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!
Sugar Showdown is a women’s ridestyle event with one day of coaching and one day of competition. Definition of ridestyle: we’re combining slopestyle with freeride, dirt jumping, and park with judging based on form and style for amateurs and the addition of tricks for the pro categories.
Sweetlines brings in the top pro competitors and certified coaches from around North America, to mentor and train other women, building confidence and skills.
A key component of our success is our ability to reach a global community via social media, word of mouth and use of online videos to capture the essence of what we do.
SISTERHOOD OF SHRED – Documentary
In 2014 we will be producing a feature length documentary highlighting the Sisterhood of Shred, our coaches, riders and supporters. Our focus will be on how our community helps us push personal limits, supports us emotionally, and continually motivates us in our daily lives.
Must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 1 year
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 10-14 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 6-9 year olds on Saturday from 1pm-3pm. The girls will session 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.
Sugar Cube Shredders, Heather & Kaytlin, with 2nd Place Pro competitor Katie!
Novice and Amateur riders will compete on Voodoo Child. Novice riders are new to jumping. Amateurs have been jumping longer than that. 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 and are doing some sort of tricks. Judging is based on style, amplitude and tricks. You will see a lot of x-ups, one footers, no-footers, tam-boggins, whips, no-handers, table tops, combinations, and some surprise moves.
New this year, 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.
Sweet Peas Pump & Jump Jam will be on Sunday at lunch from 12pm-1pm and it’s free! Girls of all ages and abilities are welcome to come ride around the pump track. If they’re ready we’ll have them do a lap on the Luna jump line while all of the competitors cheer them on.
By Pass, pic by Jack Anderson
Novice (new to jumping)
Amateur Sugar Cubes, 10-14
Masterettes 36 +
Special Awards Include:
Best Trick (for Pros)
Most Supportive Rider
Trail Builder Volunteer Hours
Assistant Coach Volunteer Hours
1st – $200
2nd – $150
3rd – $100
4th – $50
5th – $40
Total = $540!
Lisa Tharp – Black Market
Angi Weston – Kona Bikes
Cortney Knudson – (Little Big Ridestyle Event) POC, Electric Eyewear
Meg Valliant – (Sweetlines/The Sisterhood of Shred) RideSFO, X-Fusion, Honey Stinger
Lisa Mason – (Women’s Freeride Movement!) Bell, RaceFace, Summit Sport
Wendy Palmer – Shredly, Moab Mountain Bike Instruction, Chile Pepper Bike Shop
Kat Sweet – Diamondback, Deity, Sombrio,G-Form, Fox Suspension, Five Ten, Oakley,Clif Bar, AllSport Dynamics, Jme @ Vain
Bike: Freeride works the best, dirt jumpers or all mountain bikes are good too
Pedals: mandatory flat pedals and Five Ten or skate style shoes (limited pedals will be available for demo)
Protective Gear: mandatory knee and elbow pads (limited protective gear will be available to demo)
Helmets: full face helmets are strongly recommended
SUGAR SHOWDOWN AUDIENCE
Our primary audience is women and girls ages 6-60. The majority of our participants are women 30-45 years old. We have a Sweet Peas category for 6-8 year olds, Sugar Cubes category for the 10-16 year olds and a Masterettes category for 36+! Our global reach includes not only women but also men; fathers, husbands, boyfriends, and friends, mountain bikers and non riders who are inspired by what we do.
Comp Results: 5 place, 3 rd place? I don’t remember
Favorite Trails: Duthie Hill
Favorite Tricks: No Hander, Whip, 1 Footed X-up
Favorite Quote: Veni, Vidi, Vinci: I come, I see, I conquer.
From: Whistler, Canada
Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 10
Years Coaching: 3
Certifications: PMBI Mountain Bike Instructor Level 1
Sugar Showdown July 2013- Washington, Slopestyle – Pro Women 3rd e
Sea Otter Bike Festival April 2013 – California, UCI Downhill – Category 1 2nd
Dixie Trix atRanchstyle May 2012 – Colorado, Slopestyle – Pro Women 6th
Sugar Showdown July 2012 – Washington, Slopestyle – Pro Women 6th
Favorite Tricks: Tricks that I can do, Whips, One Handers,(wish I could take them both off at the same time, that’s this summmer) and Tree taps. Tricks I like to see Supermans and Knacks, I like style over triple backflips any day.
Theme Song: I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister
Role Model and Why? You are, if you’re out shredding and doing what your passionate about! My hat’s off to you!!
From: Bellingham, WA
Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 11 years
Years Coaching: 8 years
Certifications: ICP Coach
Comp Results: #1 in fun!
Favorite Trails: Steep, loamy, and techy
Favorite Tricks: bar hump look back or the announcer air (that’s when I jump over the announcer)
Favorite Quote: “It’s not life that matters, it’s the courage that we bring to it”
Theme Song: Doing it Right by Daft Punk
Role Model and Why? Rae Gandolf because she lives out her passions to the fullest, she is brave, beautiful, brilliant, and blistering fast on a bike!
Kat Sweet because she has a genuine and authentic approach to all things in life, especially teaching. She reminds us how to have fun and that you are only as old as you allow yourself to be!
From: Tahoe City, CA
Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 20 yrs (15 flailing 5 with skill)
Years Coaching: 6 yrs
Certifications: ICP level 1 & 2
Comp Results: For this year? Mostly last but first in my own world. Comparing year to year I always am able to see a huge progression in my riding and jumping. And I got 3rd at the Little Big Ridestyle Event, 2013.
Favorite Trails: Dirt Jumps! Dirt Merchant! Martis DH, Tahoe XC- Mt Rose to Chimney, Hole in the ground, Glass Mtn
Favorite Tricks: turning a dollar bill into a hundred dollar bill?
Favorite Quote: he who rests rusts
Theme Song: Can’t say a song in particular, but favorite thing to do is sing out-loud, belt it out, while on trail so everyone gets the song stuck in their head for the theme song of the day! HA Example…. give me some Aiyrrrre, like ya just don’t caiyrrrree
Role Model and Why? There again,I can’t pin point anyone in particular. I pick something out of everyone.Something maybe to look up to, sometimes to respect and always to learn. The role models are always changing, revolving, and growing with those around me. Thanks to all the beautiful people in my life! Look forward to those who are still to come.
From: Seattle, WA
Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 14
Years Coaching: less than 1 yr
3rd AM, Sugar Showdown Lumberyard
6th Pro, Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz
1st Semi-Pro, Sugar Showdown Duthie Hill
9th Pro, Dixie Trix, Frisco Bike Park
5th Pro, The Little Big at Truckee
1st Sea otter Slalom ’11
3rd 4x Nationals ’06
Favorite Trails: Fun Dirt jumps, Juaquin Miller park (OAkland)
Favorite Tricks: (that i do?) Table Top , kick out (that i want to do?) Clicked Table top, turn down, tail whip
Favorite Quote: oh there are so many..
“Cru, remember the lumber yard…go balls out.”
“You’re not dying you just dont have anything better to do”,
“Felis catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature;”
Theme Song: always a toss up between The Fall Guy, the Munsters, and the Ateam however i always have the Rad soundtrack on my ipod
Role Model and Why? so many…
Gene Roddenberry- He took his dreams to the masses and inspired generation after generation.
Athletes that make an impact in there sport by pushing the next generation to new limits.. Hoffman, Hawk, Mullin, Mccoy, Rooftop, Peralta, Joelene
Phil Segura – takes Hustle to all new highs! Passionate about his dreams. too many more role models to write…
From: CO but living in Seattle, WA now!
Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 8 years
Years Coaching: 4 years
Certifications: IDP gravity/freeride instructor
7th Dixie Trix – Pro
4th Little Big Ridestyle – Pro
Favorite Trails: Burlington Indoor, Duthie Hill MTB Park
Favorite Tricks: back flips and Indian Airs – I’m working on both, but I still need a lot of practice
Favorite Quote: “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” - Unknown
Theme song: I lived, One republic
Role model: My good friend Theron Tate. He is not only an awesome rider, but an awesome friend as well. He works passionately toward his goals and never gives up. Always smiling, he has a fantastic outlook on life and shares that positive energy with everyone he meets. He inspires me to work hard towards my goals and be grateful for everything that I have. His focus and determination are a force that stays with me and challenges me to be the best me that I can be.
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!
We have more through rider ability questions to get everyone into the correct groups.
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)
Woodiinville Bicycle will be taking pics both days that you will be able to download from their website for free! Woodinville Bicycle Link
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.
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.
Chelsey has been enjoying the two wheeled life since 2000. A short stint in cross country brought her to the awkward era of freeriding on hardtails with dual crown forks and 26 inch front, 24 inch rear wheels. She says, “those were the days, kinda like middle school, a time you never want to re-live!” She started downhill racing in about 2005, eventually riding at the Pro-level with some really awesome ladies. Recently she’s become a member of the board for Evergreen East, where they work to bring new trails to life. She’s been coaching for 5 years now. In her time off the bike she hangs out in Spokane, WA, and holds a job down as an engineer in aerospace. She can also shake her booty on the dance floor like no body’s business!
Stephanie has been in high-level competition in athletics for most of her life – yet while pursuing her volleyball career she chose not to play for Team Canada as she had found a new passion in mountain biking. Drawn by the people, the beauty of trail riding, and the potential she saw for women to carve out a niche in a sport that was relatively untouched at the time, Stephanie became hooked on what would prove to be an 11 year adventure that she is still excited about each time she gets on her bike.
Beginning as a DH enthusiast, she was quickly swayed by learning how to dirt jump – this provided a smooth transition to slopestyle when living in Whistler for a summer. Although disappointed by the lack of women specific slopestyle events, she was intrigued by the growing number of females who were willing to ride more challenging terrain. This led to Stephanie creating Slope Sistair Freeride Invitational – the first women’s competition of its kind.
While finishing her Chiropractic Doctorate in Portland, Oregon she became the first (and only) woman to compete in the Crankworx slopestyle event before challenging her skills and fortitude by competing in the Jeep Series Dual Slalom for a season.
Stephanie has assistant coached at Ray’s Women’s Weekend, Sugar Showdown, Sugoi Dirt Series, has just received her IMBA mtb coaching certification and currently provides private coaching sessions in her home city of Calgary, Alberta.
Stephanie has a 1 year old daughter, and is expecting again in early 2014!
A special thanks to the trail volunteers: Beriah, Kelly, Jack, & Lukas