White Pine Touring women’s-only mountain bike rides
Every Tuesday night from after Memorial Day through the end of August, a group of volunteer bike guides lead female mountain bikers of all levels on rides from White Pine Touring. Kari Murray, a guide since 2005, says the Team Sugar rides were created to encourage more women to get into mountain biking in a non-intimidating setting. “A lot of women are introduced to the sport through a male partner, but Team Sugar brings women together with their peers in a supportive environment,” Murray says. Starting at 6 p.m., leaders and riders head out on one of five different routes, which vary by distance, technical difficulty, and speed. All levels of mountain bikers are welcome, but if you’re truly just starting out, Murray recommends taking one of White Pine’s Mountain Biking 101 clinics to learn basic skills first.
Women in the Mountains clinics
From June through September, former pro mountain biker Erica Tingey and her team of Women in the Mountains coaches lead clinics to teach beginners how to ride and more advanced riders how to get better. Intermediate to advanced riders can choose clinics based on the focus, i.e. cornering and switchbacks or manual and wheelies, and the coach-to-student ratio is kept at 1:4. Want even more personal attention? You can sign up for a private or semi-private session to focus on exactly what you want.
Wild Women Tribe “Wanders”
Renee Huang started Wild Women Tribe as a side passion project in 2017 to encourage women to step outside their comfort zones, explore creativity, and grow, learn, and transform together via outdoor experiences. “I have always felt a resonance with the outdoors and wanted to create a transformative, positive space where other women who loved nature could come together and connect on a deeper level, while also grounding themselves in the outdoors,” Huang says. She offers a variety of “Wanders” that focus on an overarching theme, including everything from a belly dancing and whiskey tasting workshop to a full-day hike plus yoga and “flow” discussion. Wanders start at $50 each.
Park City Moms on Bikes (M.O.B.)
Led by moms, for moms, the weekly M.O.B. group ride meets every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. to explore various Park City trails. The group started riding in late June, but you can still join mid-season through September 11 for a $20 fee (cycling socks included). Rides are guided but not coached—if you are looking for more of a clinic-style setting, PC Recreation also offers women’s beginner and intermediate sessions throughout the summer.