Free demo bikes provided by Transition Bikes
Delicious, healthy, locally-sourced, family-style dinner on Saturday night: Relive the fun and excitement of day one with fellow participants over an incredible meal prepared by professional chef, Jason Michaelides
Lunch included Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be an above average sandwich bar with chips, fizzy beverages, and cookies. Gluten, dairy, and meat-free diets can be accommodated
Discounted lodging & camping rates at the quaint and perfectly located (while very affordable) Stepping Stone Inn
$10 off massages at The Serenity Spa
Radical Roots MTB Instruction skills recap and study guide sheet sent to all participants to assist with building skills well beyond the weekend
Open to women and anyone who identifies as female 18+
East Burke, VT is a mecca for mountain biking in the Northeast with a great variety of trails right in town. This event, presented by Transition Bikes and hosted by Vermont MTB Tours, will be utilizing the legendary Kingdom Trails network as well as lift-served Burke Mountain Bike Park to progress skills and delight the participants.
Built from the momentum and success of the popular Transition Women’s Weekend (West) in Bellingham, WA we couldn’t resist bringing this #partyinthewoods out East. Professional coaches Angi Weston, Shanna Powell, Ella McAndrew, and Christsonthy Drellos lead the mega-progression-sessions for riders of all levels, interests, and abilities.
This is a small group clinic with loads of opportunity to learn, meet new friends, and ride world class trails. The weekend will kick-off with a casual meet-and-greet at Vermont MTB Tours headquarters on Friday night so students and coaches can get a chance to mingle with drinks and appetizers provided. Transition Bikes will have a full demo fleet of bikes on site for the weekend for any interested participants to demo for free. On Saturday and Sunday we will split into groups for a student to coach ratio of 7:1 and we’ll spend 6-7 hours working on skills on the bike each day. The coaches’ progressive approach to teaching starts students in a low-consequence setting giving them time to focus on proper body position, timing, and execution of fundamental and dynamic skills. Then they methodically add the next level of complexity for each skill so that their students are powered by the confidence of these successful successions. All groups will hit the trails for practical application and countless high-fives each day too. On Saturday night we are offering a unique healthy, locally-sourced, family-style dining experience for the participants. In this private party, participants can relive the excitement and fun from day one over a delicious meal prepared and served by professional chef (and fellow mountain biker), Jason Michaelides.
As an added perk for our participants we have also partnered with Stepping Stone Inn and Serenity Spa located on Darling Hill in Lydonville, VT. Along with offering discounted lodging and camping for participants they are running a special on spa treatments for us too (fancy!). Call them at 802-473-2822 for more info and to reserve lodging, camping, and treatments. Be sure to book your massage early, you deserve to pamper yourself after (and before and during) such a big weekend of fun and hardwork.
Regardless if your goals for the weekend are to learn the basics of mountain biking or learn how to catch more air and ride faster - our coaches tailor the lessons to your goals in a fun and safe environment. With all the added perks like free demos, delicious meals, meet-and-greet party, lodging and spa discounts, there really isn’t any other event like it (aside from our event in Bellingham). Each student will also receive a ton of “homework” and a skills re-cap and study guide sheet to help them continue to progress well beyond the weekend. It’s our hope that you will meet new friends, improve your riding skills, and fall in love with Vermont, like we are, so that you return often.
Angi Weston, from Bellingham, WA, is the owner and head coach for Radical Roots MTB Instruction and lead coach for the Transition Women’s Weekend events. She has been coaching mountain bike skills since 2002 and is Level 3 certified (BICP) making her one of the most qualified and experienced mountain bike coaches in North America. Her reputation for being an encouraging, slightly silly, and highly-effective coach means her schedule stays packed with private and small group lessons in Bellingham as well as over 20 group training events around North America, reaching 1,000+ mountain bike students, each year. Together with her sponsor, Transition Bikes, she oversees a local development team for junior girls called the Radical Rippers and they are easily some of her favorite mountain bikers to ride with. Putting all her experience and riding skills together she has also developed a unique and customizable training program for mountain bike coaches which improves their teaching practices and techniques. Teaching is a great passion of hers and it shows in her enthusiastic and patient approach. Angi is sponsored by Transition Bikes, SRAM MTB, RockShox, Industry 9, Maxxis Tire, Honey Stinger, Troy Lee Designs, Ride Concepts, and Joe’s No-Flats.
Shanna Powell is just as interesting of a person as she appears to be - while sporting fuzzy ears, wings, and a giant smile her unassuming appearance is part of her easy, fun-loving style. She is a master of technical riding from years of honing her craft on a hardtail singlespeed in the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina and soars like a little bird over all the jumps. Her years of experience riding all types of bikes really shows in her abilities as a rider and a coach. Shanna is Level 2 certified through both the PMBIA and BICP programs. Her riding career began in 2006 as a way to recover from a whitewater kayaking injury and in 2015 Shanna decided she wanted to take the love and passion to the next level by sharing it with others through instruction. When not on the trail, Shanna runs EndlessBikeCo, a small American made component company and Mountain Air Roasting, both in Asheville, NC. We see Shanna as more of a rodeo clown on a bike - playing and reminding folks that bikes are fun. Shanna is sponsored by Transition Bikes, Industry 9, Shredly, Ride Concepts, and Bike Flights.
Ella McAndrew's enthusiasm for biking is contagious. Originally from Ithaca, NY, Ella began mountain biking while living in California. Now hailing from East Burke, the tacky dirt and great trails there have her pretty stoked. She has a "go for it" and "when in doubt, air out" mentality that keeps her progressing and riding faster than most. Ella thrives on sharing what she loves most through her work as a guide and coach. She and her husband Alex own and operate Vermont Mountain Bike Tours located in East Burke, Vermont. She has been a coach with the IdeRide Jr. Enduro/Downhill team for the past three years and is most proud of seeing these kids progress in outstanding ways. Still pursuing her goals as a professional Downhill and Enduro athlete, Ella is continually working on her own progression. Her racing career has brought her all over the world and country but sharing her passion for mountain biking is what really makes her tick. High fives all around! Ella is sponsored by Transition Bikes, POC, Fox Factory Racing Shox, Raceface, HT, Novatec, Green Mountain Pro Tune, Fiveten and WTB.
Christsonthy Drellos started mountain biking in 2012, and ever since that day she has been 100% in. Through the amazing Vermont racing and riding scene, Christsonthy has been able to find a strong community of rad female riders to help her progress as an athlete. As a PMBI Level 1 certified instructor, Christsonthy has been able to truly realize her place in the riding community and continues to find fulfillment through coaching riders of all ages. Christsonthy coaches for the IdeRide Jr Enduro Mountain Bike Race Team based in East Burke, Vermont. She’s stoked on helping riders gain confidence in their mountain bike skills and helping them find their own sense of style.
Jason Michaelides’ passion for cooking is only preceded by his passion for gardening. Having been a professional gardener for the past 3 decades his knowledge of plants and the seasonal bounties of Vermont come through in his dishes. Even though his experience is one of cooking in high end resort restaurants, he loves cooking family style meals, where everyone shares the experience and food. Jason has been an enthusiastic mountain biker for 30 years and has been stoked on his Transition Covert & Patrol. Combining Jason’s shared passion of mountain biking and preparing amazing meals makes him a great addition to Transition Women’s Weekend East.