Rickey Bates Summer Camp Scholarship The Rickey Bates BMX Banned Together Charity will award it’s 3rd annual scholarship to our […]
The Rickey Bates BMX Banned Together Charity will award it’s 3rd annual scholarship to our Summer Bike Camp! They will be picking two riders to go to one week of our summer camp!
Every rider 16 or younger will get a raffle ticket each visit to the park in the month of May. At the end of the month the two lucky riders will be picked and notified. Any questions about the contest email Mike@thewheelmill.com.
Back again by popular demand for 2017, Lumber Cross is an indoor cyclocross race at The Wheel Mill Indoor Bike Park. Reimagining features and courses, the cross course will span the entire park. Practice starts at 5pm and races at 6pm. Racers will qualify through heats to make it to the final. We will break up into classes dependent upon rider turn out. There will be cash prizes awarded to the winners.
Spectator are welcome! Heckle groups encouraged. The best heckle group will be awarded a prize.
For those who are over 21 and have finished racing or are there to spectate, there will be a cash bar with Southern Tier Brewing and Yuengling.
– February 18th, 2017
– Practice: 6pm
– Races: 7pm
– Fee: $35
– Classes: Dependent upon rider turn out
– Racer Prizes: Cash & Swag
– Best Rider Costume
– Best Heckle Group Award
General Rules for Racers and Heckle Groups:
– No Spikes
– Any Bike. More than 5 bikes we’ll break up into a classes (I.E. Fat Bikes or Unicycles)
– Helmet and waiver required. If under 18, please check out this LINK.
– We reserve the right to remove a rider from the race if the length behind is unsafe.
– No outside alcohol
– No spraying beer
– No nudity
Live Jaunt, Iron City Bikes, Over The Bar Cafe, Apothocary Muse, Ink Division Printing, Yuengling, Southern Tier Brewing, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Cocoa Elite, Aero Tech, Specialized Bikes and Pro Bikes.(More to come)
It is an incredible feeling to be so excited to sit down and put into words how an event made such a positive impact in the lives of so many women this weekend. The Wheel Mill, located in Pittsburgh, PA, brought together an amazing group of six coaches for the Ride Like a Girl Women’s Weekend, January 7-8.
The Ride Like A Girl Weekend was developed to help women and girls become comfortable in the park and, more importantly, better educated about the fundamentals of riding a bike. By closing the park to the public, the coaches were able to split participants into small groups to work on a variety of skills, free of distractions and in a supportive environment. Small groups let the coaches see that “ah hah” moment in each student’s face!
Each day was structured to make the best use of the time. Fundamentals came first, to get everyone warmed up and on the same page with the building blocks of bike and body positioning. Next came two sessions focusing on different skills relevant to both mountain bike and BMX riding. Our morning sessions included Bike Handling, Balance, Cornering, Introduction to Pumping, and Jumping. Our afternoon sessions took skills to the next level, with Lifts and Logs, Drops and Rises, Line Choice, Advanced Cornering, Pumping, Jumping in the Woods Room, and shredding the Park Room.
Between sessions, all of the ladies were treated to a delicious catered lunch thanks to Nick at Fischer Nutrition. He closed our lunch break with a talk about nutrition and answered interesting questions.
Once the lessons were over the coaches spread out into six different areas of the park for the Challenge Hour, an opportunity for the ladies to show off what they learned. It was fun to hear the roar and screams coming from each room as riders accomplished challenges in different areas of the park!
Coach Kathi had the ladies in the beginner jump line getting rad and forming endless lady trains. Some worked on rolling through the line and others showed Kathi their sweet new jumping skills and tricks.
Coach Karen challenged the ladies to do the whole pump track without pedaling, to manual sections, or to try riding the pump track for the first time. Warning: it’s addictive!
Coach Nina brought the stoke by having the ladies conquer the legendary The Woods Jump Room. While some were working on getting through for the first time, others were working on throwing tricks and blasting jumps.
Coach Carley set up a bunny hop bar on the resi ramp and pushed the girls to improve their jump skills. Each time they cleared the bar, it continued to rise until there were no more pegs for the girls and all that was left was to jump over Carley.
Coach Hillary invited the girls to test their balance skills on the skinnies, then build up enough confidence to try the skinny foam pit. The highlight of some riders’ weekends was getting over the fear of trying that technical MTB room.
Coach Cory motivated ladies to take the plunge into the foam pit for the ultimate challenge of the day. Dropping into a 10-foot roll-in and then hitting a 4-foot lip into a pool of foam had ladies scared at first, but stoked as they threw their hands into the air once they landed.
If you are reading this feeling like you missed out on a coaching experience of a lifetime — you should trust your instincts! This weekend inspired, motivated, and educated ladies from all cycling disciplines. We redesigned this year’s event based on the feedback given to us last year: ladies asked for fewer riders, more personal instruction, and to have the park closed for more comfort. As the ladies were leaving the park with their goodie bags, challenge prizes, and brains full of six hours of education each day, they all agreed that this years event was the best yet.
Photos from the weekend were provided by The Wheel Mill staff Michael Potoczny and Chris Squier. We also had a passionate father by the name of James Pennucci who captured some amazing moments throughout the weekend — his photos are available for purchase. Please visit his Facebook page to view (Day 1 & Day 2). James was kind enough to put this rad video of the girls together — please check it out on the Ride Like A Girl YouTube Channel.
ABOUT THE COACHES
We would also like to thank Hannah Roberts for coming out to be a guest coach and build the stoke of the more advanced girls. Hannah Roberts is the first UCI Women’s BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Title winner. While some were conquering fears of just trying new things, girls like Hannah were getting riders to throw barspins and try backflips and tailwhips into the foam pit.
We would like to thank The Wheel Mill for being supportive of women on bikes by closing the park to the general public on a busy weekend. Thanks to Harry Geyer and Michael Potoczny for their efforts to make the Ride Like A Girl Weekend a successful event. Thanks to all of our sponsors who helped market and promote, and who donated prizes and cash. Without a strong support system events like this are not possible. Sponsors include: The Wheel Mill, Ride Like A Girl, Aero Tech Designs, G-Form, Ink Division, Shadow Conspiracy, Subrosa, Dan’s Comp, Over The Bar Cafe, Fischer Nutrition, Profile Racing, Spawn Cycles, Jaunt, Pro Bikes, Fox Head Inc., Empire, Dirt Rag, Answer BMX, The Herbal Athlete.
Our BMX Gate Practice will start this Wednesday, November 16th and run through the end of Winter. Gate nights will be on Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm and Sundays 2:00pm-3:00pm. We have cancelled our Saturday Gate Practices for 2017. Regular riding rates apply for Gate Practice. Last gate practice of the year it March 29th. Thanks to Dan’s Comp and South Park BMX for making our gate practice possible.
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 20 riders that are 18 or older get a free can of Red Bull!
– 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 11/25/16.
Holiday Break (December 19th-December 23rd): 10am-10pm
Christmas Eve (December 24th): 10am-5pm
Christmas (December 25th): CLOSED
Holiday Break (December 26th-December 30th): 10am-10pm
New Years Eve (December 31st): 10am-5pm
New Years Day (January 1st): 10am-1opm
Ride Like A Girl Weekend (January 7th and 8th): Parked CLOSED to public until 4pm. Park will OPEN to the general public at 4pm
On August 20th, we’ll be hosting The Wheel Mill Footdown Classic. The Footdown classic is a footdown tournament for all bikes and skill levels. We hope to see all sides of cycling come together to challenge each other. Many games and versions will be played but only one lucky bike rider will roll away with a cash prize. $5 to enter and everyone must sign a waiver. Games start at 6pm.
12 and under all bikes (wins prizes)
13 and over all bikes (wins cash prize)
Put your foot down and you’re out!
No head on collisions
Don’t go wicked fast (up to referee dude to call)
Must have a helmet
We will be playing different versions of footdown the referee will inform riders of the rules of each new game.
The Wheel Mill, Pro Bikes and Birmingham Bridge Tavern are doing the MS Keystone Ride. Many of our family members are impacted by these disease everyday and we are riding for a cure! Please donate to our team to help us ride for a cure. Click this LINK to donate.
Can your mother ride? Bring her out on Mother’s Day May 8th! To show some love to all the moms out there, we’re letting them in for free with the purchase of any children’s pass!
We are gearing up for the Summer Season! From March 29th-April 3rd only, we will be selling all Summer Season Passes for $25 off each pass. If you were a Winter Season Pass holder, save an additional $10 off your Summer Season Pass (Please call in or stop by the park to get your additional discount). The Summer Season starts April 15th. To purchase a pass stop by the park, call in at 412-362-3693 or visit our online store by clicking this LINK and create a profile. Sale ends April 3rd.