You are invited to grab your mountain bike and join us at Dawson Park. With Priarie Girl Racing and support from Western Cycle, the Bell Joy Ride is happening right here in Edmonton's river valley! Joy Ride is about getting women of all abilities together on our incredible river valley trails. We are hosting monthly rides and building community! Whether you are looking to gain confidence on your mountain bike or ride with amazing people, we are focusing on the women in our community. This month we are focusing on bike handling! This will be a breakdown to get the most seasoned rider improving fundamental skills and the newest riders building foundations.
The ladies from Prairie Girls will be taking us through this month's focus and helping us to improve our confidence and speed on the trails. Western Cycle is here to support us with minor bike tunes, questions, and general bike related items. Come join us and meet the amazing staff at Western Cycle and the incredible ladies of Prairie Girls.
PLEASE NOTE THE LATER START TIME!
10:00 Bike Handling drills and skills!
10:55 RAFFLE - This is a sponsored event and we have cool gear and swag to give away!
11:00 Ride STARTS! You have registered for a specific ride geared toward your ability. Each group will be riding different trails. Ride lengths vary based on group abilities. Remember to bring water and snacks!
What if I am out of shape?
No problem. There will be women of all skill sets and abilities joining us. There is a ride for everyone and nobody gets left behind.
What if I am not very good at riding?
No problem. Group rides are broken up into ability levels. We will never force you to ride something you are uncomfortable with and nobody gets left behind. You might even be surprised at what you can ride! Just by riding with us, you will gain skills and confidence. On the next ride you may even want to step it up a group level!
Is this just for beginners?
Absolutely not. The Bell Joy Ride has advanced ride levels as well as beginner rides. This is about building community and the stronger riders give everyone else goals to build to.
What should I bring?
- CSA approved Helmet is required to ride with Joy Ride.
- A bike in good repair with a bell (it is the law)!
- Valid ID – we need you to carry identification and cell phones are always recommended
- Water and snacks to bring on the trail (plan for 1.5-2.5 hours depending on group level).
- It is HIGHLY recommended you bring an extra tube for your bike, as well as a bike tool and bike tire levers. This is a no drop ride and we will help you as much as possible if you have a mechanical issue. It is good practice to be self-sufficient.
- Cycling shoes are good to have – but, at a minimum, closed toed shoes are mandatory – running shoes will work. NO SANDLES
- Gloves and glasses are highly recommended for protecting your hands and your eyes.
What kind of bike do I need?
You will need a bike (in good working order) that can go on our river valley trails. If you are unsure if your bike is capable, please email your bike make and model to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have any other questions, please email us at email@example.com.
What are the ride levels?
1 > New Riders
Easy-paced rides ideal for those completely new to mountain biking.
Our goal is get on the dirt, get comfortable with our bikes, our gear
and learn some basic mountain biking skills. We will re-group as
necessary to rest, hydrate and answer questions. Trails will be mostly
flat, dirt roads without obstacles. Distances will be up to 15 km
Pre-ride clinics may be available.
2 > Beginner
Easy-paced rides suited for those who are familiar with their bikes.
Our goal is to try some climbing and descending on moderate-grade,
hard-packed fire roads, firm double-track and easy single-track. We
will re-group as necessary to rest, hydrate and teach skills on the trail.
Distances may be up to 15 km. Pre-ride clinics may be available.
2+ > Beginner Plus
Casually paced rides ideal for advanced beginners ready for some
small obstacles, steeper hills, more miles and fewer rests. We will regroup
as necessary to hydrate and teach skills on the trail. Trails may
include steeper dirt road climbs and descents, double and single-track
that introduce obstacles. Distances may be up to 15 km.
3 > Intermediate
Casually paced rides ideal for riders who are comfortable
with fast descending and single track climbs who feel ready
to kick it up a notch. Trails may include moderately steep
or rutted climbs and descents, single-track, obstacles and
technical features. Distances may be up to 18 km.
3+ > Intermediate Plus
Ideal for consistent, faster riders, 3+ will be constantly
moving, taking breaks only to re-group at major
intersections. These are rides designed to build your
stamina, as the pace will often be set by faster riders
out front. Trails may include steep, technical climbs and
descents, single-track, obstacles and technical features.
Distances may be 20km or more.
4 > Advanced
These rides are ideal for strong riders who prefer technical
single-track downhills to fast climbing. These are rides
designed to build your stamina, as the pace will often
be set by faster riders out front. Trails may include very
steep technical climbs and descents, narrow, exposed
single-track, big obstacles, jumps and challenging
technical features. Distances may be 20km, or more.