Women's Bike Club
SheShreds is unique from the usual club ride in several awesome ways!
- Being a ‘women’s only’ ride is incredibly important - the dynamic of supportive women and safe spaces to try and fail better encourages effort, maximizes learning and sustains motivation throughout the season
- SheShreds includes formal mountain bike instruction, taught by certified instructors, which reinforces safety and willingness to try new skills. This leaves our members with confidence and knowledge to continue on in their new-found sport
- SheShreds include social rides, such as ice cream crawls, pre-season meet’n’greets and good old fashioned post-ride bevies. This has proven extremely valuable to our members, who have gone on to create their own network of ride buddies and friendships from our core group
- SheShreds adapts to your needs! Can't commit to a weekly ride - no problem! SheShreds hosts clinics throughout the summer, private lessons (individual and groups) wherever and whenever you wish and mountain retreats fo a completely unique experience
- Each SheShreds ride has a theme and this can fall into several categories:
- Informational (Trail, weather and ride etiquette)
- Social (Flow to the pub! Hot Chocolate rides)
- Gear (Flats in the Wild: Flat tire repair out on the trail, drive train clinic)
- Instructional (Bike Dancin’ - Dynamic movement & bike/body separation, Pump It up - pump track lesson)
- Trail Days (Trimming the trails we ride, trail building rad new trails for our community)
- Comprehensive third-party insurance that covers instructional mountain biking
- All instructors are Certified PMBI instructors with a max 1:10 ratio
- 31 events including weekly Monday evening rides, weekend clinics, mountain retreats, trail days and fat bike rides
- Social rides like ice cream crawls and an End of Season Graduation party
- Discounted rental Demo bikes from United Sport & Cycle
You also receive the following perks @ our store:
- 15% discount on bike parts and accessories
- 10% discount storewide, certain products excluded
- 10% discount on a single bike purchase
- 40% off United Sport & Cycle team clothing
ALL GROUPS WILL:
- Start and end at the same location
- Have the same instructional topic
- Ride different trails [when possible]
We call these gals "Ninjas" cause they're sneaky and building skills!
Ninjas are new to ‘single-track’ mountain biking and is looking to build confidence and techniques focusing on balance, gearing, braking and foundational skills. A Ninja rider has ridden on gravel paths and firm, wider trails and is comfortable on a bike, but is more intimidated when it comes to riding over roots & small logs, unknown trails and descending. Ninja group rides spend more time working on developing skills (30-45 mins), but still make time for a fun 60-90 minute ride. This group ride stops and re-groups often to rest, hydrate and look at and practice trail features. No one is left behind and we stay on green and simple blue trails.
We call these gals "Rock Stars" cause they are killing it!
Rock Stars are in-between Ninjas and Hot Shots. They are building skills but confidence wanes when on a more challenging trails with technical features like steeper descents, wood features and rooty climbs. Rock Stars spend more time sessioning (riding a tricky part of the trail multiple times) than HotShots, but are expected to move through features more quickly than Ninjas. No one is left behind and we stay on green and blue trails (technical and flow). Expect a 75-100 min ride.
STRONG INTERMEDIATE RIDERS
We call these gals "Hot Shots" cause they are ripping along the trails!
Hot Shots loves single-track riding, has a good foundation of skills and is comfortable on descents and 90min+ rides. These riders are looking to grow their skills by developing cornering, descending and technical climbing, ‘trick moves’ like wheel lifts, manuals and wood features. Hot Shot group rides move at a faster pace, with a moderate amount of sessioning, while still focusing on developing skills and practicing. This group ride re-groups occasionally to rest, hydrate and discuss/session trail features. No one is left behind and this group focuses on technical blue trails. Please note that BikeSchool does not accept advanced riders. We got private lessons or our mountain retreats for that :)
So you're interested in joining SheShreds, and you want to know what you will need to start? We've broken it down for you, so you know what you need to bring, and what to expect on the ride - no matter the season!!
- CSA approved Helmet
- A bike in good repair with a bell (it is the law)!
- Valid ID – we need you to carry identification and cell phones are always recommended
- Water and snacks to bring on the trail (plan for 1.5-2.5 hours depending on group level)
- Closed toed shoes are mandatory. Sandals are no bueno.
In addition to all of the above, it is recommended to wear weather appropriate clothing. Baselayers, ski socks, layers that breathe. Dress for being active, not for the parking lot/standing around.
- Gloves with fingers are recommended to operate the bike (brakes, gear shifters).
- Ski goggles are preferred over sunglasses by some folks
- A thermos of tea is also highly underrated.
- It is HIGHLY recommended you bring an extra tube for your bike, as well as a bike tool and bike tire levers.
- SheShreds is a "no drop club" and we will help you as much as possible if you have a mechanical issue. It is good practice to be self-sufficient.
- Clips are not idea for our lesson format. Flat pedals are strongly recommended.
- Gloves and glasses are highly recommended for protecting your hands and your eyes.
- Chamois (bike underwear) is also a highly highly highly recommended investment.
Arrive prepared to ride, dressed for the weather with all mandatory equipment (15 mins before start time is ideal!)
- Observe all laws
- Ride Responsibly - always be in control of your bike
- Be courteous to other trail users, ring your bell when approaching
- Leave no trace and take care of our trails: no littering and no skidding
- Leave a distance of 2 bike lengths between you and the rider in front of you
- When stopped on the trail or sidewalk, pull over to the side to let others pass easily
- Communicate with your ride group: to alert about other people/riders around you.
- You are responsible for the rider behind you
- Inform your ride leader if you are hurt, need to stop, or are leaving the ride early. Riders who leave the ride are no longer covered by the group ride insurance and do so at their own risk .
- Cheer on and bring up your fellow rider! We are all trying our best and facing our fears. Any mean spirited comments or actions will not be tolerated.
- Cancellations will be posted on the website and emailed to members 2 hours prior to event start times. Bike School and Clinics will not run if lightning is present and cancelled immediately if lightning is sighted.