Sunday, May 3, 2009

Chica Ride

Hello all lady riders! I want more girls to ride with so I'm organizing a ladies only mountain bike ride on Monday nights. I want to show you how fun it is to cruise around in the woods on two wheels. I want to help you feel safe on your bike by explaining how your bike functions. I want you to feel confident on uneven terrain by showing you how to properly ride your bike over natural obstacles like roots, rocks and bumps. Once you learn these fundamentals, the fun you can have mountain biking will be limitless.

What: Chica Ride
Where: Various mountain bike trails in Omaha, Bellevue and Council Bluffs
When: Monday nights, May 4-August 31; meet at 5:45pm, roll out at 6pm
Who: All levels, novice to expert
- Learn how to ride off road
- Non-competitive
- One-on-one instruction
- Fun and fellowship

A little bit about me:
I've only been mountain bike riding and racing for ten years. I didn't get on a mountain bike until I was in my late 20s and it's been a love affair ever since. In the beginning I didn't have anyone to show me the ropes. Instead I was shown the trail and was expected to figure it out. It was a bumpy road for a while but soon I got the hang of it. Within a year I was racing locally and within two years I was traveling to places like Colorado, Utah, and South Dakota riding and racing. My bike became my preferred mode of adventure travel or as I like to call it my "magic carpet" and it has taken me to many cool places like wide open deserts, high peaks and through many beautiful forests - all places I probably would have never seen had I not been on a bike.

A little bit about the Chica Ride:
This is the first time I’ve led the Chica Ride. It’s not my ride, it’s yours. Your pace is my pace. My goal on these rides is to create a supportive, beginner friendly experience. You can ride as fast or as chill as you want. Or maybe you want to practice a certain section over again. I encourage it. I'll be there mainly to cheer you on, give instruction and make sure nobody gets left behind.

First ride, May 4th is a Swanson Park in Bellevue.

Take HWY 75 South to Cornhusker. Go west for about a mile.
Look for the Bellevue Fire station monument sign on the north side of Cornhusker.
If you get to 36th street, then you went too far.
Parking lot is to the left once you turn north into the park.

Looking forward to the ride.

PS - For questions, you can contact me at
PSS - Be sure to bring a helmet, bug spray and water.


  1. Woo-hoo! We had a good turn out for the first women's ride of the season. Thanks Sandy, Cindy, Grace and Cassandra for riding with me. Cindy, how's your bum? Cindy's 11 year old daughter, Grace, lived up to her name! She rode the trail like she'd done it before. Logs and bowls were no match. Riders aged from their 40s to pre-teen! I am stoked!

    Next week, Tranquility. There is also a regular Monday night ride from Bike Masters so ladies, tell your significants, and then come ride with me.

    Meet at the parking lot next to the soccer fields on the Fort Street side.


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