Copper HarborWomen's Weekend
The Best Dang Women's Clinic in the Midwest!
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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 Ladies Allride MTB Clinic Series will once again be joining us in 2022 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 nearly all 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.
Due to capacity restrictions, there will be no KAC shuttles again this year. They no longer use 15-passenger vans and are unable to transport our groups efficiently up the hill. Each group would require two shuttles, and with over a dozen groups there's no way we could make it work (let alone leaving space for KAC's regular customers!). Don't worry, riding uphill can be fun and informative too, and your coaches will stop frequently to teach along the way.
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 Sarah Kuhl at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fee for the weekend of events is $395 which includes 2.5 days of skills, drills, and on-trail learning; lunches on Saturday and Sunday; coffee and bakery on Sunday morning from Jamsen's; evening education sessions on Friday and social on Saturday; CHWW trail swag; industry swag raffle; and priceless memories with new and old friends. See the Participant Guide below for an example schedule of events.