Ladies Bike Night hits the trail for first time
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Women of varying skill levels hit local trails on mountain bikes last Wednesday to put the wheels in motion for a unique partnership. The first Ladies Bike Night featured 11 women, kicking off a series created by all-women outdoors group Summit Hunnies and local bike shop Over the Edge Sports.
“Mountain biking used to be a very male-oriented sport, and lately there’s been a strong push for more women on bikes,” Over the Edge owner Brie Hyslop said. “It’s fine for women to get on bikes and socialize, but women do want to be challenged and push themselves beyond their comfort zones.”
Wednesday’s ride started at the Cold Creek trailhead and took the group of girls through that trail and onto the Powerline Trail. It was open to women of all ability levels, and the shop offered discounted demos to get women out on the trail.
“It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do here at the shop,” said Hyslop, who opened the Over the Edge with her husband Sam in May. “I want to be as supportive as I can for the community and for the ladies of the community.”
Shortly after opening Over the Edge, Hyslop found out about Summit Hunnies and quickly contacted Ferguson. Over the Edge’s primary goal is to provide people with outdoor experiences, a vision it shares with Ferguson’s organization.
“She had all these great ideas and was so gung ho about getting women out there,” Ferguson said. “To be the owner of a shop and want to do that is huge — it helps us and it’s really awesome.”
Ferguson said the first bike ride was a success, and the series will continue Wednesdays until snow begins to fall. It will include rides of varying degrees of difficulty, maintenance clinics — and sometimes wine and cheese.
“It about getting more comfortable on the trail, finding where you are at now and potentially seeing where you want to go with it,” Hyslop said. “And then also to just be out there, have fun and try something new.”
Summit Hunnies is online at facebook.com/summithunnies and on Instagram @summithunnies. Over the Edge Sports is located at 3665 Tamarack Ave. in South Lake Tahoe and is online at http://www.otesports.com.