“Riding bikes in the mountains over technical terrain is one of the great joys of my life. I love teaching the physical and mental skills to others that lets them feel that joy as well. Come ride with me!”
Sue Haywood is an east coast mountain bike icon. Her mountain bike career was baptized in the mud bogs and slippery rocks of Canaan Valley, West Virginia. She raced professionally for many years at both the national and international level. She is a multiple time national champion and Pan American champ and excelled at both long endurance and short sprints. She still races Enduro and is the current Enduro Champ of West Virginia. She loves teaching mountain bike skills, especially to women and kids through day and weekend camps and private lessons. She is the creator of the Canaan MTB Festival and HaySue’s Spicy Salsa. She is a combination of laid-back and tough. She loves a group mtb ride and hearing people’s epic mtb tales.
Private lessons are a great way to work on specific skills and gain confidence in a one on one situation. Small group learning makes practice and coach feedback more efficient and productive for your progress. Private lessons are in Davis, West Virginia at $35 an hour or $90 for 3 hours.
Are you looking for instruction for your own group? Totally doable! It can work well when a group of similar riders , friends, or bike club get a lesson together. I can come to your local trails and we can practice the spots that give you trouble.
The Canaan MTB Festival is based out of Blackwater Bikes in Davis. We love that you can park your car in town , get on your bike and ride single track for hours. You can ride in head high ferns, skirt cranberry bogs and crawl over amazing sandstone formations. Then return to town and enjoy food , beer and the local vibes. This is a great thing to do near the summer solstice.
The festival is a way to promote mountain biking and community in Tucker County. We do a skills classes, free group rides, VIP Party ,bike hash and trials. The festival donates money to our local IMBA chapter, Blackwater Bicycle Association.
The 2018 Queen of the Mountain date is undecided.
Come to Bryce Bike Park in August for the annual Queen of the Mountain event. This is a celebration of skills triumphing over fears. Enjoy bettering your mountain bike skills through practice with professional and experienced female instructors. Located in the heart of beautiful Virginia mountains, Bryce resort is our host for this all women’s event. There will be clinics led by professional and enthusiastic instructors for both experienced and beginner mountain bikers.
Saturday is a full day of instruction and riding at Bryce Bike Park with certified instructors, Sue Haywood and Kelly Hazlegrove and Marlie Smith. This is geared towards women who have already taken a mountain bike skills clinic and have some experience mountain biking on singletrack trails. The teaching will be both at the bottom of the mountain and we will be riding the chairlift to do the mountain trails. Full face helmet and pads are required. A downhill bike is not required. A light, delicious lunch is provided as well as refreshing beverages.
Sunday is a half day for beginners , advanced beginners and more timid riders. Learn skills that allow you to ride with more skill and confidence. Skills taught will be balanced body positions for various terrain, cornering, small drops and wheel lifts. We will practice skills at the bottom of the mountain and ride the chairlift for practice on Sundowner Trail, a green trail. This group will be taught by Sue and another certified instructor. Full face helmet and pad are highly recommended for riding the chairlift. A downhill bike is not required. Snacks and drinks at the break are provided.
There will be a discount given on lift tickets and bike rentals at Bryce. Lift tickets will be $25 and Rental, Lift ticket with damage wavier will be only $100.
Sue Haywood- Beginner and Intermediate Instructor
Kelly Wills Hazlegrove- Intermediate Instructor
Marlie Smith- Intermediate Instructor
“Isn’t this the year you said you were going to visit a bike park? Isn’t this the year you are going to replace your fears with skills ? Join us for your Queen of the Mountain skills progression workshop! ” ~Susan Haywood