Being that it was an all girls camp, covering the Trek Dirt Series would have been pretty dang difficult (ie impossible) for me. Luckily, we got local ripper Carly Clifton to give us the low down on how things went. Carly moved to the greater Salt Lake City area four years ago for the skiing and riding. While she considers herself an all-mountain rider, she’s got some downhill experience in her back pocket from her days back east at the Highlands Bike Park. Carly recently placed 3rd in the Bell Wasatch Enduro and is co-founder of Spoke Stoke, a new womens bike collective.
This past weekend the Spoke Stoke crew was out volunteering for the Trek Dirt Series at Canyons Resort. The whole crew had an amazing time helping out the very talented coaches and learning some new skills for ourselves! If you don’t know what the Trek Dirt Series is, here’s a short overview.
The Trek Dirt Series is an instructional mountain biking program that began in 2000 in Whistler B.C. The program started as a womens only camp, designed to get more women into, and excited about, the sport of downhill mountain biking. In the 12 years since it was founded, the camp has grown to include co-ed camps, as well as many other locations throughout the western U.S. The latest camp, in Park City, was a great success thanks in large part to its host, Canyons Resort.
Since none of us at Spoke Stoke had ever participated in, or volunteered for, the Trek Dirt Series, we weren’t really sure what to expect coming into it. What we saw surprised and inspired us all. The level of enthusiasm from both the coaches, and the participants, was through the roof! There was a huge spread of ability levels and ages of the participants, yet all were challenged, and all saw a huge improvement in skill. The group I was in had quite a few women that only had one day of mountain biking experience. Yet, after the morning skills session, they were all able to successfully ride a black diamond trail with style! I personally have never seen such an amazing improvement in skill in such a short time. And these women were not young, super athletes either. The whole weekend was extremely successful, we all made new friends, got to check out tons of fun trails, hit jumps at the bike park, learn from the very talented coaches, all while being immersed in the beauty of Canyons Resort. Needless to say, we will be volunteering again next year!