Sugar Showdown – June 30 – July 2, 2017

Sugar Showdown is not your average ride event, it is an empowering weekend for women and girls. Underneath the beautiful tree canopies of Duthie Hill Park, in an unique 2-day format, every rider will be coached through riding skills in order to compete with each other on the second day. From amateur to pro-level riders, all ladies will test their riding abilities under the supervision of accredited coaches and leave the second day feeling confident and proud! Open to women and anyone who identifies as female.

Sweet-T’s! $18 advanced sales / $25 at the event (last day to pre-order is June 17)



  • Crash Course – Friday 5pm-6pm – $25
    • Crashes happen, learn how to tuck and roll, plus ways to prevent crashing in the first place!
  • Sugar Basics – Saturday 10am-4pm – $149
    • Beginner level skills class – participants will not be jumping


  • Dates: June 30 – July 2
    • June 30 – Crash Course / ChixFlix Meet & Greet / Bike Checks
    • July 1 – Classes
    • July 2 – Comp
  • Where:
    • Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah, WA
  • Times:
    • Friday:
      • 5pm-6pm – Crash Course  (IN THE CLEARING INSIDE THE PARK)
      • 6pm – 8pm – ChixFlix Meet & Greet
      • 6pm – Bike Checks
    • Saturday: 9am – 4pm / Pro class 1pm – 4pm
    • Sunday: 9am – 4pm
  • Cost:
    • Class & Comp
      • $199 – Early Bird Pricing
      • $209 – May 20
      • $219 – June 20
      • $99 – Pro Class
    • Class Only
      • $149 – Sugar Basics – beginner skills class
    • Family discount – ($15 off each, use the code SugarFamily)
    • Sweet Peas (ages 6-8)
      • $149 Early Bird
      • $159 – May 20
      • Sweet Peas Jump Jam – FREE
    • Comp Only – $40
    • Includes: lunch Saturday and Sunday
    • Registration closes June 29 at 8pm
    • For the Novice and Amateur classes, participants must have been riding mountain bikes for a minimum of 1 year and be ready to jump and drop (new to jumping is good but no new riders please).
    • Beginner riders are welcome in the Sugar Basics class only.


  • SAS – Sisters in Action Sports
  • FOX
  • Luna Bar
  • Iron Horse
  • Element Cycles
  • Stikrd
  • Woodinville Bicycles
  • G-Form
  • Tomboy X
  • Evergreen Crank Sisters


  • 5pm-6pm – Crash Course
  • 6pm-8pm – ChixFlix Meet & Greet
  • 6pm-7pm – Bike Checks
  • 2pm-4pm – Pro Ride Session
  • Meet inside the park to get bikes checked over and watch a movie! You will have to ride in.


  • 8am – Registration
  • 8:30am – Intros
  • 9am-4pm
  • NEW!!! Sugar Basics! We’re adding a basic skills class for new mountain bikers! They will not be jumping or competing, simply adding to their arsenal of mountain bike shred skills! 10am-4pm. Sills will include: wheel lifts, cornering, roll downs, body position and trail riding skills.
  • 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 9-14 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 and be comfortable riding Voodoo.
  • Sweet Peas 6-8 year old class is all-day this year! Saturday from 10am-4pm. The girls will practice on the pump track and Luna lines working on skills while having fun! Must be riding 2-wheels and able to stand up on their pedals! Not training wheels. No coaster brakes (back pedal brakes) much have brakes.
  • Pro class – 3 hours long on Flying Squirrel. 1pm-4pm


  • 9am-4pm
  • Novice and Amateur riders will compete on Voodoo Child
    • Novice riders are new to jumping
    • Amateurs have a bit more jumping experience
    • Judging will be based on form and style
  • Semi-Pros will compete on Voodoo Child.or Flying Squirrel
    • This category is for women who have been jumping for a while are almost ready to compete on the new course but feel more comfortable on Voodoo
  • The Pro category will compete on Flying Squirrel
    • This class is for ladies who have been jumping for a long time
    • Judging is based on style, amplitude and tricks.
    • You will see a lot of turn-bars, x-ups, one footers, no-footers, tam-boggins, whips, kick outs, no-handers, table tops, ET airs, bar humps, combinations, and some surprise moves
  • Comp Categories:
    • Novice (new to jumping)
    • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 8-10
    • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 11-14
    • Amateur 15-25
    • Amateur 26-35
    • Amateur 36-45
    • Masterettes 46+
    • Semi-Pro
    • Pro
  • Special Awards Include:
    • Most Improved
    • Best Trick (for Pros & Semi-Pros)
    • Most Supportive Rider
    • Most Creative
    • Highest Amplitude
    • Mom / Daughter Teams
    • Trail Builder Volunteer Hours – (earn Sugar Points for hours of trail work)

SCHEDULE (Tentative):

  • Friday
    • 2pm-4pm – Pro Ride Session
    • 6:00pm-8:00pm – ChixFlix / Meet & Greet (bike checks & intros) – IN THE CLEARING!
  • Saturday
    • 8:00am-8:30am – Registration
    • 8:30am-9:00am – Intros
    • 9:00am-12:00pm – Coaching
    • 10:00am – Sugar Daddies Ride 1
    • 10:00am-4:00pm – Sweet Peas Class
    • 10:00am-4:00pm – Sugar Basics Class
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH
    • 1:00pm-3:00pm – Afternoon skills sessions
    • 1:00pm-4:00pm – Pro Class
    • 3:00pm-4:00pm – Voodoo / Semper Coach Feedback Stations
    • 2:00pm – Sugar Daddies Ride 2
    • 4:00pm – Cookie Circle & Feedback
    • 4:00pm – Open Practice for Competitors
  • Sunday
    • 7:30am-8:00am – Registration
    • 8:00am-8:15am – Rider Meeting
    • 8:15am-9:00am – Practice: Novice/Amateur Practice / Semi-Pro
    • 9:00am-10:00am – COMP: Novice / Cubes / AM / Semi-Pro
      • Novice
      • Sugar Cubes
      • AM 15-25
      • AM 26-35
      • AM 36-45
      • Masterettes 46+
      • Semi-Pro
    • 10:30am-11:30am – Practice: Pros
    • 11:00am – Rider Meeting: Pros
    • 11:30am-12:00pm – COMP: Pros
    • 12:00pm-1:00pm – LUNCH
    • 1:00pm-1:30pm – Sweet Peas Jump Jam
    • 2:00pm-3:00pm – Jump Jam – lower 3 Voodoo jumps (open to everyone-boys too)
    • 3:00pm-4:30pm – Raffle
    • 4:30pm – Awards


  • Larkspur Landing Bellevue
    • Studio Queen Suite: $149/night
    • Executive King Suite: $169/night
    • Mention Sweetlines Sugar Showdown for discounted rate
    • Your reservation includes:
      • Daily complimentary healthy start breakfast
      • Free wired or wireless high-speed internet
      • Complimentary 24 hour access to the hotel fitness center
      • Spacious guest suites with fully equippped kitchens
      • Complimentary laundry facilities
      • Access to whirlpool Jacuzzi.
  • Days Inn Bellevue
    • $101.15
    • Mention Sweetlines Sugar Showdown for the group discount



  • Stephanie Nychka
  • Angi Weston
  • Meg Valliant
  • Lauren Heitzman
  • Cortney Knudson
  • Kaytlin Melvin
  • Karen O’Connell
  • Lisa Sher
  • Kat Sweet

Assistant Coaches:

  • TBA

Stephanie Nychka

  • From: Calgary, Canada
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 15 years
  • Years Coaching: 6 years
  • Certifications: IMBA Basic Skills Instructor
  • Comp Results: 5 place, 3 rd place
  • Favorite Trails: Duthie Hill
  • Favorite Tricks: No Hander, Whip, 1 Footed X-up
  • Favorite Quote: Veni, Vidi, Vinci: I come, I see, I conquer.

Angi Weston

  • From: Bellingham, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 12 years
  • Years Coaching: 9 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!

Meg Valliant

  • From: Seattle, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 17
  • Years riding BMX: 32
  • Years Coaching: 4
  • Certifications: ICP Level 2

Comp Highlights:

  • 3rd Pro, Sugar Showdown Santa Cruz ’14
  • 1st Semi-Pro,  Sugar Showdown Duthie Hill ’13
  • 5th Pro, The Little Big at Truckee ’13
  • 1st Sea otter Dual Slalom ’11
  • # 3 plate , NBL, Cruiser Class 25-30, California ’07
  • 3rd 4x Nationals ’06


  • Favorite Trails: Flow trails, Duthie hill, Joauquin Miller park, Valmont, Alameda Skatepark
  • Favorite Tricks: Jammin Salmon!, Table top, Flow & style
  • Favorite Quote:  “…those mattresses are only going to cause you to wipeout.”
  • Theme Song:  I love TV theme songs, The Fall Guy, the Munsters, Ateam, greatest american hero, etc.  I always have the Rad soundtrack on my ipod
  • Role Model and Why?  How can you pick just one? each brings a new piece to the puzzle on the path that makes me who i am.

Lauren Heitzman Patterson

    • From: CO but living in Seattle, WA now!
    • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 9 years
    • Years Coaching: 5 years
    • Certifications: IDP gravity/freeride instructor
    • Comp Results:
    • 1st Sugar Showdown 2016
    • 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.

Cortney Knudson

  • From: Tahoe City, CA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 20 yrs (15 flailing 5 with skill)
  • Years Coaching: 8 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.

 Lisa Sher


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