Hey people. I'm a little behind in posting because sis and the kids have hit town, but I have to fill you in on how the second ~*Ladies Night*~ at the trail turned-out.
A good time was def had by all. (See the cool shirt I'm wearing? Oh- yeah-- first official tee design. The girls all seemed to dig them.)
So here's how it worked this time-- around 45 (!) girls showed up. Almost all from the first round came back, and talked so much about how much fun it was some new girls came too. Last time I made a feeble attempt at instructing which left me feeling like a giganto DORK because I don't really feel that comfortable speaking in front of a large group. (Lucky that best-selling author thing never panned-out. Bullet = dodged.)
THIS time, I somehow convinced Kyia Anderson-- a retired national-level professional mountain bike racer to come teach the skills clinic, and was it ever awesome! (She's rather preggo right now, so taught from the ground.)
Her hubs, also a racer, demonstrated while she explained. It was amazing. I even learned a new tip-- finally the right way to do a track stand! (standing still on your bike & balancing w/o putting a foot down) Having someone who really knows what they're talking about take the time to explain the basics, even the seemingly obvs ones, really takes huge chunks off the learning curve. I feel my theory was proven correct through this event---- Women riders ARE more comfortable learning in a somewhat structured/controlled setting like this, as opposed to dudes-- who basically have been popping wheelies since first grade and would rather just trial and error it.
It was rather astounding seeing so many women all riding around practicing stuff, and after that, the woods absolutely packed with pink shirts as they hit the trails. I kept sort of not believing this event became so big.