“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 of Canaan Valley. A world cup and Olympic caliber racer traveling the world for many years, She is now a “recreational pro” racing everything from xc, 100 milers, enduros, downhill, and cyclocross. Her passion is teaching mountain bike skills, especially to women, putting on training camps and skills clinics. She is a IMBA certified level II instructor. In 2016, she hopes to teach as many women as she can to ride technical terrain with more skill and confidence.
Private clinics are a great way to work on specific skills and gain confidence in a one on one situation. If you come to Canaan, West Virginia, its a great way to keep it very affordable and ride in one of the east coast’s mountain bike sweet spots. Schedule yours today. $25 an hour in the warmer months.
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 on the summer solstice.
The festival is a way to promote mountain biking and community. We do a ladies specific day, free group rides, VIP Party and bike hash. The festival donates money to our local IMBA chapter, Blackwater Bicycle Association. This year we will be participating in the global movement that is Take a Kid Mountain biking day.
The 2016 Queen of the Mountain is August 13 and 14
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 training! ” ~Susan Haywood