Women, bikes and beer. - The bunny hills.
Friday morning started with the woman coaches give a quick sum up of where each skill level of rider should go. I am always apprehensive in a new environment, especially one that involves me being daring in front of a group of other people. That seem to be a common amongst quite a few of the ladies.
Off I went to find, what I declared as, the bunny hill room. First was a flat room with some figure eights and a practice crash pad, where 2 coaches were helping the ladies adjust their brakes to fit their hand size and seat post. Most of the rental bikes (and some that ladies had borrowed) are set up for men. As beginners most people, not just women, don't relize that the placement of your brake levers is much different for a smaller hand than for a larger and makes your ride more comfortable and easier to grab that brake lever when needed.
The adjacent room had a taste test of some outdoor obstacles. The benefit of going to the once a year women's weekend is first, no men. Second, their are woman who speak woman-ese and can communicate on how to tackle each of these obstacles. Starting with stance, butt out of the saddle, handle bar position, look ahead, not at your feet and always have a finger on the brake lever.
It took some woman as little as an hour to master these and move onto the next room. Within 2 hours the coach was done with that room and it stayed almost empty the rest of the weekend. Regardless of woman's weekend or not, if you are wanting to start in these rooms they are nice and quiet. I plan on trying to make trip out at the start of next winter season and bring my kids. There are no glider bikes allowed, so it's a perfect time for my 4 year old to get a pedal bike. Word of caution, it gets busy fast, and not all the riders are as well mannered as others. And, all the more daring of the kids had full face helmets.
From here I moved onto the beginner room, where I had a few almost crashes and honed some new skills!
To be cont'd....