Sugar Showdown Seattle 2013 presented by Diamondback

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Hey Ladies, it’s time to throwdown at the Showdown! This ridestyle event is focused on freeride skills including jumping, dropping, and wall rides. The emphasis will be on form, style, and creating a supportive environment where women can encourage each other.  This event is not about winning, it’s about pushing personal limits within students own boundaries and building our Sisterhood of Shred!

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SUGAR SHOWDOWN SEATTLE, presented by Diamondback

  • Dates: July 6-7
  • Location: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah (Seattle), WA
  • Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Format: One day of freeride coaching / one day of competition
  • Cost:
    • $179 Class and Comp
    • $159 Class Only
    • $50 Comp Only
    • $179 Sugar Cubes Class and Comp, 10-15 years old
    • Prices go up after June 21
    • Scholarships are always available (just email Kat@sweetlines.com)

INCLUDED:

  • Meet and Greet ride with the coaches Friday night
  • We’ve added an hour of coaching – 5 hours total
  • 1:6 ratio of coaches to students
  • Lunch Saturday from Gregg’s Cycles
  • Lunch Sunday from Woodinville Bicycle
  • Tons of prizes
  • Special event swag
  • Learning from some of the best coaches in North America!
  • We have more through rider ability questions to get everyone into the correct groups.

PREREQUISITES:

Must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 2 years.

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COACHING:

Groups will be split up based on ability and whether students have been to one of our programs before or not. New students will start with a morning stretch and spend more time on form in the beginning. Returning students will do a form refresher then move on to freeride skills. We’ve added an hour of coaching time so we can take our time and not feel rushed. Students are automatically entered in the comp but don’t have to participate unless they want to. We will have a 1:6 ratio of coaches to students.

Sugar Cubes is for 10-15 year olds. Girls must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 2 years and be ready to start jumping or push their jumping to the next level.

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COMP:

Categories will include Novice for new jumpers, Amateur for ladies who have been jumping before but aren’t quite ready for the Pros. Then the Pro category is for women who have been jumping for a while and are doing some tricks.

Novice and Amateur judging is based on form, style, creativity, and if participants clear the jump or case it, (manuals are worth more points than casing a jump).

Pros are judged on form, style, amplitude, creativity and tricks. Competitors will get two runs throwing out their lowest scored run.

Categories:

  • Novice Sugar Cubes, 10-15 – Voodoo Child
  • Novice, all ages – Voodoo Child
  • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 10-15 – Voodoo Child
  • Amateur 16-25 – Voodoo Child
  • Amateur 26-45 – Voodoo Child
  • Amateur 46 + Voodoo Child
  • Pro / Open – Semper Dirticus
Novice = new to jumping and freeride skills
Amateur = been jumping and doing drop offs already
Pro / Open = been jumping and dropping for a while and are ready for some tricks and gaps

Special Awards Include:

  • Most Improved
  • Best Trick (for Pros)
  • Most Supportive Rider
  • Best Crash
  • Most Creative
  • Best Amplitude
  • Trail Builder Volunteer Hours
  • Assistant Coach Volunteer Hours

GEAR:

  • Mandatory: flat pedals and Five Ten or skate style shoes (limited pedals and shoes are available for demo)
  • Mandatory: knee and elbow pads (limited protective gear will be available to demo)
  • Full face helmets are strongly recommended
  • Slopestyle of Freeride style bikes work the best, 4”-6” of travel (I’ll be using my 4” travel Diamondback 4X/Slope bike)

SPONSORS:

Registration: Click on the Bike Reg Link

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

Friday

  • 6:00pm                   Meet and Greet at Duthie                                                                            (meet the coaches, get your bikes checked, and ride)

Saturday

  • 8:00am                     Check in, bike checks
  • 8:30am                     Coach intros, break into groups
  • 9:00am-11:30am      Coaching begins for returning students
  • 9:00am-9:30am        Morning stretch for new students
  • 9:30am-11:30           Coaching begins for new students
  • 11:30am-12:30pm    Lunch – Sponsored by Gregg’s Cycles
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm      Afternoon skills sessions
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm        Choose stations for the last hour                                                             (Drops Zone, Luna Jumps, Voodoo, Semper D)
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm        Cookie Circle & Feedback
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm        Prize Drawing
  • 3:00pm-8:00pm        Open Practice for Competitors
  • 8:00pm                     Course Maintenance

Sunday – NEW

  • 8:30am-9:00am                Registration
  • 9:00am-9:30am                Rider Meeting
  • 9:30am-10:30am              Novice/Amateur Practice
  • 10:30am-11:00am            Novice Comp – Voodoo Child
  • 11:00am-12:30pm            Amateur Comp – Voodoo Child
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm              Lunch – sponsored by Kirkland Bicycle
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm                Pro Practice
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm                Pro Comp –Semper Dirticus
  • 4:30pm                             Awards

PHOTOS

Woodiinville Bicycle will be taking pics both days that you will be able to download from their website for free! Woodinville Bicycle Link

VOLUNTEER!

Want to be part of the event but you don’t want to ride? We would love your help with registration, course marshalling, working the Sweetlines booth, etc. Email Kat if you’re interested. Kat@sweetlines.com.

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

HOUSING:

Motel 6

  • Issaquah (5.7 miles, 14 minutes from Duthie)
  • $79 per night plus tax (approximate)
  • Bikes are allowed in the rooms
  • Contact: 425-392-8405

Snoqualmie River RV Park

  • Fall City (6.3 miles, 16 minutes from Duthie)
  • $27 per night (approximate)
  • Amenities: picnic tables, fire pit, showers, toilets
  • Contact: 425-222-5545

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COACHES:

  • Tammy Donahugh
  • Angi Weston
  • Wendy Palmer
  • Lindsey Voreis
  • Stephanie Nychka
  • Cortney Knudson
  • Lisa Mason
  • Chelsey Henry

COACH BIOS:

TAMMY DONAHUGH

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Tammy Donahugh is a Santa Cruz native who now resides in Colorado Springs, CO.  Tammy’s 19 years of experience on the bike includes racing downhill in the Pro circuit, traveling the continent to explore MTB parks, competing in slopestyle/dirt jump competitions, and coaching bike skill clinics.

Tammy has been with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) for 8 years.  Her tenure has included running IMBA HQ as the Operations Manager to designing and building bike parks for IMBA’s Trail Solutions, to her current title -IMBA’s Instructor Certification Program manager.

Tammy’s coaching credentials are an IMIC (International Mountainbike Instructors Certification) Level 3 and she has been teaching individual and group clinics for 5 years.

Tammy has been nominated for the Action Sports Hall of Fame.  Rock the vote!  http://www.xhall.org/profile/1210

Tammy has a true passion for the sport and loves to share her knowledge with others.

Tammy created and produced Dixie Trix in 2012 – an all women’s freeride event which included clinics with certified, pro riders and a slopestyle competition for amateur and pro.  Dixie Trix is coming back in 2013 and will be held August 23-25 in Frisco, CO.

WENDY PALMER

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Wendy lives in Moab Utah where she is the buyer for Chile Pepper Bike Shop(chilebikes.com) and co-owner of Moab Mountain Bike Instruction(mmtbi.com). She has been a professional Downhill and Slalom racer for eight years. She races for fun now and recently won the Pro GRT in Angel Fire, NM. Wendy is passionate about helping women overcome their fears in mountain biking and has been coaching for the last 3 years(PMBI Certified Level 2 Instructor). Though a desert pixie now, Wendy was born and raised right here in the Northwest! Gig Harbor is her hometown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANGI WESTON

Angi is certified through the International Mountain Bike Instructors Certification Program (IMIC) and has been teaching and coaching for about 8 years. She enjoys working with people of all ages and ability levels to improve bike handling skills, confidence, and safety so more fun can be had on a bike. Angi enjoys riding and racing many disciplines, including Downhill, Super-D, Cross Country, Cyclocross, and Coaster-brake klunkers. In addition to three years of teaching the mountain bike class at Western Washington University she has also coached at Darcy Turenne’s See Jane Jump Fest on Mt. Washington, the MidWest Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic in Brown County Indiana, and Women’s Weekend at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Cleveland, OH and Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia.

LINDSEY VOREIS

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Lindsey grew up in Portland, Oregon where outdoor activities were just part of the daily routine. She spent her youth equestrian show jumping horses, skiing, snowboarding, playing soccer, basketball, running cross country and track and riding her bike. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona, and took her skills first to sports marketing, then to the advertising and public relations world in Portland.

In 2001 Lindsey had an incredible life-changing experience on the popular television show, Survivor: Africa. Watching herself on TV caused her to reevaluate who she was and helped her redefine herself through biking and self-exploration.

Lindsey has raced many disciplines of mountain bikes since 1996 and currently handles most of the business behind The Allride Tour, a tour dedicated to promoting the mountain bike lifestyle. When home in Bend Lindsey is either teaching clinics or guiding 3-day mountain bike adventures for Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours in Bend, OR.

COACHING: Lindsey is in high demand to teach women’s clinics all over North America. She is PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) certified as well as IMIC (International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification) certified. Teaching is her true calling. She is passionate about teaching because she knows it will vastly improve confidence and provide a better understanding of the relationship between riders and their bikes.

She has a unique style of teaching that integrates bike/life metaphors into her program and she creates confident, knowledgeable riders. She inspires women of all ages to enjoy bikes on a deeper level and loves coaching almost as much as riding epic trails around the world.

“I believe mt biking brings out one’s true colors. You can learn so much about yourself and your ability to persevere and overcome obstacles. When you learn how to progress in a physically demanding, intimidating sport like mt biking, you will have a newfound belief in your abilities and hopefully a strong desire to keep progressing. Trust me, one session with me will change the way you see mountain biking as I teach you how to give your bike life!”- LindseyVoreis

CORTNEY KNUDSON

Cortney Knudson is a Lake Tahoe local. Growing up with the 4 seasons, her winters consisted of competitive skiing at Squaw Valley and her summers consisted of competing in horse-jumping and dressage. Once she discovered cross-country mountain-biking, though, her life on two wheels began. Starting out in cross-country, she quickly became a dirt-jumper, bmx rider, and avid downhiller. Following around the bad-ass local downhillers, they brought her into the fold and she learned their secrets. These secrets were divulged after many hours of heavy shoveling towards building downhill trails and dirt jumps with these locals. She now shares her knowledge and passion for riding by coaching.

Cortney’s mission is to guide, encourage, and share the ingredients to create success with all levels of riding.  She believes that whatever your mind will allow, conceive, and believe, we will achieve. Cortney teaches and competes all over the West Coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Reno, Nevada. She loves coaching and riding, whether it’s with other pro women, or on a one-on-one basis for the timid.

You can now learn how to ride like a girl, with precision and steeze. You will learn how to fly on two wheels with expertise, confidence and technical prowess. Event Director for The Little Big, a ridestyle event at the Sky Tavern Mountain Bike Park in Reno, Cortney shares her passion for the technical aspect of mountain biking by offering a woman’s-specific weekend consisting of a clinic and competition. Cortney consistently pursues her passion on two wheels and hopes.

 CHELSEY HENRY

Chelsey ShredChelsey & DogChelsey has been enjoying the two wheeled life since 2000. A short stint in cross country brought her to the awkward era of freeriding on hardtails with dual crown forks and 26 inch front, 24 inch rear wheels. She says, “those were the days, kinda like middle school, a time you never want to re-live!” She started downhill racing in about 2005, eventually riding at the Pro-level with some really awesome ladies. Recently she’s become a member of the board for Evergreen East, where they work to bring new trails to life. She’s been coaching for 5 years now. In her time off the bike she hangs out in Spokane, WA, and holds a job down as an engineer in aerospace. She can also shake her booty on the dance floor like no body’s business!

STEPHANIE NYCHKA

Dr StephanieStephanie has been in high-level competition in athletics for Biker Stephaniemost of her life – yet while pursuing her volleyball career she chose not to play for Team Canada as she had found a new passion in mountain biking. Drawn by the people, the beauty of trail riding, and the potential she saw for women to carve out a niche in a sport that was relatively untouched at the time, Stephanie became hooked on what would prove to be an 11 year adventure that she is still excited about each time she gets on her bike.

Beginning as a DH enthusiast, she was quickly swayed by learning how to dirt jump – this provided a smooth transition to slopestyle when living in Whistler for a summer. Although disappointed by the lack of women specific slopestyle events, she was intrigued by the growing number of females who were willing to ride more challenging terrain. This led to Stephanie creating Slope Sistair Freeride Invitational – the first women’s competition of its kind.

While finishing her Chiropractic Doctorate in Portland, Oregon she became the first (and only) woman to compete in the Crankworx slopestyle event before challenging her skills and fortitude by competing in the Jeep Series Dual Slalom for a season.

Stephanie has assistant coached at Ray’s Women’s Weekend, Sugar Showdown, Sugoi Dirt Series, has just received her IMBA mtb coaching certification and currently provides private coaching sessions in her home city of Calgary, Alberta.

Stephanie has a 1 year old daughter, and is expecting again in early 2014!

A special thanks to the trail volunteers: Beriah, Kelly, Jack, & Lukas