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



  • Larkspur Landing Bellevue
    • Studio Queen Suite: $159/night (limited time rate offer)
    • Executive King Suite:$169/night (limited time rate offer)
    • Luxurious Queen and king FeatherBorne Beds are combined with a fully stocked kitchen to make the perfect studio or one-room suites.  Enjoy new flat screen TVs with DVD players, LATHER bath amenities, free WiFi, plenty of comfortable workspace, and our customary amenities.
    • Your reservation includes:
      • Complimentary chocolate-chip cookies and coffee
      • Complimentary breakfast buffet
      • Complimentary guest laundry facility
      • Access to whirlpool Jacuzzi.
      • Complementary WiFi accesses


Sweetlines Chick Flicks!

Awesomeland Cover

That’s right! It’s movie night for all of my dirt sisters! Not only will we be showing rad movies of ladies shredding bikes, we’re also inviting the dirt community to come in promote women’s specific programs!


  • Date: Wednesday, May 27
  • Location: St Andrews Pub and Grill
  • Time:
    • 6pm-8pm – Meet and Greet
    • 7:30pm – Ladies Program Intros
    • 8pm – Movies Start
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation
  • Movies: “Awesomeland. Women of Dirt” plus various short films

Seattle Dirt Sista Invitees:


  • Date: Wednesday, April 8
  • Location: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
  •  Time:
    • 6pm-8pm – Meet and Greet
    • 8pm – Movies Start
  • Cost: $5 suggested donation
  • Movie: “Awesomeland. Women of Dirt”
  • Part of ABS (Another Bike Shop) Movie Nights
  • Facebook Invite Link

Santa Cruz Dirt Sista Invitees:

  • Girls Rock
  • Abby Hippley – coach
  • Joh Rathbun – coach
  • Epicenter Girly Rides
  • Little Bellas

The Little Big, Sept 27-28 – Truckee, CA

Come join us in Lake Tahoe!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Little Big Ridestyle Event

What is the Little Big? It is an all level ride style bike skills clinic for women followed by a competition to be held at the new progressive Truckee Bike Park in Truckee, CA on September 27th & 28th, 2014.

Our motto is “it’s never too late to live a happy childhood” so we make a strong effort to make our clinics fun and educational at the same time. Our students cover a wide age span ranging from 11 years to 50. Hence the name, The Little Big: little women, big women, little jumps, big jumps, little progressions, big progression. We also have events and competition for the youngest “Lil’s” with our strider track.

Our event strategy is two fold. First and foremost…to grow the sport in the women’s world by teaching women to be comfortable on their bike, have fun, and create a foundation of fundamentals to progress in their riding taught by a high level of female coaches.

The goal is to reach women in all parts of the world and grow the clinics and competitions to be bigger with more participants every year. There will be teaching assistants mentoring and learning so they can get certified to teach. This will grow the number of educated women teaching the sport. The impact of this will change the sport and balance out the male female influence.

Secondly, we want to pay it forward and support the world class, Truckee Bike Park. The goal of the Truckee Bike Park is to create an easily accessible bike environment where “kids” of all ages (2 – 80!) can get out on the bike (at no cost) and have fun together, multi-generational bridge.

All proceeds of the Little Big will be donated to the continued expansion of the bike park. The bike park is a 100% grass roots, non-profit organization, under the umbrella of Truckee Parks and Rec. – comprised of local bikers trying to give back to the community they love.


  • Who: Cortney Knudson
  • What: The Little Big
  • Where: Truckee Bike Park
  • When: September 27th & 28th, 2014
  • Cost: $189 Clinic (6 – hrs of instruction lunch and comp)
    $40 Competition for non-clinic participants


  • Saturday
  • 8:30am – 9am — Intro
  • 9am – 11:30am — Skills Sessions
  • 11:30am -12:30pm — Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 4:00pm — Skills Sessions
  • 4:00pm — Wrap-up “cookie circle”
  • Sunday
  • 9:00-10:00am — Novice & Pro Practice
  • 10:00-12:00am — Novice Competition
  • 9:30am — Strider Track Jam (little girls) – $20 donation goes to Bike Park
  • 12:00-1:00pm — Lunch (Not Provided)
  • 1:00-2:00pm — Pro Competition
  • 2:00-3:00pm — Boys “must dress” Jam Competition
  • 3:00-4:00pm — Awards

Pro Certified Coaches include: Cortney Knudson, Stephanie Nychka, Lisa Tharp, Kat Sweet, Lindsey Voreis, Lisa Mason, Angi Weston

Demo Tents by Specialized, Dude Girl and Dakine

Registration is through Truckee Parks and Rec:
Please call 530-582-7720 ext 0, info@tdrpd.org, www.tdrpd.org