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!
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)
6:00pm Meet and Greet at Duthie (meet the coaches, get your bikes checked, and ride)
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 Greenlake
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
9:00am-9:30am Rider Meeting
9:30am-10:30am Open Practice
10:30am-11:00am Novice Comp – Lunas
11:00am-11:30am Novice Comp – Voodoo Child
12:00pm-12:30pm Amateur Practice
12:30pm-2:30pm Amateur Comp
12:30pm-1:00pm – NOVICE
1:00pm-2:30pm – AMATEUR
2:30pm-3:30pm Pro Practice
3:30pm-4:00pm Pro Comp
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.
Lisa Tharp has been riding bikes for 13 years. She was always athletic growing up, but it wasn’t until her early 20′s that she found mountain biking and a lifetime passion. Racing competitively on the downhill scene was her top priority for the better half of a decade, and during that time Lisa won a collegiate title, several state and regional titles and made the US World Champs team in 2007.
Today Lisa is still very involved in the cycling industry. She works for SmartEtailing, a e-commerce company that helps bike shops develop their website and web presence. She’s an IMIC certified coach and is thrilled to help people of all ages advance to their next level of riding. She also volunteers her time locally to educational programs and developmental mountain-bike programs as well. Lisa and her husband Jimi are stepping out into a new venture with their custom surfboard shaping company, Stache Surfboards.
What I like most about riding a bike: Creating friendships and memories with people. Growing as a person thanks to all the opportunities and challenges biking provides. What I like most about coaching: Watching women specifically accomplish a goal and overcome a fear in the process. The gratification on their face is priceless and courage is a trait that can grow.
Best advice for better bike skills: You’re body follows your eyes; look at where you want to go. And, take a deep breath and relax.
Current Philosphy: A lifetime is full of different seasons and now that I’m in my mid-thirties I’m realizing the joy of being a beginner again and embracing new challenges. I’m learning the ins and outs of starting a company and I’m a humbled newbie out there in the ocean trying to catch a wave—never stop growing:)
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.
LINDSAY BETH CURRIER
Lindsay Beth Currier is an incredibly passionate and determined 28 year old mountain biker from Granby, CT. In 2008, while recovering from extensive back surgery from a high-speed downhill bike crash in Santa Cruz, Lindsay founded Shine Riders Co. The company’s mission is to “illuminate and inspire rad female gravity mountain bikers” through online publications and women’s mountain bike events. After a long recovery, Lindsay got her confidence back at the Northstar Bike Park the summers of 2010 & 2011, where she faced her fears of risking re-injury while riding rocks, drops, and jumps. The once “retired” Cat 1 gravity racer, has a renewed desire to achieve her childhood dream of racing downhill professionally.Although not the most likely candidate physically to go to Worlds, Lindsay hopes that her wont-back-down attitude will inspire strength in other women (riders or not) and will continue to assist in gaining industry support for female coaches, athletes, and other event planners globally. IMIC certified, Lindsay will be coaching for Sweetlines and the Trek Dirt Series in addition to the many Shine Skills Clinics of 2013. Shine’s original female freeride event: Shine’s Queen of the MTN will return for its third year at a new location: Squaw Valley USA Sept 13-15, with the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. Please checkout www.shineridersco.com and keep your eyes peeled for LBC and the rest of the Shine Gravity Race Team at the Pro GRT races and Sea Otter!
We had an amazing weekend in Santa Cruz! Lots of progression in everyone’s riding and tons of support for the Sisterhood of Shred! Thanks to the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz for hosting the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Fest and for bringing us to the show!
1st Place – Lauren Gregg
1st Place – Nova Hariston
2nd Place – Rosie Bernhard
3rd Place – Kelly Damschen – Trips for Kids
4th Place – Joh Rathbun – Bicycle Fabrications
1st Place – Lisa Tharp – Black Market Bikes, Stache Surfboards
2nd Place – Tammy Donahugh – SuperCo, Native, Deity
3rd Place – Shelby Reily
4th Place - Gale Dahlager – SuperCo
5th Place – Whitney Thompson – SuperCo
6th Place – Meg Valliant – Ride SFO, Sweetlines
7th Place – Mariam Appel
8th Place – Cortney Knudson – POC, Electric, Five Ten
9th Place – Lindsay Currier – Shine Riders Co
Special awards included:
Best Trick – Lisa Tharp – Tuck No Hander
Best Crash – Gale Dahlager
Most Improved in the Series – Cortney Knudson
Most Improved for the Weekend – Whitney Thompson
Trail Building – Lisa Tharp – for building our jumps
AM Special Awards:
Best Amplitude – Rosie Bernhard
Swelbow Award – Kelly Damschen
Most Improved – Lauren Gregg
Best Assistant – Katelyn Praly
Thanks to the companies who supported our event:
Shine Riders Co
Thanks to Barry Swenson and Jesse Nickes for allowing us to build jumps at the Post Office!
THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TOP TALENT INVOLVEMENT WITH 4th ANNUAL EVENT
APTOS, CA – April 4, 2013 Today the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) and FOX, announced a list of professional riders to be involved in this year’s 4th annual festival. The festival will take place April 13-14, 2013 (the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey) at the Barry Swenson Builder property (Aptos Pump Track and Post Office Jumps) in Aptos, CA from 9am-7pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday.
This year the festival is proud to welcome some of the bike industry’s top talent slated to host events, coach skills clinics, and judge competitions. This is a unique and valuable opportunity for riders to push their limits with and learn from the pros themselves in some of the world’s best mountain biking terrain. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register now, as spots are filling fast.
Festival Events Hosted, Coached and Judged by the Pros
Kat Sweet (Host/Coach): Kat brings her popular ladies’ event to Santa Cruz for this year’s festival. She is a former professional downhill mountain bike racer, and X-Games ski competitor, featured in Bike Magazine, decline magazine, Freehub, Momentum, NW Cyclist, and Dirt Rag magazine. Kat brings her unique brand of passion and coaching to Sweetlines and Sugar Showdown, with a team of top IMIC-certified coaches including Gale Dahlager, Tammy Donahugh, Cortney Knudson and Lisa Tharp involved with this year’s event. Learn more about Kat, Gale, Tammy, Cortney and Lisa.
Lindsay Beth Currier (Coach): Lindsay is founder of Shine Riders Co., former professional high speed downhill racer, and coaches her own Shine Skills Clinics as well as classes for Sweetlines and the Trek Dirt Series. Learn more about Lindsay.
Kyle Jameson (Coach): Kyle has been competing in jump jams for over 6 years. He also teaches mountain bike camps and is heavily involved in building bike parks for local communities. Learn more about Kyle.
Kirt Voreis (Coach): Kirt is a 1996 top American World Cup Downhill and Dual Slalom Racer and all around leader in the mountain bike industry sponsored by the top factory teams. He is creator of AllRide, and teaches all disciplines of mountain biking. Learn more about Kirt.
Lindsey Voreis (Coach): Lindsey—a former Survivor cast member—has been a professional mountain bike racer for over 15 years and promotes her love for riding by teaching clinics. Learn more about Lindsey.
Andrew Shandro (Host): Andrew is a two time World Cup winner in Downhill MTB, four time Canadian National Champion in Downhill MTB, and X-Games Gold Medalist in Bikercross. Creator and owner of Summer Gravity Camp, Andrew is generously throwing down the grand prize of a week-long camp experience at SGC Whistler for the 831 Amateur Jump Contest.
Cam McCaul (Judge): Cam has been competing in Freeride and Slopestyle races for 10 years and took first place at Crankworx Colorado, Red Bull District Ride, 26 Trix, and the Bearclaw Invitational.
Ryan “R-Dog” Howard (Judge): With 11 years’ riding experience, local pro R-Dog is a dirt jumping master, sponsored by industry leaders such as Trek and SRAM
Local Talent Lends Support
The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival would also like to acknowledge the generosity of local talent Jeffrey Herbertson, Jimi Tharp, Keegan Quiroz and Luke Brennan.
Jeff Herbertson, Pivot Cycles-sponsored rider residing in Aptos, teamed up with videographer Keegan Quiroz to produce a short but super sweet video promoting the festival and Point frames (generously donated by Pivot) that will be offered up as silent auction and raffle items. Check out the video here.
Jimi Tharp, owner of Stache Surfboards, has a deep history of throwing down with the pros at BMX and mountain bike competitions. Jimi, along with wife Lisa Tharp, generously offered a custom-shaped SCMBF commemorative longboard for our festival to raffle off as a fundraiser for bike projects in our community. Jimi, Lisa and fellow dirt jumper/surfer Luke Brennan all joined forces to help produce the SCMBF Signature Raffle campaign materials, which involved a fun photo shoot resulting in the flyer found on the SCMBF Raffle page.
Sweetlines is proud to announce Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz as part of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival presented by FOX and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz. This two day event for the ladies includes a day of skills coaching followed by a day of competition. Skills focus on dirt jumping, pumping, railing berms, and tricks. Lisa Tharp built us a brand new beginner line at the infamous Post Office dirt jumps, including a steezy trick step up. The comp—open to all amateur and pro women—is a fun way for clinic participants and other amateur riders to push their limits to the next level, as well as an excellent opportunity to showcase the top pros, inspiring women to follow their lead.
Bring a dirt jump style bike with flat pedals and skate style shoes. Helmets are mandatory and pads recommended.
Who & How Much: Save up to $10 by registering by 3/24/13. Register by 3/31/13 to receive 25% off Loeka clothing (except jackets & pants). On-line registration open through 4/10/13.
$160 Women and Girls(All ages; minimum 1 year mountain biking experience required.) Save $10 on Epicenter Cycling/Saris Cycling Group Pump Track Pandemonium amateur race with coupon code from your Sugar Showdown Skills Class registration receipt.
Why:Because you are art of the Sisterhood of Shred!
What if it rains? Heavy rain on the day of event may cause it to be cancelled. In case of cancellation, clinic participants will be refunded their fee minus a $5 processing charge.
Enduro Clinic with Lindsey and Kirt Voreis of AllRide: Perfect for intermediate to advanced riders with a minimum of two years of mountain biking experience, this clinic focuses on skills and fitness needed to race the increasingly popular Enduro format. Skills include riding with speed, log-overs, efficient cornering, roll downs and drops. Various warm up drills will be followed by on-trail instruction at Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Bring your own ride, or reserve a demo bike. Helmets are mandatory.
Mountain Bike Skills Clinic: Great for beginner to intermediate riders, this clinic will help you conquer whatever the trail puts in your way. Skills include cornering, switchbacks, steep roll downs, wheel lifts over obstacles, line selection and more. We will break into groups based on ability. Bring your own ride, or reserve a demo bike. Helmets are mandatory. Coaches include: Lindsay Beth Currier and Kathy Pruitt.