Timing the two lifts together to get over obstacles without touching the obstacle
- Cornering techniques
- Pumping to increase speed, flow and FUN
- Steep descents, turns and bridges from up on the ledges
I’ve been asked to do the same type of fee-based clinics next year so the NEMBAfest Women’s Skills Clinics aren’t limited to just the fundamental skills.
Looking forward to going back next year and I hope I see you there!
Coach Margie Bowen