Sugar Showdown Seattle – July 4-5
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.
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, email@example.com, www.tdrpd.org
Congratulations to the Sisterhood of Shred for pushing their own personal limits and being an inspiration to women riders around the world! Our youngest rider catching air 6, the oldest was 54, and the majority of competitors were over 35!
My favorite part of the weekend was watching the pro comp with the Sweet Peas (6-9 year olds) and Sugar Cubes (10-14 year olds) sitting beside me cheering as Kaytlin sent it on the Pro line!
Pro Comp – $540 cash purse
Sugar Cubes – ages 10-14
Pro Special Awards
Thanks to all of the Sweet Peas who came out to shred!
Mom / Daugher Competitor Shout Outs
Thank you to the volunteers and trail builders who put in countless hours so that we could have an amazing event!
A huge thank you to Angi and Meg who stayed up late into the night with me to make sure our event ran smoothly each day!
For Immediate Release:
Media contact: Kat Sweet
Phone: (206) 427-3090
News Release: Tuesday June 17, 2014
“Girl Power”: Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic & Comp to Add Focus on Younger Riders
Sugar Cubes and Sweet Peas categories let girls join the fun at the Sugar Showdown Seattle
Seattle, Washington—Sweetlines, the women-focused, woman-led mountain bike coaching service today announced a new skills class and jump jam for younger girls to be added to the Sugar Showdown Seattle, a women’s “ridestyle” mountain bike event to be held in Issaquah, Washington, on July 5-6, 2014.
What: Sugar Showdown Seattle
Where: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah, WA
When: Classes – Saturday, July 5 (9am-3pm)
Sweet Peas Class – Saturday, July 5 (1-3pm)
Comp – Sunday, July 6 (9am-5pm)
Sweet Peas Pump & Jump Jam – Sunday, July 6 (noon)
Event host Kat Sweet of Sweetlines and ICP-certified women coaches will offer one day of coaching and one day of competition at Duthie Hill Park, an ideal venue for teaching “ridestyle,” a type of mountain biking they promote that combines slopestyle with freeride, dirt jumping and park riding.
Riders with at least a year of mountain biking experience invited to attend. New students will receive extensive help with form and technique at the beginning of the day, while returning and more advanced students will have a refresher session before moving on to learn freeride skills.
Classes available for younger riders include Sugar Cubes (ages 10-14), who have at least one year of biking experience and are ready to jump their bikes, and Sweet Peas (ages 6-9 years), a new class added this year that will teach girls how to session the pump track and possibly beginner jump lines, working on skills while having fun.
“The Sugar Showdown is all about building the Sisterhood of Shred. We are trying to create an event that supports women and girls of many ages and abilities,” said Sweet. “The girls of today are going to be the shredders of tomorrow, and at the Sugar Showdown they can learn skills, build confidence and have fun in a supportive environment. At the same time, they can watch other women—mothers, daughters, sisters, friends—accomplish amazing things on a bike.”
On Sunday, the students automatically be entered in the competition (though participation is optional). Judging will be based on form and style for amateurs, with tricks added to the criteria for pro and semi-pro categories.
There will also be a free Sweet Peas Pump & Jump Jam for ages 6-9 held on Sunday at lunchtime for any girls who want to join us.
Event coaches include Stephanie Nychka, Lisa Tharp, Lisa Mason, Angi Weston, Cortney Knudson, Meg Valliant, Lauren Heitzman, and host Kat Sweet. For more information about the Sugar Showdown Seattle and its sponsors, visit www.sweetlines.com/category/events/.
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 Sweetlines.com.