Originally published on Caren Ware’s Blog
Wydaho Rendezvous, the Teton Valley’s Mountain Bike Festival is held Labor Day Weekend. If you are a mountain biker, it is a must! It is a combined effort of Teton Valley Trails & Pathways to introduce their network of great single track trails www.tetonbikefest.org & TVTAP.org.
There are set times every day for all kinds of group ride at all levels to pick from. One day is hosted in Victor, the other in Driggs by that town’s bike shop. The roads are blocked and professional exhibition riders do jumps and tricks. Beer keg pull relays are in play. There’s swag, bike demos, live music, and tons of great scenery. A poker ride each evening greeted you to all the eating establishments. Now, there is my kind of a ride! Lots of families were participating. Kid’s loved it. Best part for me, and coming off the advice of the tattooed guys that helped me learn my way down Targhee, was taking a bike clinic from a pro female rider. Amanda is on the USA Endurance Mountain Bike team and races 100 mile off road races. That takes quads. She was a fun combination of pretty and pretty gutsy. On a flat surface, she coached how to guide the eyes first than the bike will follow. “If you stare right at it, you are destined to hit it. You should be looking beyond and where you need to go. Our senses do a good job taking in what we need to navigate past. Learn to use and trust them. And don’t hold onto those bars for dear life. Relax the hands, put the elbows out and ride cowboy style! “