Sugar Showdown July 7-8, 2012
The Sugar Showdown is the first women-specific freeride mountain bike competition of its kind in Washington State. Our goal is to provide a venue for professional and amateur female freeriders to compete in a supportive environment, bringing awareness to the ever growing women’s freeride movement, and to provide inspiration to women mountain bikers. Videographer, Mark Brent, creator of “Awesomeland, Women of Dirt” will be making a movie of the event called, “If She Can Do It, I Can Do It.” Thanks to the 70 supporters who helped us raise $3650. Kickstarter campaign click here.
Class – SOLD OUT
Saturday pro riders and IMIC certified coaches, including Tammy Donahugh, Lorraine Blancher, Gale Dahlager, Kat Sweet, Angi Weston, Cortney Knudson, Lindsay Currier, and special guest coaches, Stephanie Nychka and Chelsey Stevens Henry, will help bring your riding to the next level. The focus will be on jumping, dropping, wall rides and berms. We will also be offering a cross country class with Angi Weston in case riders aren’t quite ready for jumping but want to come shred with us. We will break into groups based on ability so there will be a beginner freeride group for people ready to start jumping and dropping.
Coach to student ratio will be 1:6.
Lunch is included.
Sunday we will session then compete on various freeride courses in Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, including berms, rollers, jumps and drops. Pros will have a cash purse and amateurs will win tons of cool swag. This will be a very supportive environment for women to compete in.
- Amateur course will be on VooDoo Child (Gerks)
- Pro course will be on Semper Dirticus (Dirt Corps)
- We will also have an 16 and under category on VooDoo Child
Yoga Sunday 8:30am – Free!
Before the race, treat your body to some moves specifically designed for the muscles you use and abuse the most! Join Stephanie Brown for a series of healing yoga postures that will open your hips, hamstrings and calf muscles. Twists will release tension in your back & shoulders, preparing your muscles for optimum performance! We will be in the grass so no need to bring a yoga mat.
A 5″-7″ freeride style bike works best for the courses we are using at Duthie. Bring the bike you are most comfortable jumping and dropping with. I use my 7″ travel Trek Scratch.
- 9am Registration
- 9:30am Rider Meeting
- 10am-12pm Coaching
- 12pm-1pm Lunch (Free)
- 1pm-3pm Coaching
- 3pm-4pm Prizes
- 8:30am Registration
- 9am-9:30am Yoga with Stephanie Brown
- 9:30am Competitors Meeting
- 10am-11am Pro Practice
- 11am-12:30am Pro Comp
- 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch (Free)
- 1:30pm-3:30pm Amateur Comp
- 4:30pm-5:30pm Awards
- Class – Freeride – $130 – $150
- Class – All Mtn, Cross Country – $130 – $150
- Combo, Class & Comp – $150 – $170
- Amateur Comp – $40 – $40
- Pro/Open Comp – $40 – $50
- Prices go up after June 21
Sponsors: Thanks to the companies who support the women of freeride:
- Gnar Lube
- Gregg’s Cycles
- Cascade Designs – Platypus
- Bicycles West
- Body Armor Drinks
- Crave Jewelry Design
- Rainier Bike Law
- Cascade Bicycle Club
Parking: isn’t great so plan to get there early and park in the Overflow parking.
Main entrance, parking: (10 minute ride into the Clearing)
Duthie Hill Lodge
27101 SE Duthie Hill Road
Issaquah, WA 98029
Overflow parking: (15 min ride into the Clearing)
Cascade Ridge Elementary School
2020 Trossachs Boulevard Southeast
Day of Registration: is in the Clearing (inside the park).
To get to the Clearing in the center of the park, follow the signs that go up from the southeast corner of the parking lot, behind the lodge, across the Boardwalk bridge, and up into the park. That’s where you’ll find the registration booth.
Come show support for the ladies by volunteering. We’ll need help with the BBQ Sunday, with parking, the booth, course marshaling, set up and break down.
Motel 6 in Issaquah (5.7 miles, 14 minutes from Duthie)
- $75.99 per night plus tax (approximate)
- Bikes are allowed in the rooms
- Contact: 425-392-8405
Snoqualmie River RV Park in Fall City (6.3 miles, 16 minutes from Duthie)
- $27 per night
- amenities: picnic tables, fire pit, showers, toilets
- Contact: 425-222-5545
Meet your Coaches:
- Nickname: Tbone, T.D. Hugh , Tambo, Tamalama , Tam Tam
- MTB Experience: Previous Pro DHer currently slopestyle’r
- Certifications: IMIC
- Awards: Slopesistair 1st place / Dixie Trix 1st place
- Favorite Trick: That I can do or wish I could do? Tamboggan for one I can do and Unturndown for one I want to do
- Favorite Trail: All of the west coast and BC!
- Hero: Too many to mention – all of the female rippers in action sports and the BMX park girls pushing it daily!
- Theme Song: “Because I’m Awesome” by the Dollyrots
- Event Tammy’s Hosting: Dixie Trix at Ranchstyle in CO, May
- MTB Experience: downhill, freeride, slopestyle, baby dirtjumps. I ride for fun but I enjoy getting out there and competing. Mountain biking has been an expressive outlet for me since I was a small cute child.
- Certifications: IMIC Level II (hopefully coach by SugarShowdown…)
- Awards: ? um like gold chains or degrees huh? B.S. Biology, Northstar Whip Off 1st womens
- Favorite Trick: ones I want to learn? tuck nohander, tobaggan, love to watch? 360 downside tailwhip
- Random Fact: I live in a van sometimes down by the river and I only have 23 ribs
- Favorite Trail: the one I handbuilt just for me in NorCal
- Hero: Every lady that gets out there and pushes her riding a little past her comfort level… all with a huge smile on her face
- Theme Song: Right now anything with Andre Nickatina’s voice in it
- Favorite Candy: dark chocolate covered coconut mmmmmm
- Events Lindsay’s Producing: Queen of the Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, CA, Aug 11-12 & Shine SendHer, Virgin UT, Sept 15-16
- MTB Experience: Race Pro Super D/Enduro, cat 1 DH, XC, and CX. Undefeated women’s DH on a coaster brake klunker.
- Certifications: IMIC certified Coach
- Awards: I’ve been awarded a fabulous life
- Favorite Tricks: Bar hump and Electro-goat
- Random Fact: I’m an ordained minister and have married two of my best friends
- Favorite Trails: All the old North Fork trails (RIP)
- Hero: Kat Sweet
- Theme Song: Angie by the Rolling Stones
Cortney Knudson grew up in Lake Tahoe. Her winters consisted of skiing racing at Squaw Valley. In the summers, she competed in horse-jumping and dressage. Then, she discovered cross-country mountain-biking and her life on two wheels began. From cross-country, she progressed into a dirt-jumper, bmx rider, and avid downhiller. Following Lake Tahoe’s most bad-ass boy downhillers around until they finally had to claimed her as one of their own, she learned the secrets of downhill riding. These secrets were divulged after many hours of building downhill trails and dirt jumps. She paid her dues heavily with a shovel and now she wants to share with you her knowledge and passion for riding. Learn how to ride like a girl, which is as bad-ass as it gets- downhill with expertise, confidence, and technical prowess. With two wheels, you will learn how to fly. Cortney received her IMIC Certificate in 2012. She has taught downhill clinics with Downhill World Champion, Marla Streb. Cortney’s favorite foods are white cheddar Cheetos and steak salads.
After 3 years of racing cross country, Gale discovered downhill racing which proved to be much more her forte. Gale switched from moguls skiing to skier-x in the winters where she competed in the ESPN X-Games and NBC Gravity Games before leaving competitive skiing to focus on mountain bike racing. Gale raced 9yrs at the pro level for downhill, dual slalom and mountain cross, making the US National team in ‘03 & ‘04 for World Championships, before retiring from full-time racing. She has won many regional and state titles in her career.
After racing Gale became very active in the early freeride and dirt jumping scene, becoming one of the first few women to land back flips on a mountain bike, and participating in any women’s jump jams or freeride contests that she could find. She still loves to ride both downhill and cross country and jump her bike whenever given the chance, and enjoys coaching more than competing these days.
Gale has her International Mountain bike Instructor Certification (IMIC) Master Coach certification, which allows her to run IMIC certification courses. She is also IMIC certified to coach dirt jumping, skate park and downhill specialties. Medically she has her Wilderness EMT license, and also works as an international trekking guide. Gale continues her quest to get more women involved in mountain biking, especially in the dirt jump/freeride scene, and to help all women realize that when any one of us achieves something, we are all better because of it.