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!
SUGAR SHOWDOWN SEATTLE, presented by Diamondback
- Dates: July 6-7
- Location: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah (Seattle), WA
- Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
- 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!
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
Special Awards Include:
- Most Improved
- Best Trick (for Pros)
- Most Supportive Rider
- Best Crash
- Most Creative
- Best Amplitude
- 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)
- Trips for Kids Seattle
- G-Form - demo knee / elbow guards
- Gregg’s Cycles - Saturday Lunch & Mechanic
- Kirkland Bicycle - Sunday Lunch & Mechanic
- Woodinville Bicycle - Photos Sat & Sun
- Somersault Snacks
Registration: Click on the Bike Reg Link
- 6:00pm Meet and Greet at Duthie (meet the coaches, get your bikes checked, and ride)
- 8:00am Check in, bike checks
- 8:30am Coach intros, break into groups
- 9:00am-11:30am Coaching begins for returning students
- 9:00am-9:30am Morning stretch for new students
- 9:30am-11:30 Coaching begins for new students
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch – Sponsored by Gregg’s Greenlake
- 12:30pm-2:00pm Afternoon skills sessions
- 2:00pm-3:00pm Choose stations for the last hour (Drops Zone, Luna Jumps, Voodoo, Semper D)
- 3:00pm-3:30pm Cookie Circle & Feedback
- 3:30pm-4:30pm Prize Drawing
- 3:00pm-8:00pm Open Practice for Competitors
- 8:00pm Course Maintenance
- 8:30am-9:00am Registration
- 9:00am-9:30am Rider Meeting
- 9:30am-10:30am Open Practice
- 10:30am-11:00am Novice Comp – Lunas
- 11:00am-11:30am Novice Comp – Voodoo Child
- 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch
- 12:00pm-12:30pm Amateur Practice
- 12:30pm-2:30pm Amateur Comp
- 12:30pm-1:00pm – NOVICE
- 1:00pm-2:30pm – AMATEUR
- 2:30pm-3:30pm Pro Practice
- 3:30pm-4:00pm Pro Comp
- 5:00pm AWARDS
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
- Issaquah (5.7 miles, 14 minutes from Duthie)
- $79 per night plus tax (approximate)
- Bikes are allowed in the rooms
- Contact: 425-392-8405
- Fall City (6.3 miles, 16 minutes from Duthie)
- $27 per night (approximate)
- Amenities: picnic tables, fire pit, showers, toilets
- Contact: 425-222-5545
- Tammy Donahugh
- Angi Weston
- Wendy Palmer
- Lindsey Voreis
- Stephanie Nychka
- Cortney Knudson
- Lisa Mason
- Chelsey Henry
Tammy Donahugh 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 been nominated for the Action Sports Hall of Fame. Rock the vote! http://www.xhall.org/profile/1210
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.
Lisa Tharp has been riding bikes for 13 years. She was always athletic growing up, but it wasn’t until her early 20′s that she found mountain biking and a lifetime passion. Racing competitively on the downhill scene was her top priority for the better half of a decade, and during that time Lisa won a collegiate title, several state and regional titles and made the US World Champs team in 2007.
Today Lisa is still very involved in the cycling industry. She works for SmartEtailing, a e-commerce company that helps bike shops develop their website and web presence. She’s an IMIC certified coach and is thrilled to help people of all ages advance to their next level of riding. She also volunteers her time locally to educational programs and developmental mountain-bike programs as well. Lisa and her husband Jimi are stepping out into a new venture with their custom surfboard shaping company, Stache Surfboards.
What I like most about riding a bike: Creating friendships and memories with people. Growing as a person thanks to all the opportunities and challenges biking provides.
What I like most about coaching: Watching women specifically accomplish a goal and overcome a fear in the process. The gratification on their face is priceless and courage is a trait that can grow.
Best advice for better bike skills: You’re body follows your eyes; look at where you want to go. And, take a deep breath and relax.
Current Philosphy: A lifetime is full of different seasons and now that I’m in my mid-thirties I’m realizing the joy of being a beginner again and embracing new challenges. I’m learning the ins and outs of starting a company and I’m a humbled newbie out there in the ocean trying to catch a wave—never stop growing:)
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.
COACHING: Lindsey is in high demand to teach women’s clinics all over North America. She is PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) certified as well as IMIC (International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification) certified. Teaching is her true calling. She is passionate about teaching because she knows it will vastly improve confidence and provide a better understanding of the relationship between riders and their bikes.
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.
LINDSAY BETH CURRIER
Lindsay Beth Currier is an incredibly passionate and determined 28 year old mountain biker from Granby, CT. In 2008, while recovering from extensive back surgery from a high-speed downhill bike crash in Santa Cruz, Lindsay founded Shine Riders Co. The company’s mission is to “illuminate and inspire rad female gravity mountain bikers” through online publications and women’s mountain bike events. After a long recovery, Lindsay got her confidence back at the Northstar Bike Park the summers of 2010 & 2011, where she faced her fears of risking re-injury while riding rocks, drops, and jumps. The once “retired” Cat 1 gravity racer, has a renewed desire to achieve her childhood dream of racing downhill professionally.Although not the most likely candidate physically to go to Worlds, Lindsay hopes that her wont-back-down attitude will inspire strength in other women (riders or not) and will continue to assist in gaining industry support for female coaches, athletes, and other event planners globally. IMIC certified, Lindsay will be coaching for Sweetlines and the Trek Dirt Series in addition to the many Shine Skills Clinics of 2013. Shine’s original female freeride event: Shine’s Queen of the MTN will return for its third year at a new location: Squaw Valley USA Sept 13-15, with the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. Please checkout www.shineridersco.com and keep your eyes peeled for LBC and the rest of the Shine Gravity Race Team at the Pro GRT races and Sea Otter!