Copper HarborWomen's Weekend
Registration will open March 1st at 7PM Eastern!
A weekend of learning, camaraderie, and above all else, FUN! The Copper Harbor Women's Weekend clinic brings together fantastic coaches and eager riders for one of the premier women's clinics in the Midwest. Not only do you get to ride the awesome trails in and around Copper Harbor, you get to do so with some seriously high-powered professional coaching talent. Lead coach Lindsey Richter of the Liv Ladies Allride MTB Clinic Series will once again be joining us in 2021 to show us how it's done in a women-focused learning environment. No jocks, hotshots, show-offs, or mansplainers here! Just women teaching women how it's done, one incredible weekend at a time.
The Copper Harbor Women's Weekend clinic is open to women of all shapes, sizes, colors, faith, background, orientation, age (over 18), or skill level. If you identify yourself as a woman mountain bike rider, this clinic is for you! From those just getting started in the sport to folks who have been riding for years and need to work on a particular technique, our coaches will help take your riding to the next level. Participants will be assigned coaches depending on their skill level and interests. Some groups will focus on the basics to ensure you can get up and down the trail safely and efficiently, while others will take on tougher obstacles that only Copper Harbor can offer. Throughout the weekend, everyone will get confidence building how-to's from coaches who have been in your shoes and experienced the same challenges we all face on the trail. Later in the weekend you'll have the chance to choose a special ride to focus on, including tackling the expert-level Red Trail or going for a scenic ride out on the Keweenaw Point Trail.
What kind of bike should you bring? The bike you're most comfortable with! Just about any decent bike with front suspension from the past several years will be more than enough to take on the vast majority of the Copper Harbor trails. Your hardtail will do just fine for most activities. Full suspension bikes are a bonus but not required - don't feel like you have to upgrade to attend. Helmets are a must! Pads are optional but never hurt if you've got 'em. If you are deciding on pedals, go flat as this will help advance your skills faster.
COVID Info: Due to capacity restrictions, there will be no shuttles again this year. Don't worry, riding uphill can be fun too! There will be no indoor activities and all groups will remain small and socially distanced while on the trail. During close-quarters outdoor activities (such as meals, check-in, and skills & drills), participants and coaches will be asked to wear masks. Hand sanitizer will be available. No in-person bike setup will take place to reduce close contact, and everyone will be required to carry a mask with them at all times in case of emergency. Our processes worked in 2020 and we look forward to another safe clinic in 2021!
Watch the weather and be prepared: we ride rain or shine. The Copper Harbor Trails don't shut down when it rains and neither will we. A little mud never hurt anyone! You may also want to bring your yoga mat as Johanna Davis from Spirit of the North Wellness will be leading a morning session or two for us.
Our home base for the weekend will be Grant Township Park in "downtown" Copper Harbor, immediately adjacent to the main trailhead. Morning and evening activities will take place outside in the park. We will also be heading over to Trails End Campground for skills and drills on their built features.
Clinic-related questions can be sent to Mandy Kramer at email@example.com
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Fee for the weekend of events is $325 which includes 2.5 days of skills, drills, and on-trail learning; lunches on Saturday and Sunday from the Mariner and Pines; coffee and bakery on Sunday morning from Jamsen's; evening education sessions on Friday and social on Saturday; CHWW tank top or t-shirt (your choice!); swag raffle; and priceless memories with new and old friends. See the Participant Guide below for an example schedule of events.