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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

    $60+

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Description

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 and mechanic clinics will be held Saturday morning and afternoon, with an additional mechanic clinic on Sunday morning. Clinics are optional, and registration is available when you purchase an event ticket.
      • $75 / Instruction Clinic
        • Fundamentals of Mountain Biking
        • Switch Backs and Cornering
        • Introduction to Jumps
      • $25 / Mechanic Clinic
        • What’s in your pack?
        • Preventative Maintenance
        • Bike Shop Maintenance
    • 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

Schedule

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*
  • 10:00 am – Instruction and Mechanic Clinics and Organized Rides at Tsali & Fire Mountain
  • 2:00 pm – Instruction and Mechanic Clinics and Organized Rides at Tsali & Fire Mountain
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner at Relia’s Garden Restaurant*
  • 7:00 pm – Raffle by the River
  • 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*
  • 9:00 am – Mechanic Clinic with Heidi Marquart
  • 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.

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!

Heidi Marquart

Pedal Fest Instructor Marlie-Creasey-Smith

For the last three years, Heidi has been wrenching for a mountain bike town in the shadows of the Tetons. She is a Certified Bike Technician from United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, OR.  She holds advanced certifications in wheel building and suspension. She has taught bike mechanic classes for Mountain Bike the Tetons and has started teaching women’s mechanic courses on her own with great success. She is excited to share her knowledge with y’all!

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, PMBIA-certified coach Caroline Washam will 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

With a variety of different trails to choose from, Fire Mountain is a great location to practice switchbacks and cornering.  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 a variety of small jumps and tabletops.  Join PMBIA-certified coach Rachel Kelleher 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.

What’s in Your Pack?

Do you have what you need for the trails?  In the first class of the three, we will go over what to have in your pack.  We will look at common tools and how to use them.  We will also go over a pre-ride safety check, which includes tire and suspension pressure, brake check, and how to lube your chain.

Preventative Maintenance

Keep your bike happy and avoid issues on the trail by learning how to do preventative home maintenance. This class will cover properly cleaning your bike, measuring your chain, completing brake pad and rotor inspections and bolt checks, tubeless maintenance, and more.

Bike Shop Maintenance

Learn about mechanic recommendations to keep you rolling smoothly long term and when to take your bike to the bike shop. We’ll review when to perform brake bleeds, bearings (pivots, hubs, and bottom brackets), drivetrain and shifting issues, cable/housing issues, suspension service, seat droppers, and wheel truing.  If we have time, we may practice a Shimano and/or SRAM brake bleed.  After this class, you will feel confident and prepared for your next bike shop visit.

 

Location

Address

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

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