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
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.
Need to get out of the cold on MLK day? The park will be open 10am-10pm on Martin Luther King Day. Holiday rates apply.
We have updated some of our policies and prices to better serve our customers for 2018. These new policies will create a safer facility for all riders.
Balance Bike Policy
For the safety of all riders, balance bike riders will be allowed to ride in the following locations: The Fundamental Skills Room, Green Track, Upper Cross Country Loop, Flow MTB, Technical MTB and Trail MTB. We encourage balance bike riders to only ride the green lines of the sections above.
Price Update for 2018
Adult (13 and over) day passes will be $19.99 + tax Monday through Friday and $25.99 + tax Saturday and Sunday. Child (12 and under) day passes will be $17.99 + tax Monday through Friday and $22.99 + tax Saturday and Sunday. Balance bike day passes will be $5.99 + tax Monday through Friday and $9.99 + tax Saturday and Sunday.
Holiday Break (December 20th-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
Last Day of Holiday Break (January 2nd): 10am-10pm
***Holiday rates apply to any day with extended hours. Dates not listed, operational hours follow our regular schedule.
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.
The end of the Summer Season Pass is October 14th. Come get your last minute sessions in before your pass runs out. All bikes for Summer Season Passes must be removed from bike storage unless you hold a Winter Season Pass. If you have a Winter Season Pass your bike must be moved to your new spot on October 15th. Winter Season Passes begin October 15th.
We are gearing up for the winter season. We are about to start building new trails and it’s just about time to ride! From September 25th-October 1st get your only chance to buy discounted Winter Season Passes. We will be selling all Winter Season Passes for $25 off each pass. Save an additional $10 off for current Summer Season Pass holders. The winter season starts October 15th and ends April 14th. To purchase a pass stop by the park or call in at 412-362-3693. Sale ends October 1st.
By popular demand, we are extending our summer hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. We will be open at 2-10pm on those days for all of you wanting to get a ride in after work!
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)