Flyer June






Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Mtb Fest – Aptos, CA April 5-6 Dirt Jumping & Pump Track
Sugar Showdown Burlington Burlington, WA May 9-10 Indoor Dirt Jumping & Pump Track
Sugar Showdown Seattle Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah, WA July 5-6 Ridestyle: Freeride



Sugar Showdown is a women’s ridestyle event with one day of coaching and one day of competition. Definition of ridestyle: we’re combining slopestyle with freeride, dirt jumping, and park with judging based on form and style for amateurs and the addition of tricks for the pro categories.

Sweetlines brings in the top pro competitors and certified coaches from around North America, to mentor and train other women, building confidence and skills.

A key component of our success is our ability to reach a global community via social media, word of mouth and use of online videos to capture the essence of what we do.




In 2014 we will be producing a feature length documentary highlighting the Sisterhood of Shred, our coaches, riders and supporters. Our focus will be on how our community helps us push personal limits, supports us emotionally, and continually motivates us in our daily lives.


  • Sweetlines
  • Diamondback Bikes – Assault, DJ frame
  • Oakley – packs and gear
  • Deity Components – super steezy parts!
  • G-Form – pads and gear
  • Sombrio – hot gear
  • Dirty Jane – Michelle Benson won the photo comp and a free entry into our comp
  • VP Components – pedals and gear
  • Clif Bar – deliciousness
  • DaKine – gear
  • FOX Suspension – DJ fork
  • My Alibi Clothing – riding shorts
  • Ryders Eyewear – shades
  • Kona – Angi!
  • AllSport Dynamics – sexy wrist braces
  • JOBY – camera tripods
  • WTB – Vigilante tires
  • Gregg’s Cycles – Saturday lunch and mechanics
  • Woodinville Bicycle – photographer
  • dhbetty Jewelry – Sugar Showdown necklaces for top 3
  • The Melvin Family!!



LOCATION: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah (Seattle), WA


  • $185 Class and Comp
  • $185 Sugar Cubes Class and Comp, ages 10-14
  • $50  Sweet Peas Class, ages 6-9
  • $40 Comp only
  • Free – Sweet Peas Pump Jam! (ages 6-9)
  • Prices go up to $195 on June 20

HOW: Registration Link

  • Registration closes July 3 at 11pm


Must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 1 year


Groups will be split up based on ability and whether students have been to one of our programs before or not. New students will spend more time on form in the beginning. Returning students will do a form refresher then move on to freeride skills. Students are automatically entered in the comp but don’t have to participate unless they want to.

Sugar Cubes is for 10-14 year olds all day Saturday. 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.

Sweet Peas is a 2 hour class for 6-9 year olds on Saturday from 1pm-3pm. The girls will session the pump track and Luna lines working on skills while having fun! Must be riding 2-wheels! Not training wheels. Coaster brakes are ok but hand brakes are preferred.

Sugar Cube Shredders, Heather & Kaytlin, with 2nd Place Pro competitor Katie!

Sugar Cube Shredders, Heather & Kaytlin, with 2nd Place Pro competitor Katie!


Novice and Amateur riders will compete on Voodoo Child. Novice riders are new to jumping.  Amateurs have been jumping longer than that. Judging will be based on form and style.

Semi-Pros will compete on Voodoo Child. This category is for women who have been jumping for a while are almost ready to compete on Semper Dirticus but feel more comfortable on Voodoo.

The Pro category will compete on Semper Dirticus. This class is for ladies who have been jumping for a long time and are doing some sort of tricks. Judging is based on style, amplitude and tricks. You will see a lot of x-ups, one footers, no-footers, tam-boggins, whips, no-handers, table tops, combinations, and some surprise moves.

New this year, Pros will be given more points for larger features, the Rooster Booster (3rd jump) and the By Pass (after the drop to hip), no points for the wall ride or rolls after it.

Sweet Peas Pump & Jump Jam will be on Sunday at lunch from 12pm-1pm and it’s free! Girls of all ages and abilities are welcome to come ride around the pump track. If they’re ready we’ll have them do a lap on the Luna jump line while all of the competitors cheer them on.

By Pass, pic by Jack Anderson

By Pass, pic by Jack Anderson

Comp Categories:

  • Novice (new to jumping)
  • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 10-14
  • Amateur 15-25
  • Amateur 26-35
  • Masterettes 36 +
  • Semi-Pro
  • Pro

Special Awards Include:

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


  • 1st – $200
  • 2nd – $150
  • 3rd – $100
  • 4th – $50
  • 5th – $40
  • Total = $540!


  • Stephanie Nychka
  • Lisa Tharp – Black Market
  • Angi Weston – Kona Bikes
  • Cortney Knudson – (Little Big Ridestyle Event) POC, Electric Eyewear
  • Meg Valliant – (Sweetlines/The Sisterhood of Shred) RideSFO, X-Fusion, Honey Stinger
  • Lisa Mason – (Women’s Freeride Movement!) Bell, RaceFace, Summit Sport
  • Wendy Palmer – Shredly, Moab Mountain Bike Instruction, Chile Pepper Bike Shop
  • Kat Sweet – Diamondback, Deity, Sombrio,G-Form, Fox Suspension, Five Ten, Oakley,Clif Bar, AllSport Dynamics, Jme @ Vain


  • Lauren Heitzman – Tribe Sports, Mojo Wheels, Dirty Jane, Honey Stinger
  • Lynne Armstrong – (Air Maiden)
  • Julie Crittenden – (Sturdy B’s)


  • Steven Bafus
  • Dylan Bibbins
  • Allen Levine
  • Lance Heim
  • Travis Erikson



  • 8:00am-8:30am                 Registration
  • 8:30am-9:00am                 Coach Intros
  • 9:00am-12:00pm               Coaching
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm               Lunch – provided by Gregg’s Cycles
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm                 Afternoon skills sessions
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm                 Sweet Peas Class
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm                 Voodoo / Semper Coach Feedback Stations
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm                 Cookie Circle & Feedback
  • 3:00pm-6:30pm                 Open Practice for Competitors


  • 8:30am-9:00am                 Registration
  • 9:00am-9:15am                 Rider Meeting
  • 9:15am-10:00am               Novice/Amateur Practice / Semi-Pro
  • 10:00am-11:00am             Novice/AM Comp
  • 11:00am-11:15am             Semi-Pro Warm-Up
  • 11:15am-11:45am             Semi-Pro Comp
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm               Lunch
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm               Pump & Jump Jam – Sweet Peas
  • 1:00pm-1:15pm                 Pro Meeting (top of Semper)
  • 1:15pm-2:00pm                 Pro Practice
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm                 Pro Comp
  • 3:30pm-5:30pm                 Dance Party
  • 5:00pm                              Awards


  • (Times are estimated and could vary plus or minus 30 minutes)


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 SE, Sammamish, WA 98075


Motel 6

  • Issaquah (5.7 miles, 14 minutes from Duthie)
  • $80 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
  • amenities: picnic tables, fire pit, showers, toilets
  • Contact: 425-222-5545



  • Bike: Freeride works the best, dirt jumpers or all mountain bikes are good too
  • Pedals: mandatory flat pedals and Five Ten or skate style shoes                          (limited pedals will be available for demo)
  • Protective Gear: mandatory knee and elbow pads                                                 (limited protective gear will be available to demo)
  • Helmets: full face helmets are strongly recommended


Our primary audience is women and girls ages 6-60. The majority of our participants are women 30-45 years old. We have a Sweet Peas category for 6-8 year olds, Sugar Cubes category for the 10-16 year olds and a Masterettes category for 36+! Our global reach includes not only women but also men; fathers, husbands, boyfriends, and friends, mountain bikers and non riders who are inspired by what we do.



Want to be part of the event but you don’t want to ride? We would love your help!

Saturday – Volunteer Saturday Link

  • Sweetlines Booth – 8am-12pm / 12pm – 3pm

Sunday – Volunteer Sunday Link

  • Sweetlines Booth – 8am – 12pm / 12pm – 4pm
  • AM Comp Starter – 10am – 12pm
  • Pick Up Lunch – 10am
  • Move Sound System from Clearing to Forest – 9am
  • Move Sound System from Forest to Clearing – 3:30pm
  • Pro Comp Starter – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Course Marshall – 1pm – 3:30pm
  • Tally Points – 3:30pm
  • Podium Crew – 4:30pm
  • Clean Up (Banners / Tape) – 4pm




Lisa Tharp

From: Colorado Springs, CO

Stephanie Nychka

  • From: Calgary, Canada
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 14 years
  • Years Coaching: 5 years
  • Certifications: IMBA Basic Skills Instructor
  • Comp Results: 5 place, 3 rd place? I don’t remember
  • Favorite Trails: Duthie Hill
  • Favorite Tricks: No Hander, Whip, 1 Footed X-up
  • Favorite Quote: Veni, Vidi, Vinci: I come, I see, I conquer.

Lisa Mason

  • From: Whistler, Canada
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 10
  • Years Coaching: 3
  • Certifications: PMBI Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1
  • Comp Results:
  • Sugar Showdown  July 2013- Washington, Slopestyle – Pro Women 3rd e
  • Sea Otter Bike Festival  April 2013 – California, UCI Downhill – Category 1  2nd
  • Dixie Trix at Ranchstyle May 2012 – Colorado, Slopestyle – Pro Women 6th
  • Sugar Showdown  July 2012 – Washington, Slopestyle – Pro Women 6th
  • Favorite Tricks: Tricks that I can do, Whips, One Handers,(wish I could take them both off at the same time, that’s this summmer) and Tree taps. Tricks I like to see Supermans and Knacks, I like style over triple backflips any day.
  • Theme Song:  I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister
  • Role Model and Why? You are, if you’re out shredding and doing what your passionate about! My hat’s off to you!!

Angi Weston

  • From: Bellingham, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 11 years
  • Years Coaching: 8 years
  • Certifications: ICP Coach
  • Comp Results:  #1 in fun!
  • Favorite Trails: Steep, loamy, and techy
  • Favorite Tricks: bar hump look back or the announcer air (that’s when I jump over the announcer)
  • Favorite Quote: “It’s not life that matters, it’s the courage that we bring to it”
  • Theme Song: Doing it Right by Daft Punk
  • Role Model and Why? Rae Gandolf because she lives out her passions to the fullest, she is brave, beautiful, brilliant, and blistering fast on a bike!
  • Kat Sweet because she has a genuine and authentic approach to all things in life, especially teaching. She reminds us how to have fun and that you are only as old as you allow yourself to be!

Cortney Knudson

  • From: Tahoe City, CA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 20 yrs (15 flailing 5 with skill)
  • Years Coaching: 6 yrs
  • Certifications: ICP level 1 & 2
  • Comp Results: For this year? Mostly last but first in my own world. Comparing year to year I always am able to see a huge progression in my riding and jumping. And I got 3rd at the Little Big Ridestyle Event, 2013.
  • Favorite Trails: Dirt Jumps! Dirt Merchant! Martis DH, Tahoe XC- Mt Rose to Chimney, Hole in the ground, Glass Mtn
  • Favorite Tricks: turning a dollar bill into a hundred dollar bill?
  • Favorite Quote: he who rests rusts
  • Theme Song: Can’t say a song in particular, but favorite thing to do is sing out-loud, belt it out, while on trail so everyone gets the song stuck in their head for the theme song of the day! HA Example….  give me some Aiyrrrre, like ya just don’t caiyrrrree
  • Role Model and Why? There again,I can’t pin point anyone in particular. I pick something out of everyone.Something maybe  to look up to, sometimes to respect and always to learn. The role models are always changing, revolving, and growing with those around me. Thanks to all the beautiful people in my life! Look forward to those who are still to come.

Meg Valliant

  • From: Seattle, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 14
  • Years Coaching: less than 1 yr
  • Certifications: ICP
  • Comp Results:
  • 3rd AM, Sugar Showdown Lumberyard
  • 6th Pro, Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz
  • 1st Semi-Pro,  Sugar Showdown Duthie Hill
  • 9th Pro,  Dixie Trix, Frisco Bike Park
  • 5th Pro, The Little Big at Truckee
  • 1st Sea otter Slalom ’11
  • 3rd 4x Nationals ’06
  • Favorite Trails: Fun Dirt jumps, Juaquin Miller park (OAkland)
  • Favorite Tricks: (that i do?) Table Top , kick out  (that i want to do?) Clicked Table top, turn down, tail whip
  • Favorite Quote: oh there are so many..
  • “Cru, remember the lumber yard…go balls out.”
  • “You’re not dying you just dont have anything better to do”,
  • Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;”
  • Theme Song:  always a toss up between The Fall Guy, the Munsters, and the Ateam however i always have the Rad soundtrack on my ipod
  • Role Model and Why? so many…
  • Gene Roddenberry- He took his dreams to the masses and inspired generation after generation.
  • Athletes that make an impact in there sport by pushing the next generation to new limits.. Hoffman, Hawk, Mullin, Mccoy, Rooftop, Peralta, Joelene
  • Phil Segura – takes Hustle to all new highs! Passionate about his dreams. too many more role models to write…

Lauren Heitzman

  • From: CO but living in Seattle, WA now!
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 8 years
  • Years Coaching: 4 years
  • Certifications: IDP gravity/freeride instructor
  • Comp Results:
  • 7th Dixie Trix – Pro
  • 4th Little Big Ridestyle – Pro
  • Favorite Trails: Burlington Indoor, Duthie Hill MTB Park
  • Favorite Tricks: back flips and Indian Airs – I’m working on both, but I still need a lot of practice
  • Favorite Quote: “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”  – Unknown
  • Theme song: I lived, One republic
  • Role model: My good friend Theron Tate. He is not only an awesome rider, but an awesome friend as well. He works passionately toward his goals and never gives up. Always smiling, he has a fantastic outlook on life and shares that positive energy with everyone he meets. He inspires me to work hard towards my goals and be grateful for everything that I have. His focus and determination are a force that stays with me and challenges me to be the best me that I can be.

Kat Sweet Bio Link





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