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.

EVENT DETAILS

  • 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

SCHEDULE

  • 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

 

Sugar Showdown Seattle 2014 Results!

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!

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Woodinville Bicycle: Pic Link

What’s Up Over Me: Pic Link

Ryan Fisher: Pic Link

Alec Ilstrup Video!

Pro Comp – $540 cash purse

  • 1st ($200 + Fox Fork) – Lauren Heitzman – Tribe Sports, Mojo Wheels, Dirty Jane, Honey Stinger
  • 2nd ($150)- Stephanie Nychka
  • 3rd ($100) – Lisa Tharp- Black Market
  • 4th ($50) – Lalena Desautels – Dirty Jane, Sweetlines
  • 5th ($40) – Carolyn Kavanaugh – (Women’s Freeride Movement)
  • 6th – Alycia Maggard – Bikes Plus
  • 7th – Lynne Armstrong – (Air Maiden) Evolution Bike Shop
  • 8th – Wendy Palmer – (Moab Mountain Bike Instruction) Shredly, Chile Pepper Bike Shop
  • 9th – Lisa Mason – (Women’s Freeride Movement) Bell, RaceFace, Summit Sport
  • 10th – Kaytlin Melvin – Evil Bikes, Burlington Bike Park, AllSport Dynamics
  • 11th – Cortney Knudson – (Truckee Bike Park / Little Big Ridestyle Event) POC, Electric Eyewear
  • 12th – Meg Valliant – (The Sisterhood of Shred movie) RideSFO, X-Fusion, Honey Stinger, Sweetlines

Semi-Pro Comp

  • 1st – Caryn Cantu – Sweetlines
  • 2nd – Hailey Star
  • 3rd – Tanya Bastian
  • 4th – Heather Newton – Matt and the Shred Sisters!
  • 5th – Pam Reid – Race Face, Five Ten

Sugar Cubes – ages 10-14

  • 1st – Sydney Haberman
  • 2nd – Bailey Goldstone
  • 3rd – Katie Sinfield – North Shore Composites Gnarwhals
  • 4th – Ciara MacDonald – Rad Racing
  • 5th – Talulla Amsbry

Amateur

  • 1st – Amanda Bishop
  • 2nd – Trish Griffen
  • 3rd – Melissa Gonzalez – Shine Riders Co
  • 4th – Courtney Henerson – Luna Chix
  • 5th – Melissa Hill
  • 6th – Katelyn Praly – Fox, Sweetlines

AM Masterettes

  • 1st – Terry Seeberg – SuperCo
  • 2nd – Cheryl Parker
  • 3rd – Marne Fox-Barrow
  • 4th – Ivy Lui
  • 5th – Kathy Rogers – Subterranean Cycles
  • 6th – DaVonne Zentner

Novice

  • 1st – Kari Lio
  • 2nd – Jessica Tsao
  • 3rd – Amanda Workman
  • 4th Kirsten Maser – Evergreen East, Biking Betties
  • 5th – Kristine Leise

Novice Masterettes

  • 1st – Sol Diaz Jirash – Ryan Fisher Pro Photographer
  • 2nd – Camilla Chalmers
  • 3rd – Tana Blair
  • 4th – Deanna Fay
  • 5th – Karen Omodt
  • 6th – Wendy Carter
  • 7th – Melody Soucy – Muddbunnies
  • 8th – Lori Williams
  • 9th – Pennny Schwyn – Bike Hub, Evergreen East, Biking Betties

Pro Special Awards

  • Most Improved Pro – Meg Valliant
  • Steezist Whip – Lauren Heitzman
  • Flattest Table – Carolyn Kavanaugh
  • Audience Favorite – Kaytlin Melvin
  • Shin Banger G-Form Award – Cortney Knudson
  • Best Trick – Alycia Maggard, ET & Lauren Heitzman, Tam-Boggin – each got $50
  • Best Combo Trick – Lalena Desautels
  • Best No-Footer – Lisa Tharp
  • Best One-Hander – Lynne Armstrong

Special Awards

  • Most Improved AM – Ivy Lui
  • Highest Amplitude – Sydney Haberman, won Sweetlines $60 gift certificate
  • Come Back Kid – Katelyn Praly
  • Most Creative – Caryn Cantu, won 1/2 day photo shoot with What’s Up Over Me
  • Trail Builder Hours – Kelly Melvin
  • Hostess with the Mostest – Mechille Melvin
  • Women’s Bike Advocate Award – Terry Seeberg

Thanks to all of the Sweet Peas who came out to shred!

  • Cinder Valliant
  • Riley H.
  • Riley A.
  • Molly
  • Nyla
  • Jetta
  • plus all of the little girls who came to ride in the Sweet Peas Pump & Jump Jam on Sunday!

Mom / Daugher Competitor Shout Outs

  • Meg Valliant & Cinder
  • Tana Blair & Molly
  • Heather Newton & Charlie

Rad Judges

  • Steven Bafus
  • Dylan Bibbins
  • Travis Erikson
  • Lance Heim
  • Allen Levine
  • Guy Marsh

Amazing Sponsors!

  • Sweetlines
  • Diamondback Bikes – Assault, DJ frame
  • Koerner Camera Systems
  • Oakley – packs and gear
  • Deity Components – super steezy parts!
  • G-Form – pads and gear
  • Sombrio – hot gear
  • Dirty Jane – photo comp and a free entry into our comp
  • VP Components – pedals and gear
  • Clif Bar – deliciousness
  • DaKine – gear
  • FOX Suspension – DJ fork
  • Ryders Eyewear – shades
  • Kona – Angi!
  • AllSport Dynamics – sexy wrist braces
  • JOBY – camera tripods
  • WTB – Vigilante tires
  • Gregg’s Cycles – Saturday lunch and mechanics
  • Woodinville Bicycle – photographer
  • dhbetty Jewelry – Sugar Showdown necklaces for top 3
  • The Melvin Family!!

Thank you to the volunteers and trail builders who put in countless hours so that we could have an amazing event!

  • MC Angi!!
  • Kathy Rogers – Scoring Master!
  • Red DJ – dance party
  • Angela Sucich – writer
  • Ash Kelly – Mountain Bike for Her writer
  • Beriah Osorio – builder
  • Brian Connelly – builder
  • The Praly Family
  • The dads – Kelly Melvin, Kelly Amsbry, Thom Hudson
  • Ann Davis – Sweet Pea Pump & Jump Jam
  • Tracy Curly – artist
  • Jasper Wesselman – filmer
  • Alec Ilstrup Media
  • The Sisterhood of Shred film crew! – Joe Towey, Roxy Ewing, Jack Anderson, Dean Cannon, Ryan Horner, Coburn Erskine
  • Thanks to everyone who helped out!

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!

 

Press Release: Sugar Showdown Seattle 2014

Flyer 6-6-14

For Immediate Release:

Media contact: Kat Sweet

Phone: (206) 427-3090

Email: kat@sweetlines.com

www.sweetlines.com/category/events/

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.

Event Details:

Who: Sweetlines

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.

Sugar Cube Shredders, Heather & Kaytlin, with 2nd Place Pro competitor Katie!

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.

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Sugar Showdown Burlington Results!

That was sooo fun!! Yay bikes!

Pro Comp Results

  • 1st – Tammy Donahugh: SuperCo, Deity, Kate’s Bars, SRAM, IXS
  • 2nd – Lalena Desautels
  • 3rd – Cory Coffey
  • Most Improved – Lalena Desautels
  • Perseverance – Lauren Heitzman: Tribe Sports, Mojo Wheels, Dirty Jane, Honey Stinger
  • Best Trick – Tammy Donahugh (Tam-Boggin)
  • Most Creative – Whitney Thompson: SuperCo (fast plant, x-up, one-hander, one-footer, seat grab)
  • Rock Star Award – Angi Weston: Kona Bikes, Sweetlines
  • Jammin Salmon Award – Meg Valliant: RideSFO, Sweetlines, X-Fusion, Honey Stinger
  • Best From – Cory Coffey
  • Amplitude Award – Cory Coffey

Amateur Results

  • 1st – Tanya Bastian
  • 2nd – Kaytlin Melvin: Evil Bikes, Burlington Bike Park, AllSport Dynamics
  • 3rd – Pam Reid
  • Most Improved Rider – Kathy Rogers: Subterranean Cycle, Half Link
  • Most Improved Jumper – Trish Griffen: Bike Sport Racing
  • Best Attitude – DeVonne Zentner: Sweetpea Ladies Auxiliary
  • Amplitude Award – Tanya Bastian
  • Best Trick – Hailey Starr (one-hander)
  • Most Creative – Hailey Starr (transferring)
  • Pump It Up Award – Kaytlin Melvin
  • Mini Shred Award – Cinder Valliant (6 years old)

Special Award:

  • Trail Builder Award – Joe Prisel (thanks for making such a sweet park!)

Thanks to our awesome sponsors and supporters!

  • Sweetlines
  • Burlington Bike Park Joe Prisel crew!
  • Diamondback Bikes
  • Deity Components
  • G-Form
  • Oakley
  • Dirty Jane
  • JOBY
  • Clif Bar
  • VP Components
  • AllSport Dynamics
  • Ryders Eyewear
  • Kate’s Bars
  • My Alibi Clothing
  • WTB
  • Kona

Super Rad People:

  • Writer: Angela Susich
  • Photographers: Karen Johanson & Meg Valliant
  • Film Crew: Meg Valliant, Joe Towey, Roxy