Free Bike Clinics Aim to Get Women on the Bike Seat
by Martinique Davis
Jul 11, 2011 | 2492 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOM IN THE SADDLE – Navigating the Telluride Valley Floor singletrack. (File photo)
MOM IN THE SADDLE – Navigating the Telluride Valley Floor singletrack. (File photo)
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TELLURIDE – “Our area can be a bit intimidating,” says Penelope Gleason, owner of Paragon/BootDoctors, of the mountain-bike terrain surrounding Telluride.

But mountain biking in Telluride doesn’t have to be all about log-jumping, stream-hopping and gravity-testing – at least for those who aren’t primed for that kind of teeth-gritting, white-knuckle adventure. That’s why BootDoctors/Paragon is offering a slew of free mountain bike clinics throughout the summer that are geared towards all levels of riders, both new and old to the sport.

Bootdoctors/Paragon is hoping especially to reach out to beginner (and not-so-beginner) women riders, a demographic Gleason says is one of the fastest growing within the sport of mountain biking, with its upcoming calendar of free women’s bike clinics. Pro mountain biker Becky Reimann will be leading women-only rides on Sunday evenings, July 10 and 24, and a “Mommy Monday” morning ride July 25.

As Reimann explains, all of the clinics are “no drop,” meaning that no one is left behind to fend for themselves. “It can be tough to ride here, especially when you’re a beginner and you’re feeling pressured into riding somewhere you’re not comfortable,” Reimann says. “In this type of low-key environment, it’s amazing to see the learning that can take place when you’re not under that pressure.”

Reimann will talk technique and basic bike mechanics during breaks throughout the ride, which takes place on the Valley Floor. It’s important to have that kind of low-stress environment for beginner and intermediate riders, especially women, Reimann says, because riders can learn skills much faster when they’re not feeling anxious.

“We’re hoping this will help people make that progression to the next level, in a way that they feel comfortable,” Gleason says of the free women’s clinics. She notes that the Mommy Monday was designed specifically for those women who have young children, and who either used to bike or would like to bike more but have found it difficult to go since becoming moms. Organizing a group ride on Monday morning, which seemed the best time to get those bike-hungry moms out on the trails, offers not only a chance for women to hone their bike skills, but also gives them the nudge they may need to get them out and into the bike saddle again.

Paragon/Bootdoctors also offers free bike demos, enabling even those without equipment the chance to try, or rediscover, the sport. An RSVP is required for bike demos.

For more information contact Reimann at 708-1188, or stop by one of Paragon/Bootdoctors three local locations.
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