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Mountain Biking Workshop Planned for Women

Tue, May  17, 2005 - By DNR

State recreation officials today announced the fifth annual Women's Mountain Biking Symposium, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Stony Creek Metropark in west Macomb County. The event will be held at the metropark's West Branch picnic area, shelter D, which is northwest of the golf course.

The workshop is geared toward the beginner-to-intermediate rider. Participants learn how to ride trails, including the basics of braking and cornering and how to distribute body weight on climbs and descents. A maintenance clinic covers basic trail repair, how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain, and how to keep a bike clean and properly lubricated. Other sessions include an introduction to racing and a forum that provides answers to all your mountain biking questions.

A group ride and a prize drawing will conclude the workshop. The cost is $20 and enrollment is limited to 60 women. Participants are asked to bring their own bike, helmet and a sack lunch. Bagels and juice will be provided in the morning and water throughout the day. Based on the popularity of this program in past years, early registration is recommended. The form is available on the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman page on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
 
The workshop is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program in conjunction with the Michigan Mountain Biking Association and Stony Creek Metropark. For more information, contact Laura Ouellette at bow@mmba.org or Lynn Marla, DNR Becoming an Outdoors-Woman coordinator, at marlal@michigan.gov; (517) 241-2225.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.