Posts Tagged ‘muddbunnies’

Muddbunnies 4X Training – My Story

December 4, 2009

Ryan and Jaclyn

Ryan and the infamous Aussie trainer!

I’m not a team player, was never good at team sports growing up and took more to endurance sports like mini tris, 10ks, 1/2 marathons, and even did my first adventure race last spring. I’ve always been more interested in challenging myself rather than directly competing against others; and if I’m completely honest about this it’s not because I’m a masochist and love to torture myself but because I felt physically weak and uncoordinated compared to others, a bit of a baby bird really. So I’ve done my best veer away from team sports and competition.

And then came biking… Mtn biking was the first and only sport I’ve ever felt was effortless. I took to it immediately and though I’m no speed demon and don’t take the narliest line, jumping and balancing are my greatest strengths. Mtn biking is also the only sport where I’ve felt like I wanted to push myself to improve in my weaker areas like steeps and speed. Bigger, faster, smoother are my mantra words I say to myself when I’m trying to psych myself up for a line that feels completely above my abilities.

Though the bike park is closed, riding and racing continues. This fall/winter I find myself faced with another year of racing/riding 4X. I’ve done this in the past and have been pretty lackadaisical about it all, with my main goal being to show up and race. I’ve never seen myself as a threat for the other girls racing. This year is different, I want action! I’ve been very active since spring, hiking, biking and kayaking and feel like my ultimate fitness goals are within reach. Now with the help of fitness trainer Jacyln Delacroix, I’m ready to up my game even further with weight training. I want to FINALLY feel strong and muscle my bike through to at least one 4X win, that’s my ultimate goal.

In the next few months we will be posting pics, videos, tips, instruction and as much info as possible to help out anyone else who wants improve or maintain their hard-earned summer biking skills. You don’t need to be a racer to benefit from our program, heck you don’t even need to be a biker but of course the fitness program has been designed with mtn bikers in mind.

If there you have any questions or comments we will have a comment section as well as email contact for both Jacyln and myself. And even better than sitting at your desk following our progress, why not get yourself into the gym and train with us or if you’d prefer one-on-one, contact her and get your own personal fitness regime created.

Ride hard, get dirty!


Ciao, Bellas

April 17, 2008


I’m always excited to hear about young girls getting into the sport of mountain biking. Women like locals Amber Zirnhelt and Kelli Sherbinin, have been a huge influence in getting our female youth motivated and excited about biking. Now there’s a pair of sisters from Vermont, (both professional riders) who are just as keen on getting our young female rippers stocked on the sport!———————————————————————————————
Pro-cyclist sisters Lea and Sabra Davison are helping the next generation of female mountain bikers tear up the trail.
By Lauren Ober

Lea and Sabra each earned top 10 finishes at national championship races this summer.
©Daria Bishop

For a group of girls in northwest Vermont called the Little Bellas, summer Sunday afternoons mean one thing: a fierce, knockdown game of dab. These girls could play endless rounds of the game–in which riders try to force each other to lose balance from their bikes and set a foot on the ground–provided that Little Bellas founders Lea and Sabra Davison join them. Trek/VW Factory Team rider Lea, 24, and pro Xterra triathlete Sabra, 22, started the mentoring program for girls ages eight to 12 this past summer; the group now has 20 kids and 10 mentors. Bicycling recently caught up with the Davisons to chat about the club’s first season.

Click here for full article

Canadian Premieres of Kranked 7 – The Cackle Factor

April 16, 2008

CAUTION: Watch for volunteering Muddbunnies!


April 28th @ 7:00 in North Van at Centennial Theatre

Radical Films detonates into mountain bike mayhem with ”The Cackle Factor-Kranked 7”.

Inspired by old hipster slang for the insane asylum (the cackle factory), the film trips with stunning footage cut to a post-industrial explosion of funk, rock, reggae, hip-hop and punk.

As the world spirals into madness, seemingly at war with itself, the best mountain bikers are judged against it. Join us as we freak out and explore WHO IS INSANE? US OR THEM?

Featuring epic riding sets from: Jamie Goldman, Nathan Rennie, Steve Romaniuk, Mike Kinrade, Eric Porter, Kyle Ebbett, Timo Pritzel, James Doerfling, René Wildhaber, Mike Hopkins, Ben Boyko, Kirt Voreis, Garett Buehler, Ryan Berrecloth, Josh Bryceland, Ben Walker, Dylan Dunkerton and Curtis Robinson

Filmed in HD in Alaska, British Columbia, California, Vermont, Switzerland and France.

Soundtrack features: the Hilltop Hoods, the Kinks, Zebrahead, Tsunami Bomb, Ziggy Marley, the Guess Who, Anti-Flag, Five Alarm Funk, Placebo, Lagwagon, the Misfits, Supercabin, Pennywise.

Next NSMBA Trailday: Sunday, April 20th

April 16, 2008

Ever been to a trail day? Well if you haven’t you should! Each trailday presents riders the opportunity to give back to the riding/hiking community! In addition to repairing and rebuilding pre-existing trails, you’re given a chance to meet other riders within the community, meet sponsoring bike shops and biking companies that generously donate their time and money to rebuild and maintain the local trails.
Aside from all of the new friends you’ll make, you’ll be stuffed full of yummy goodness with a free lunch (we’re not talkin’ PB&J either folks). And the cherry on top: the possibility of some swag tossed your way from sponsoring shops/business’. How can you turn that down? So put the bike down for a day, grab your rain gear and shovel and get muddy at the next trail day! CAUTION: Watch out for bunnies!

Muddbunnies Monday: Video of the Week

April 14, 2008

Welcome to another Muddbunnies Monday: Video of the Week. I spent my last two days off riding my hardtail as much as possible. I hit up bike parks on the North Shore, Coquitlam and managed to squeeze some urban riding in on Saturday. I witnessed some kick ass female riders this weekends throwin down no-footers, xups and pulling off some serious, fat air! So in keeping with flow of it all this weeks (multiple) entry comes from Chile. Enter a country in South America occupying a long and narrow coastal strip wedged between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean where we meet Camila Harambour, an 18 year old backflipping, drum banging, bmx rider who’s 3 videos have made Muddbunnies VOTW!

Nickname: Goddy
Location: Buenos Aires (Argentina) Chile
Type of Riding: street, dirt, ramp
Birthday: Sep 14, 1989 – 18yrs old
Trick list: gridns, 180 (both sides), 360, barspin, x-ups, lookdowns/backs, no hand, backflip. Always trying to improve them and do some more 🙂

How To: Descending Tricky Switchbacks

April 14, 2008

Okay Bunnies the season is upon us! Can you believe the weather on the coast this past weekend? In lieu of the recent weather patterns and to get prepared for the next two weekends of warm temperatures, here’s some great riding tips from

Matt Vincent

The Expert: Speed is second nature to 27-year-old Kona rider Ryan Trebon: The 6-foot-5 Oregonian has worn a stars-and-stripes National Champion’s jersey two years in a row (in ’06, it was for XC and cyclocross; in ’07, short track). What may not be obvious is the amount of thought that goes into that speed, especially on tight, technical downhill switchbacks. “They’re probably the most challenging thing for me to ride, simply because of my size,” Trebon says. “My center of gravity is so high and the bike is so long that it makes negotiating them more difficult.” The good news is that Trebon has spent plenty of time figuring out the best way to twist through those problem corners–and he’s willing to share his hard-won knowledge. Here’s his advice for tackling tight, tricky downhill turns.

Prepare to turn As you approach the turn, stand, level the cranks and move your weight behind the seat. If you need to brake, now’s the time–during the turn, hard braking means less control overall. As for speed: “There’s a fine line between going too slow and going too fast,” says Trebon. “Many people, if they’re apprehensive, make the mistake of going too slow. It’s better to have a little speed.” aim wide Shoot for the outside line as you get closer to the turn, and ride that edge as you make the turn; as you exit, head back toward the center of the trail. “If you use the whole trail as you head into the turn,” Trebon explains, “you basically make the turn longer and straighten it out a little more.” He compares it to a semi truck making a 90-degree turn–cut it too soon, and the semi bangs into the curb and all sorts of bad things happen. But ride the outside edge of the turn to its midpoint, and you get through with no problems.



April 6, 2008

SOURCE: BECCI BMX aka Miss Manual

16 years old
Stendal, Sachsen-Anhalt

Hey i..m Rebecca, 16 years old but most people call me becci. I..m from germany. I love to ride BMX with some friends and riding new spots. I think riding BMX is such a good thing cause you meet new people. The feeling if you learn something new or if you just ride is so good cause I just think about riding it makes me free from my thought. That..s why I love to ride and anyway it..s something special cause how we can see there are not many girls pedaling little bikes 😉 Just one thing I love manualing! Girls ride BMX-Bikes!

Check out Becci’s myspace here


March 27, 2008



Sombrio Cartel announces the launch of the 2008 apparel collection, the all new 2008 website, and their 10 year milestone celebration.

North Vancouver, BC March 27, 2008 – Sombrio Cartel, celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary and launches it’s 2008 apparel collection with a refreshed website and several new product offerings. Check out the new website at

Highlights include the limited edition Decade Collection that celebrates their 10 year milestone, the new Raw Collection, designed for the eco-conscious riders, and the new Epik Collection featuring designs specific for long rides deep into the hills.

The 2008 Sombrio Girl collection receives a makeover with new styles, refreshed designs, colors, and an all new website to match. This new site also features the Sombrio Girl team, online shopping, and dealer information. View the new Sombrio Girl site at


Sombrio also introduces a new standalone Happenings website where you can keep up to date with Sombrio news, photos, and team riders. The site features its own RSS feed so be sure to subscribe and receive all the latest info on Sombrio Cartel, Sombrio Girl, Team updates, news and events as they happen. Visit the new Sombrio Happenings site at



About Sombrio:

The original rider-owned purveyor of world leading design and manufactured high performance apparel, outerwear and subversive street wear for core bike and mountain culture enthusiasts. Based out of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Sombrio was founded in 1998 and is led today by pioneering rider, Dave Watson.

Sombrio sponsored riders include: Geoff Gulevich, Jordie Lunn, Greg Watts, Ryan Berrecloth, Kamil Tatarkovic, Andreas Hestler, Steve Romaniuk, Claire Buchar and Kathy Pruitt. Sombrio clothing, gear and accessories are available in stores worldwide or online at:

muddbunnies-mini-small-logo.JPGMuddbunnies Note: Watch for upcoming SombrioGirl clothing reviews by our fellow bunnies.

Check out the following Muddbunnies Riding Club sponsoring bike shops for SombrioGirl and Sombrio Apparel:



March 27, 2008


Race Report: Pump Race #11 – Retribution II

Bad News Muys lays it down, as Garren continues her glorious championship reign.

The weather was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to order soup at a deli. But it didn’t keep a dozen hard core pump racers from coming down to Pipeline to battle on the infamous pump track. The day was marked with the sounds of tires roosting turns, cheering from the surrounding spectators, and kids fighting with Ray Ray Faubert over who found the most easter eggs. Thats right. There was an easter egg hunt after….

In the Women’s Class, Judy Garren put on her race face against Dayna Picco who was riding with the force of a big red firetruck, and Larissa “Weeeee!” Hoath. Judy rode strong on her brand new Brodie, and held her spot at the top of the pump race podium.

Judy and Dayna Rocking the Women’s Main:

Everett Hoath took the winter off of the bike, holding off from racing the Pipeline Indoor 4x, obviously to get ready solely for Sunday’s Pump Race #11. He was killing it and looked like he could take the main. But he still had to get past Adam “Dutch Chocolate” Muys who had stepped up his training by including some new methods like driving around town with a live mountain lion in the car to sprinting up and down the beach in short shorts and knee highs with his ex-rival turned coach, Apollo Creed.

It was a great time, and it’s a ton of fun. We’ll have another one in April! Hope to see you all there!


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