Ride Like A Girl 2018 Recap! On January 13, 2018 The Wheel Mill was packed with 73 female cyclists […]
On January 13, 2018 The Wheel Mill was packed with 73 female cyclists and six coaches. We came together for the Ride Like A Girl Weekend with a common goal to get more women on bikes. Each coach taught fundamental classes as well as specialized lessons on different areas of the park. The park was closed to the public so the riders can have full focus without distractions and never feel they are in the way. The energy was great, starting off Saturday morning getting riders’ bikes dialed in. Once the coaches introduced themselves and got everyone pumped for the lessons, we broke out into groups. We separated the fundamental classes by New to MTB\BMX, Beginner Fundamentals and Advanced Fundamentals. For a large group event like this, it is important to make sure riders understand basic fundamentals before having them ride the park. Then after the fundamental classes the coaches broke off into areas of the park to work on specific skills.
This was the third year for this event and this year was the best yet! Thanks to all the amazing coaches and sponsors who came together to make this event possible. There are many women’s events all around the US–why is this one so unique? Having the park closed to the public for two days on a busy January weekend is extremely helpful. Many women feel intimidated at bike parks when it’s crowded. This creates a fear barrier and can make it unsafe to ride. We eliminate the fear with clear coaching and constantly keeping riders within their skill level to decrease chance of injury. We also have coaches dedicated as a whole in making the scene better for women from both MTB and BMX backgrounds. Special thanks to the owner of The Wheel Mill and the staff for believing in the mission to get more women on bikes, we truly could not enjoy the same experience without the park being closed.
Sunday we had 59 riders attend, and with a similar schedule from the day prior, ladies worked on making sure all their goals were met before the weekend was over. Another day filled with coaching, rooms being filled with laughter or cheers from a rider completing something they have been working up the courage to do. The best times are spent at the end of each coaching day in the lounge as a group. Each rider was encouraged to speak out loud to the group about their experience and what they have learned or overcome. The room was filled with emotions as each rider shared the best moment of their day. Tears were shed, hugs were exchanged, and stories that made everyone laugh is why this weekend is so special. For some this is the start of something new in their life and for others it is the start of a successful season now they are riding confident instead of in fear.
We will be having a Summer Ride Like A Girl Women’s Weekend June 9th-10th with coaches Carley Young and Karen Brooks. This event will be indoors on Saturday and outdoors on Sunday. Karen Brooks takes MTB riders to Frick Park and Carley Young takes riders to the Westmoreland BMX Track.
Thanks to coaches who made this event possible: Carley Young, Karen Brooks, Cory Coffey, Hillary Marques, Nina Buitrago, and Kathi Krause.
Thanks to all the sponsors who make this event possible:
The Wheel Mill, Ride Like A Girl, Ink Division, Aero Tech Designs, Fischer Nutrition, Dirt Rag, Pro Bikes, Hammer Nutrition, S&M Bicycles, Shadow Conspiracy, One Feather Press, Etnies, 343 Graphix, Dans Comp, Bike Pittsburgh, Specialized, Pedros, DC Designs, Kink, Deluxe, G-Form, BMX Training, Over the Bar Café, Empire, No Wear, Fit Bicycles, Subrosa, Jaunt.
Words by: Carley Young and Karen Brooks
Photos by: Murphy Moschetta
Uncovered BMX Contest is being hosted by the legendary Van Homan and Brian Kachinsky on February 25th. It is a BMX street contest to find the next upcoming shredders in the region. This event will be the grand opening of The Wheel Mill’s new street section! Head over to Uncovered WEBSITE for full details.
The 5th annual Winter Welcome Jam is being hosted at the park February 24th. At the heart of the jam is BMX, Friends and good times. All ages welcome! Come out for a good time with friends, bikes and music. Normal riding rates apply and spectators are $5. This year, there are events all weekend. Make sure to check out details below for Pre-party and Uncovered BMX Contest!
4:00pm: ProBike+Run Jalapeño Hot Lap (Pump Track Time Trial)
5:00pm: Odyssey BMX Longest Fakie judged by Tom Dugan (Winner gets an Odyssey prize package. Next To The Pump Track)
6:30pm: Kids The Woods Jump Room Jam (10 Minute Jam)
7:00pm: The Woods Jump Room Jam (15 Minute Jam)
– Deluxe BMX Best Style ($100 Prize)
– Profile Racing Best Table Top (Profile Elite Hub Set Prize)
– Live Jaunt Trickster ($100 Prize)
7:30pm: The Shadow Conspiracy Best Train ($100 Prize. Must register. Limit to 15 groups)
8:00pm: Circuit BMX Lap Challenge ($2 per lap. Winner gets at least $100)
9:00pm: Powers Bike Shop Retro Bunny Hop (Power’s Bike Shop Prizes. Upstairs)
9:15pm: Bands Begin (Upstairs)
Bands: (Show starts at 9:15pm. Show is all ages)
Van Human and the Tortilla Face
Odyssey BMX Team: Tom Dugan, Broc Raiford, Justin Spriet, Gary Young and Preston Okert.
Mac ‘N Gold
Normal Riding rates to ride
$5 to spectate
Check out Pennsylvania Dirt Playing at Allegheny City Brewing Friday, February 23rd starting at 9pm!
This year, Winter Welcome Jam weekend is full of radness! Uncovered BMX Contest is being hosted by Van Homan and Brian Kachinsky on February 25th. This event will be the grand opening of The Wheel Mill’s new street section! Head over to Uncovered WEBSITE for full details.
Coming in from out of town? Click this LINK for a great discount at a hotel just 1 mile away from the park.
Thanks to all the brands who make the jam possible! Deluxe BMX, Jaunt, The Shadow Conspiracy, Subrosa, Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe, Odyssey, Circuit Bike Shop, Ink Division, Kink Bike Co., G-Form, Profile Racing, ProBike+Run, Rant, Challenger, S & M Bikes, Fit Bike Co., and Powers Bike Shop.
*Schedule, events, sponsors and band line up subject to change without notice.
You know what they say, the couple that rides together stays together! On Valentine’s Day (2/14/18) bring a date for a night of riding, we will be offering buy one get one free day passes!
Want to stay in racing shape? We’re starting BMX Gate Practice in our Pump Track this January. Gate Practice will run until to April. Come and get some gates to stay in shape this winter. First gate night will be Wednesday, January 10th. Regular riding rates apply for gate practice.
We would like to thank Westmoreland BMX and South BMX for lending us the equipment to run gate practice.
Wednesdays – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Sundays – 2:00pm-3:00pm
***There will not be a gate practice on January 14th due to Ride Like A Girl Weekend or on February 25th due to Uncovered BMX Contest.
We have a ton of great Black Friday deals! We will be open from 10am-10pm for you to get as much riding in as you’d like! While at the park, pick up one of our great deals:
– First 10 riders in the door get their day pass for just $10.50!
– Season Pass holders save 25% off all regular priced parts, protective gear, clothing and tools in stock in our shop.
– All guests save 20% off all regular priced parts, protective gear, clothing and tools in stock in our shop.
– The Wheel Mill Gift Pack is just $50! Get a hoodie, sticker pack and a $25 gift card for friends and family. Hoodies and stickers are while supplies last and cannot be combined with any other discount.
– Bargain Table with savings up to 50% off items including select protective gear, select grips and select parts . Bargain Table cannot be combined with any other discount.
*Discounts cannot be combined with any other offer and are only good on current stock. Deals are only good for 11/24/17.
Friday, October 27th get ready for some Halloween fun at The Wheel Mill! From 6:00-9:00pm we will be throwing a Halloween Session including a best costume contest, riding contests and trick and treat! For Trick and Treat riders will go around to different rooms where guest pros will be hanging out, the rider has to do a trick to get candy or a prize!
Profile Racing will be bringing the good times on September 24th! Profile Racing riders Mark Mulville, Luke Halahan and Nathan Halahan will be at the park riding and BBQing from 3-7pm. Don’t miss out on the session and the chance to get some Profile Racing giveaways!
Take it to the Trails is a mountain bike lesson and group ride series. Before the ride, we will have a Mountain Bike Skills Lesson at 10:00am. We will cover core mountain biking skills such as body position, corning, wheel lifts, etc. Then we ride over to Frick Park(1.0mi) to apply what we’ve learned directly to the trails. After the ride, we will return to The Wheel Mill for a BBQ and refreshments. Spots are limited! All riders must pre-register below. Email Info@thewheelmill.com with any questions.
Location: Meet at The Wheel Mill (For lesson and ride)
Lesson and Group Ride Price: $15.00
Lesson Subject: Will cover core mountain bike principles
Lesson and Group Ride Cap: 12 riders (must register)
Requirements: Riders 12 yrs and up only, please. Bring your own water and gear, bike, helmet, etc, (or contact us ahead of time to make arrangements)
Lesson Time: 10:00am
Group Ride Time: 11:30am
BBQ: After ride
Dates: September 16th
Need a bike for the ride?
We are now a Specialized Demo Center! Click this LINK for details.
Register (All riders must pre-register)
We love rad dads! We want the whole family to ride and enjoy themselves. For that reason, take your father out for a fun day of riding! Buy a pass and get your dad in for free on Father’s Day (June 18th)