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Instructor Sarah Vickers biking at Essex Woods Trails
Join us for the Essex Woods Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic brought to you by Bangor Parks and Recreation, Slipping Gears Cycling, and Penobscot Region NEMBA!

The goal of this clinic is to give women valuable skills for their riding and build a better community of female riders in the region.  This is a free clinic and lunch will be provided after the clinic.  Donations are appreciated and all funds go directly into the bike trails at the venue.

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The 3 groups will be separated based on self-determined riding level.  This is not a determination of fitness, but more of your comfort on a bike and technical riding ability in mixed terrain.  

Beginner:  This is for riders that have perhaps recently purchased their first mountain bike, are getting back to the sport after a long hiatus, or want to work on some basic riding skills.  The instructors will be using a mix of double track and some of the single track on the lower (flatter) portions of the venue. Bike fit, body position, braking, shifting, using your momentum, and riding over small obstacles will be some of the key points that are covered. 

Intermediate: This is for those riders that have maybe a couple seasons of riding under their belt and have started to venture out to the various trails in the region with more regularity.  You probably find yourself able to ride most trails in the region but there are features and areas that still give you trouble and you'd love to learn some skills that will allow you to navigate trickier sections, climb uphill corners, traverse technical rock features, ride bridges, or just feel more comfortable when the terrain gets challenging.

Advanced: You consider yourself a solid rider and you easily navigate most all of the trails you regularly ride.  Your skill level is probably dictated seasonally by your fitness and as you get stronger you find yourself getting faster and more comfortable.  This clinic will be more of a rolling ride/clinic where regular stops will be made to "session" challenging features, technical climbs, berms/cornering, and practice descending skills.

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