Pay It Forward - Beginner Level Skills Drills and Sessioning Day

When I applied for my scholarship to the Trek Dirt Series camp, one of the questions I had to answer was "How would you pay it forward?" I told them that I already worked with our women's and beginners' rides and by coaching me, they would in turn be coaching dozens of people they'd never known through my new skills.

I was awarded that scholarship and not only did I have the time of my life, I learned so much and now it's time to share.

This ride is open to all riders of all levels and it's my hope the more advanced riders will make appearances to help bring along those of us who are intermediates, while those of us who are intermediates coach the beginners.

We will choose a trail to session as a group, then do skills drills tailored to that trail before taking off to ride.

Helmet, mountain bike in excellent working order, and plenty of water required. Be ready to roll at 5:45p.

Also, please email or text me your phone number. I'm a nurse and sometimes get caught late at work. thanks!

See you there!

(Pic of me doing a rolling drop off above, with Sue jumping below.)

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  • Deb

    Well done, everyone. Kudos to Bill and John for taking on Rough Go. John, I'll be posting some intermediate rides that will be perfect for you, so I hope to see you there. Bill, there will be beginner rides coming up that would probably be up your alley, as well as the rest of tonight's riders. It's always great to get more women into the sport, so working with Elizabeth, Molly and Shelly meant a lot. Highlight for me was how triumphant you all seemed in the ride we did. And last, but certainly not least, can't thank Kelly, Bender and Steve-ohH! enough for all your help and support. Could not have done it without you!

    Thanks to everyone for a lovely night out in our beloved park. Hope to see you back out there soon.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Michelle

    Sounds like I missed a great gathering! Just too much going on right now for me so I'll have to meet up with y'all next time. Thanks again for doing this! :)

    July 18, 2013

    • Deb

      You bet, hope to meet you soon.

      July 18, 2013

  • bill

    Thanks Deb, Steve, Chris, Kelly, John, etc. Lots of fun and learned a few things too!

    2 · July 17, 2013

    • Steve

      Bill you did great! next time Rough Go will not be our down:-)

      2 · July 18, 2013

  • John W.

    Thank you everyone! Had a great time trying to keep up with Chris. So much good information. Kelly, thank you for the "jump tutorial" Started experimenting with the pre-loading on our way down rough-go...so much better!!! Thank you Deb! Hope to see you all again soon.
    jw

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • Chris B.

      You did really good, I would say you are a solid intermediate rider... thanks for coming out and riding...

      July 18, 2013

  • Elizabeth Y.

    Thanks so much Deb (for your invaluable tips and patience), Kelly (for the lube and bike maintenance tips), Steve (for fixing my chain that I didn't even know was broken!), and Shelly and Molly for your fun company. Looking forward to our next ride :)

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Great time.. Thanks Deb..

    July 17, 2013

  • Kelly

    I'm going to get my derailleur (dee-rail-yur, as Sebastian calls it) cable replaced right now at the Peddler. I will be there to help out and practice some MTB skills, might even be there early with a rag and a bottle of lube for anyone that wants to clean & lube their chain. If you don't know what cleaning & lubing your chain is-- then it is a sign you should show up a few minutes early.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Gaby R.

    Deb, I will not be able go to go:( sorry!! see u soon:)

    July 17, 2013

  • Gaby R.

    Helena is coming!!

    July 16, 2013

    • Deb

      Gabriela, ask Helena if she got my text and have her give me a call...thanks!

      1 · July 16, 2013

    • Gaby R.

      She did;)

      July 17, 2013

  • denise

    If I'm back from the airport in time I'll be there

    July 15, 2013

    • Deb

      Looking forward to meeting you, hope you can make it!

      July 16, 2013

  • Eva

    Argh, I forgot I have a meeting in Sonoma at 4pm. Won't be able to make this time :(

    July 16, 2013

    • Deb

      ~:(

      July 16, 2013

  • molly g.

    hi all!
    a friend of mine emailed me the link to your site! i have very little mtb experience, but I am a road rider. do i need to print my ticket or bring cash? im super excited
    molly

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • molly g.

      i will be riding a demo bike tomorrow. its a fuel EX 7 29er

      July 16, 2013

    • Deb

      Nice!

      July 16, 2013

  • Elizabeth Y.

    Not 100% sure I can make it, but will try to leave work early. Thanks for organizing!

    July 16, 2013

  • Eva

    I shoul be able to make this one! How long is the ride?

    July 11, 2013

    • Deb

      Eva, we'll be out for a couple hours or so. But you can bail out earlier if you need to, would be sweet to have you come!

      July 14, 2013

    • Eva

      Great thanks. See you then!

      July 15, 2013

  • Deb

    I'm really excited to see so many people signed up and all the repeat customers!~:D When you get a chance, could everyone please email or text me[masked] your phone numbers. I'm a nurse and I sometimes get caught late at work. Looking forward to a great class!

    July 15, 2013

  • Michelle

    Hi Deb,
    I love your philosophy to "pay it forward!" I just got a hybrid as a gift last Christmas and I am really enjoying riding. I did China Camp 1x but other than that have not really done any mountain bike riding so this event sounds perfect for me to learn about what it is I am getting myself into! :) Thanks.

    July 14, 2013

    • Michelle

      Ok, great. Is there a deadline i which I need to RSVP? I have a lot going on the first few days of this week and may not know until Wed. morning. Thx.

      July 14, 2013

    • Deb

      No deadline, you can sign up whenever you like.

      July 15, 2013

  • Gil P.

    I might need a ride from RP

    July 7, 2013

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