Sugar Showdown – June 29 – July 1, 2018

Sugar Showdown Results 2018


1st – Stephanie Nychka

2nd – Ming Goetz

3rd – Lisa Sher

4th – Lauren Patterson

5th – Whitney Thompson

Pro Special Awards

  • Best Whip – Ming Goetz
  • Biggest Air – Julia (Shredulia) Traum
  • Best Trick – Stephanie Nychka – back flip
  • Most Improved – Meg Valliant
  • Most Improved Whip – Zoe Taylor
  • Most Improved Turn Bar – Rachel Cooke
  • Consistent Flow – Sydney Haberman “Syd-Vicious”
  • Corner Roast of the Day – Leah Smyth
  • Grand Stand Award – Elle Runyan “Elle-O-Elle”
  • Big Wheels, Little Blood – Shanna Powell

Crowd Faves:

  • Best Trick – Stephanie Nychka
  • Steeziest – Lisa Sher
  • Amplitude – Elliott Klein
  • Most Entertaining – Stephanie Nychka
  • Most Creative – Ming Goetz


1st – Autumn Parham

2nd – Katie Dean

3rd – Lisa Hong


1st – Addisyn Stout

2nd – Autumn Wright

3rd – Wendi Mingo


AM 15-25

1st – Sarah Yeoell


AM 26-35

1st – Kristina Whyte

2nd – Jessi Anderson

3rd – Isabelle


AM 36-45

1st – Nic Johnson

2nd – Lou Hunt

3rd – Kathy Broermann


AM Masterettes 46+

1st – Helen McKendrey

2nd – Stace Cooper

3rd – Pam Miller


Semi-PRO Masterettes

1st – Michelle McCartney

2nd – Kathy Rogers

3rd – Terry Seeberg


Sugar Cubes 8-10

1st – Riley Hudson

2nd – Nory Klein

3rd – Jetta Porter


Sugar Cubes 11-14

1st – Caitlin “Kiki” Edison

2nd – Devyn Harden

3rd – Tyler Ingram


Mom / Daughter Teams

  • Meg and Cinder (Sender) Valliant
  • Stephanie Nychka and Maiken
  • Michelle, Sylvie, Leah and Josie McCartney
  • Devyn and Tracy Harden
  • Jessica and Clara Barry
  • Carina, Clem (Orange Crusher), and Pearl McGee
  • Abbie, Autumn (the Ginga Ninja), and Nicole Wright
  • Courtenay and Riley Hudson


Audience Awards, courtesy of the MsFits Brigade

  • Best Costume – Cru Bones – Iron Man
  • 2nd Place Costume – Pam Miller – Unicorny
  • Most Supportive – Dacia
  • Best Enthusiasm – Sarah Bender


Are you shreddy to get steezy? Do you want to step it up? Feeling like there’s a big gap in your riding? Wanna hang but not enough time? We have the answers…knowledge, practice, and confidence!  Sugar Showdown will focus on fundamentals and advancing progression so any level rider will improve Ridestyle skills. It’s a women’s weekend workshop to hone proper techniques with classes all Saturday and competition Sunday.

Riding is complicated! Knowing and understanding your personal riding level helps keep you safe, smart and aware while on the dirt. Let’s work together to improve jump and drop skills in order to hit trails with knowledge, skill, confidence, and calmness. It’s what we call ADRENALINE ZEN! Join us and be part of this sisterhood that is the Sugar Showdown. Open to women and anyone who identifies as female.

$1000 Pro Purse!


Dates: Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1

Where: Duthie Hill Park, Issaquah, WA

Friday, June 29:

5pm – 6pm – Crash Course (IN THE CLEARING INSIDE THE PARK)
6pm – 8pm – ChixFlix Meet & Greet
6pm – Bike Checks

Saturday, June 30

8am – 4pm – Classes

Sunday, July 1

8am – 4pm – Comp


  • Class & Comp
    • $199 – Early Bird Pricing
    • $209 – May 20
    • $219 – June 20
  • Family discount – ($15 off each, use the code SugarFam18)
  • Sweet Peas (ages 6-8)
    • $149 Early Bird
    • $159 – May 20
    • Sweet Peas Jump Jam – FREE
  • Comp Only – $25
  • Includes: lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • Registration closes June 28 at 10pm

NEW!! – Demo bikes from Compass Outdoor Adventures

  • Discount Code: sugar


  • 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).

Rocky’s Empanadas will be selling empanadas Sunday during the competition! 11am-1pm



SAS – Sisters in Action Sports


FOX Suspension

Stevens Pass Bike Park

Clif Bar




Element Cycles

Velo Fix




Dru Bru

Unchained Seattle


Fluxx Collective

Iron Horse Brewery



Secret Aardvark – hot sauce!


Bell JoyRide

Sketchy Trails



  • 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 into the park, it’s a 20-minute walk.


  • 8am – Registration
  • 8:30am – Intros
  • 8am-4pm
  • 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 6-14 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 6-10 year old class is 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), and must have brakes.

SUNDAY: COMP – Spectators Welcome!

  • 8am-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 the top of Flying Squirrel
    • This category is for women who have been jumping for a while are almost ready to compete on Flying Squirrel or the top of Squirrel 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
    • We are doing Jump Jam format with prizes for tricks, form, style, amplitude, etc.
    • 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, 6-10
    • Amateur Sugar Cubes, 11-14
    • Amateur 15-25
    • Amateur 26-35
    • Amateur 36-45
    • Masterettes 46+
    • Semi-Pro
    • Semi-Pro Sugar Cubes, 9-14
    • 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)

Sweet-T’s! $20 advanced sales / $25 at the event (last day to pre-order is June 15)

Sugar Showdown 2018 Tees


SCHEDULE (Tentative):

  2pm-4pm Pro Ride Session
  5pm Crash Course
  6pm Bike Checks
  6pm Meet & Greet
  7pm-8pm ChixFlix with Clif Bar
  8am-8:30am Registration
  8:30am-9am Intros
  9am-12pm Classes
  10am-4pm Sweet Peas Class
  10am Sugar Daddies Ride
  12pm-1pm LUNCH
  1pm-3pm Afternoon Classes
  2pm Sugar Daddies Ride
  3pm-4pm Voodoo /
Squirrel Feedback Stations
  4pm Cookie Circle & Feedback
  8am-8:30am Check In (everyone)
  8:30am-8:45am Rider Meeting
  8:45am-9:30am Practice: Nov/AM/Semi
  9:30am-11:30am COMP

·      Novice

·      Sugar Cubes

·      AM 15-25

·      AM 26-35

·      AM 36-45

·      Masterettes

·      Semi-Pro Cubes

·      Semi-Pro

  11:30am-12pm Sweet Peas Jump Jam on the Luna Line
  12pm-1pm LUNCH
  1pm-1:30pm Pro/Semi Practice
  1:30-2:30 Pro/Semi Jump Jam
  3pm Voodoo Jump Jam (last 3 jumps)
  3:30pm Raffle
  4:00pm Awards




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  • 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 equipped kitchens
  • Complimentary laundry facilities
  • Access to whirlpool Jacuzzi.

Days Inn Bellevue

    • $101.15 (aprox)

Holiday Inn Issaquah


Tolt MacDonald

    • $25 for a campsite
    • $65 for a yurt

Snoqualmie River RV Park & Campground

    • $30 for tents for 2 people / $34 for an RV
    • Restrooms with showers
    • No wifi



  • Lisa Sher – Boulder, CO
  • Stephanie Nychka – Calgary, Canada
  • Angi Weston – Bellingham, WA
  • Meg Valliant – Seattle, WA
  • Lauren Heitzman – Portland, OR
  • Cortney Knudson – Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Karen O’Connell – Seattle, WA
  • Lisa Mason – Whistler, Canada
  • Elle Runyan – Seattle, WA
  • Sarah Bender – Seattle, WA
  • Ash Peters – Wellington, NZ
  • Heather Allen – Seattle, WA
  • Kat Sweet – Seattle, WA

Assistant Coaches

  • Shanna Powell – Asheville, NC
  • Christine Godleski – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Whitney Thompson – Park City, UT
  • Laura DeLong – Bremerton, WA
  • Ming Goetz – Montclair, NJ
  • Alice Malhan – Seattle, WA

Pro Judges

  • Jim Seavert – “Hacksaw”
  • Billy Lewis
  • Ben Coombs


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

  • Name / Nickname: Angi
  • Business: Radical Roots Mountain Bike Instruction
  • From: Bellingham, WA
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 17
  • Years Coaching: 16
  • Certifications: BICP Level 3
  • Comp Results: I don’t compete much any more but I did start my own business, Radical Roots MTB Instruction, which feels like a huge win to me.
  • Favorite Trails: Any PNW steep, techy, loamy trail
  • Favorite Tricks: Bar hump!
  • Favorite Quote: “Grab life by the handlebars”
  • Theme Song: Now or Never / Kendrick Lamar & Mary J Blige
  • 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

  • Lisa gets fired up helping people learn new skills and progress, so they can shred and have fun on the trails! Her background includes 11 years of racing mountain bikes professionally on the World Cup and National Series circuits and 10 years on the U.S. National Team.
  • Lisa has shared her sport-specific knowledge and healthy approach with developing athletes in her work as a youth ice hockey coach and as a BICP Level 3-certified mountain bike coach and instructor trainer, where she aims to set the global standard for mountain bike instruction.
  • Widespread experience leading design teams in global brand strategy and product development enables her to provide creative direction, content, and marketing expertise through her design shop, Fluxx Collective. Lisa also designed the Sweetlines Jr logo and the Sugar Showdown logo.
  • Currently she lives in Gunbarrel, CO where she loves riding trails, skiing, surfing, adventuring, and working on her two-wheel drifts.

Karen O’Connell

  • High school math teacher
  • Teacher trainer
  • Pro downhill mountain bike racer
  • Raffle fanatic
  • Mom
  • Nickname: Drop Boss
  • Biggest Drop Hit: Girthmore Drop at Beacon Hill in Spokane (17′ tall)

Elle Runyan

  • Nickname: Elle
  • Years Riding Mountain Bikes: 9
  • Years Coaching: 1 / Assistant Coaching: 3
  • Teaching Experience: I have been teaching at the preschool and LRC2 (special education) class at my high school for 2 years. I also have taken a year of teaching academy and interned at the Beaver Lake Middle School physical science class for a semester.
  • Favorite Part of Teaching: I love everything about teaching! My favorite part is seeing students succeed at something they were struggling at or scared to do before (with a little nudge from me 🙂and watching how proud and happy they are afterward. Wether it is nailing a bike jump, solving a math problem, or putting a puzzle together, those smiles are what I live for.
  • Comp Results: 1st in state varsity girls cross country, national qualifier.  Gold in regionals and state at the FCCLA (family career and community leaders of America) leadership competition.
  • Favorite Trails: Brave heart (Duthie), Off the Grid (Tiger), Predator (Tiger), and Palisades.
  • Favorite Quote: “A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple”
  • Role Model: Kat Sweet! She has overcame great adversity and does not let anything stop her from changing the world! I am going to make a huge difference someday too, and bikes are the best way to do just that!
  • I am excited to see you all on the trails this summer!

Kat Sweet – Bio