After 16 years of bringing "more skills, more fun" to thousands of women across parts of Canada and the United States, the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp is introducing a brand-new stop in Angel Fire on Sept. 23-24.
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," explained Hogan Koesis, director of 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 single-day 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," said 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 U.S. and Canada with its 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 cross-country 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 members 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.
"Many riders collect a season's worth of accomplishments in one weekend, whether those are related to climbs, descents, air or overall style and flow," said Shadley. "As coaches, we often look at the participants and wish we'd learned things that fast."
Though the program's success is rooted in small group instruction, many women attending the camps aren't accustomed to riding with other females, let alone experiencing the feeling of being surrounded by more than 50 women of all ages and backgrounds who share a passion for dirt. While riders walk away with skills that are leaps and bounds above where they started, the real magic of the Trek Dirt Series can be seen when the whole group gathers to share stories and camaraderie while devouring catered lunches, cheering for raffle prizes and enjoying beers during evening bike maintenance clinics.
"The Trek Dirt Series isn't just a weekend," said camp participant Heidi Allen. "It's a whole frame of mind and a key to the best riding experiences one could ever imagine."
For more information on the Trek Dirt Series camp in Angel Fire and to register, visit dirtseries.com/angel-fire.