ADVWoman Rally comes to Granby
American culture is vast and complex, defined by hundreds of millions of people interacting in places as disparate as Manhattan is from Grand County. There are broad constants that bind us together but, arguably, few are as intrinsic to the American soul or as consistent throughout the nation as our love of the road.
From New England to the southwest, whether driving down the 101, heading east on Route 66 or cruising some old forgotten byway of the Midwest, Americans have deep seeded love of the road and the machines that move us on them. Covering the long distances that define US highways and the often rugged unpaved roads that crisscross this land can be difficult without the proper machinery. For those looking to seriously explore all that America has to offer one of the best options for equipment is a dual sport bike.
Dual sport bikes are somewhat of a cross between a road bike and a dirt bike, designed for both on and off-road travel. Generally speaking they are street legal and often connote long-distance adventure rides that can last weeks at a time. Maneuvering these technical machines, especially on rough forest service roads or backcountry trails, is no easy feat.
In late July the Power World ADVWoman Rally will be held in Granby. ADVWoman and pioneering female dirt bike rider Pat Jacques will be putting on the rally. The rally offers novices and riders looking to brush up on their skills an opportunity for structured dual sport riding training from highly skilled instructors. Jacques will be the Lead Instructor for the event. Also instructing classes will be other accomplished female riders including; Louise Powers, Lynda Wallenfels and Kandi Spangler. All instructors for the Rally are women.
The ADVWoman Rally kicks off on Thursday, July 21 and goes through Sunday July 24. During the Rally Jacques and other ADVWoman instructors will be teaching what Jacques calls, “adventure essentials”.
“It is all focusing on what I call adventure skills,” Jacques said. “Throttle and clutch control, cornering, balance, riding up hill and downhill.”
Along with skills training and classroom instruction the Power World ADVWoman Rally will provide participants with maps for popular local touring rides. “This particular rally is focusing on rider education and training,” Jacques said. “We are also highlighting the fact that Grand County has some of the best riding in the entire state.”
Jacques is currently developing preplanned riding routes for rally participants. One route she is working on sends riders from the Flying Hills Arena, where the skills training for the rally is being held, to Tabernash. From Tabernash riders will take Water Board Road as they head up to the top of Corona Pass. The route then leads riders down to Winter Park for lunch before heading up to Fraser and west to Churches Park. From Churches Park the route heads to Hot Sulphur Springs and then back over Cottonwood Pass before returning to the Flying Hills Arena.
The Power World ADVWoman Rally has about 60 percent women and 40 percent men. “We are definitely open to men if they want to come and participate,” said Jacques. “We are catering to women and families. We have four husband and wife teams coming and we have a mother bringing her 16-year-old son.
The Power World ADVWoman Rally is not open to the public. If you would like to find out more about the Rally, or to register to participate, check out the event web site at http://www.advwoman.com/rally/.
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