June 26, 2007
MAMMOTH LAKES, CA - (News Release) - Mammoth Mountain Bike Park will offer the Women's Mountain Bike Camp for a third year August 17-19. The three-day program is quickly growing in popularity with new participants joining the enthusiastic returnees each summer. The camp is designed for female riders from beginner to intermediate levels to pick up new skills in a fun environment.
"The big thing is meeting friends," said Amy Harris, a first grade teacher from San Diego. Harris still keeps in touch with two women she met at the camp, and emphasized that going into the weekend, mountain bike skills matter less than the desire to have a good time. "Everybody's just cracking up - you're all there to have fun. It's like your little cheerleading group while you're out there."
The camp begins with a "welcome reception" on Thursday evening. On Friday morning participants meet the instructors at 9am for five hours of mountain biking. The staff, led by Laura Bates, checks everyone out on the first trail to assess their riding. Bates has been cross country mountain biking for six years, living in Mammoth for the last two summers. She has been known to pedal 100 miles in a day, and in winter works as a Mammoth Mountain Ski Patroller.
On Saturday the camp reconvenes at 9am for another day of riding. The staff typically provides a choice of working on different skills. For example, one group might learn cornering on Off the Top and another group might work on shoving their tires into the pumice to make it through the rough Eastern Sierra terrain. The weekend comes to a close on Sunday with brunch at the Mountainside Grill and the option for participants to ride on their own or with new friends.
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park Women's Mountain Bike Camp 2007
When: Friday-Sunday, August 17-19, 2007
How much: $399 per person (includes 3-day trail pass and lunch)
Contact: 800.MAMMOTH or MammothMountain.com/bikepark
This summer the camp coincides with the Mammoth Festival of Wine, Music and Food also taking place August 17-19, 2007.