Mountain Biking

Chicks In The Sticks was founded in 2008 by Coach Liz Sage

Liz is a passionate mountain biker and advocate for women supporting women. She brings her love of mtn biking and skills as a PMBI coach and exercise physiologist to support the Chicks in the Sticks community program. Together with community ambassadors our network partners, Team Fitness Personal Training and Fresh Air Experience/Concept, this program has supported hundreds of Women in the Okanagan.

Welcome…we look forward to sharing our love for mountain biking with you.

Team Fitness Photo Galleries
Team Fitness Photo Galleries

Club Chick Coaching Program

While we have many intermediate and advanced riders in our community program. They behan as novice or beginner riders. We are excited to annouce This year 2020, the additon of Club Chick – Level Up coaching program for intermediate riders along with our beginner program.

Club Chick was formed to support riders with  on trail coaching , educating and supporting women to have the confidence and capacity to explore the trails of the Okanagan,  a community to connect with on and off the trails and be empowered to step up their fitness, confidence and sense of adventure on trail.

2020 Membership – $199 (June 10-August 19th)

This membership will provide you with:

  • A community not unlike your closest friends and  family
  • An infamous Chicks in the Sticks Signature Jersey
  • Level 1 Safety bike inspection
  • 10 Weekly Wednesday Supported and Coached no drop group rides
  • Fresh Air Experience Discount Card for Mtb Gear
  • Continued Weekly Wednesday Community rides to close out the season

Complimentary Community Chicks In The Sticks  Group Rides

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have reached out to us this past month. The support and interest for 2020 Chicks Community Rides has exceeded our vision for this endeavor. 

This program was designed specifically to foster women’s friendships, fitness and fresh air experiences on trail . This year, through your feedback, we have truly realized what a success this community has had in meeting those founding objectives. 

Thank you to all of you who have reached out with gratitude in having a posse to ride with that was created in this community. We are honoured that in some way we have influenced your journey on trail. 

Interest is at its peak for 2020 community group rides! We are grateful for your trust in this program. We also want to respect the guidelines set forth by Provincial health advisors for the best outcomes for not only this season but the ones to follow. 

To ensure the safety of our club members and coaches, we will be closing community led rides to current club members only.

This is not forever, just for now. We will continue to keep abreast of recommended policies throughout the weeks ahead and when safely possible re-open group rides to our community.

Till then, use our facebook page to seek ride mates and community support. Reach out to invite or, be invited on SMALL group rides of 6 or less chicks. Follow guidelines and lead by example for other trail comrades. Also a gentle reminder to get your mtbco membership to support the trails that bring you joy!

Registration is still open for  Club Chick: Beginner and Intermediate members till we reach our maximum that we can safely operate at. 1st group ride will be June 10th. Hope to see you on the trails soon!!

When Community Resumes

Wednesday weekly community group rides are open to all women riders. To join any ride please have your bike in good working order, have a moderate fitness level (its called mtn biking for a reason) and have the fundamental skills for a safe ride. We will introduce you to new trails, support from new friends where no one is left behind. All riders require a mtbco trail membership

We want your first experience with Chicks to be exceptional. Lets connect to ensure we are a good fit for you. New to chicks community rides…please register here.

JOIN THE TEAM

  • Tell us about your riding ability. Which is your bike brand and model? When was the last time you rode? Which trail did you last bike down?
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  • Your bike must be in top working order. A yearly bike maintenance ensures your safety and a smooth group ride experience. Our community partners Fresh Air Experience/Concept offer our chicks in the sticks community a discount.
  • While we realize early in the season you may not have ideal fitness, recognize that we are in the Okanagan and trail riding goes up before it comes down. We are counting on you to be working on your fitness throughout the week and not relying on one group ride to advance your skill and progress. Respect the community and be on your bike twice weekly in some capacity outside our Chicks community experience.
  • FOLLOW US for weekly destination updates posted Monday each week
  • Lights in early and late season are a necessity.
  • This group in non-competitive. Respect the range of experience and fitness by supporting others who may not be up to your level by lapping back, waiting at DH intersections and offering encouragement to those whose shoes you once filled back in the day.
  • Respect group departure time. Rides will depart from trailhead 6:30pm. Rides will be 60-90 minutes in length.
  • Learn to fix a flat. Coaches will not be responsible for your bike repair. Register in one of our ongoing clinics for your safety and confidence to take care of yourself on the trails.
  • Respect the trails and the community who cares for them. When on trail, going off path to avoid obstacles breaks down barriers and increases trail erosion. If you cannot ride the trail line, walk it. If you are walking too often you are not on the right trail or need to work on skill and fitness. Join our skills camp and buddy up with others through the week to increase your fitness.

    All riders joining in on group rides are expected to support the trails with a mtbco membership. This nominal yearly fee ensures our trails are in top shape all season long. Share the membership with everyone you ride with so that mtbco has the funds to enhance the trail network that we all find joy in riding. Widget for membership to Mtbco.ca

Community Partner

Team Fitness Photo Galleries
Team Fitness Photo Galleries

2020 Season Line Up

APRIL 1st

Open House – Fresh Air Concept

APRIL 8th

Club Chick Get Tuned Maintenance Clinic

June 10th – Aug 19th (No Ride July 1st)

Club Chick Coaching -Season Kick Off Group Ride
Registration Open – 6 spots available

APRIL 22nd (Closed to Club members only till further notice)

Chicks in the Sticks –Wheelin Wednesday Group Rides– Season Opener All riders welcome


Coaching Opportunities

Introduction to Mountain Biking

There are many components to mastering mountain biking and becoming one with your ride. Join our PMBI Coach with a private lesson to hone the fundamentals for safety, confidence and fun on trail.
1. Position and balance
2. Operational control
3. Terrain awareness
4. Directional control
5. Pressure control
6. Timing and coordination
Connect with  Coach Liz Sage to learn more and schedule time to learn.

APRIL 17th

Get Tuned Maintenance Clinic
with Nervous Novice Camp

APRIL 19th

Nervous Novice Day Camp

APRIL 17/25th

Get Tuned Maintenance Clinic
with Nervous Novice Day Camp

April 30th

Get Tuned Maintenance Clinic
with Nervous Novice Camp

MAY 1st

Nervous Novice Day Camp

MAY 2nd

Nervous Novice Day Camp