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What: Ladies El Salvador Winter Shred Trip – are you in?
When: March 2 to March 8, 2014 – Girl Edition
When: March 9 to March 15, 2014 – Coed Edition
Who: Intermediate to advanced DH riders wanting to improve.
Cost: $1895 USD
Jumps, drops and legit DH trails, all within an hour from the beach break. Add in quality coaching, ocean-front accommodations and an emerging, passionate mountain bike community and you have one sweet trip!
Our bike program will be a mix of trail skill sessions and shuttled DH runs. Over the course of six riding days, we’ll visit four distinct zones. The trails and terrain will be a mix of fast and rugged with loose technical to advanced, black diamond ‘Dirt Merchantâ€™ sized jump runs (not featured in our 2013 Girl Trip edit).
We’ll refine and advance your overall riding to make every trail, jump and nemesis move feel more effortless and smooth. SAG, body position, advanced braking, various cornering and technical terrain techniques, how to find trail speed as well as some jump and drop refinement will be the main skills covered.
We’ll ride through various coffee fields, down different mountains and visit the volcanoes trails until we say, â€œmercy!â€ or until the sun sets.
The trip will base out of Punta Elephante, an ocean-side guest home near the popular surf destination El Tunco. Herbert Baiza and his Salvadorian family’s hospitality at Punta Elephante is genuine and from the heart. From our hearty local breakfast to our daily house ceviche, you will be amazed and feel right at home.
Suni Apter, El Salvador National Surf and Fitness trainer will be around Punta Elephante for those in need of a post-ride massage.
Suni will also join the Girls Trip to lead our Core Yoga Class on the private beach below our home.
If the Coed trip wants some morning core yoga, we can make that happen too. Maintaining joint mobility and a strong core will keep you shredding hard for many years to come.
The mountain bike trip, the community, the place, and the adventure is truly a dream!
7 nights of ocean front accommodation – double occupancy
6 days of riding (including shuttles and MTB Park Passes)
Quality coaching and riding refinement
All main meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner and a daily apres house ceviche! (except 2 dinners you have off to explore El Tunco.)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Girls DH Trip includes 3 Core Yoga Classes and complimentary bike build
2 dinners in El Tunco ($5 to $50 depending on your taste)
Massage – $40/hour by Suni at Punta Elephante
Family, friend and co-worker souvenirs to ease the excess smile and kick-ass tan when back
Visitor Visa – $10 USD paid on arrival to the country
Note – Giving back and leaving trails better than we found them is a huge part of how lbBikes.com rolls. Part of our trip costs go directly back into the local community living in or around coffee field trail. With permission from the local Coffee Field owners, we hire the locals who live on, or use the non traditional trail network we ride. Trip proceeds also help build and maintain El Salvadorâ€™s Bike Park in San Salvador.
Lorraine Blancher, aka LB is the coach for the trips. To meet her before you go, check her coaching bio, athlete rider bio or mini rider video clip. Gato our local El Salvador Guide and 2012 National DH Champion will also join you on some of the rides.
Contact LB if you want to secure your spot – these trips fill fast!
Many thanks to Race Face, Specialized Canada, FOX Racing Shox, Clif Bar, Troy Lee Design Helmets, Oakley and Toyota BC for making the above trip and other lbBikes experiences what they are. I appreciate the support and look forward to seeing what can be created next !!
Photo and Video – Solos Productions
The Muddbunnies encourage and welcome female riders of all experience and skill levels to join them in getting down and dirty. Come on, ride like a girl!