Sugar Showdown Seattle, presented by FOX: Results





  • 1st – Tammy Donahugh – Deity, Sombrio, Native Eyewear, IXS, Kate’s Bars
  • 2nd – Carolyn Kavanagh
  • 3rd – Kat Sweet: Deity, Fox, Sombrio, G-Form, Five Ten, Michelin, Race Fuel Z, Vain Salon, Clif Bar
  • 4th – Lauren Patterson – Mojo Wheels, Tribe Sports, RynoPower, Demon Dirt, Honey Stinger, Go Pro, Spy Optics, One Industries
  • 5th – Stephanie Nychka

Pro Special Awards

  • Amplitude – Lauren Patterson
  • Steeze – Carolyn Kavanagh
  • Most Technically Improved – Meg Valliant
  • Precision – Tammy Donahugh
  • Best Mentor – Kaytlin Melvin, Evil, Sombrio,
  • Rookie of the Year – Amanda Workman
  • Stoke Sista – MC Angi Weston


  • 1st – Heather Newton
  • 2nd – Tanya Bastian
  • 3rd – Christine MacKenzie
  • 4th – Terry Seeberg
  • 5th – Melissa Gonzalez

Sugar Cubes (age 7-14)

  • 1st – Brooke Anderson, age 9
  • 2nd – Nyla Stephens, age 10
  • 3rd – Sydney Haberman, age 12
  • 4th – Julia Lofquist-Traum, age 9
  • 5th – Sophia Lymberis, age 9

AM 15-25

  • 1st – Sierra Cucinelli
  • 2nd – Katie Sinfield

AM 26-35

  • 1st – Amy Rambacher
  • 2nd – Kim Kurle

AM 36-45

  • 1st – Beth Williams
  • 2nd – Tana Blair
  • 3rd – Amanda Crook
  • 4th – Sarah Montplaisir

Masterettes 46+

  • 1st – Cheryl Parker
  • 2nd – Joanne Haberman
  • 3rd – DaVonne Zentner
  • 4th – Kitima Boonvisudhi

The Sweet Peas, ages 6-8

  • Cinder Valliant
  • Raquelle Rock-L Libman
  • Jetta Porter
  • Charley Newton
  • Eve Pond
  • Audrey Locati

Mom & Daughter Teams

  • Meg Valliant & Cinder, age 7
  • Heather Newton & Charley, age 6
  • Tana Blair & Molly, age 7
  • Beth & Grace, age 14
  • Joanne & Sydney, age 12 and Sarah, age 11
  • Christine MacKenzie & Eve, age 6

Special Awards

  • Grace Williams – Dedication
  • Shannon Leigh – Biggest Smile
  • Katie Newhall – Takes a Lickin and Keeps on Tickin
  • Riley Amsbry – Tennacity
  • Kitima – Digesting the Fear Pie..
  • Katie Herrold – Great Form
  • Amy Seymore
  • Elizabeth Brent – Perseverance
  • Christine MacKenzie – Highest Wall & Amplitude
  • Most Improved – Tana Blair

Special Thank Yous

Volunteer Committee – Meg Valliant, Tana & Johnny Blair, Kelly Amsbry, Danielle Klinkhamer, Kathy Rogers, Karen K-Dawg Omodt, Thom Hudson

Trail Building Hours – Kelly Melvin, Meg Valliant, Lauren Pattterson, the Haberman Family, the Crank Sisters, Kyle Weaver, Nick Fasano, Nate Tape & Cosmos, plus all the people who showed up to help us so 200 hours of work!

The Media Crew – Alec Ilstrup, Alex Spitsyn, Chris McFarland, Peter Clancy, Meg Valliant

Pro Coaches: Tammy Donahugh, Meg Valliant, Stephanie Nychka, Angi Weston, Carolyn Kavanagh, Lisa Mason, Cortney Knudson, Lauren Patterson, Kaytlin Melvin

Judges: Michael Orr, Allen Levine, Mechille Melvin, Heather Newton, Tanya Bastian

Thank you to the many amazing people that made this event happen: Peter at Woodinville Bicycle, DJ Sulli, the Locati Family, the Hudson Family, the Duft Family, Kari Studley, the Melvin Family!


GHY & Sweetlines Duthie Jump Jam!

Duthie Jump Jam

Saturday, June 6 at Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah!

GHY and Sweetlines are teaming up to host a co-ed comp for AM’s and Pro’s. Prize money will be substantial and so will the prizes. So get your party hat on and come and enjoy the festivities.

Pros and Experts are on the last 3 jumps on Paramount Pro women are on the last 3 jumps on Voodoo or Paramount.
AM’s are on the last 3 jumps on Voodoo

Pro Men
Pro Women
Expert Men
Amateur 6-8 years old, girls or boys
Amateur 9-14, girls or boys
Amateur Adults 15+ mens or womens

Practice 10am-12:30pm
Comp 1pm-3pm (AM’s then Pros)

$45 Pro
$35 AM

Pro Purse:
1st – $300
2nd – $200
3rd – $100

100% payout to pro women
(all the money from female competitors will go back to the pro women)

BikeReg –
Day of come to the GHY booth at the bottom of Paramount


Sweetlines could definitely use some volunteer help!

Trail Maintenance

  • Mondays at Duthie
  • Gettiing the trails ready for Summer Camps and Sugar Showdown
  • June 1 – Luna Jump Line – LINK HERE

Sugar Showdown

  • Trail Maintenance – Luna, Voodoo, and Semper Dirticus (earn Sugar Points)
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Sponsorships – coordinating prizes, posting pics to social media
  • Scoring – coordinating with judges, inputting results
  • Food – coordination food donations for lunch Sat & Sun
  • Day of volunteering – registration, course marshal, sound system mover, competition starter, awards assistant, MC, clean up crew


To Clip or Not To Clip

When I first started learning how to be a coach, I shadowed the Spokeswomen camp up in Whistler and they basically re-taught me how to ride. One of the biggest changes was in going from 12 years of clipless pedals to flat pedals.

To be totally honest, I was pissed when they stuck me in flats! For the first part of the day I kinda hated them. By the end of the second day I realized how much more balanced I was in the cockpit of the bike! It was a turning point in my riding. Sometimes people get into bad habits in their clipless pedals so it’s fun to teach them how to use their feet. Are you dropping your heels, toe-ing down, do you know how to wedge? Let me show you how!

Clipless are great for building confidence too! It’s nice to be able to exit off the bike quick, especially when you are learning new skills. I think it’s great to learn on flats and if you’re doing lots of climbing eventually you can transfer to clipless if you really want to.

If you’ve been riding clipless a long time and I’m making you try flats, bare with me and give it a try,  you might like it. If not, you can always go back to clipless later.


Flyer 2015

SUGAR SHOWDOWN SEATTLE 2015, presented by FOX!

This 4th of July, come throwdown at the 4th annual Sugar Showdown!





  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – Meet & Greet (bike checks & intros)


  • 7:30am – Set-Up
  • 8:00am-8:30am – Registration
  • 8:30am-9:00am – Intros
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – Coaching
  • 9:30am – Sugar Daddies Ride 1
  • 10:00am-4:00pm – Sweet Peas Class
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm – Afternoon skills sessions
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm – Voodoo / Semper Coach Feedback Stations
  • 2:00pm – Sugar Daddies Ride 2
  • 3:00pm-3:30pm – Cookie Circle & Feedback
  • 4:00pm – Open Practice for Competitors


  • 7:30am-8:00am – Registration
  • 8:00am-8:15am – Rider Meeting
  • 8:15am-9:00am – Practice: Novice/Amateur Practice / Semi-Pro
  • 9:00am-10:00am – COMP: Novice / Cubes / AM / Semi-Pro
    • Novice
    • Sugar Cubes
    • AM 15-25
    • AM 26-35
    • AM 36-45
    • Masterettes 46+
    • Semi-Pro
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Practice: Pros
  • 11:00am – Rider Meeting: Pros
  • 11:30am-12:00pm – COMP: Pros
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH
  • 1:00pm-1:30pm – Sweet Peas Jump Jam
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm – Pro Jump Jam – Voodoo
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm – Dance Party
  • 4:00pm – Awards
  • 5:30pm – Clean Up

This ladies-only ridestyle event focuses on freeride skills including jumping, dropping and wall rides. Our experienced, professional coaches will emphasize form and style. We are committed to creating a supportive environment where women can encourage each other and most importantly, have fun! Sugar Showdown is not about winning – it’s about creating a space where women can push their personal limits and build our Sisterhood of Shred!

Get ready to progress your ridestyle and throwdown at the Showdown! Our three-day weekend begins on Friday with a Meet & Greet. Riders will have a chance to meet the coaches and have their bikes checked for safety and fit.

On Saturday, some of the best coaches in North America will provide small group training on jumping, drops and railing berms. Sunday is a fun day of friendly competition where you can put all your new skills to the test.

Sunday’s competition is broken down by age and skill, with Novice/Amateur riders on Voodoo Child and Pros on Semper Dirticus.
New this year, on Saturday we are running a Sugar Daddy Ride for our sons, husbands, and male significant others join in and enjoy the spirit of this event. We love that the men in our lives are so supportive of our progression in riding and want to make sure fun is had by all. So lets round up the men and boys, get them on bikes (tutus are optional) and get them out for a group ride on the Duthie trails. Two rides are planned and will meet in the Duthie clearing at 9:30am and 2:00pm.


  • Presenting:
    • FOX
  • Silver:
    • Michelin Tires
    • Woodinville Bicycle
    • Five Ten
    • Sombrio
    • Deity
    • G-Form
    • Ryders Eyewear
    • Dakine
    • WSCL – WA Student Cycling League
  • Plus these amazing sponsors:
    • Bell Helmets
    • Unchained Seattle
    • Clif Bar
    • Stevens Pass Bike Park
    • Sweet Spot Skirts
    • Iron Horse Brewery
    • Single Track Cycle
    • Compass Outdoor Adventures
    • Vain Hair Salon
    • Evergreen Crank Sisters
    • Russell Sign Co

DJ Sulli will be playing at the afterparty in the clearing!

We have a special program for our Sweet Peas (riders aged 6-8), with a 2-hour class on Saturday and a FREE Jump Jam on Sunday.

  • Dates: July 3-5
    • July 3 – Meet & Greet
    • July 4 – Class
    • July 5 – Comp
  • Where:
    • Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah, WA
    • Meet & Greet is in the new parking lot
  • Cost:
    • Class & Comp –
      • Early Bird Pricing $175
      • May 20 – $185
      • June 20 – $195
    • Comp Only – $40
    • Sweet Peas Class – $50
    • Sweet Peas Jump Jam – FREE
    • Includes: lunch Saturday and Sunday
    • closes July 2 at 8pm
  • Times:
    • Friday: 6pm – 8pm
    • Saturday: 9am – 4pm
    • Sunday: 9am – 4pm
  • Sweet-T’s (t-shirts) – $15 pre-sale or $20 at the event (last day to pre-order is June 17)


Must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 1 year and be ready to jump and drop.


Friday, July 3, 6pm-8pm

Friday night we will meet in the new Duthie parking lot to meet the coaches and students and check over all of the ladies bikes. We won’t be riding at that time.


Saturday, July 4, 9am-4pm

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 9-14 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 6-8 year olds on Saturday from 1pm-3pm. The girls will practice on 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.


Sunday, July 5, 9am-4pm

Novice and Amateur riders will compete on Voodoo Child. Novice riders are new to jumping.  Amateurs have a bit more jumping experience. 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. Judging is based on style, amplitude and tricks. You will see a lot of turn-bars, x-ups, one footers, no-footers, tam-boggins, whips, kick outs, no-handers, table tops, ET airs, bar humps, combinations, and some surprise moves.  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.

Comp Categories:

  • Novice (new to jumping)
  • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 9-14
  • Amateur 15-25
  • Amateur 26-35
  • Amateur 36-45
  • Masterettes 46+
  • Semi-Pro
  • Pro

Special Awards Include:

  • Most Improved
  • Best Trick (for Pros)
  • Most Supportive Rider
  • Most Creative
  • Highest Amplitude
  • Mom / Daughter Teams
  • Trail Builder Volunteer Hours – (earn Sugar Points for hours of trail work)

COACHES: More to be added

  • Kat Sweet
  • Tammy Donahugh
  • Angi Weston
  • Meg Valliant
  • Stephanie Nychka
  • Cortney Knudson
  • Lauren Heitzman
  • Lisa Mason
  • Carolyn Kavanagh
  • Kaytlin Melvin – assistant coach



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