Canaan MTB School: Ladies Weekend

The Canaan MTB School is another layer of our MTB Education Program, the School of Hard Rocks. (Including personal instruction, a 3-day intermediate Skills Training Weekend called the Michaux MTB School, and a Junior Summer Camp). The Ladies Weekend adds in a little extra learning and is a fantastic getaway: gaining some wonderful riding and personalized attentionIf you are a strong rider and want to spend a weekend devoted to refining your skills in an amazing location with a bunch of great ladies, this is for you. 

We are basing this school out of Canaan Valley and Davis, WV. I'll be the first person to tell you what a magical place it is there. Why? The list starts with amazing waterfalls, boreal forests, bogs, rainbows, and black bears. The trails range from small social trails to well developed National Forest trail systems, and a lot of in between. The "Moon Rocks" are a well known feature of Canaan riding. The terrain has small and large rocks of all shapes and makes.....and lots of them. Don't wear white, because Canaan is famous for its deep, black mud holes. 


Limited to 18 Entries

Lodging is included in the price of the camp (food is not). We'll reserve a couple "deluxe" cabins at Blackwater Falls State Park for you to stay in. They have full kitchens, but they don't have the best supply of cooking gear. There are several awesome places to eat in town, including HellBenders Burritos.  There is a grocery store in town, and the bike shop is also open.  We'll meet at the cabins at 10am each morning. 

Skills Instruction and Weekend Schedule

Our focus for the weekend is on skills development. We'll head out for a short 1.5 hour ride on Friday afternoon (leaving around 3pm) for a fun little tour around the park. Saturday morning will be focused on bike set-up and drills that work on foundational skills like balance, body position, lifting wheels, line of sight, and control. After a mid day break, the afternoon will focus on building skill together on sections technical single track. We'll cover picking lines, steep descents/ascents, logs, roots, and rocks. Sunday will be more geared towards getting some fun riding in with time to spend additional attention on any of the skills learned the day before. 

Meet your Instructors --> 

Susan Haywood: 

Sue is an extremely talented rider, and has a very prestigious professional racing career to show for it. Now retired, she spends her time helping women (and men) improve their own mountain biking, promoting local mountain bike community, organizing the Canaan MTB Festival, and generally being awesome. 

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Cheryl Sornson:

Cheryl has been racing bikes forever. She's got skills, strength, stamina, and a family. She was the 2012 and 2013 NUE series (100 miler series).