Mountain Bike Instruction with Rae Gandolf

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Recovering from epic Women's Weekend events at Cleveland and Milwaukee Ray's!

Posted by ridewithrae on March 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ray's Indoor MTB park once again hosted well over 300 women for 2 fantastic weekends of coaching, riding and celebrating at the Cleveland (February) and Milwaukee March) weekends.  As a typical result of packing a bunch of people together and depriving them of sleep due to inordinate physical activity and partying, many of us came home sick and I'm still trying to get over my MKE infection, but it was worth it!

I had a few personal gains with my goals to turn on walls and always jump better, and was moreso rewarded by helping many women to reach their goals.  At both events, I ran beginners through basic drills and bike handing techniqes in the morning.  For the afternoons, I got to work in the rythm room along with Tammy Donahugh in Cleveland and I helped newcomers to tackle the fear inspiring pump track in Milwaukee. The pump track session in particular meant a lot to me, as one woman reached tears due to her fear and frustration but then rallied the mental strength to follow me through and she stuck to those wall rides and did it!  Nothing like like tackling your fears. 

Ray's mtb will forever be one of my tops picks for "Favorite trails to ride"! Thanks for hosting Women's weekend!

Midwest Womens' MTB Clinic

Posted by ridewithrae on June 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (1)

The 2011 Midwest Womens' MTB clinic was a great success. Over 120 women participated plus 30 guys in the men's clinic. All instruction was provided by IMIC certified coaches and we had tail gunners to boot. Brown Country MTB trails are pretty cool and unique- and plentiful! And I had no idea that the nearby Nashiville, Indiana is like a mini Gatlinburg- what fun!

I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of women for weekend!I

And got to coach along side of some amazing coaches. Here are some of them....

We worked on skills Saturday afternoon, drank Sierra Nevada and enjoyed a cookout Saturday night, more skills Sunday morning and a ride that afternoon.  The thunderstorms limited themselves kindly to the wee hours of the night and morning....Fortunately my 20 year old tent is still mostly rain proof!

I'll post the whole gorup photo when I get my hands on it. This is a great event put on by Sub 9 productions- I encourage anyone interested to check it out next year.

Spring sprang

Posted by ridewithrae on April 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

999.9 miles.....Just when the post-winter mud and rain make me wonder if living in Ohio and being a mountain biker are perhaps mutually exclusive, I get a little dose of encouragement- a reminder that good riding is coming! 



Rae's recent IMBA ICP Level 3 instructor certification course in Boulder, CO!

Rae is now an Instructor Trainer for IMBA, working to certify riders as level 1 & 2 instructors around the country.


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