Looking for the perfect holiday gift! Sweetlines gift certificates make excellent stocking stuffers! Whether it’s for avid dirt worshipers wanting to learn to jump, or newbies wanting to find ways to keep the rubber side down and avoid crashing, or maybe a spring time birthday bike party for your shred-tacular kids, we have something for you!
Private Lessons - $175 for 2 people for 2 hours (1-2 people, co-ed)
Birthday Parties – $275 for 8 people for 2 hours (up to 8 people, co-ed)
Group Lessons – put any amount towards a group lesson (ladies or juniors) $75 for 2 hours, $95 for 3 hours, $125 for a full day group lesson
Call or email Kat to order. We will send you a printed gift certificate.
Gift Certificates are redeemable any available times after March 2014
Women’s “Sugar Showdown” Mountain Bike Event Returns to Seattle with Expanded Format
Multi-day clinic & competition adds optional ride event, new categories and sponsors for 2013
Seattle, Washington—Sweetlines, the women-focused, woman-led mountain bike coaching service today announced the second annual Sugar Showdown Seattle, a two-day freeride mountain bike event for women and girls, to be held at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, Washington, on July 6-7, 2013. Last year’s inaugural event, featured in filmmaker Mark Brent’s documentary film, If She Can Do It, was the first of its kind in the northwestern United States. This year, the Sugar Showdown will again include one day of coaching and one day of competition but will also feature expanded coaching hours, a new Friday evening event, additional competition categories, and a new title sponsor, Diamondback Bikes.
Kicking off the event will be a new meet & greet ride at Duthie Hill Park on Friday evening, July 5th, with a crew of pro coaches from across North America. The coaching clinic on Saturday will include an additional hour of coaching, offering riders a full five hours to learn freeride skills such as jumps, drops and wall rides in a safe, supportive and fun environment. With a ratio of one coach for every six students, the clinic is set up to give students concentrated personal attention before Sunday’s competition, which students are automatically entered in (participation is optional).
The competition this year will feature additional categories based on age and riding ability, such as the “Sugar Cubes” category for 10-15 year old girls who have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 2 years and are ready to start jumping or to take their jumping to the next level. The pro coaches judging the freeride competition will be looking at form, style and creativity in both amateur and pro participants’ runs, but the event will reward a range of accomplishments. New awards and prizes this year include “Most Improved” and “Most Supportive Rider”—awards which highlight the event’s cooperative, community-focused approach to competition.
“One of the good things about competition is that it pushes you to that next level of riding,” said certified coach and Sweetlines founder Kat Sweet. “That’s what the Sugar Showdown is about: developing a range of skills—what we are calling ‘ridestyle’—while also competing, but in a fun and supportive way.”
Diamondback Bikes has signed on as a Gold Level Sponsor for the spectator-friendly event, and other sponsors include Trips for Kids Seattle, G-Form, Deity, Gregg’s Cycles, Lumberyard, Woodinville Bicycle, Somersault Snacks, Dakine, and Cascade Designs. Videographers have been tapped to create several videos of the event.
Sugar Showdown Seattle is the third dual clinic and competition event hosted by Sweetlines this year, following the Sugar Showdown Lumberyard held in Portland, OR, on January 27 & 28 and the Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz held in California on April 13 & 14 as part of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival. Sweet is also considering future plans to host a Sugar Showdown in New Zealand.
What: Sweetlines’ Sugar Showdown Seattle, presented by Diamondback
Where: Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park, Issaquah, Washington
When: July 6-7, 2013
About Sweetlines: Pro rider and certified coach Kat Sweet channels over 20 years of mountain biking experience into Sweetlines, a mountain bike coaching and training service for women and kids. For more information, visit www.sweetlines.com.
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!
Location: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah (Seattle), WA
Format: One day of freeride coaching / one day of competition
$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)
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.
Must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 2 years.
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.
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.
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:
Best Trick (for Pros)
Most Supportive Rider
Trail Builder Volunteer Hours
Assistant Coach Volunteer Hours
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)
Woodiinville Bicycle will be taking pics both days that you will be able to download from their website for free! Woodinville Bicycle Link
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.
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
Amenities: picnic tables, fire pit, showers, toilets
TammyDonahugh 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 has been in high-level competition in athletics for most 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