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Go Play: Ride like a girl

Kristina Kittelson
Special to the Free Press
Members of Singletrack and Skinny Tire Sisters of Western Colorado are seen out on a ride.
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Singletrack and Skinny Tire Sisters of Western Colorado is a Colorado nonprofit cycling group for women who love to mountain and road bike in western Colorado. Our mission is to encourage women of all abilities — from novice to expert — to participate in the sport of cycling and to connect the community of female cyclists in western Colorado.

Each year we focus on meeting four main goals of the group. Here’s a look back at 2013:



GOAL 1

— Connect the community of female cyclists in western Colorado through fun and encouraging group rides and social events.



As we do every year, we offered weekly women’s mountain bike rides for all skill levels in 2013 at the three main mountain biking areas: Lunch Loops, Kokopelli, and 18 Road.

We also held once-a-month freeride/downhill sessions at Lunch Loops with the shuttle provided by Desert Rat Tours.

And for the first time ever, we had group jerseys available that were seen all over the Grand Valley and Colorado.

GOAL 2

­— Provide an entry point for the beginner rider.

This past year, we focused a lot on the beginner rider. In April, we partnered with a Trek Factory demo rep. Erin Smith, to hold a free, one-day women’s beginner mountain bike skills clinic. The morning was spent at Reed Park in Fruita working on basic skills in the grass, and the afternoon was spent at the Kokopelli trails working on the skills learned in the morning session.

Following the clinic, once-a-month beginner rides were offered at 18 Road. In addition, several members organized and led “no-drop” road rides open to all skill levels.

GOAL 3

— Educate through skill, bike repair, and other bike- and health-related clinics.

In February, Jona Bollinger, MPT, taught a “Pilates for the Cyclist” class for the group, and in June Sparky Moir taught “Yoga for the Cyclist.”

We also began our annual “Wenches, Wrenches & Wine: Winter into Summer Clinic Series” in November. Each month, a different local shop hosted an educational clinic where Plum Creek wine and light snacks were provided.

GOAL 4

— Support local trail advocacy and bicycle safety initiatives.

In April, Sisters sponsored two stations at the Fruita Fat Tire Festival Clunker Hunt, a fundraiser for the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA), our local trail advocacy group.

At the stations, participants answered trail etiquette quiz questions and completed a bike polo challenge. In July, the group sponsored one day of COPMOBA tail construction on the Grand Mesa’s Mesa Top Trail. We organized media coverage, marketing for the event, and food for the crew. Several members, friends and family helped with trail construction.

COMING UP IN 2014

Group rides, including mountain bike, downhill, and road, will begin in March.

We have new jerseys for the 2014 rides season, too. Pictures and ordering information can be found online.

We will continue to support the beginner rider with clinics and beginner rides, and we will have many other fun social and educational events throughout the year.

Upcoming clinics: April 9, “How to Fix a Broken Chain” at Brown Cycles; May 14, “Bike Packing” at Colorado Backcountry Biker; and June 11, “Road Bike Fit Basics” at The Bicycle Studio.

For dates, times, locations and details of Singletrack & Skinny Tire Sisters activities, join our Facebook Group or go to http://www.singletracksisters.com.

For more information, call Kristina Kittelson at 970-210-0389 or email singletracksisters@gmail.com.


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