Lumberyard (Portland) To Host Sugar Showdown Woman's Weekend

Jan 4, 2013 at 0:01
Jan 4, 2013
by Tyler Maine  
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The Lumberyard MTB, Portland’s unique indoor bike park at 2700 NE 82nd Ave, will host our first ever Sugar Showdown Women’s Weekend January 25-27, 2013. All skill levels are welcome. Groups will be split into beginner, intermediate and advanced. Women riders will learn riding techniques, pumping, jumping, drops, wheel lifts, cornering, railing and berms.

Sweetlines' U.S. and Canadian pro-instructors Kat Sweet, Tammy Donahugh, Angi Weston, Lindsey Vories, Cortney Knudson, Gale Dahlager, and Lorraine Blancher will provide top-notch mountain biking instruction tailored to women. Sweetlines mission is to build confidence, create community, and promote stewardship through educational mountain biking programs that empower women and youth.

Image from ladies weekend

“We are building the Sisterhood of Shred with this event,” said Kat Sweet, founder of Sweetlines and a 25-year mountain biking veteran. “By providing a super supportive environment with the best coaches in North America, women are able to push their own personal boundaries while having tons of fun.”

On Friday evening riders will have an opportunity to meet the instructors and other women taking the clinic. On Saturday, the team of coaches will offer workshops and classes concentrated on jumps, drops, wall rides and berms. On Sunday, riders can show off what they learned by competing for different prizes during the pump and jump competition. Judging will be based on style, skill, and trickery. Spectators are welcome to come watch Sunday’s event. The Lumberyard will be closed to all other riders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the Women’s Weekend.

The event sponsors include Shimano, Teva, Race Face, Diety, Nutcase, and Pivot Cycles.

The Clinic costs $150 and is limited to 60 women. The competition is an additional $30.
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  • + 11
 Anything that gets more people (be it male or female) off the couch and on a bike is a good thing! And what Kat, Tammy and the other girls are doing for the sport is commendable. It might be that if they ride without a male ego around they can push their own limits. I've ridden with Tammy Donahugh and it was all I could do to keep her in sight, so if you think it's a girl that slows you down, you need to find another girl. The good news is that with events like this there will be more and more girls to try to keep up with.Smile
  • + 8
 Honestly, this whole "male Ego" thing, while it does exist, is massively over-hyped... I'm sorry, but I don't care WHO's on the trail as long as you're riding with an eye for other riders of different speeds. I think 75+% of the time, women get psyched out seeing some of the men rip over things they're not comfortable with, but in 25 years of building and riding in OR/WA (if you've ridden it in OR, there's a pretty good chance I've done some digging or building on it) I've hardly EVER seen someone ridicule a female rider for not cleaning sections or riding slow. The ones that DO... get ridden off on a rail by the rest of us ho just want to see more integration of all types of riders. That's not to say women are "always slow and in the way"... II see just as many male "Lycra Loonies" or "Span-dont's" out trying to ride UP DH/FR trails (or down for that matter... it's like running into an old woman on the freeway going 40 in the left lane... Silly Washington drivers Wink ) around here that cause the real problems. Go to ANY of Oregon Enduro Series races and you'll see all kinds of camaraderie between male and female riders. It's 2013 for f*cks sake, everyone just cop to the fact that we're all in this together and get over it. More women on the trail is NOT A BAD THING.
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flag Protour (Jan 4, 2013 at 19:15) (Below Threshold)
 The whole "male ego" thing is not over-hyped, especially in regards to most American and some Canadian males. It is also related to violent behavior, but that is a whole diffetent ubject. The action movies, the guns, the media, it's all related...end of brief rant.

Is the lumberyard anywhere near as good as Ray's? Is it worth traveling to?
  • + 4
 Just read an article about Sweet in Freehub. She does programs with women and juniors, just seems like she's trying to share what she loves with others. We should all be so lucky.
  • + 2
 Oh Protour... We're talking about RIDING pro-tour, not little dicked men/boys with guns... There are always grumpy a*sholes who are never happy when ANYONE else is on the trail (certainly made worse here all the publicity we get as a riding destination these days, and I imagine places like Whistler are worse.), but for the most part people are just stoked to be out on the trail and anyone talking smack just to be an a*shole get's asked to f*ck off pretty quickly.

Even before the advent of media and the internet, man has been dreaming up ways of killing each other... We're a violent species, that comes with being at the top of the food chain and animals do it too... blaming it on the media is just a half-assed way of passing the buck and making an excuse for bad behavior. We're talking bad parenting, a lack of personal responsibility, massive senses of entitlement, no concern for your fellow's a little bigger then just the media AND IT'S NOT JUST MEN!!!!! look around and you'll see plenty of female on female violence too. You sound like a kid in his first year of college...
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flag Protour (Jan 5, 2013 at 15:25) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah I guess as far as riding goes it's pretty peaceful. But there is a male violence problem. Guns don't kill people, males do.
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 ... and, as always, he's an idiot!
  • + 3
 I think this is a great event for us ladies to learn from someone that knows exactly what they are doing. I know for myself I fail to have the confidence when completely surrounded with men or women that know how to ride and don't really enjoy falling off my bike or riding at high speeds. I don't have much time to ride these days as I have 3 children but we get out when we can. Not sure yet if this event is for me because I tend to get a bit nervous around groups of people that are focused on something I am not at all good at but at the same time I should get out of my box and try something that may help me build that confidence and show some of you men up. LOL! Just playing. Seriously I think the Lumberyard and the professional women riders that are putting on this event are great for doing this.
  • + 1
 Really... just go out to Post Canyon any weekend and twiddle around on Family Man... I'm not saying this is a BAD thing, but learning in this "women only" deal doesn't really teach you to be used to faster riders on the trail. I think this is great, but it's a little irksome when it's "ladies only" seeing as if you made a "men only" event you'd get every female rider around up in arms. Glad to see women out hitting the trails, but segregation is never the answer Guys need to learn to be mind-full of slower/less experienced riders and women need to be aware that they're on a trail with other riders on it. Can't we all just ride together??? The Lumberyard is SICK though. Goods BMX is a client of ours and they're great people who've put a lot into this place along with the MTB contingent and I'm glad to see it getting some press.
  • + 3
 @oregonbikinchic, take the clinic. I've had the privilege of riding with Kat a couple of times now in clinics, my high school aged daughter and a friend also took one of her clinics. Angi Weston is another whom I've met and really enjoy as well. The way Sweetlines sets up a clinic, each step is tailored to your skill level and the progression is such that you never have to make a huge step beyond what you're comfortable with. The support, camaraderie and vibe are all first class. This group of women love this sport and have put in many hours honing their teaching skills so that you will walk away from the weekend with a quiver of skills you can choose from to increase your flow on any trail. You'll be a better rider, and find other women who share your passion, your apprehension, and a desire to support each other as you progress.

I use many teaching techniques learned from Kat when teaching skills clinics to my xc race team, and to high school PE classes I teach. I am confident that you, and anyone who takes this weekend clinic, will emerge enthused with a renewed desire to get out and ride.
  • + 1
I like the term "irksome". A male only event sounds counter-productive and would be hilarious, but I totally get your point.
  • + 1
 I didn't end up taking the clinic. Life got crazy and I totally spaced it. Oh well. Next time maybe. I haven't ridden in a long time. Winter's are much harder for me due to having young kids and not wanting to get out in the cold wet weather. At least the man still gets out. Looks like the weather is slowly changing so that means more trail time. Yay! Thank you for the encouragement everyone. I can't wait to get out with the fam very soon.
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 “By providing a super supportive environment with the best coaches in North America, women are able to push their own personal boundaries while having tons of fun.”

Does anyone else think that maybe too much support is akin to coddling. Maybe a better way to encourage women to push their personal biking boundaries, is integration, not more segregation.

Frankly, I am tired of hearing about self-empowered riders who can dirtjump...because Kat Sweet taught them how to ride, how to be big-strong-sassy-cool-silly-girls and get up to some "shenarnigans".

Maybe I'm a hater, and this isn't the right place for this rant. I just, truly, hope women can be empowered to ride, because they find it interesting and are passionate about it. Not because someone, who purports to be much more highly skilled than them, says its cool and fun.
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 Cuz lets be honest, riding with other women probably wont make you faster
  • + 7
 You obviously aren't riding with the right women......
  • + 5
 I was a innocent bystander last year when I went with my wife, Leigh Donovan, to her 'Rays womens weekend' in 2012, and 2010. Now I have been embedded in the MTB riding/racing scene since the 80's, seen tons of women enter the sport, as riders, racers, jumpers, industry icons, bla bla bla. I kinda never really believed in this 'womens only' stuff, and I can only speak for what I saw and don't ever want to speak for my wife, but these events she does (and she has done them all the way back to the first womens events at Big Bear in the 90's) seem to bring out women riders of all skill levels, from all walks of life, and puts them in a group where they really seem to be less intimidated because there aren't guys around (I have been to skills camps, sessions that were mixed guys and gals, so I have seen both worlds) and they are around other women of a early skill set with bikes, they are having fun learning, the coaches dont throw all their shreddy gnarliness on these beginners, they teach the real basics of riding a bicycle...I know at Leighs Rays event last year, I think there were over 100 women that came out, most seemed to me like older, first timers, and they looked like they won the Super Bowl when they learned basic techniques and was really cool to see (as an a*shole guy I say this). Look, I think in an advanced session, at a bike park, like whistler, for women that have the basics down, I kinda think the whole 'women's only' thing could sometimes be limiting?? again, im not speaking for Leigh, or for other coaches, just spewing what I have seen with my own eyes as a spectator, and it was all cool stuff, women coming in kind of excited about bikes and leaving after 2 days just absolutely in love with MTBing.
  • + 4
 @norcal: yes, agreed... Couldn't have said it better. Instead of making it a competition between men and women, we should should just be stoked to see more female riders entering the sport and let them learn at their own pace. Weather male or female, coming together to ride should be a good thing, not something we seek to eliminate by making it an "us against them" kind of thing... that just breeds more segregation, and we've already got enough of that....

@knifein-the-dark... Seriously??? Women are slower then men and that's fine . It doesn't mean they're "bad" riders, they're just slower. They're built different (thankfully) and all that matters is that they're out enjoying the ride, not weather they're "as fast as the men" IMO... Trying to put emphasis on them being as fast as the guys is kind of like saying: "you're not good enough unless you beat the men"... that's not the point we should be going for, IMO we SHOULD just be happy to see more women getting into a sport that's been so "male-centric". If they're fast riders that's just a bonus...
  • + 3
 I also look at comments like @bighucker503 below, and am not surprised that a women's only event has an appeal to women. It is probably nice to be able to focus on riding and building community and not constantly being reminded that so many men view women as little more than sex objects.
  • + 4
 There is nothing wrong with being viewed as a sex object. It only makes you ride harder to prove you're not just a skirt.
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 HAHAHAHA Right on Em... I just think it takes something away from women to always compare them to men. If a woman wants to use a fast guy as a aspirational goal, fine and good on her aye, but if you''re constantly judging them as riders for not going as fast or as big as some men it's pretty lame.
  • + 2
 There's a difference between comparing and judging.
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 NorCalWannabe - Most ladies I know ride with groups of men most of the time. For example the day that there is more than one other girl (or even that) with me at my local jumps is extremely rare. And, while I can't speak for everyone, and it's probably not the most non-gendered view of things, there is something about riding with other gals (above, below and at my level) that pushes me in a way riding with the boys doesn't always do. In all sports, I've found copying the movements of another women is simply easier than doing the same with a man – maybe it's physiology or maybe it's psychology - but it seems to be a common experience among women.In otherwords, until there are more ladies riding, It may just take a bit of irregular "segregation" today to cultivate full, every-day "integration" tomorrow.
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 @Medic, I think you misunderstood what I meant. It was in reference to Chumbas comment about riding with other women won't make you faster. I'm married to pro, and she and most women I've met in the race scene, are faster than 70% of the guys on here. I have nothing but respect for them. That said many of the women in the scene are beyond nice, and I'm sure the main reason she still races, is because of how chill and accepting they were to her years back. If the guys were as chill and accepting as they were, we wouldn't even be having this conversation, as women only camps wouldn't be necessary. Unfortunately most guys are only nice to the women, as a way to show off, or get in their pants. It's too bad too, because I've seen girls with tons of potential run off by the jokers among us.
  • + 2
 My bad mate... I guess I mistook what you said aye. I'm fairly certain 70% of Pinkbike don't even ride Wink so you're probably right hahahahaha.

Norcal: one is a function of the other... to judge you need to compare Wink
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 NorCal: who are you to say what 'too much support' or 'coddling' is? Different strokes for different folks, dude... If you don't need it, fine. But opening your (virtual) mouth to say something so ignorant and stupid simply makes you out to be just that: ignorant and stupid. A lot of women want to get into biking! But c'mon -- it can be intimidating to most people, not just women. So what if there are gender-specific camps where women will feel more at home with each other? Is it personally offending you? Do you feel excluded because the fairer sex sometimes thrives on positive support from non-male friends? If so, there's really only one thing I can say to you, pal: shut up.

It works. It gets women into riding. That's all that matters. Smile
  • + 3
 I own a bike, I don't feel excluded from the mountain bike community. Yes it was intimidating joining said "community" and sometimes I definitely don't feel very welcome in portions of it (this is mostly online honestly).

My problem is with the thinking of women as "the fairer sex". The mindset seems to be that women NEED to be pushed into biking, or 'shown the ropes' in a safe, supportive, loving environment...BUT NOT TOO QUICKLY, OR OH MY GOSH SOMEONE MIGHT GET HURT OR OFFENDED!

Women aren't children. And, I am someone who also believes kids can benefit from being left to their own devices.
As long as you can say what 'stupid and ignorant' are, I can say what coddling is.

If this event and Kat Sweet's programs are a self-esteem booster, or group counseling sessions, then call them that. Just don't try and pass clinics off as training to make women great riders, or "give them the skills they need". Why is this what we are seeing on Pinkbike as the scope of womens' riding??? And, yes, I saw the video of the day, Girls, at Whistler...but raw content is lacking.
  • + 3
 Yeh come on. Camps have a place, clearly, because people go to them, but do we have to watch the cringe-worthy videos which have way too much unnecessary dancing and jiggling about? Why do we keep beating the dead horse of women's need to feel supported and included. Shut up and go ride, you're making us look bad.

If you must post videos of women riding, can we have more which focus on actual riding. There are so many good female riders on PB who get completely overlooked, while we're all sitting around having a lovely cup of hugs and rainbows and talking about how far women have come in the sport.
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 I'm not saying all women need is kind support from gentle camps... I didn't learn that way, and neither did any of the folks I ride with. What I'm saying is chill out -- different strokes for different folks. Just because you don't need it doesn't mean someone else doesn't. Stop being so harsh and just go ride instead of hating on camps for women.

Yes, PB needs more footage of women killing it... I've asked for that (even begged for it) in much of my input on this site. Keep asking, but don't hate on the Kat Sweet camps -- they're bringing more women into our beloved sport. If you want to see better videos of rad women riding, support your local race scene. Stop hating. Introduce friends into MTB. Make new friends through it. Be stoked on someone on a bike, regardless of their skill level, equipment cost or the look of their outfit.

No one is forcing anyone to watch the videos or read the articles or go to these camps. Relax. Go ride. Do you. Everyone else will survive. Smile
  • + 1
 I don't really care about how many women ride, I just don't want them hanging about in the middle of the track like a speed hump while I am trying shred because someone told them they would look cool and have higher self-esteem if they rode DH. Also, that photo is embarrassing.
  • + 2
 Allow me to elaborate my comment.
In my racing days, the "girl power" types who you could mistake for lesbians because they paid no mind to other men with the purpled-out bikes etc. were the ones always sucking ass and gettin in the way. The ones who were fast were the ones who had riding friends that were better than them (and guess what, they were always men).
Not being sexist, but look at the times at any race. Seriously though.
  • + 2
 chumba- I think your missing the point that most girls that ride DH / jumps / freeride spend most of our time riding with the boys. A few days with the girls out of a whole year of riding simply won't make me, or anyone, "suck ass" and "get in the way".
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 ^^ Wholeheartedly agree, and not just because we're friends -- many women ride with predominantly male cliques %90 of the time but pull all the stops when riding with other women on certain occasions. It's pure progression when that happens and while rare, I would wish for every rider to have that opportunity, regardless of gender or riding level. I can happily thank WhitneyThom and the other amazing women that were present for one of the best jump sessions EVER this summer... It was hugely inspiring for me and gave me hope for the community of which I am a part.
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 Not sure why my original post got removed..all I meant to say was, I'm all for women/ladies shredding the trail DH and/or XCing and that I would love to have a picnic with them at the end of the day.
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 Mine was removed also... as I did not find girls having their own events to help each other as something others should be critical of. What Kat does is awesome and it should be appreciated. I really did not appreciate having my comment removed Pinkbike.
  • + 1
 @ Squirrel - yours was down propped by the rest of the site - scroll down and click below threshold comment botton.

@ Dee - one of yours was deleted as it was deemed creepy by a few readers and was asked to be removed.
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 Got it. Thx for the clarification on how it works.
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 I'm not drunk to listen that much of woman talk...
  • + 1
 I think this event is awesome, not only for women who want to get into this type of riding, but also for ladies who already do shred and want exposure and competition
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 Agreed. There are ladies at all skill levels going to these events, and it's all about meeting people and having fun while pushing yourself. Pretty much same thing as what goes on at other skill camps/coaching events, no matter what the gender/age/demographics.
  • + 1
 Ya ladies!!! Wish I could be there, friends! Shred some wood for me Smile See you on the dirt this spring.
  • + 1
 We officially sold out! I can't wait to shred with all of my ladies!
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 Hey NorCalWannabe - Take it easy please. This is about progression and fun.
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 I think on this forum per this article..we have to say something serious or we'll be voted down or worst...get remove.
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 look at those hotties....

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