Backcountry babes don gloves and do trail maintenance
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BRECKENRIDGE – Calling all ladies: Babes in the Backcountry is hosting Diva Dirt Day, a trail maintenance day Friday to improve the Wellington Trail in Breckenridge.
“I’ve always wanted to do a trail day,” said Leslie Ross, the founder and executive director of Babes in the Backcountry. “I wanted to find a way to encourage local gals, to get women out together, regardless of experience and get back to the trails.”
Volunteers should meet behind town hall between 8-8:30 a.m. for juice, coffee and snacks. Dirt Diva Day participants should bring lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, sturdy footwear and a water bottle. All other materials will be provided by the Town of Breckenridge.
“They can come as long as they want, and it’s open to anyone,” Ross said, adding that men can come too if they want.
She also noted that 10 pairs of socks will be gifted to the first 10 women who show up Friday morning.
According to Ross, the trail day kicks off the Bike Babes Mountain Bike Getaway weekend starting Friday. She said she wanted to begin the weekend with volunteering so weekend participants can give back to the community, have fun and learn about trail building.
The getaway lasts all weekend and includes bike tips, a maintenance night, clinics, trail rides, spa treatments, yoga, wine tastings and more. There are a few more spots still available for local and visiting bike babes wanting to join the fun.
“It’s an opportunity for women from all over the country to learn skills from beginner (and) up to take it to the next level,” Ross said, noting that participants will gain more confidence in their biking skills and learn how to negotiate technical terrain.
Marianne McCarroll, who lives in California and has been involved with Babes since 2004, said: “It’s a friendly, inclusive, positive atmosphere. And the instruction is top notch.”
Babes in the Backcountry also aspires to create relationships between like-minded women through outdoor adventures.
“It’s about making connections with other women that will continue past the weekend or backcountry trip,” McCarroll said.
And Jenn Cram, a local woman who’s new to mountain biking, agreed: “I love taking the Babes in the Backcountry clinics because they’re so well balanced. Instead of just focusing on one activity, they work on balancing your health and fitness.”
Clinics start with yoga – for decompression from day-to-day activities – and group leaders also talk about nutrition.
“The instructors are amazing,” Cram said. “They have really diverse backgrounds and the camaraderie, learning things with women who have common interests and goals, is a lot of fun.”
The Town of Breckenridge asks that volunteers fill out waivers before starting trail work. Everyone should RSVP by Thursday to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Bike Babes Mountin Bike Getaway, visit http://www.babesinthebackcountry.com or
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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