Spring is in the air and that means it is almost time to hit the trails! Johnny Sprockets and Half-Acre are partnering with your favorite local MTB advocacy organization CAMBr to bring you another series of mountain bike rides for women and transgendered individuals. This year we are getting more organized and have our calendar planned out for the entire year with dates listed below. These rides are open to women of all experience levels, from the newbie interested in trying out mountain biking for the first time to the seasoned racer looking to meet more women to ride with.  There are many great reasons that we have teamed up with CAMBr this year, not least of all because they will graciously be providing a free entry to the Palos Meltdown race on August 14th for all women who attend 3 or more of our rides this year!

As we all know spring in Chicago can be a tumultuous time for the trails, so we decided to guarantee that we won’t get rained (or snowed) out and are going to kick off the first ride at Ray’s MTB park in Milwaukee! Unfortunately, I  have not had a chance to make it up to Ray’s myself yet, but have heard nothing but good things from my fellow dirt bags (in case you missed it, fellow Bonebeller Amy Weik wrote up an extensive review of Ray’s here). We are still ironing out the details, but for now the plan will be to meet locally by neighborhood and carpool up to Milwaukee for a day of riding. Details up here, on Facebook and the CAMBr website by the end of this week. Hope to see you there!

April 2nd – Ray’s MTB Park in Milwaukee

April 30th – Location TBD

June 4th – Location TBD

July 2nd – Location TBD

August 6th – Palos Forest Preserve

    Questions? Email me!



  1. Kelly C on Wednesday 16, 2011

    So, according to Amy’s review, it’s a good idea to just rent a bike at Rays as opposed to bringing a less suited cross or mountain bike?

    This looks like fun. I’ll try to make it out to some of these. Thanks!

  2. Julia Goolia on Wednesday 16, 2011

    Yes, Amy (and others I have spoken with) recommend a rental bike because there are parts of the park that have a more “dirt jump” type feel and if you want to explore these sections one of the rental bikes will be better suited. In addition, it will make carpooling a bit easier if we don’t have to coordinate bike transportation, as well.

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