Friday, May 17, 2013

“Wheel Girls” program returns for young bikers

Rusch, BCRD offer summer rides

     Sun Valley professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch and the Blaine County Recreation District are again offering a six-week mountain bike clinic for girls in grades 7-12.

     Called “Wheel Girls,” the summer program is in its third season.

     Rusch and local female riders will teach basic mountain bike skills, bike maintenance, trail etiquette, nutrition and fitness basics. The summer program is designed for girls who know how to ride a bike, and who want to gain the skills and confidence to ride bikes more frequently.

     Cost is $125 and the club size is limited to 20 riders. Scholarships are available. Club rides will take place on Tuesdays from June 18–July 23 from 3-4:30 p.m. All rides will take place on Ketchum Ranger District trails. Girls will also be encouraged to participate as volunteers in the USA Cycling National Marathon Championships July 6 and that week’s Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.

     Rusch is a four-time Leadville Trail 100 Women's Champ and three-time 24-Hour Solo Mountain Biking world champion. For questions, program details or to sign up, go to: or contact Karoline Droege at

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