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Kat & Anita

Kat & Anita, photo by Paris Gore

“I’m no longer hanging from the handlebars. I’m driving this thing, and that’s pretty sweet.” – Andrea Prikey

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SWEETLINES SHRED SESSIONS

Upcoming Sessions:

  • May 9-10 – Bellingham – REGISTRATION – SOLD OUT!
    • Guest Coaches: Jill Kintner & Lauren Heitzman
  • May 30-31 – Alsea Falls, OR – REGISTRATION

Traveling skills training program in partnership with shops and bike clubs

Sweetlines Shred Session is a great way to take your mountain slaying skills to the next level! This 2-day mountain bike class is perfect for new and experienced mountain bikers interested in building confidence by turning fear into fun on the trail through experiential-based learning.

Sweetlines head coach Kat Sweet will take attendees through a variety of skills training, including:

  • High speed cornering, switchbacks, climbing & descending, several styles of wheel lifts, roll downs, drops, body position, and on-trail technical training.
  • Additional skills may include: skinnies (bridges), pumping, berms, jumping (depending on the riders ability levels and the terrain)

Schedule:

  • Fri: Meet-and-greet at (host location). Meet the coach and get your bike checked by a mechanic to ensure proper set-up
  • Sat & Sun: Skill drills and on-trail training all day

Class cost:

  • 2-Day: $279 ($100 goes back to the local bike club to support community)
  • 1-Day: $150

Max: 6-12 students (1 to 6 ratio of coaches to students)

Options: Co-ed or ladies only

(pic by Meg Valliant)

(pic by Meg Valliant)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • May 30-31 – Alsea Falls, OR (Gravity XC Focus)
    • Co-Ed
    • 1-day and 2-day options
    • Meet & Greet – TBA
    • Trails – Alsea Falls
    • Donation goes to Team Dirt

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SWEET SHOTS – freeride focused (ladies)

This skill focused session builds confidence while pushing personal boundaries in a supportive and fun environment. Each week we will break down various skills then apply it to the trail. This program is freeride focused.

  • Sweet Shots 2 – Thursdays: May 28, June 4, 11 – REGISTRATION
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Duthie Hill Park
  • Meet: in the clearing inside of the park
  • Levels: FR L1 – FR L4 (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Skills: Jumps, Drops, Cornering, and Skinnies
  • Trails: Ryan’s, 2Hi (Jubilane) and VooDoo Child, Rehab, Pump Track
  • Cost: $140 ($50 per day)
  • Max: 6 students

Sweet Shots 1: (FR L1-FR L3 – Intermediate to Advanced)

  • Cornering, Wheel Lifts, Jumps(Luna Jumps, Voodoo Jumps)
  • Drops 1, Manuals (Clearing Drops, Luna Drops)

Sweet Shots 2: (FR L3-FR L4 – Advanced Intermediate to Advanced)

  • Drops 2 (warm up Clearing Drops, 3 Little Pigs on Voodoo, Ryan’s drops)
  • Jumps 2 (warm up Lunas, Voodoo, top of Gravy Train and maybe farther)

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SWEET RIDE – trail riding skills (ladies)

 

  • Session 2: Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, 10 – REGISTRATION
  • Time: 10am-11:30am
  • Location: Duthie Hill Park
  • Meet: in the clearing inside of the park
  • Max: 6 students
  • Levels: CC L1 – CC L2 (Cross Country – Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Cost: $140
  • Format: This program is cross country focused and geared towards newer riders. We’ll start each session with 40 minutes of skills drills then hit the trails to work on applying skills to the trails.
  • Sessions can be taken in any order
  • Trails: Boot Camp, Movin’ On, Step It Up

Session 1 Skills:

  • Week 1: balance and stance, stopping, climbing and descending
  • Week 2: high speed cornering
  • Week 3: wheel lifts 1, roll downs

Session 2 Skills:

  • Week 1: balance and stance, wheel lifts 2
  • Week 2: tight turns and switchbacks
  • Week 3: roll downs and skinny bridges

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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.

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SWEETLINES COACHES

MEG VALLIANT

  • From: Seattle, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 14+
  • Years Coaching: 2
  • Certifications: IMBA ICP level 2
  • Meg grew up riding BMX; launching jumps with flat landings on her way to and from school and Fast-pitch practices.  She began riding mountain bikes in 2000 leading her to the gravity race scene (mountain cross, dual slalom, and downhill).  After 10 years of racing she shifted gears to focus on jumping,  community involvement and coaching.  A mother of two with a rad husband and a full time career as a motion picture camera technician keeps Meg busy. She ’s earned the nickname “Machine” for a reason. In addition to being an ICP mountain bike coach, she competes in and helps to organize ladies ridestyle events, such as the Sugar Showdown. She is part of the team that organizes the SF Bike Expo as well as the Director / Producer of the documentary film & non-profit organization, The Sisterhood of Shred.
  • Sponsors: RideSFO, Sweetlines, Liv Cycling, X-fusion

__________________________________________________________ CLASS DETAILS:

Parking:

New Lot! 26400 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd,  Issaquah, WA 98029 (It’s a 15 minute ride into the clearing.)     

Bring:

  • bike (in good working order)
  • helmet
  • gloves
  • glasses (clear or yellow)
  • flat pedals – no clipless pedals please (Deity pedals available to borrow)
  • skate or Five Ten style shoes (Five Tens available to borrow)
  • knee and elbow guards (G-Forms available to borrow)
  • rain jacket
  • H2O and electrolyte drinks
  • snacks (Clif Bars available to chomp on)
  • pack to carry your supplies (we’ll come back to the cars for lunch)

________________________________________________________________ PRIVATE LESSONS (Ladies or Co-Ed)

  • $165 for 2 hours for up to 2 people
  • $445 for a 3 Pack of Private Lessons (6 hours of coaching)                                  Choose 2 skills per lesson: jumps, drops, cornering (high speed, switchbacks, berms, wall rides), skinnies, wheel lifts, steeps

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GROUP SESSIONS (Ladies or Co-Ed)

  • 2 hours
  • 4-6 people – $75/person
  • 7-12 people – $65/person
  • 3 hours
  • 4-6 people – $85/person
  • 7-12 people – $75/person

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TRAVEL (Fly me out to teach your group!)

  • Airfare + Housing
  • $350 – Half Day, 3 hour class
  • $500 – Full Day, 5 hour class
  • Up to 8 students
  • $25 per additional student

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REGISTER

  • Email Kat to check for availability
  • kat@sweetlines.com

________________________________________________________________ TRAIL OPTIONS

WA: Duthie HillColonnade, Black Diamond-Summit Ridge Park

CA: China Camp, San Rafael, your local trails

________________________________________________________________ RIDER LEVELS Cross Country Level 1 (CC L1)

  • New to riding mountain bikes, 6 months or less
  • Trails: Not sure, maybe Boot Camp at Duthie, Saint Edward State Park

Cross Country Level 2 (CC L2)

  • Been riding for 6 months or more
  • Interested in improving basic skills
  • Trails: Boot Camp, Movin On, Step It Up, Saint Edward State Park

Freeride Level 1 (FR L1)

  • Riding: minimum of 1 year
  • Trails:
    • Saint Edward State Park, Tolt McDonald, Tape Worm
    • Duthie: Movin On, Step It Up, Ryan’s Eternal Flow but going around most features

  Freeride Level 2  (FR L2)

  • Riding: minimum of 2 years
  • Trails:
    • Tokul West
    • Whistler: B-Line, Crank It Up, Heart of Darkness
    • Duthie: Boot Camp, Ryan’s Eternal Flow (hitting some of the features), Voodoo Child
  • Skills: some experience riding skinnies and technical trails, (drops: can do 1-2 ft)
  • Racer Category: Downhill Cat 2-3

Freeride Level 3 (FR L3)

  • Riding: minimum of 3 years
  • Trails:
    • Tokul East: Flowtron, Exit Trail, Last Frontier
    • Duthie: Ryan’s Eternal Flow, 2 Hi, Gerks, starting Gravy Train, HLC & Semper Dirticus
    • Whistler: Ho Chi Min, A-Line, B-Line, Crank It Up, Heart of Darkness
  • Skills: lots of experience riding technical trails, can do small drops (2-3 ft easily), 4-8’ table tops
  • Racer Category: Downhill Cat 1-2

Freeride Level 4  (FR L4)

  • Riding: 4+ years
  • Trails:
    • Duthie: 2 Hi, Gravy Train, HLC, starting Semper Diritcus
    • Whistler: Dirt Merchant, A-Line, Schlayer
    • Tokul East: Crazy Ivan
  • Skills: can do 4-6’ drops, 8-10’ table tops
  • Racer Category: Downhill Cat 1 or upper Cat 2

__________________________________________________________ FORMS

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