Ladies learn tricky skills at Luna Women’s Weekend |

Ladies learn tricky skills at Luna Women’s Weekend

Andrew Harley
Sandy Nye gains speed for a cornering drill Saturday at the Vail Athletic Fields during the Vail Mountain Bike Camps' Luna Women's Weekend. Twelve women are participating in the weekend event to build the basics skills of mountain biking.

A dozen women showed up to the Vail Athletic Field Saturday morning for a mountain-biking-skills makeover. And these ladies didn’t need any makeup, they were looking good by lunchtime.

They spent the morning at the Luna Women’s Mountain Bike Camp learning bike handling skills, including balance excercises, cornering, front- and rear-wheel lifts and bunny hopping. Then they rode logs at the base of Golden Peak. And they capped off the morning by splitting into three groups, based on ability, and going on coached rides.

“I learned how to jump over a log and cornering,” said Robin Lippert, who traveled all the way from Holland, Mich., for this weekend’s camp. “Those are my two favorite new skills.”

In the afternoon, the ladies took a yoga class provided by Yoga for Athletes Studio.

“It’s been very helpful,” said Amy Hempe, who was riding for her first time. “I like it. I’m terribly out of shape, though, so going uphill is hell.”

Today, the ladies will start the morning off with a three-hour ride with coaches. Awards will be handed out at lunch. And the camp ends with a bike-maintainence workshop.

“My passion is these women’s weekends,” said organizer Mia Stockdale, who has been running Vail Mountain Bike Camps for seven years. “It’s neat to see them (the campers) overcome their fears, gain more confidence and rise up to a new level in their riding.”

Vail Mountain Bike Camps is offering a two day camp for women July 19 -20. Women of all abilities are welcome. A 10-percent-off special is being offered at $200, which includes all coaching, two gourmet lunches, a goody bag, and prizes. To register, call Mia Stockdale at 970 470-3431. Also, check out the website at for other programs.

Andrew Harley is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 608 or by e-mail at

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