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June 14, 2009

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Find out more July 1st, 2009



April 7, 2008

Muddbunnies Riding Club in partnership with Denise Britton and the Freeride Dawgs, are putting on our second Women’s Only Clinic.

Are you new to Downhill racing? Not sure what to expect on race day? Want some pointers on line selection, high-speed cornering, jumps and steeps? This annual event coached by Denise Britton, will have you ready to conquer on race day.

DATE: Saturday, May 17th, 2008
MEMBER COST: $55 which includes: full day of instruction and shuttling.

Please Note: Ferry Costs, transportation to Roberts Creek, food and drinks are not included in clinic fees. However, carpooling may be arranged.

Leave Horseshoe Bays @ 7:20 am
Leave Langdale Ferry @ 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm, or 8:20pm
Ferry Costs: $11/person (rountrip) and $37.25/Vehicle (roundtrip) Subject to change

Space is limited so sign up now:

Contact: Ryan or Michelle with Muddbunnies Riding Inc. via email: or via phone: 604-418-5247.

Check out last years clinic photos by Michelle Santos HERE

BEGINNER BUNNIES – “Let’s Ride” Clinic 1 & 2

April 7, 2008

“LET’S RIDE” – Women’s Mountain Bike Clinics

Beginner Bunnies – “Let’s Ride” Clinic .

Prepare yourself for the season ahead, and sign up for one of these three hour sessions designed for the beginner rider aged 19 years and older.

The first two hours consist of a skills session. In the final hour hone your new skills in the trails of Burnaby Mountain. The session will focus on skills training, balance, body/bike separation, overall fitness, first aid, trail etiquette and ’spotting the perfect line’.

This is a women’s only clinic, taught by our experienced rider and NCCP certified coach, Sherri Sadler.

The atmosphere is fun and supportive.

Dates: Saturday, May 3rd or Saturday, May 31st – Burnaby Mountain

Time: 9am – noon

Cost: $50/clinic (additional insurance required for non-muddbunnies riding club members)

Gear: Helmet, full finger gloves, warm clothing, water, and snack. Leg/arm pads are optional. Front/Dual suspension bike in good working order.

Register online: May 3rd or May 31st



March 5, 2008


Welcome New Bunnies and Loyal Members….were back!


This year the Muddbunnie gals headed out to Abbotsford for our 2nd BMX clinic with Denise Britton, Ken Cools and his posse of riding pros who show us how good, “good” can get. What a great way to transition back onto the bikes after a solid dose of the white stuff covering our favorite trails. No roots, rocks or slippery woodwork to deal with…just a smooth track that you could work as fast and as hard as you choose.


This year the clinic was led once again by Ken Cools, and Denise Britton, phenomenal riders and instructors. My write-up last year went into full detail about last years learning lessons…so check it out here.



As the new president of the Mubbunnies Riding club I was thrilled to see members of our new board of directors, familiar faces from 2007, as well as news ones that I looked forward to acquainting myself with.


Following our morning session full of BMX skills and practice laps I had a chance to chat with some on the new faces in the crowd which included Shauna, a new face in the crowd of familiar gal pals…


I was touched by the story Shauna shared about how she came to join us that day. Her husband is a former BMX’er who wanted to share his passion of the sport with his wife. As a new mom time is hard to find for personal indulgences therefore he put together this day for her; not a tangible gift but an ‘experience” ; pretty ingenious.


The BMX clinic was a surprise he put together for her to enjoy and experience that day and he didn’t forget the details either. He took care of her registration, the preparation of her bike, (not to forget the babysitting and child care logistics) and even went to the trouble of equipping her car with a style of music to get her pumped for the day!

Shauna had experienced a crash on her bike a while back that put her off the sport for awhile and it was fateful that she was given another go. We all know how this goes…the first endo, the inability to let the brakes go and moments when you just wonder ‘why is this supposed to be fun?’
However, it is the lucky ones that get past this somehow; either with a competitive stubbornness, inspiring or encouraging riding partners or the remembrance of those moments when it does all come together and how sweet it is!


The passion we all feel for riding is intrinsic and becomes equated with this challenge, struggle, success and joy. This is an experience we hope all people find in whatever avenue they are choosing to explore. Her husband knew that this gift could spark a fire that could possibly just keep on giving. The day brought Shauna back to the simplicity of it all; having fun with a laid back bunch of gals …riding bikes.


Another new face I chatted with was Vicki who resides in Port Moody (originally from Australia). She heard about the clinic straight from the horses mouth so to speak; Muddbunnies owner Ryan Petersen after dropping by Bicycle Sports Pacific one afternoon. I thought it was pretty brave of her and was immediately impressed by her courage. I mean, I know how easy it is to get along with these gals and have a blast with only a bike and good spirits but the first step is always the hardest!

Vicki is also a busy mother of 2 who is new to the sport who found the clinic “encouraging, casual and non-intimidating” and “was impressed that so many ages and skill levels were together” sharing the track..

Jennifer came with her daughter Robin who is already an avid BMX’er herself. That was pretty cool to see a mom and daughter enjoying the day together… sharing a laugh and a passion. Jennifer joined us on a recent ride at SFU and I think we have a keeper if her enthusiasm is a sign.



I can’t say enough about the instruction and expertise of Ken Cools and his crew at Abbotsford BMX Track as well as our awesome Muddbunnie ripper and instructor Denise Britton. The professionalism and style of our instructors is the first important element but we all know the environment has to be inviting, relaxing; one that is conducive to success and that I believe is where our club is succeeding!

It is great to see new rippers out there on the track and hopefully new members to join our crew this year. I can’t wait to get out and rip with any of these gals….because its just seems to be what we want…and its all good!


Check out all the clinic photos by Corey Toews and Michelle Santos









March 4, 2008

Source: Ryan Petersen


Recently, Sharpey’s Cycle in North Burnaby, BC, had been “taken over” by Jimi and Nicole Evans-Brockett, (and their son Rider). Some of you know that Michelle and I hold this bike shop very near and dear to our hearts as we were previous employees and had considered buying the shop ourselves.
When I walked into the store last summer I was thrilled to see that Jimi and Nicole had done everything Michelle and I had ever planned to do in terms of the ultimate “extreme shop makeover”. Speaking with Jimi for the first time last summer, I immediately sensed he understood the potential of the 30 year old shop. And if last weekends “Season Start-Up Party” was any indication of what’s to come, local riders are in for a treat!
Sharpey’s Cycle has been selected as the Muddbunnies Riding Club’s Burnaby sponsoring shop. Members will receive special discounts, (details to be released in the club newsletter) and now have a local shop to go to. Congratulations Jimi and Nicole!
Wanna know more about this dynamic duo? Read on!


1. Can you give us a history of the shop?
Sharpey’s Cycles has been part of the Burnaby community for over 30 years. It started off as a lawnmower and bike shop back in the day but I’m guessing the need for the two combined items slowly died out and it became the thriving bike shop it is today.

2.Tell us about yourselves. What is you and your wife’s background in the bike industry? What is your personal history?
Ummm where do I start, Both my wife and I spent most of our prior working years in business managment and development in a variety of industries. Nicole and I met in Whistler where we were both taking a career break to enjoy our passions of snowboarding and biking and together always dreamed of the day we owned our own Bike shop…(and North Americas largest indoor bike park)….well we have accomplished one of these so far so watch out! We then had our son Ryder (now 4) who at 2 was asking for bike movies instead of cartoons and vowed to grow up to be Ryan Leech, we knew that our futures were going to be in the Bike industry. We all share a passion for Downhill, Freeride and Cross Country riding and are now learning a whole new set of skills with BMX and Road Racing. Watch for Ryder kickin’ it with some flatland BMX the next time you are in the store!

3.How and why did you take on such a huge project of completely refacing and renovating Sharpey’s?
Well to be real… there was no way we could run it the way it was. We saw the potential and thought, if we are going to do it lets do it right!. A good saying kept coming to us..”If you build it, they will come” lol Field of Dreams I think. We’ve both had an unwavering belief on the potential and thanks to the help of good friends we have been able to turn the shop around in a very short time. A special thank you to Jeremy, Phil and John….our bike Shop angels!


4.Why did you pick Sharpey’s? What was special about this shop?
You know about four years ago we began talking about owning our own bike shop, initially this was when we were in Whistler which was unrealistic as the market was saturated and rents very high. After going to the UK for 12 months we moved to Vancouver and then settled in North Burnaby which immediately felt like home. We drove back and forth past Sharpey’s day after day and then when we saw the former owner advertising to sell we just knew right then that this was it, both our permanent home and business location.

The shop is in such a fantastic location right at the bottom of Burnaby Mountain, on a main traffic artery into Vancouver and just up the road from the Veledrome and new skills park that Jay Hoots is building with the city of Burnaby. It also has a great local community and very loyal customer base. We could see through the state of the older building and appearance of the shop and had a vision of what an amazing bike shop Sharpey’s could be. In fact before we purchased the shop we took a picture of the shop and then I drew my vision of what I pictured the shop could be, we placed those pictures on our wall at home and everyday worked towards reaching that goal and the result is the Sharpey’s Cycles of today.

5.What products do you sell and who do you cater to?
We range from a great selection of kids bikes, comfort bikes, road, hybrid, cruisers, trail, freeride, dirt jumpers, entry level mountain bike all the way up to high end DH and all mountain bikes like the Fluid LT. We also have a great selection of parts and accessories from hydration pack, fenders, grips seat posts basically everything you can imagine. If we don’t have it in, we get it in. We are here to give the customer exactly what they need.

We cater to the Sunday cruiser down by the beach, the hardworking commuter, the BMX and dirt jump crowd, the hardcore DH’er as well as the mom and pop’s who want to strap their child to the back of their bike and go for a ride.

6.How do you give back to your community? Are you involved with any trail associations and riding clubs?
Right now we are building relationships with Burnaby Mountain Bike Association (we are a sponsor) The Burnaby Veladrome (We are a sponsor), Muddbunnies of course and we are joining Obsession in their mission for Bikes for Tykes.

7.What does the year ahead look like at the shop?
Wow well if last weekend was anything to go by (when it was dry and sunny) I think it will be a fantastic year. We also have 1500 sq ft in the basement that we plan on developing into a bike service area and more retail space.

8.What makes your shop unique and why should we shop at your store?
I think we are unique in the fact that we took over the store because of the passion we have for biking and our fantastic customer service and that really show’s when you come in. We are a no pressure location and if all you want to do is come in and catch up on the latest info, fill your water bottle and watch some of the latest biking movies on one of our four flat screen TV’s then you are more than welcome. We are also a family run business that really listen to the needs of our customers and want to integrate ourselves into the community.

9. Last words?
I want to take this opportunity to thank a few key people in helping us achieve our dreams and goals. I want to personally thank Phil Mahoney for bugging me to go biking when all I was interested in was boarding, you sparked the fire mate. I want to thank my mate Clint for everything he has taught me and for guiding me when I needed it. Thank you from the bottom of my low skill level to Jeremy Smith, for all the late nights, sweat and laughter and all the hard work he’s put into the shop (thats a good friend) Thank you to Jeff Nyhaug (Our Norco rep). The support him and Norco have given Sharpey’s cycles is nothing short of amazing. I also want to thank all my other suppliers and our customers as without them we could not live the dream we are doing.

Most of all I want to thank Nicole my wife for putting up with the 16hr days, late nights. For looking after me and bringing me food, coffees and my wonderful son Ryder to see me when I least expect it. – Jimi

Don’t take my word for it, visit the shop yourself:

Tel: 604 298 9930
Direct 604 551 7959
6661 Hasting St
Burnaby BC
V5B 1S1


February 15, 2008


Dunbar Cycles is under new ownership as of the 1st of February 2008. The two joint owners are local rippers Rob Venables and Jerusha Millar, both dedicated riders and true regulars on the trails all over the lower mainland, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and Whistler. The duo will be hands on at the Dunbar and 26th store location developing the store by bringing on new exciting brands such as Giant Bicycles, Transition bikes, Sombrio clothing, Race Face apparel, and also Marzocchi soft goods.


The store will strengthen its All-Mountain and Downhill offerings while maintaining the level of service in its commuter, road and family offerings for which Dunbar Cycles is renowned for.


The new owners and staff at Dunbar Cycles have big plans for 2008, some of which includes club rides, a new gravity race team, and extended store hours.

Dunbar Cycles will be at The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show ( on the 16th and 17th of February in BC Place, Vancouver. Drop by to meet the staff and see the latest product offerings!

The new store hours are:
10am to 7pm Monday to Friday
10am to 6pm Saturdays
11am to 5pm Sundays

Phone: 604 224 2116
Dunbar Cycles
4219 Dunbar Street,
Vancouver BC
V6S 2G1

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Equally important to not is that the Muddbunnies Riding Club is currently in discussion with Dunbar Cycles about 2008 sponsorship. Stay tuned Bunnies!


January 28, 2008

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Muddbunnies BMX Clinic in Abbotsford.
on February 10th!


Last year we had over 40 gals and it was a hoot, as well as educational!
Learn how to pump the track, start out of the gates and corner like a BMX’er…
Plus there will be a skills component to help shake out some of the winter rust.
Muddbunnies 2nd Annual BMX/Mountain Biking Clinic

Date: Feb.10, 2008

Time: 10am to 3pm (be there by 9:30!)

Where: Abbotsford Indoor Track

Pro Coaches: Ken Cools and Denise Britton


$45 plus $30 mandatory Cycling BC insurance

$45 UCI/Citizen Cycling BC race license holders

$45 Muddbunnies Riding Club members (includes free t-shirt)


Bring Your Own Lunch (limited no nearby shops/restaurants)

-Full-face helmets
-Arm armour or long-sleeve jersey
-Leg armour or riding pants
-BMX bikes and Hardtails recommended (short-travel suspension bikes okay)

Sorry B.C. residents only.



December 18, 2007



WOW! What a year it’s been! When I think back to last year’s Calendar release party we were worried about fitting 30 people into a private room at the Clubhouse Restaurant in Vancouver! Thanks to Alvara at BellaCandellas for providing great food and service for all the bunnies and company. This year we had close to 100 people coming and going throughout the night, including Wade Simmons who crashed the party after 9pm!

Bella Candellas

The night began with a slideshow of the bunnies throughout the 2007 season. Gord Smith, from Beastgear enjoyed a Bunny sandwich with Ms October, and Ms.December.

What’s a party without a little Cox and Kitty?

Jerusha and Rob (and friend), with Greg and Denise from the Freeride Dawgs

Judy Garren (Team Muddbunnies) and Tina Yiu (WebMistress)

Bunnie Ina and the Jackrabbit!

For once I am at a loss for words. Okay I lie, I’m not! I feel so honoured to be a part of this incredible group of people who have all come together for one thing: the love of the ride! Of course the Calendar Release Party is always more than a celebration of our calendar project, it’s also a night to honour ever single member, sponsor and supporter of the Muddbunnies. And that’s just what we did.

Dorothy Luebke gave a humourous and…ahem inspiring speech about the NSMBA and Ripper Series.

Michelle Santos was our evening MC and Jeannie Darcy. Don’t get her started!

Yummy Bunnies! Photographer Danielle Baker and Ms March.

One of the first four members of Muddbunnies: Syd Vicious

Left: Photographer Jeremy Goodrick and his lady. Right: Ride Leader Lucy Reiss

Michelle, Corey Leclerc and Me

Here’s another shout out to all those who helped us reach and surpass our goals for the 2007 season:
Tina Yiu – WebMistress
Susan Sheldon – Gate Keeper/Forum Administration/Team Muddbunnies
Aimee Dunn – Everything Bunny:Supreme Advocate/Site Author/Calendar Model/Ride Leader/Team Muddbunnies Racer/Master Cake Baker
Lucy Reiss – Ride Leader/Club Advocate/Master Carrot Cake Baker
Ina Hunt – Den Mother of Women’s Weekend in Whistler
Veronica Kacinik – Event Planning Goddess
Denise Britton, Greg Rector of FreeRide Dawgs – Clinic Coach and Death-Defying Shuttler
Andrew Summers – Brodie Go-to Guy
Brigit Jensen – Site Author
’07 Team Muddbunnies: Edith Jansen, Jerusha Millar, Judy Garren, Aimee Dunn, Erin Lewis, Lisa Howey, Jen Miller, Susan Sheldon, Kirsten Jasper and of course Michelle Santos and myself.

The Dirt Wolf and Ms.October

The Deadly Duo: Photographer Dan Barham and Ms.August

Lastly, thank you to all of the women who joined the club this year! You are the heart of Muddbunnies!

For those who are still unsure of who we are and what we do, the following is a list of events we were involved in this season:
Vancouver Outdoor Show/NSMBA Gear Swap
Women’s BMX/MTB Clinic with Abbotsford BMX
Beginner Race Clinics with the Freeride Dawgs
Brodie Rat Race at Roberts Creek
Beginner Ride Clinics with Sherri Sadler
Surrey Bike Park Rebuild
Surrey Bike Festival
Stanley Park Bike Festival
Women’s Weekend in Whistler
Arduum Challenge (hosted by Freeride Dawgs)
NSMBA Trail Days
Pipeline Bike Park Pump Races
2008 Muddbunnies Calendar
2008 Calendar Release Party

Raffle Prize Table – A TON of goods from our incredible sponsors!

Congratulations on an incredible season! Ride on Bunnies!

A lineup for the famous Ms.December to autograph calendars.

Represtin’ the Valley are Ms.May and Red

More star sightings of Ms.February and Ms.January

Yes that is Ms.September and YES she did really get that much air!!!


Michelle Santos and me, Ryan Petersen


November 19, 2007


We are proud to present the second annual Muddbunnies Calendar. By bringing on Lead Photographer Dan Barham, multiple contributing photographers, and Kris Bergen, (one of the best Art Directors around) we’ve stepped up our game for the 2008 calendar.

We recognize that not everyone understands our fundraising idea, and as our press release for the 2008 calendar is now live we thought it an appropriate time to explain the history of the calendar.


The idea of producing a sexy, club calendar originally came from Bunnie Syd, (one of the first four members of the club). It was the end of summer and there was a group of us dirt jumping in Richmond, when Syd came to us and suggested the fundraiser. Shortly thereafter we met with Danielle Baker, (who would become the 2007 Lead Photographer and Designer) and we began brainstorming and planning for our first club calendar. Here’s what we thought:

Mountain biking is an extreme, exhilarating, and sexy sport. To most who try it for the first time, it becomes a life-changing experience; a sport in which we’re instantly hooked on. We wanted to represent the women in this great sport not to sexualize and objectify them but to celebrate them.

Many women who begin riding, me included, find a way to challenge everything we’ve ever been taught as a woman in sport: be careful, be cautious, don’t hurt yourself, it’s a guys sport, it’s too aggressive for girls. Yet instead of succumbing to the pressure of, “acting like a girl” we’re pushing the envelope and making a place for ourselves in this sport the same way female snowboarders have in theirs.

Just like the boys we break bones, tear tendons, scrap skin, destroy rims, and demolish our bikes. And just like the boys we speed down mountains, land tricks, master our way over elevated skinnies, race epic courses and descend on some of the narliest terrain out there.


So we collectively agreed our local female rippers deserved some recognition for their determination and tenacity to progress their sport. Not only are the Muddbunnies calendar models avid bikers but they have also been heavily involved with their riding community in one way or another: through Muddbunnies Riding Club, another local club, or their volunteer work with trail associations.

Each model/rider worked closely with the photographers to determine their riding and studio photo. Some models were more comfortable with less clothing on and some were not but every model made their own decisions. It was their celebration and so it made sense that they should decide what their own sexiness looked like and NOT for us to decide what sexiness looked like for them.

The success of last years calendar allowed us to contribute $200 to the North Shore Mountain Biking Association (N.S.M.B.A.), helped pay club website fees and garnered more attention for the club than we had anticipated. Our membership doubled this year and we reached our goals of forming a Cycling BC recognized club and race team.

This year the decision of whether to continue the sexy theme was heavily weighed as we wanted to honour every woman who rode hard. We discussed including younger riders, pro riders and other girls who could really throw it down. When we took a poll with some of the local riding community to find out their thoughts on a new calendar theme, the overwhelming response was, “why change what is not broke”. The sexy themed calendar of local riders is what makes our calendar unique and fun. It is an acclamation to the local women who put countless hours on their bikes and who volunteer in their biking community. Points taken!

The 2008 calendar continues the fun and anomalous style with an upgraded version, a Muddbunnies 2.0 if you will. We hope you’ll participate in our fundraiser by purchasing a calendar for yourself or someone who would appreciate it and enjoy it.


The 2008 Muddbunnies calendar generates revenue for the club and race team allowing us to organize riding and race clinics, assist our racers with race fees, advocate and educate at various biking events and assist with web fees and costs. In addition, we will also donate $1 from every calendar sold to be shared between the F.V.M.B.A. (Fraser Valley Mountain Biking Association) and the Richard Juryn Memorial Fund.

Ride on!

Love it? Hate it? Let us know what you think!


November 13, 2007

SOURCE: Veronica/Muddbunnies

It’s that time of year again and what started out as a fun idea to promote the club turned into a hugely successful PR campaign leading to world wide recognition.

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So come and celebrate the 2nd annual Muddbunnies Calendar!


Date: November 30th, 2007

Location: Bella Candela, 109 West Esplanade, North Vancouver

Time: 7 pm

Orders for the calendar will be taken and make sure to order yours!

Finally, there will be a raffle for great swag

Let’s celebrate the passion we have for riding, meet your fellow muddbunnies, and of course the 2008 calendar ladies.


Please RSVP with Marvel aka Veronica (PM or e-mail me at by November 23, to provide us with a number of people attending.

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