That’s What She Said 2014

Posing with Eugene at the top of Big Trouble, Little Chainring.

I joined the Liv/giant Canada crew in supporting the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers’ Association’s That’s What She Said women’s event at Bear Mountain in Mission last Saturday. I knew it would be a good time, but I was in for more of a treat than I could have imagined.

On arrival, I helped Nica and Stacey prep the demo fleet of Intrigues as a bunch of keen women eagerly awaited their chance to pedal Giant’s sweet 27.5 women’s specific do-everything dualies.

I got to meet some awesome participants who were out for a day of fun on dirt and two wheels and I was lucky enough to ride with them too, in the feature attraction Treasure Hunt Ride for the intermediate/advanced riders in the group. For those who weren’t quite up to the challenging loop and even trickier team challenges along the way, there were two beginner clinics offered by FVMBA throughout the day. The entire event hinged upon the help of the wonderful “manteers”, who made the day extra-fun for the participants and dove in headfirst in the costume department. Bravo boys.

The highlight for me was joining up with Sue and Jeanine from Local Ride Racing as their “third wheel” on the Treasure Hunt Ride that started with an amazingly beautiful singletrack climb up a virgin ribbon of soil recently completed by FVMBA trailbuilder Eugene and Co. The 2.7-kilometre ascent was tough yet absolutely awesome and it was a real treat to ride it for the first – and definitely not my last – time.

Along the way, we met some other fantastic teams of women shredders, who tackled various wacky challenges together to earn the right to continue on and ride more great trails. From banana eating contests and obstacle courses, to ring-toss, “Map of Tasmania” photo booth, and more, That’s What She Said covered a gamut of activities that made the day truly special. I have never experienced anything like it, but I would definitely do it again! The point of the day was non-competitive good times, and despite my being an elite racer, I was able to switch off my hammer-mentality and just give in to the fun and games.

The day ended with trailside Jell-O shots and unicorn poopcakes (mini cupcakes with rainbow icing, but quite possibly sourced – ethically, I’m sure – from real unicorns), followed by grub and beer garden revelry, as well as some more contests and prizes to recognize some of the most zany and committed teams.

Thanks to everyone who put in the effort to make the day special for all the women riders: FVMBA, Liv/giant Canada, Mission Springs Brewing, RaceFace, and Pinkbike.

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