News: Sugar Showdown Comes to Lumberyard Bike Park

Women's-only event in Portland slated for January 25-27

Not sure why everyone is making kitty-cat claws, but they appear to be having a hell of a time, which is what the Sugar Showdown is all about.

The Lumberyard MTB Portland’s unique indoor bike park at 2700 NE 82nd Ave, will host the first-ever Sugar Showdown Women’s Weekend, January 25-27, 2013.

All skill levels are welcome.

Groups will be split into beginner, intermediate and advanced. Women riders will learn riding techniques, pumping, jumping, drops, wheel lifts, cornering, railing and berms.

Sweetlines U.S. and Canadian pro-instructors Kat Sweet, Tammy Donahugh, Angi Weston, Lindsey Vories, Cortney Knudson, Gale Dahlager, and Lorraine Blancher will provide top-notch mountain biking instruction tailored
to women. Sweetlines mission is to build confidence, create community, and promote stewardship through educational mountain biking programs that empower women and youth.

“We are building the Sisterhood of Shred with this event,” said Kat Sweet, founder of Sweetlines and a 25-year mountain biking veteran. “By providing a super supportive environment with the best coaches in North America, women are able to push their own personal boundaries while having tons of fun.”

On Friday evening riders will have an opportunity to meet the instructors and other women taking the clinic. On Saturday, the team of coaches will offer workshops and classes concentrated on jumps, drops, wall rides and berms. On Sunday, riders can show off what they learned by competing for different prizes during the pump and jump competition. Judging will be based on style, skill, and trickery. Spectators are welcome to come watch Sunday’s event. The Lumberyard will be closed to all other riders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the Women’s Weekend.

The event sponsors include Shimano, Teva, Race Face, Diety, Nutcase, and Pivot Cycles.

The Clinic costs $150 and is limited to 60 women. The competition is an additional $30

For more information, click here.

Want to cut to the chase and register? Click here to register.

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