Friday, March 02, 2012

Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic with Catharine Pendrel

It was another amazing day in Southern California, with the sun shining and a cool breeze blowing. What a great day to be on a bike!

Team LUNA Chix San Diego and Team LUNA Chix LA Cycle teamed up together for the first time to put together a pre-season skills clinic at the Southridge Race Series in Fontana CA. We were fortunate enough to have reigning UCI XC World Champion Catharine Pendrel from the LUNA Pro team in town. By way of reference, here's Catharine with her winning move at the World Championship Race in Champery, Switzerland.

Catharine Pendrel at the UCI World Championships

Girls came from all over SoCal, bringing their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. Since Dorothy Wong from Team LUNA Chix LA Cycle was on-hand to take pictures, I'll let the pictures tell the story of the day.

Girls gathered outside the LUNA tent.

Track-standing drills in the grass.

Catharine talks about the next drill - lofting your front wheel.

Alexandria practices lofting her front wheel.

Julie, looking pretty solid on this drill.

We all headed up the hill to start the on-course portion of the clinic. 
For a quick look at the day, here's a short video:

Super D Race
On the hill waiting, for the race start

Looking out over Fontana below.

Getting outside to play!

Catharine with junior racers Maddie and Kenzie.

Award  time!!

Catharine and Leti
Leti won the award for Most Improved Rider! (tassels for the bike!)

Angela and Catharine
Angela won the award for Most Aggressive Rider (a horn for her handlebars!). (Angela did the brutal course that ran down the Cal State Downhill course on a hardtail!!)

While we waited for results to be posted, we enjoyed post-clinic/race grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, and garden salad thanks to Steve Drexler (my husband and major race sponsor) and my mom Patricia, who also provided childcare. You two are my heroes.

Liz Carrington won second place in the pro women's class, and Nancy Harris took 4th! Congrats ladies!!

Our clinic attendees all did well and enjoyed the race! From left: Willi Zuckerman, Laura Drexler, Mandy Oliekan, Alex Fabbro, and Julie Bertramd 

The gang!

Liz selects her raffle prize - girly-T courtesy of Ahnu Footwear.

We had amazing support from CamelBak, Genuine Innovations, and Ahnu Footwear, all sponsors of the LUNA women's pro team.. When I pitched the idea to Camelbak of a women's skills clinic with Catharine Pendrel, they were excited for us and offered to supply not only SWAG (everyone got a Camelbak Podium waterbottle), but also items for a raffle in the form of six CamelBak hydration packs! Wow! 

SWAG for everyone!

Jane was very excited about the raffle items from Camelbak!

No less spectacular was the show of support from Genuine Innovations and Ahnu footwear, with Genuine Innovations supplying every attendee with a pink Microflate CO2 head and cartridge, and enough cartridges for everyone to practice using CO2, and Ahnu providing six girly-Ts and socks for the raffle. Everyone came away with great memories, new skills, something to work on and look forward to, and great tokens of the day.

 After I worked with Kenzie on using the CO2, I had her teach her sister. 

Kenzie teaches Maddie how to use CO2.

Steve holds Jane after a long day of sun and bike fun.
You'd think she was in the group hiking their bikes up the hill...

Thanks to all the people who made this clinic happen. We raised $625 for the Breast Cancer Fund and had a great time!
Thank you:
Catharine Pendrel of the LUNA Women's Pro Team
Dorothy Wong from Team LUNA Chix LA Cycle
Cingy O'Grady from Team LUNA Chix San Diego Cycle
Nancy Harris
Sophia and LaVonne at LUNABar 
Kevin at CamelBak
Elizabeth at Ahnu Footwear
Donnie Jackson at
Steve Drexler and Trisha Gilliland. 

Great job everyone!

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