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Nov 11

Women's Pedal Fest

Women's Event
  • Date & Time

    November 11, 5:30 PM – November 13, 2022, 5:00 PM

  • Location

    Nantahala, NC

  • Price






Join us for a one-of-a-kind women’s mountain biking weekend! We are thrilled to host our first Women’s Pedal Fest, an empowering festival for women mountain bikers. Lodging, meals, and more will take place on the campus of Nantahala Outdoor Center. Organized rides and clinics will take place at Fire Mountain Trails and Tsali Recreation Area. We encourage riders of all levels to join us for a weekend of improving skills and creating community!

  • Event Ticket: $60 – Registration includes an event t-shirt, raffle, organized bike rides, and live music riverside Saturday night.
  • Add-ons available for an additional cost at the time of registration:
    • Clinics: Instruction clinics will be held Saturday morning and afternoon. Clinics are optional, and registration is available when you purchase an event ticket.
      • $75 / Instruction Clinics
        • Fundamentals of Mountain Biking
        • Switch Backs and Cornering
        • Introduction to Jumps
        • Introduction to Drops
    • Meal Package: $54 + tax, includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, dinner, and Sunday morning breakfast. Let us take care of the cooking and enjoy the company of fellow riders.
    • Lodging: Keep it simple and stay with us! We have reserved on-site lodging for this event. Choose from a shared bunkhouse or reserve a cabin with friends. Lodging is discounted at 10% or more. Prices below include a 10% discount taken at checkout. Choose from one of the following options. All lodging includes two nights.
      • Shared Basecamp Bunkhouse – $32/person + taxes and fees
        • This option includes a twin-size bed in a shared sleeping area. You will also have access to a shared community building with a kitchen, dining hall, bathroom, and shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.
      • Private 2-Person Basecamp Bunkhouse – $72/room + taxes and fees
        • Basecamp bunkhouses have twin-sized bunk beds in a private room. You will also have access to a shared community building with a kitchen, dining hall, and bathroom/shower house. Linens and kitchen supplies are not included. All rooms have electricity, heat, and air conditioning.
      • Dogwood Motel Double/Twin Bunk Room – $144/room + taxes and fees
        • Double / Twin Bunk Rooms have a twin bed over a double bed with a private bath across the hall. All linens and towel are provided. Each room has a porch with access to a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.
      • Dogwood Motel King Room – $180/room + taxes and fees
        • King Rooms have a king bed with a bathroom en-suite. All linens and towels are provided. Each room has a porch with access to a community area with a TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, coin-operated washer & dryer, and seating. All rooms have TV, electricity, heat, and air conditioning.
      • Ash Cabin – $360 + taxes and fees (2 BR / 1 BA)
        • Ash is a two-bedroom /1 bathroom cabin that sleeps up to five guests between one queen bed and one double/twin bunk bed.
      • Elm Cabin – $360 + taxes and fees (2 BR / 1 BA)
        • Elm is a 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath configuration that sleeps up to 8 guests between four queen beds.
      • Birch Cabin – $450 + taxes and fees (3 BR / 1 BA)
        • Birch is a three-bedroom / 1 bathroom configuration that can sleep up to 9 people with one queen bedroom, one queen/twin bunk, and one room with two twin bunk beds.
      • Chestnut Cabin – $540 + taxes and fees (6 BR / 3 BA)
        • Chestnut is a 6 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom configuration for up to 20 people and includes two queen beds, two queen/twin bunk beds, and five twin bunk beds.
    • All buildings are smoke-free.

Event Details


Friday, November 11th, 2022
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Check-in
  • 7:30 pm – Dinner at Relia’s Garden Restaurant*
  • 8:15 pm – Campfire by Relia’s Garden
Saturday, November 12th, 2022
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast Relia’s Garden Restaurant*
  • 9:30 am – Event Kick Off, Fire Mountain Trail Head
  • 10:00 am – Instruction Clinics and Organized Rides at Tsali & Fire Mountain
  • 2:00 pm – Instruction Clinics and Organized Rides at Tsali & Fire Mountain
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner at Relia’s Garden Restaurant*
  • 7:00 pm – Raffle by the River – Hand Up Gloves, Motion Makers, Cognitive, Industry 9
  • 7:30 pm – Campfire and Music by the river with  Kim Jade Fry
Sunday, November 13th, 2022
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast at Relia’s Garden Restaurant*
  • 9:30 am – Organized Rides at Tsali & Fire Mountain

*You must pre-purchase Meal Package

Pedal Fest Instructors

Rachel Kelleher

Pedal Fest Instructor Rachel Kelleher

My goal is to inspire you to build a strong foundation for you to progress on. I want to help you meet your goals and facilitate your experience to become a more confident, skilled rider and human both on and off the bike. To inspire a curious and playful interaction with the terrain around you and become a stronger and more confident rider. Mountain biking is a metaphor for life, and we can tune into these teachings. If we remain open to learning, growth, and new experiences, we allow ourselves to move beyond our own limitations.

Kate Nolan

“Getting outside has always been a passion of mine, and I love sharing that with others. We need a connection to nature in order to live a happy, healthy, and balanced life. I grew up camping, backpacking, skiing, trail running, and racing BMX and mountain bikes. I believe my bond with nature has helped me to excel in my professional career, and to overcome obstacles personally and professionally and the spiritual gain has been profound. Excited to share the outdoors and ride with you.” Kate has her PMBIA Level 2 trail, BICP Level 2 and is a BICP Instructor trainer. She’s also a lead coach for NINJA, with wilderness first aid and CPR.

Marlie Creasey-Smith

Pedal Fest Instructor Heidi Marquart

Marlie has been riding bikes and sharing her passion for living life on two wheels for over a decade. Whether coaching skills clinics, barreling down mountains or exploring cross-country trails, Marlie embodies the essence of the ALL IN MTB lifestyle.

With a background in cross-country, freeriding, downhill, dirt jumping, racing, and years of coaching – Marlie shares the life-altering passion she found along the trail through guided ALL IN MTB trail experiences, private mountain bike clinics, madhouse progression sessions, and all around LIFE ON BIKES! Don’t miss out – join her in getting our highs from two wheels in the woods!

Caroline Washam

Pedal Fest Instructor Caroline Washam

Caroline Washam is a pro downhill mountain bike racer, mountain bike skills coach, and bike industry professional. She’s been racing bikes for 24 years, coaching for eight years, and working in the bike industry for nine years.  Her racing accomplishments include racing in the World Cup, being the overall winner of the Pro GRT Series in 2019, and representing the United States at World Championships in 2019. As a coach, her goal is to help clients ride with more confidence, control, and performance — all while having a ton of fun!

Clinic Descriptions

Fundamentals of Mountain Biking

Are you just getting into mountain biking? Or have you been riding a while but never had formal instruction? This clinic is for you! Becoming a better mountain biker starts with a solid foundation of fundamentals. In this session, we’ll cover core skills to help you improve balance and stability over dynamic terrain and help you better control your bike with proper shifting and braking techniques. By the end of this clinic, you’ll be riding with more confidence and control!

Switchbacks and Cornering

Fire Mountain is a great location to practice switchbacks and cornering with various trails to choose from.  Join PMBIA-certified coach Marlie Creasey-Smith to learn about choosing your line, body position, and weight distribution to improve your confidence, skills, and speed through corners up and downhill.

Introduction to Jumps

Kessel Run at Fire Mountain provides a great opportunity for an introduction to jumping with various small jumps and tabletops.  Join coach Rachel Kelleher and Caroline Washam to learn about proper jumping techniques.   You’ll end the clinic with more confidence and knowing what skills to continue to work on to keep getting air!  We recommend participants are comfortable with their foundational skills before taking this clinic.

Introduction to Drops

Fire Mountain Trails offer several wooden drop features, including “Snake Bite” and “Drop Kick Woody.” Join PMBIA and BICP Certified coach Kate Nolan as you build confidence and progress through the skills required for drops. We recommend participants are comfortable with their foundational skills prior to taking this clinic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register just for a clinic?

And miss the camaraderie and fun that comes with connecting with other ladies shredding it on a group ride or by the campfire? That wouldn’t be as much fun! An event registration is required to sign up for the clinics.

Can I register just for the event?

Of course, with the event registration, you will receive an event t-shirt, free raffle entry, organized group rides, and live music riverside on Saturday night at Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Is it weird if I come to the festival solo?

Absolutely not. Many riders will be joining us solo!! We tend to do more self-work when we embark on new journeys alone. Although, we know it won’t take long to make some new friends!

Where will the clinics be held?

Clinics will be held at Fire Mountain Trails, and the Fundamentals of Mountain Biking will be held at the Unity Stickball Field in Cherokee.

Will there be bike transportation or shuttles to the clinics and rides?

All are encouraged to carpool wherever possible. You will be responsible for transporting yourself and your bike to clinic locations and group rides.

Is this festival beginner/novice friendly?

Yes! All skill levels are welcome, but you must be able to ride a bike. 🙂

How old/young do I have to be to participate?

You must be 18+ to register for clinics on Saturday. Youth age 13+, must have a participating adult with them. Youth will have the opportunity to join youth-specific rides and a youth clinic on Sunday morning.

What if it rains?

The festival will go on as scheduled. As proponents of good stewardship, we may change ride locations if the trails are deemed unrideable.

I can only come for one day, is there a discounted price if I don’t come for the entire festival?

Get that time off work! You deserve it! The registration price does not change based on arrival or departure day/time.

Still have questions? Please call us at 866.336.1037

Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors that helped make our Pedal Fest dreams a reality!




Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 US-19
Bryson City, NC 28713

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