On Saturday, April 26th, TORC hosted a women's only skills clinic at Lake Crabtree County Park led by Melinda Bowen, a Trek Factory Demo Rep. This free event was sponsored by Trek, Cycling Spoken Here, a local bike shop, and TORC. Lake Crabtree County Park was a great venue, centrally located between Raleigh and Durham, with ample asphalt for parking and practicing skills, covered picnic facilities, as well as over 10 miles of single track trail.
Approximately 20 women of varying ages, from 16 to 50, and skill levels, attended the morning event that began with individual bike fittings and a review of shocks, shifting, brakes and saddle height. Skills instruction followed with a review of ready position, front wheel and rear wheel lifting, and obstacles. After instruction, the participants were able to practice each skill in the parking area. Then Mel set up a single track skills course to practice all the skills reviewed.
The group broke for lunch about 1pm with parting gifts courtesy of Trek. Unfortunately, the planned instructional group ride was cancelled due to closed trails from heavy rain the night before.