The Women of Trestle |

The Women of Trestle

by Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Winter Park, CO Colorado

Age: 27

Hometown: Denver

Full time job: LPN for Department of Human Services, works with developmentally disabilities including autistic adults

Education: Degree in nutrition and also works in the dietary department

Background: Nadia, who has lived in Colorado for six years, began riding a bike at 21 during college. “It changed me, it opened me,” she said. She was brought into the sport by her boyfriend (which is common for women’s introduction into the downhill and freeride sport). She races competitively, and her sponsors include Diety, Atomlab, Demon Dirt, WTB.

About Trestle: Nadia teaches downhill and freeride, including jumps, which she says require a different mindset for women versus men. “Downhill and freeriding gives women confidence in all aspects of life, physical strength and increases self esteem.”

“The future for downhill is exponential growth, especially for women,” she said. “Having biked all across the United States and Europe, the women’s program at Trestle is a rarity.”

She says: Don’t ride tired. Don’t push yourself. Injuries are more likely to occur when a rider pushes too hard. Avoid injury! “For women, it is more difficult to come back from injury mentally. The woman has to build confidence again, to the point of right before the injury.”

Age: 39

Hometown: Granby/Nederland

Full time job: Independent sales rep for Spider; Mother of two children – Sahsa, 8; and Max, 5

Education: Degree in graphics from CSU

Background: Heidi grew up in Granby, spending most of her summers helping her parents run the Longbranch restaurant. She started ski racing at the Winter Park Competition Center when she was 10 years old and raced until college when she discovered snowboarding. In recent years, with all the advancement in technology, she has returned to skiing. “I’m just as obsessed with skiing as biking,” she said. Heidi said she has always mountain biked in the summer but didn’t get serious about it competitively until after she had her kids. “My body changed,” she said. After years of endurance trail running, “it started to hurt.” So Heidi turned to endurance bike racing. She completed the Leadville 100 when she was 34. When she was 35, she was invited to join a professional mountain bike team and in 2009 she won the Cat 1 cross country race for her age group at the SolVista National Championships. Also after I had my kids, she got into dirt bikes with her husband, which sparked an interest in downhill biking. “I love to go fast. I like the sensation of speed. And I found that downhill biking wasn’t just exercise for my body, it was exercise for my mind. It’s not just going from point A to point B. It’s the little things along the way- the hills, jumps and technical turns.

Trestle: Heidi has been coaching at Trestle Bike Park for two years. She coaches the Gravity Goddess Camps and Freeride Camps as well as private lessons by request.

She says: “I hope to inspire more women to try this sport. It’s not just for the guys and the guys shouldn’t have all the fun.”

Age: 28

Job: Excavator operator, snowcat operator

Biking background: Lindsay has been riding for two years. “Last year was my first year owning my own bike so I rode a couple of times a week last summer. I only bike casually, but I have aspirations to get good enough to compete, that would be so cool. It’s a long way off though.”

How did she get into dirt work?: “I was hard up for a job after a vacation 8 years ago and my best friend at the time, Sasha, was working trail crew. She asked Dave Kelly if he would hire me, and I started work the next day. I worked hard and had tons of fun and the next year Dave asked me if I wanted to learn how to operate an excavator. I jumped at the chance. I remember my first day in the machine it took me about 8 hours to move dirt for half of a berm.

What does she do when she is not building trails?: When I’m not working I love to ride bikes and climb, unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to climb in a long time. I like camping and fishing, adventuring, skiing, I’m pretty chill though and am up for anything. I love to cook and I read lots.

After she finishes Rainmaker (the trail she is currently building), Lindsay is taking the winter off from grooming to travel to England, Spain and then New Zealand. “Mainly I’m just looking forward to having some time off to do my own thing,” she said. “This winter was pretty hectic; I worked two jobs. I am the lead hand groomer on the midnight shift on Whistler, and I also groomed the Olympic race course in Whistler, so I feel pretty burnt out. It feels like it’s time for a holiday.”

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