Not this past weekend, but the weekend before, we drove out to Raystown Lake in the middle of PA for DirtFest. It’s an annual mountain bike fest/part and we though it would be a good opportunity for me to finally give mountain biking a try. A group of us left Philly Friday morning and drove about 4 hours until we reached our campsite.
Saturday morning we woke up fairly early and got ready. I wanted to get to the demo area to get a bike and there was a ladies clinic at 10am I was interested in trying.
Eric helped me pick out a bike and then rode with me to the ladies clinic.
The clinic started off super basic. Like never ridden a bike before basic. We then moved on from there and I was able to learn a lot of the basics of mountain biking.
Towards the end of the clinic we did a few logs. Our instructor asked me if I wanted to try the multi-logs, and I hesitantly said yes. It turned out to be awesome and the bike just coasted over the logs.
At the end of the clinic a large group of us rode the trails back to the expo. This was my first time on the trails and it was amazing. I loved going up and down and all the guys we passed making comments on how awesome our large group of women was.
I had had the demo bike for about an hour too long so I turned it back in and headed back to camp to eat lunch. Post lunch we headed back to the expo to grab another demo bike. We did a nice variety of green, blue, and black, mostly all rideable, although there were a few rocky sections I choose to walk (this was my first time after all). The trails were really flowy and smooth.
We rode the entire afternoon and took a small break at the overlook, the perfect opportunity for some awesome women team photos. Demo bikes had to be returned at 5:30, so after realizing we were cutting it close we hauled ass back to the expo area to return our bikes.