Opportunity for women to discover mountain biking: MI

Article Posted: May 02, 2003

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Opportunity for women to discover mountain biking

State recreation officials today announced the third annual Women’s Mountain Biking Symposium, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Stony Creek Metropark in west Macomb County.

The workshop, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in conjunction with the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and Stony Creek Metropark, offers a skills clinic, maintenance clinic and an introduction to racing.

The skills clinic is geared for the novice to intermediate rider. Participants learn to ride trails, including the basics of braking and cornering and how to distribute body weight on climbs and descents. The maintenance clinic covers basic trail repair, how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain, and how to keep a bike clean and properly lubricated. The introduction to racing covers everything riders need to know about preparing for their first race, including pre-race nutrition and conditioning.

A group ride and a prize drawing will conclude the workshop. The cost is $20, payable to Michigan DNR-Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and enrollment is limited to 60 women. Participants are asked to bring their own bike, helmet and a sack lunch. Bagels and juice will be provided in the morning and water throughout the day. Based on the popularity of this program last year, early registration is recommended. The form is available online at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

For more information, contact Laura Ouellette at bow@mmba.org or Lynn Marla, DNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Coordinator at marlal@michigan.gov; 517-241-2225.

Source: MDNR

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